STEM CELL THERAPY
Understanding Stem Cells
There are several types of stem cells. The most common type is the hematopoietic stem cells. Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) is involved in tissue repair. These cells are sent through the bloodstream to the point of injury.
However, areas of hypoxia or low oxygen result if there is an inadequate blood supply around the injured area. In addition to blood loss, this can also occur when there is an injury to the joints, tendons, or meniscus tissue. Oxygen-deprived areas may not heal by themselves because they are lacking in repair cells. Symptoms of hypoxia include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations, confusion, memory loss, and elevated blood pressure.
Regenerative Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP Therapy)
If the damage is not severe, platelet-rich plasma (PRP Therapy) can be used to repair the injury. The plasma imitates the blood supply in the platelets, allowing them to sense the injury and release growth factor. This process helps the body to signal the deployment of stem cells to the injured area. With these proper techniques, our Aspen and Denver stem cell therapy clinics can help treat pain, injuries, arthritis, MS, autoimmune conditions, stroke issues, and more.
Where Are Stem Cells Found?
Hematopoietic Stem Cells are found in the blood and marrow, which produce red and white blood cells. This type of stem cell can be used in plasticity, in which stem cells are turned into another type of stem cell. For instance, a stem cell that produces blood cells can be transformed into a stem cell that produces tissue.
What to Expect During Stem Cell Therapy in Aspen & Denver?
This process can take a few months from start to finish, usually between two to three months. In most cases, stem cell therapy provides a one-and-done treatment that can be completed in just one injection. For some patients, a booster injection of PRP therapy may be performed on the injured area four to six weeks later if necessary.
How is Aspen Institute Different?
Here at Aspen Institute for Anit-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, we use cutting-edge technology for our umbilical cord blood-derived stem cell and exosomes procedures, which are both great and highly effective alternatives to surgery — and does not present the same complications when embryonic stem cells are used. Dr. Gershon, along with his dedicated medical staff and physicians are here to help you find lasting relief that is delivered with a high success rate for pain relief – 90% pain relief, in fact. Additionally, we also have a board-certified sports medicine physician on our team. Schedule your stem cell treatment consultation in Aspen or Denver today!
What is a Stem Cell?
Stem cells, to put it simply, are mesenchymal stem cells that are primitive cells that have the ability to duplicate any other cell.
- Stem cells self-replicate
- Reduce inflammation
- Fight apoptosis (cell death)
- Differentiate into multiple tissues:
- Organ Tissue
Stem cells are placed in a target area to regenerate tissue. For instance, for a damaged knee that has a significant reduction of cartilage, we can implant the stem cells into the knee to regenerate new tissue growth to cushion the knee joint, improve movement, mobility, and function, and thereby reduce pain, inflammation, and other symptoms so you can stay active for longer in life.
The Science of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy
Let’s briefly explore the science of stem cells to enlighten your understanding of these powerful regenerative cells.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
As we mentioned above, these stem cells differentiate to form new tissue, including cartilage, muscle, tendons, adipocytes, and other tissues.
Cellular matrix accounts for additional tissue that helps your body repair from injury, tissue damage, or infection.
Cytokines are powerful, naturally-occurring agents contained in all these cells that fight inflammation to assist with healing, repair, and pain relief.
Growth factors are made up of a group of proteins that stimulate the growth of specific tissues.
What Are Your Regenerative Options?
Regenerative medicine is the future of medicine, as it is highly effective with 90% pain relief success. As this therapy continues to be applied, it becomes more and more clear the benefits significantly outweigh the risks when compared to other treatments like surgery, cortisone injections, and the like.
- Adult cells are not as concentrated as younger cells.
- At the Aspen Institute, we have transitioned away from adult stem cells because this modality is not as effective as amniotic blood cells and exosomes.
- Vibrant cells vs. older, feebler cells
- Uses umbilical cord blood cells taken from stem cell-rich fluids during live c-section births.
- Mothers are willing participants.
- Cells have been pre-screened and are safely harvested.
- Benefits: Umbilical cord stem cells can be used in anyone.
Do Cells Age? Understanding the Age Gap in Cells
Cells are the building blocks of life, but like all life, cells age, too. When you are younger, you have a higher concentration of stem cells, but as you age, the cell concentration decreases. What’s more, your stem cells age along with you, too. Younger stem cells have a greater ability to multiply and regenerate, whereas older stem cells lose their ability to multiply and natural-occurring tissue repair reduces substantially over time.
FDA-Approval for Amniotic Tissue Harvesting
Oftentimes, patients may feel a bit uneasy about umbilical cord stem cell therapy because they are simply unaware of the harvesting process. The FDA has stringent guidelines in place for harvesting, producing, and implanting amniotic tissues for regenerative medicine. Here at the Aspen Institute, we source our regenerative medicine from qualified and strictly regulated institutions that work within the parameters outlined by the FDA. Here is a brief outline of the tissue donation and harvesting process.
Following a strict and thorough pre-screening process, healthy mothers donate amniotic tissue at the time of scheduled cesarean section.
Harvesting Amniotic Tissue
The FDA guidelines require that the amniotic tissue recovery is performed by technicians who have obtained the proper accreditation through the American Association of Tissue Bank (AATB) and who specialize in aseptic technique.
Whether you’re being treated with umbilical cord stem cells or exosomes therapy, there is a wide range of injuries and conditions that stem cell therapy can treat in patients of all ages.
Stem cell treatments are a safe and effective treatment modality for orthopedic conditions such as arthritis and injuries such as torn ligaments. Rather than simply masking the pain with prescription medications or correcting an issue with invasive surgery, regenerative medicine injections target the root cause of the symptoms. The powerful healing mechanisms found in stem cells trigger the body’s natural healing response and can repair damaged tissue or tissue loss, and regenerate new tissue growth for quicker, longer lasting, more effective results. Regenerative medicine has shown positive results for the following orthopedic conditions:
- Achilles Tendonitis & Tears
- Arthritis – Degenerative (Osteoporosis) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Back Pain
- Cartilage Defects
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Hip Pain – Arthritis and Tendonitis
- Knee Pain – Arthritis and Tendonitis
- Ligament Injuries
- Neck Pain
- Osteoarthritis – All Joints
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Tears
- Runner’s Knee
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain (SI Joint)
- Shoulder Pain – Arthritis/Tendon
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- And So Much More!
Pain is an obvious indicator that something may not be right in your body. But there are other symptoms that go along with pain that can cause discomfort, limit your movements, make performing everyday activities difficult, which may also keep you from doing the things you love most. And let’s face it, that’s just no way to live. Here are some of the most common symptoms for various injuries and conditions that stem cell therapy can treat.
Your Symptoms are Important
When you are deciding whether or not to explore your options for stem cell therapy, it’s important to consider your symptoms, as they are essential in determining whether you are a candidate for regenerative medicine. Here are some questions to consider, which Dr. Gershon and his team of specialists will go over with you during your consultation.
- What kind of symptoms are you experiencing?
- How long have you had your symptoms?
- How often do they occur?
- When it’s at its worst, how bad are your symptoms?
- What are your pain levels?
- What makes your symptoms worse?
- What makes your symptoms better?
- Have you become discouraged as a result of your symptoms?
- Has a doctor ever told you the following?
- “You just have to live it…”
- “It’s just a part of aging…”
- “It’s just the weather…”
- “Nothing can be done to treat your symptoms…”
Osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis)
- Pain in the joints during and after movement
- Joint stiffness
- Reduced range of motion/flexibility
- Bones spurs
- Popping/cracking/grinding sensation
- Sudden, severe pain
- Loud snap or pop at the time the injury occurs
- Rapid Inflammation and swelling within 24-hours after an injury
- Pain when putting weight on the injured area, or pain without weight
- Decreased range of motion
- Limited mobility/function
- Instability and weakness
- Pain and soreness
- Muscle spasm
- Muscle weakness
- Pain when performing movements such as twisting, walking, standing, sitting, bending over, or lifting
- Sharp stabbing and shooting pains
- Pain that radiates to other areas of the body, such as down the buttocks and legs
- Reduced pain when lying down or reclined
These are just some of the symptoms you may be experiencing, and stem cell therapy is an effective solution for treating these symptoms. Please visit our Conditions page where we explore numerous symptoms in greater detail.
Dr. Gershon and his team take a different approach to treating injuries and conditions through regenerative medicine. Oftentimes, patients turn to surgery because they feel they have exhausted all of their other options. But it’s important to explore your options. During your consultation, we will go over your health history, your day-to-day routines, your injury history, and other aspects of your health and wellness to create a personalized treatment plan for you. Our number-one goal is to heal the underlying cause of your discomfort by bringing new life to the damaged tissues in your body. We want to help you avoid surgery while helping to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Medicine and health care have come along way, especially in the last few decades. With numerous advances in cellular technology, physicians and medical providers have many treatment options to help enhance their patients’ quality of life. Of course, there is a time and a place for traditional medical practices to repair injuries, treat illnesses, and manage painful health conditions, but let’s explore the difference between two different treatment pathways.
Degenerative Pathway: The Old Way of Thinking
- Long healing and recovery periods
- May or may not correct the problem in the end
- May lead to more procedures
- Can cause secondary problems to develop
- Comes with many side effects
- Cortisone Injections
- Cortisone injections are very bad for joints
- Should only be performed on rare occasions
- Actually increases the rate of degeneration in bones and joints
- Opioid Crisis
- Only masks the symptoms
- Doesn’t always treat the underlying cause of the problem
Regenerative Pathway: A New Way of Thinking
- Regenerative Medicine/Stem Cell Therapy
- Helps the body repair itself using cellular technologies
- Limited side effects
- Pathway to avoid surgery
- May reduce reliance on pharmaceuticals
- Quicker, more effective results
- Our stem cell treatments have a 90% success rate
- On average, our methodologies deliver 80% pain relief by 5-6 months
- Typically a one-time injection, but we can prescribe a booster PRP injection
Knee Replacement Surgery vs. Stem Cell Therapy
Knee pain caused by arthritis or an injury is one of the most common conditions we treat through cellular regeneration. Let’s look at some of the reasons why stem cell therapy for knee pain is a better solution than knee replacement surgery.
Knee Replacement Surgery
- Lengthy Recovery: 3-6 month recovery time for healing and rehabilitation time.
- Success Rate: No guaranteed results.
- Percentage of failure and complications.
- Some patients may need additional surgery.
- Cost: Total average cost for an uncomplicated case can be up to $55,000.00, much of which comes out of deductible.
Stem Cell Therapy
- One injection + one booster of PRP therapy = Reduced pain, excellent mobility, and you can continue doing the things you love.
- A great option for people who can’t afford to miss work.
- Typically a one-and-done treatment.
Shoulder Surgery vs. Stem Cell Therapy
Shoulder pain from arthritis, wear and tear, or injury is one of the most common health issues that middle-aged patients face. In fact, Harvard Health notes in a recent article that as many as two million people seek medical care for shoulder and rotator-cuff-related issues.
- Lengthy recovery: Can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months.
- Cost: Typically costs between $5,300 and $22,000.
- Success Rate: Successful outcomes in only 43% of patients who had major tears.
- Risk of Infection: 1/400
- “Large rotator cuff repairs re-tore at a rate of 57% in a series of 500 patients.”
- Research reported at American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2010 Annual Meeting
Stem Cell Therapy
- One stem cell injection in the shoulder triggers the body’s healing response.
- Regenerate and repair tissue such as cartilage where loss has occurred.
- Limited side effects.
- On average, patients experience an 80% pain reduction within five to six months.
- No lengthy recovery.
- Some patients will receive a booster PRP injection to improve results.
You are likely familiar with cortisone injections, especially if you are an athlete who suffered an injury, or if you have been involved in an automobile accident and your doctor prescribed these injections as a treatment method. But how does this method of treatment stand up to that of stem cells?
What About Cortisone Injections?
Cortisone injections have been used by doctors and sports medicine physicians for a long time to address issues with tissue damage, pain, and other symptoms. But these injections can be risky, which is why many physicians are relying on more effective treatments like regenerative medicine. With the availability of cellular technology, cortisone treatments are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
What Are the Side Effects of Cortisone Injections?
- Osteoporosis: May stimulate as much as 8% bone loss in as little as 4 months.
- Low doses delivered for 1 year has been shown to cause cataracts.
- Has been shown to elevate blood sugar levels.
- Has been linked to suppression of the immune system and the body’s ability to fight infections.
- Cartilage damage.
- Damage to tendons that can cause them to weaken or even rupture.
- Joint issues such as inflammation or increased pain.
- Nerve damage.
What About Painkillers and Pharmaceuticals for Pain Relief?
When you’re in pain, you want to reduce and eliminate the uncomfortable sensation as quickly as possible. While painkillers, OTC pain relievers, and pharmaceuticals may provide temporary relief, they do not treat the underlying symptoms causing your pain and other symptoms. Physicians typically prescribe prescription opioids for moderate-to-severe pain, to help with pain management after surgery or an injury, or to reduce pain caused by health conditions.
While these do provide temporary pain relief to help during the healing and recovery phase, there are many side effects across the board with pain killers, which also contributes to the very real Opioid Crisis that we are facing here in American and globally.
Common Pharmaceutical-Grade Painkillers
The list is long when it comes to OTC and pharmaceutical-grade opioid analgesics. As far as OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen, they can help reduce inflammation and pain in acute situations, and are not as habit-forming as prescription medications. Opioid medications, on the other hand, have many serious side effects. Here are some of the most commonly prescribed opioid painkillers:
What’s the Harm in Taking Prescription Painkillers?
There are many risks associated with prescription opioids, including:
- Complications from mixing prescription drugs
From 1999 to 2017, nearly 218,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
In 2017, physicians wrote 58 opioid prescriptions for every 100 Americans.
Overdose rates from prescription opioids increases significantly among people aged 65 and older.
*Research data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Do Painkillers Fix the Problem, Or Make it Worse?
The most common pain relievers prescribed for post-surgery treatment are Vicodin/Hydrocodone. The side effects of this common medication include:
- Performance Issues
- Reduced Activity/Energy Levels
- Constipation and Other Digestive Health Issues
- Respiratory Issues
- Loss of Consciousness
- Unusual Bleeding and Bruising
- Complications with Other Medications
- Complications with Health Conditions
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Other Potential Side Effects
In short, painkillers are risky, dangerous, and do not fix the problem.
Connect with Our Stem Clinics in Aspen and Denver
If you are ready to experience the lasting benefits of stem cell therapy, reach out to us today to schedule your complimentary consultation at a clinic nearest you. Stem cell therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients of all abilities. Dr. Gershon and his skilled and compassionate team are here to help you find relief from pain and other symptoms so you can live your best life. We have two stem cell clinics in Colorado located in Aspen and Denver, where we would be more than happy to meet with you. We will create a personalized treatment plan that targets and treats your specific area of concern to help you feel better, move better, and enjoy a better quality of life. Connect with us today to explore your regenerative medicine options!