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What are stem cells?
Stem cells are ultimately unspecialised cells that have remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. In many tissues these stem cells act as a sort of internal repair system, such as in the gut and bone marrow where stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. Syndromes and disease are being treated in ways we have never previously thought possible and stem cell treatment is one of the most exciting frontiers of medical science today.
Stem cell injections are an exciting new therapy for treating chronic injuries, including osteoarthritis. Stem cells are sometimes referred to as the “building blocks” of the body and can change into many cells types including cartilage or tendon. The stem cells can potentially become cartilage cells, or tendon cells, and may be able to heal injuries in these tissues.
Stem cell research continues to be at the forefront of human medical science and has developed such that stem cells can be derived from fat from the abdomen. The stem cells are isolated from the fat and may assist in stimulating healing in damaged joints and tendons. The cells isolated include predominantly stem cells, but also other cell types.
The stem cells can be injected into worn joints with osteoarthritis and may assist in regenerating joint surface cartilage and reducing joint inflammation. They may also be used in chronic tendon or muscle injury to assist in possible tissue healing and regeneration.
A scientific study published 2015 by Michalek and other investigators showed dramatic symptom improvement (both in pain and function).
Over 1,000 patients were treated for either knee osteoarthritis or for hip osteoarthritis and it was shown that 1 year after stem cell therapy:
- 63% of patients had improvements of greater than 75%
- 91% of patients had improvements of greater than 50%
Stem cells can potentially treat any musculoskeletal problem, and the areas most likely to be helped by this procedure include:
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Ankle Osteoarthritis
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis
- Back pain (including osteoarthritis)
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Elbow tendinopathy (including tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow)
The specialist doctor at the clinic performs the stem cell treatment to treat pain in people of all ages. This treatment can be used to repair the tissue that may have been damaged or severely strained; ligaments, tendons, muscle, bone, cartilage (joints) and the meniscus. The process not only accelerates the healing process but also puts ease on the patient knowing that he/she will treat the pain that is present at a faster rate.
What is Osteoarthritis?
This condition occurs when the articular cartilage that covers the ends of each bone begins to break down from normal ageing or continued wear and tear. With constant degeneration, bone begins to rub against bone and causes chronic joint pain, inflammation and stiffness. This can all be treated with stem cell therapy.
Why are Stem Cells so special?
Arthritis is one form of osteoarthritis. Stem cells which are located in the body have the ability to divide and duplicate themselves.
These cells do not serve the body in any way but have the ability to develop into a cell which serves a purpose. Stem cells can develop into may cells such as cartilage and even bone. When placed into a certain area of the body, stem cells can transform to accommodate the need of new cartilage tissue. This is what serves the ability of stem cells to heal pain in patients suffering from arthritis. Living with pain and limitations to your daily lifestyle is no longer an option!!!
The human body is made up of billions of specialised cells with unique roles that form organs such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone. These cells regenerate and degenerate daily. Stem cells are responsible for regenerating the dead cells and create multiple types of cells. The issue arises when tissues are injured and the body does not regenerate enough of this tissue. These structures then become much weaker and prone to being less functional. While several types of stem cells exist in the human body, the highest concentration of stem cells was found to be that present in the adipose (fat) layer in the abdomen and are harvested by liposuction. Stem cells in this region remain potent throughout the life of a human being. These stem cells are then reintroduced into the area required for regeneration and accelerated healing.
Who can get Stem Cell Therapy?
People of any age can make use of stem cell therapy. If you are suffering from a joint injury or degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis, stem cells can be the best procedure.
Stem Cell Therapy for Sport Injuries
What Types of Sports Injuries Are Treated with Stem Cells?
Doctors use stem cells to treat a wide variety of sports injuries, including damage to:
These injuries may be due to a one-time trauma or chronic overuse. Stem cells are injected directly into the affected area.
What does the term Orthobiologics mean?
Most commonly associated with sports injuries, orthobiologics are biological substances, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells, used to speed the healing process for musculoskeletal injuries. They may be used alone or in combination with conventional pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical based treatment. More specifically, orthobiologic therapies introduce high concentrations of naturally occurring cellular concentrates to an injury with the intention of expediting the healing of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones; thereby shortening recovery time and decreasing injury-related inflammation and pain.
In sports medicine, orthobiologic treatments are used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, including common conditions caused by overuse. Athletes and orthopedists often turn to orthobiologic therapies in the hope of returning an athlete to pre-injury physical condition as soon as possible. For the most part, orthopedists will use biologics in place of pharmaceuticals and/or invasive surgery.
How do stem cell therapies work to accelerate healing? Over the years, clinicians have placed a lot of hope in the healing capabilities of stem cells due to their unique potential to become different types of tissues as needed, such as cartilage or bone. The presence of the stem cells at the site of injury could assist in healing because the stem cells are able to “turn into” the tissue that is injured and needs to be healed. Stem cell treatments involve harvesting stem cells from the patient,
Where do the stem cells come from? For stem cell therapies that involve injecting the patient’s own stem cells, doctors can obtain these from the patient’s skin, bone, fat, or other tissues depending on the treatment plan. The area used in terms of stem cell potency is in the adipose (fat) layer. After many successful treatments, our data analysis can confirm the best concentration of stem cells to be in this area.
Stem cell therapy for athletes, once considered to be a taboo practice, has become widely accepted among professional sports organisations. According to an article by Sports Illustrated, more than 100 NFL players have tried stem cell therapy in the past few years. Yet football players are not the only professional athletes that have embraced this cutting edge technology. From baseball to tennis players, stem cell therapy have been used to reduce athlete’s recovery time and to aid in rebuilding damaged or lost body tissues. Most professional athletes don’t publicise their use of stem cell therapy, but some of the top athletes that we do know that have used stem cell therapy to keep them in the game they love are; Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and A.J Foyt.
STEM CELL THERAPY IN MALTA
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Disclaimer: Stem cell therapy is a great alternative therapy but offers no guarantees and is not promoted as a cure. This is similar to many other conventional medical treatments. A complete review of the patient’s medical history is required to determine eligibility and approval for stem cell therapy. All personal information provided is for internal and medical use with medical providers only. Treatments are not conducted in offices or in the UK. All cellular therapies are conducted in Europe , as it is regulated by the Ministry of Health and other local authorities. All treatments are performed within the legal limits and regulatory framework for the country in which the specific medical provider practices.