Stem Cell and Exosome Regenerative Therapy
Although the science behind stem cell therapy for joint and spine pain is still young, it holds much promise.
Mesenchymal stem cells are isolated from the bone marrow of the iliac crest or from abdominal fat. They contain the ultimate potential of becoming the cells of the tissue they are injected in! With injection of stem cells into injured joints as well as their surrounding supporting ligaments and tendons, formation of new tissue and healing of injury occurs.
Multiple stem cell studies demonstrate superior efficacy for patient-reported outcomes compared with controls at final follow-up (range 24-48 months).
Superior outcomes on follow up X-ray evaluations of arthritic joints were found favoring stem cell injections. Superior outcomes on the evaluation of biopsied samples of cartilage and/or improved arthroscopically scored healing rates were also seen.
Exosomes are harvested from stem cells that are grown in a sterile lab environment. They contain genetic material that guides the cells of injured tissue to initiate repair. These can be more appropriate in patients with advanced chronic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.
Mesenchymal stem cells are an abundant source of self-renewing, multipotent undifferentiated cells that can be readily isolated from bone marrow and adipose tissue. These cells can then differentiate into bone, cartilage, fat, and tendon. Their use has been steadily growing for the regeneration and repair of injured joint tissues. These cells in addition to their differentiation potential, exhibit a growth-promoting, anti-inflammatory, and immune mediating activity shown to attenuate the mediators of joint destruction as well as promote their repair.
Exosomes are potently anti-inflammatory. They can be used locally for arthritic conditions and as an intravenous infusion for systemic illness and neurological-degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.
WHAT TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU GO
Stem Cells are potent repair cells that are gently extracted from either your bone marrow or your abdominal fat.
They are versatile; able to reduce inflammation in the body, and repair cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
Exosomes may be a better option in cases of chronic illness where the body’s stem cells are not potent enough.
Stem Cells and Exosomes are injected with ultrasound guidance to the areas of tissue injury and degeneration.
Exosomes can also be infused intravenously for treatment of systemic illness.