Tampa, Florida Stem Cell Treatment Therapy
Adult stem cells circulate throughout or body and are also found in large numbers in the bone marrow and fat cells. Stem cells act as natural healers and have vast potential and almost limitless capabilities. They are the repairmen of the body. Recent advancements in stem cell therapy have allowed the use of stem cells for orthopedic treatment.
Adult stem cell therapy involves the use of a patient’s own cells (autologous) with no possibility of the body rejecting the new tissue formed. Therefore, stem cell therapy is very safe and very effective. This treatment allows the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate.
Stem cell therapy is routinely combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP). This is a concentrate of platelets from the patient’s own blood. Among the effects of platelets is the release of growth factors into diseased or injured tissue. These growth factors stimulate the stem cells to regenerate new tissue. This innovative treatment can be used to regenerate articular cartilage and/or collagen in tendons and ligaments. The use of stem cells combined with concentrated platelets result in a powerful treatment for ostroarthritis, sports injuries, and spinal disorders.
Stems cells are collected by either aspirating the bone marrow from the back of the patient’s pelvis using a small needle, or by collecting fat cells from the abdomen. Both types of aspiration can be performed in an office setting with local anesthesia and with little or no discomfort. The aspirate is then placed in a centrifuge which spins it at high speed to separate the stem cells from the rest of the bone marrow aspirate. The concentration of stem cells, called bone marrow aspiration concentrate (BMAC), is then injected close to the injured or diseased tissue using ultrasound or x-ray guidance.
Stem cells by themselves are not capable of repairing the area. They need to be directed, and the platelets are the directors. Once activated, the stem cells are capable of addition to repairing the damage, the stem cells encourage damaged cells to repair themselves and also take part in the repair process.
Stem cell therapy is a repair process than takes several weeks to occur . Even though the repair can take 2-3 months, improvement of pain and function can be seen much earlier. An adequate environment for healing improves the results of stem cell therapy. For that reason, the use of nutritional supplements including Vitamin D3, carnosine, and green tea extract is highly recommended.