Scientists and doctors have made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration a reality in treating many diseases. Through regenerative medicine, a person can take advantage of their body’s ability to heal itself by using the healthy adult stem cells that can be found throughout the body. Laboratory and clinical research has shown that it is possible to use adult stem cells to restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. Regenerative therapies are showing promise in the treatment of orthopedic pain.
Adult stem cells were discovered over 40 years ago when researchers found that cells derived from bone marrow had the ability to form various tissues. Adult stem cells are early stage cells and under the right conditions, are capable of developing into other types of cells with the potential to regenerate damaged tissue.
Adult stem cells are being used to treat many types of chronic pain and degeneration. Currently doctors are treating shoulder, knee, hip, and spine degeneration, in addition to soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) and other bone related injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do adult stem cells come from?
In adults, stem cells are present within variety of tissues and organs, the most common sources being bone marrow and fat (or adipose) tissue.
How are adult stem cells obtained and prepared?
One of the richest sources of adult stem cells is bone marrow, and the hip (pelvis) is one of the best and most convenient locations for obtaining bone marrow. In the harvesting procedure, the doctor typically removes (or aspirates) from the pelvis. A trained nurse or technician then uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the adult stem cells in the bone marrow and provides the cells back to the physician for implantation at the site of injury.
Will my body reject the adult stem cells?
No, since they are cells collected from your own tissue, there is little threat of rejection.
Reimbursement & Insurance
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
While adult stem cells have been used for decades to treat a variety of diseases, their application in the treatment of pain is relatively new. Because of this, insurance companies do not currently cover the therapy.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a stem cell treatment varies based on the procedure performed. Our office staff can assist you with payment options and any other questions you may have.