6 Questions to Ask About Stem Cell Therapy

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6 Questions to Ask About Stem Cell Therapy

With Regenerative Therapy becoming the latest remarkable advancement in treating and healing people with osteoarthritic joint pain, there’s been an increase in clinics offering this service.

 

At Ohio Therapy Centers we’ve offered Regenerative Therapy for well over a year now and have recently expanded our suite of services to include treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to umbilical cord blood (with live stem cells).

Our doctors are on staff every single (business) day with us helping people live pain-free lives.

Consumers should be aware of the misinformation that is widely circulated by clinics offering unproven treatments and flying in doctors from out-of-state for a day or two to perform the procedures, who are not involved in aftercare and rehabilitation.

If you are considering any Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy, do your research. Find out the history of the office, what treatment entails, and what the recovery will be like.

 

Make sure to ask these questions as well when considering Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy:

 

What are the qualifications of the physician or medical team? How long have they been doing the injections?

Find out their training and experience with Regenerative Therapy.

Our Specialized Doctors and Staff are in our offices daily and have successfully performed (collectively) thousands of joint injections.

 

Do you use a live stem cell product?

Bone marrow is one of the more well-known sources of adult stem cells, but research has uncovered that bone marrow cells lose abundance and potency with age.

Adipose-derived stem cells are another option clinics are using – these stem cells need to be spun down in a centrifuge and manipulated with chemical additives before injection.

While the chance of rejection is next to zero with both of these, the effectiveness is greatly reduced than if using an immune-privileged live stem cell product like umbilical cord blood containing mesenchymal stem cells.

Umbilical cord blood and amniotic allograft are most used at Ohio Therapy Centers. Here is a brief breakdown of each:

 

Umbilical Cord Blood / Live Stem Cells

  • Donors are selected following an intensive and complete medical review and pre-natal evaluation prior to delivery
  • Contains growth factors and an abundant amount of live cells, including stem cells
  • Derived exclusively from the umbilical cord after live c-section delivery of a baby
  • Immune-privileged so there is no chance of rejection.

100% Amniotic Allograft Injection

  • Acellular, frozen, non-irradiated, 100% pure amniotic fluid allograft
  • Retains its bioactivity with more than 200 growth factors proven present as well as hyaluronic acid and cytokines
  • Membrane and chorion free
  • Able to be injected through as small as a 30 gauge needle

 

What kind of results can I expect? Do you have patient testimonials?

While we’re seeing great outcomes with Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy, like all things in medicine, there are no guarantees.

Most patients feel a difference in pain and inflammation almost immediately. Clinically we expect significantly improved function in 1-3 months.

At our Elyria location, Xcell Medical Group, we have in-house testimonials, including our very own Dr. Nick, who experienced great results with amniotic allograft injection in his knee.

 

How much will the treatment cost?

For now, most of these Regenerative Therapies are not covered by insurance, don’t let anyone tell you different.

Our office provides not only an affordable price model but we also offer financing options that offer excellent payment plans; we also accept most major credit cards.

 

How are you sure of where the injection goes and if the stem cells are placed where needed most?

Make sure that the physician knows how to accurately inject the stem cells into the actual damaged or degenerated area of the joint; this is the only way for them to be fully effective.

Make sure your provider will use some form of imaging (ultrasound or fluoroscopy) to guide the injection. Do not go if the clinic is using a “blind injection” technique.

All of our Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy injections are performed with guided ultrasound.

 

What kind of follow-up treatments are needed?

Post-injection healing and treatments are important for maximizing your results.

A lot of clinics offer the injection and send you home with instructions for rehabilitation, with only a few follow-up appointments afterward. It is highly important to ask what the rehabilitation plan is and what the do’s and don’ts are following the injection.

At Ohio Therapy Centers, we treat the patient as a whole. Your rehabilitation plan may include any combination of the following:

  • Postural Assessments
  • Core Strengthening Exercises
  • Clinical Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Chiropractic

 


To find out more about Regenerative Therapy including Stem Cell Therapy options, request your FREE no-obligation appointment today by either filling out the form below or by calling our Stem Cell Hotline at 1-833-FOR APPT

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4 Benefits of Regenerative Therapy

Regenerative Therapy offers a number of remarkable benefits, which include the following:

 

1 – A Less Painful Treatment Option

Many conventional medical treatments involve painful therapies that may take weeks or months to offer full effectiveness.

Regenerative Therapy, by contrast, most often involves targeted injections of tissue into the exact place where they can do the most good. Most patients report lower levels of pain with regenerative therapies than with a number of other treatments.

With surgery, recovery often involves the healing of an incision site and may also require drainage tubes and other accessories.

The injection sites that are involved in regenerative therapy may leave behind minimal bruising and will cause only minimal discomfort. With some procedures, the process itself is painless due to the use of mild anesthetics. In most cases, the regenerative treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes in our office.

During recovery, we suggest icing the treated area for 10 to 20 minutes every two to three hours – this should suffice for coping with any resulting discomfort if there happens to be any. Most people report few, if any, side effects from regenerative medicine treatments.

Treatment with regenerative therapy is not instantaneous. It will take time for your body to regenerate tissue. However, during healing, you will feel far less pain than you would during healing from both an injury and surgery.

Regenerative therapy can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as chiropractic, exercise, and massage, to offer faster healing. By using these complementary therapies together, you can experience a cessation of pain more quickly and possibly avoid more painful treatments down the line.

 

2 – A Non-Surgical Option

Ohio Therapy Centers focuses on offering the least invasive treatments as the first line of attack against acute or chronic injuries or illnesses as well as joint degeneration as a result of osteoarthritis.

Surgical treatment options often involve weeks or months of recovery time. Even minimally invasive surgeries may require extensive healing before you can begin to feel the full benefits.

With regenerative medicine therapy, you can get treatment in a way that is completely non-surgical.

Most therapies involve an injection of tissue into the injured area. The small injection will, instead of leaving a surgical incision, leaves a small affected area that will heal far more quickly.

 

3 – Personalized Medicine

Many regenerative therapy treatments use the patient’s cells.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), for instance, begins by drawing your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract platelets and plasma. These tissues are then injected into an injured part of your body, where they can begin helping the body part heal more fully, naturally.

Individual cells in the body join together into blocks to form tissue. These tissues can include muscle, bone, tendon and other structures. In general, groups of cells come together and secrete substances that become their own support structures.

After an injury or with age, the body’s ability to do this effectively on its own may be hampered.

Certain regenerative medical treatments rely on introducing greater concentrations of the body’s growth factors to allow healing to happen more rapidly and completely.

Research on self-healing continues to show that these regenerative therapies can offer excellent outcomes for patients.

By using the patient’s tissue to augment the natural healing processes, we increase the chances that therapy will be effective and that the patient’s body will be able to heal more effectively than it could on its own.

Platelet-rich plasma injections

– Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections administer concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood into damaged cartilage and tendons to reduce pain and to aid in the healing process.

– PRP rebuilds these tissues and can be used for common tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, and to repair cartilage due to osteoarthritis or other damage.

– PRP injections consist of extracting a blood sample, concentrating the platelets and injecting them into injured areas of the body.

– PRP injections are sometimes performed in a series, but many patients only require one injection to see results.

 

4 – Low Chance of Rejection

When synthetic materials or most tissues from a donor are used in therapy, there is a chance that the body will reject these materials and attack them as invaders. This immune response can counteract any therapeutic benefit and may even lead to materials having to be removed.

As mentioned above, many regenerative medicine procedures, such as PRP therapy, use your cells as part of the therapy. These cells are already known to your body and thus come with very little chance of rejection.

Other procedures utilize human amniotic tissue.

This tissue comes from the innermost layer of the placenta, the tissue that shields the fetus during pregnancy. Amniotic tissue, which is donated during C-section, is considered the only tissue that is universally appropriate for the purpose of transplants.

This tissue is accepted without the risk of rejection. All donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

Amniotic Fluid Injection

– Acellular, frozen, non-irradiated, 100% pure amniotic fluid allograft

– Retains its bioactivity with more than 200 growth factors proven present

– Membrane and chorion free

– Able to be injected through as small as a 30 gauge needle

 

Another treatment we use is Cord Blood with Live Stem Cells

What are Stem Cells?

what is stem cell therapy Ohio Therapy Centers Cleveland Akron ElyriaStem cells are undifferentiated cells in our bodies that have the capacity to change into any healthy cell in our body. Meaning they can change into skin, bone, heart, and muscle cells to name a few. They have the ability to replicate substantially as compared to normal somatic cells such as skin. Stem cells are located throughout our body in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, teeth, muscles, etc.

However, as other cells in our body, stem cells also age as we do. That is why this form of Regenerative Therapy uses stem cells from umbilical cord which are young and healthy

The stem cell treatments we use are derived exclusively after delivery of a baby, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available.

Once again, all donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

 


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Overcoming Chronic Pain with Regenerative Therapy

At Ohio Therapy Centers we work with our patients to provide the most effective, least invasive treatment possible.

By using a range of regenerative medicine treatments in conjunction with one another, we can help you reach a fuller recovery with fewer undesirable side effects.


 

Are you suffering from a painful chronic musculoskeletal or joint condition? We can help!

Get in touch with us today for your free no-obligation consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable doctors to see if regenerative therapy is a viable option for you.

1-833-FOR APPT

 

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Knee Surgery or Stem Cell Therapy?

Thanks to advancements in the use of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for chronic knee pain, knee replacement surgery is not the only option.

 

There have been many innovations in the use of stem cells for knee injuries and osteoarthritis. While stem cells may come from various sources, our focus is on using products like umbilical cord blood and amniotic allograft.

Here is how Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy knee injections might be able to help your knees and get you back to leading an active and healthy lifestyle faster and with no downtime compared to traditional knee replacement surgery.

Let’s start with the basics.

 

What are Stem Cells?

Unlike other cells, stem cells are unspecialized or undifferentiated cells in our bodies that have the capacity to change into any healthy cell in our body. Meaning they can change into skin, bone, heart, and muscle cells to name a few. They have the unique ability to divide or differentiate into many types of cells with specific functions – such as muscle, skin or bone cells.

Stem cells can also give rise to new generations of undifferentiated stem cells, thus renewing themselves. Stem cells are located throughout our body in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, teeth, muscles, etc. 

 


Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy has been acknowledged in medical history across the world as a big discovery in natural healing. 


What are Stem Cells Used For?

At Ohio Therapy Centers, we are excited about Regenerative Stem Cell Treatments for knees because the knee injections can dramatically reduce a person’s need for surgery.

Instead of having to replace a knee with an artificial implant (that sometimes gets recalled from the manufacturer), stem cell therapy injections can be used to regrow new and healthy tissues that have been damaged and are in danger of or are degenerating.

 


Currently, the best results for Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy are most often seen in osteoarthritic joints.


 

Risks and Benefits of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for Knees

I’m sure you are already aware of the several risks associated with knee replacement surgery.

When you choose Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment as an alternative for knee replacement, however, most of those risks evaporate. The biggest risk you’ll face is the risk of infection at the injection site, but that is extremely rare because the procedure is so minimally invasive.

 

The benefits of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for knees, on the other hand, are excellent! 

  • The procedure is relatively quick, especially compared to surgery. The outpatient procedure can be done in less than 30 minutes.
  • The costs involved are reasonable compared to other clinics offering the same treatment. Your post-injection rehab is also covered by most major medical insurance.
  • Stem cell therapy for knees is natural. The stem cell treatments we use are derived exclusively after delivery of a baby, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available. All donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

 

How about that recovery time comparison?

With surgery, the recovery time can last for months, hindering you from getting back to your life and even work.

With Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy, your recovery time is minimal. You walk in and walk out of the procedure on your own! In a few weeks, following the proper post-injection treatment protocol, you’ll begin to increase your activity levels and do more.

 


Ohio Therapy Centers offers a full-range of Regenerative Therapies in order to give our patients access to the widest range of treatments for fuller healing and relief.


 

How do I know if Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy is right for me?

The best way to find out if you’d be a good candidate is to talk to one of our doctors.

Book your FREE initial evaluation to find out if Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy is right for you.

Regenerate before you operate!

 

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