Many people today are looking for alternatives to invasive surgery or endless pain medications that can have serious side effects. Regenerative medicine such as cellular therapies work by harnessing the body’s innate ability to grow and heal itself. Cellular therapy involves using innovative treatments to help avoid or reduce the need for surgery. Human cell and tissue products have the potential to treat a wide range of diseases and injuries, and based on how they are obtained and where they originate from, different stem cells have different capabilities. At Integrative Hospital Associates, we offer human cell and tissue products to help reduce and heal inflammation in the body and repair damaged tissues.
What Are Human Cell and Tissue Products and How Do They Work? At Integrative hospital Associates, we offer different types of cellular therapies to aid in the repair of joint pain and injury and muscle degeneration.
As the very foundation of every cell in your body, the primary role of stem cells is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found. Stem cells have the ability to develop — through a process called differentiation — and self-renew (make copies of themselves) into many different types of cells, such as skin cells, brain cells, lung cells and more. Stem cells are a key component of regenerative medicine, as they create opportunities for new clinical applications. developing completely new ways to treat and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, and degenerative nerve, bone and joint conditions.
There are four different types of stem cells – they originate from different areas of the body, and they have different healing functionalities:
Embryonic cells – (ES) are incredibly valuable stem cells that are formed as normal part of embryonic development, and have the potential to become any type of cell in the body, making them invaluable for treating and studying many diseases.
Tissue-specific cells– Tissue specific stem cells have been found in tissues such as the brain, heart, bone marrow, blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, skin and liver. These tissue-specific stem cells are powerful, naturally-occurring cells that can modify inflammation and promote natural healing.
Mesenchymal cells – (MSCs) are tissue or “adult” stem cells, which are specialized cells found in the skeletal tissues. They can differentiate or specialize into cartilage cells, bone cells and fat cells.
Induced pluripotent cells – (iPs) cells are cells that are created artificially in a lab by reprogramming a patient’s own natural cells, thus there is no risk that their immune system will reject them. These iPs cells can be made from freely available cells including fat, skin and fibroblasts (cells that produce connective tissue).
In addition to the above, there are new breakthrough treatments in the regenerative medicine space including exosome therapy:
Exosomes - Exosomes are showing exciting promise – they are demonstrating great ability to provide therapy benefits. Exosomes are extracellular vesicles – or small structures within a cell – released from cells in response to injuries. Research is showing that exosomes play a key role in coagulation – when blood changes from a liquid to a gel, forming a clot. One of the most promising uses of exosomes involves rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disorder in which inflammation leads to pain and degradation of joints.
Dr. Scott Denny and Dr. Justine Denny are part of the team of Regenermed Clinics offering advanced regenerative medicine treatments.
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