The shoulder joint is one of the strongest joints in the body and is a critical joint for many every day activities such as washing and brushing your hair, driving your car and eating. Two of the most common shoulder injuries:
Stem cell therapy, at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, can eliminate the need for invasive shoulder surgery.
Shoulder injuries are common sport and work-related injuries due to repetitive movements. Most shoulder pain involves the muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons. Two of the most common injuries are:
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Traditional treatment options include steroid injections and then surgery. Surgery is the only treatment that can provide a long-term solution but recovery can be difficult and take a year or more, also there can be serious surgery related complications.
Stem cells are a type of undifferentiated cell that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Stem cells can be guided into becoming a specific type of cell allowing physicians trained in the field of regenerative medicine to use stem cells to repair diseased or damage tissue.
The goal of stem cell therapy is to stimulate self-healing, improve function, reduce pain and improve the patient’s quality of life. Reasons to choose stem cell therapy instead of surgery include:
At the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, we use adult mesenchymal stem cells derived from the patients own adipose tissue and bone marrow.
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to:
The experts at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute use image guidance to place the stem cells and platelet rich plasma from your body into the specific area of damage. The new cells work directly at the site of injury to replace and repair the damaged tissue.
The Stem Cells Transplant Institute uses autologous mesenchymal stem cells or umbilical cord stem cells for the treatment of degenerative disc disease.
Rejection is not an issue for either umbilical cord stem cells or autologous adipose or bone marrow derived stem cells
Both types of stem cells have anti-inflammatory activity, immune modulating capabilities and can stimulate cell regeneration. You and your physician can decide on the best treatment option based on your age, symptoms, and treatment expectations.
Umbilical cord stem cells
We use only umbilical cord stem cells that are derived exclusively from umbilical cord donations.
The umbilical cord stem cells from are collected after informed consent has been given by the parent, or parents, and only after the delivery of the baby.
The collection follows strict ethical protocols ensuring the stem cells are from safe, reliable sources using a non-invasive, simple and painless procedure. Once collected, the cord blood is then screened for disease.
Autologous adipose and bone marrow stem cells
On the day of the procedure, under local anesthesia and sterile conditions, a small sample of bone marrow is removed from the hip and a small of amount of adipose tissue (fat) is removed from the abdomen.
Stem cells are administered directly into the affected joint
Recovery following stem cell therapy is significantly shorter and less painful than recovery following surgery. Most patients can return to work within 1-2 days following the procedure.
Most patients do not require physical therapy
Returning to sports activities will depend on the severity of the injury, but most patients are able to return to their regular workouts within 4-12 weeks.
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Using the most advanced technologies, the team of experts at The Stem Cells Transplant Institute believes in the potential of stem cell therapy for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including rotator cuff or shoulder labrum tears.
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