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Stem Cell Injections

Stem cell therapy is a non-invasive treatment designed to repair damaged cells in the body. Su Spine & Sports performs autologous cell therapy, procedures that use cells harvested from the patient’s own body.

With increased age or chronic injury, often the optimal amount of stem cells is not available. “Dynamic Equilibrium” exists when cell degeneration is in equal ratio to cells available for regeneration. Injury, arthritis and poor cellular health disrupt this homeostasis. Adequate cells for repair are unable to keep pace with healing requirements. When this demand outpaces the supply, the body needs a little help.

Nutrient rich cells, including mesenchymal stem cells, in adult bone marrow are extracted from the back of the patient’s pelvis or hip bone using a special needle developed for bone marrow extraction. FDA-approved devices concentrate the bone marrow into what is called “Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate” (BMAC).

Stem Cell Injections

This aspirate is then injected through ultrasound guidance directly into the damaged tissue. The procedure for adipose extraction is similar, harvesting cells from the patient’s “love handles” or other abdominal area.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are able to differentiate into the type of cell in their surrounding environment to replace damaged ones. They also coordinate healing through a process called “signaling.” Cell signaling is the body’s way of communicating in real time to coordinate our innate repair system.

Through this system of cellular communication, MSCs regulate the immune system and healing response by attracting cells to areas where they are most needed. Recently, scientists have estimated that 80% of the therapeutic effect of MSCs is attributed to their release of proteins that signal cells to migrate to the site of injury to help with cellular repair.

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