There is a lot of information and misinformation about regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy out there. This brief summary is designed to clear up the misinformation and to show you why Rockrimmon Integrated Medical is the leader in Colorado Springs for stem cell therapy.
Your body has the natural ability to heal itself with stem cells and their derivatives. As you get older, the amount of stem cells you have in your body are greatly reduced and are not as efficient as they once were. With the advancements in science that we have had over the past 20 years, stem cells have emerged as a key element of regenerative medicine therapies.
Stem cells are the basis for human development and have several distinguishing characteristics. Stem cells have the ability to change into other cell types in your body and release growth factors. They can renew themselves by replication. These properties enable stem cells to repair damaged tissue such as muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
Stem cells are immunomodulatory which means they have the potential to naturally control your immune system, which is needed for healing. Stem cells release certain proteins and growth factors that can be very helpful in controlling pain & inflammation in the body. Stem cell therapy is all natural, non-steroidal, safe and effective, and there are no adverse reactions to the treatment. The procedure is minimally invasive with a simple outpatient visit, and there is no down time after the procedure is performed.
Once stem cells are deployed, they act by first homing in on sites of injury. They release growth factors which help in controlling the inflammatory response that in turn heals tissue and other cells. In addition, they have the ability to increase blood flow to an area by forming new blood vessels. This is important as increased blood flow brings the necessary nutrients to injured areas which aid in the healing process.
Most of the misinformation about stem cells comes from their origin. The use of FETAL stem cells from aborted babies is immoral and illegal. The use of stem cells taken from your own bone or fat is inefficient (you're really only getting hundreds of stem cells from methods that involve taking the stem cells from your own body) and these cells are less efficient because they are being taken from an older patient, you. Rockrimmon Integrated Medical uses stem cells from umbilical cords. These cells are the best of both worlds; they're brand new and we typically use between 5 million and 30 million cells on each joint. These cells are donated by healthy delivering mothers and babies. The cells are not coded to the mother or the baby so there is no chance of your body rejecting them. These umbilical cells are donated by healthy mothers during c-section delivery (scheduled deliveries where the umbilical cord is scheduled to be harvested). Once the umbilical cord is harvested, the cells from this cord are tested, concentrated and then frozen. These frozen cells are shipped over night on dry ice to our office where our highly trained and experienced Nurse Practitioner administers them to the patient via an injection. The injection of the stem cells is guided with a color ultrasound machine so that the medical provider can see exactly where the cells need to go. Once you receive your stem cell therapy at Rockrimmon Integrated Medical, we provide you with at home stretches and exercises to further support the healing process. If necessary, you can also receive functional bracing and in-office rehabilitation. Typically, 3-6 months after your stem cell therapy we will invite you back to the office to retake x-rays of your injured joint(s). Not only should you be feeling much better but you should also be able to see that the joint is healthier.
*For more information on stem cells or to learn more about where we get our stem cells, go to http://liveyon.com/