What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition.
Types of Stem Cells
The types of stem cells we use in our protocols are explained below.
UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELLS
Umbilical cord stem cells are retrieved from the umbilical cords of healthy, live caesarean delivered births and donated by the mothers. These are by far the most effective type of stem cells that are obtained by ethic means and available today. The young age of the stem cells makes them far more biologically active and gives them a greater ability to divide and grow tissue than older stem cells. Younger stem cells are about 10 times more potent than that of older stem cells. Umbilical stem cells contain several different types of stem cells including mainly mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells. This allows for treatments of many different diseases and conditions.
PLACENTAL TISSUE STEM CELLS
These are similar to umbilical cord derived stem cells and are obtained in the same manner, but are extracted from placental tissue rather than the umbilical cord.
AMNIOTIC FLUID STEM CELLS
Amniotic fluid is the fluid in which a newborn baby lives during a woman’s pregnancy. There are some stem cells floating within the fluid which allow for proper development of a growing fetus, but they are few in number. There are also many different types of bioactive molecules which aid in tissue growth. This is the least expensive type of stem cell treatment available because it contains the least amount of stem cells, but it is also the least effective. Amniotic fluid stem cell treatment is best used in patients with very mild degenerative conditions or as a supplemental treatment to an umbilical cord derived stem cell treatment to help accelerate tissue regeneration.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is derived from the peripheral blood of the patient being treated. PRP contains a small amount of stem cells and the healing capability is mostly due to the bioactive molecules present in the injection. PRP treatments will typically range from $500-$2000 per joint. Here at Stem Spa we provide PRP treatments with all our stem cell treatments for free of charge. We also provide PRP treatments independently of stem cell treatments for patients with more mild conditions or those who prefer a less expensive option.
Your body has the ability to heal itself.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
Ultrasound imaging is sometimes used to guide the injection. The photographs below illustrate a PRP injection into a patient's torn tendon. The ultrasound guidance is shown at left and the injection is shown at right.