Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Clinical Trials Reveal Anti-Aging Possibilities of Stem Cell Therapy

Growing older can be a rich, rewarding experience—an opportunity to try new things, visit new places, and spend more time with the people you love. But it also comes with challenges. As your body ages, it can lose strength, making it harder to stay active. Aging is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your golden years. Recent research into stem cell therapy has shown positive anti-aging results which may hold the key to slowing or reversing the negative effects of aging. Let’s take a closer look at the research and explore the possibilities that stem cell therapy may hold.

How is age-related frailty currently treated?

Over the years, many approaches have been tested for limiting the effects of age-related frailty, which is often connected to an increased risk of musculoskeletal weakness and physical disability. These approaches include regular exercise, careful diets, and even anabolic steroids. While exercise and a healthy diet is beneficial at any age, researchers have continued to seek effective, natural treatments to benefit aging patients. And one of the most promising avenues of investigation is stem cell therapy.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cells are some of the most powerful weapons your body has for fighting disease and degeneration. This is because stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they can grow and develop into any of the other types of cells that your body needs in order to heal itself. In stem cell therapy, stem cells are extracted from the bone marrow or fat tissue of a healthy adult donor (in our treatment, they are extracted from the patient’s own body, minimizing the risk of a negative reaction). Those stem cells are then isolated and injected directly into the site of injury or degeneration. From there, they go right to work, helping to regenerate healthy tissue and promote healing. The process is safe, holistic, and minimally-invasive.

Recent clinical trials show “remarkable” results

In two recent studies, stem cells were extracted from younger adult donors and transferred into older test participants. The researchers were interested in whether the introduction of stem cell therapy could slow or reverse the effects of aging in the trials’ participants. They described the results as “remarkable,” observing dramatic improvements in several age-related activity measures. Better yet, these improvements were sustained long after the treatment was complete, and none of the participants experienced significant adverse effects. Studies like these demonstrate the tremendous potential of stem cell therapy to combat the effects of aging. We have treated many patients living with arthritis and other age-related degenerative conditions who have found long-term relief with stem cell therapy. Many report an improvement in mobility and a decrease in pain after just a single session. If you would like to find out more about stem cell therapy or book a session, contact us today.

5 Tips to Relieve Your Joint Pain This Winter

Bundle up, it’s going to be a cold one! If you live with joint pain, you might find that your joints ache more than usual as the temperature plummets. Combined with icy sidewalks and thick snow on the ground, it might make you reluctant to get outside and enjoy the good things winter brings. Don’t let joint pain hold you back from doing the things you love. Here are five easy tips to relieve your joint pain and feel better this winter.

Enjoy Indoor Exercise

Nothing banishes the winter blues faster than getting active. Exercise isn’t just a great boost for your mood—it also helps relieve stiff and sore joints by improving strength and flexibility, and giving you more energy throughout the day. When it’s cold and icy out, it’s best to stick to exercises you can do indoors. Group classes like water aerobics and tai chi are ideal if you’re not sure how to begin, or if you just want to meet new people and make the activity more fun. And if you don’t feel like leaving the house some days, that’s okay too—try to walking around more than usual, or lifting small weights (or soup cans!). It’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before starting a new exercise regime. And if something hurts, stop and let your body rest before you try to continue.

Try Herbal Teas

Many arthritis patients swear by herbal tea. Since inflammation is often a cause of joint pain, the anti-inflammatory properties of certain teas can help alleviate pain. They’re also very warming, and come in a wide range of enjoyable flavors. Try green tea, which is full of antioxidants, and ginger tea, which many arthritis patients take to relieve stiffness and pain. If you’re taking any medication, it’s best to check with your doctor before trying a new tea.

Relax with Hydrotherapy

A relaxing way to relieve your joint pain, hydrotherapy involves soaking the affected area in warm water. Taking long, soothing baths is the perfect remedy to the cold winter weather, and many patients with joint pain find it greatly eases the stiffness in their joints. Adding Epsom salts to your bath can help decrease inflammation. Or try adding a splash of peppermint essential oil, which will smell lovely while also reducing your swelling.

Change Your Diet

There are lots of small, simple changes to your diet that can help reduce swelling in the joints and relieve pain. Foods like salmon, spinach, and walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, meaning they can help lower inflammation (plus, they’re good for your heart). You can also take Omega-3 in capsule form. It’s also a good idea to eliminate certain foods from your diet as much as possible, as they may be contributing to your inflammation. This includes processed foods that are high in trans-fats and sugar, like frozen dinners, and anything that contains a lot of salt.

Wear Plenty of Layers

When it’s cold out, it’s always best to wear plenty of layers that you can strip away as needed. Wearing a few pairs of gloves at once is a good way to keep stiff fingers cozy, and adding a cardigan or sweater under a coat adds an extra layer of warmth if you need to brave the cold. If you do get too hot, you can always peel a layer away. If you’re looking for long-term relief from joint pain, it might be time to consider alternative treatments. Stem cell therapy is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that has helped many patients find relief, often providing noticeable results after a single session. To find out more about stem cell therapy, contact us today

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is Your Lower Back Pain Really Sciatica?

It’s common to feel lower back pain from time to time, especially if you work in a job that requires you to lift heavy things or sit at a desk for most of your day. In fact, as many as 90% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Luckily, it will often clear up on its own with rest, gentle exercise, and over-the-counter medication to manage your pain.

But while most lower back pain isn’t serious, it can sometimes be symptomatic of a bigger problem. About 5% of people will experience sciatica during their lifetime. This can indicate a number of underlying medical issues, and can be very painful.

To find out if your back pain is really sciatica, let’s take a look at its causes and symptoms, before exploring which treatment options might be right for you.

What is sciatica? 
Strictly speaking, sciatica is not a condition, but a collection of symptoms of a condition. Sciatica refers to pain, discomfort, weakness, tingling, and/or numbness that begins in the lower back and travels down one or both legs. It can be worse while you’re sitting, and you may find it painful and difficult to stand up and to walk.
This happens when the lumbar or sacral nerve roots of the sciatic nerve (the longest and largest single nerve in the body) become irritated or compressed. Since the sciatic nerve has branches that travel through the buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, and feet, the symptoms are not confined to your back. It’s common to experience symptoms down just one side of the body, although they can be felt bilaterally, and the pain will often feel worse when it’s cold.

What causes sciatica? 
While sciatica isn’t pleasant, it is a useful warning sign that something’s wrong with your back. Sciatica can be caused by conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. As you age, wear and tear can also lead to sciatica.
Sciatica can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, since the symptoms associated with it are similar to other forms of lower back pain. If your back pain becomes severe or debilitating, speak to your doctor to get to the root of the problem.

Finding the best treatment for sciatica
In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the underlying issue causing your sciatica. In other instances, you might be able to treat your symptoms with home remedies like applying heat or ice, and by taking pain-relieving medication. But if the problem persists, it can severely impact your quality of life.


At Stem Cell Therapy, we specialize in alternative, minimally-invasive treatments that have helped many patients with sciatica experience long-lasting relief from pain. If you have questions about sciatica, or to find out if we can help, contact us today.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Could Stem Cell Therapy Reduce the Need for Opioids?

When you live with chronic pain, every day can be a struggle. It can affect your ability to go to work, spend quality time with your family, and enjoy the things you love. Unfortunately, one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for pain relief, opioid medications, can cause more problems than they solve.

Millions of Americans are affected by the Opioid Epidemic, which results in thousands of fatal overdoses every year. Due to the highly addictive nature of opioid drugs, they are not recommended for long-term use, leading many to seek dangerous alternatives (such as heroine) when their pain persists. And when the body becomes dependent on opioids, their effectiveness declines. This means larger and larger doses are required to achieve pain relief, increasing the likelihood that a patient will develop an addition.

To combat the Opioid Epidemic, many are exploring alternative and non-addictive treatments for pain relief. One option that has helped many patients find long-lasting relief is stem cell therapy.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a safe, modern, and minimally-invasive approach that can reduce pain by helping the body heal itself. This approach is often used to treat back pain, sports injuries, degenerative diseases (including arthritis), and many other painful injuries and conditions.

The procedure consists of a three-step process. First, stem cells are harvested from an adult patient’s bone marrow or fat tissue. This is done under local anaesthetic to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible. Then, while the patient relaxes, the stem cells are isolated in the laboratory. Finally, these cells are injected back into the patient’s body at the site of injury.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Promote Healing?

Stem cells have the ability to develop into other types of organ cells. By injecting them right where they’re needed, they get to work immediately, helping to regenerate the damaged tissues, decrease inflammation, and promote circulation and healing by building new blood vessels.

Recent clinical trials have shown that stem cell therapy can be successful for treating back and joint pain. For example, after performing experiments in which stem cell therapy helped to reconstruct damaged vertebral discs in sheep, a Melbourne-based research team tested the effectiveness of the treatment for degenerative disc disease in humans, with positive results. After receiving one injection, around half of the participants in the trial have experienced no back pain for two years, as well as a dramatic increase in mobility.

The Future of Chronic Pain Treatment

These positive results suggest that stem cell therapy may be a safer alternative to prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. Since the stem cells used are taken from the patient's own body, there is a very low risk of side effects.

If you’re living with chronic pain and are worried about the dangers of opioid medications, find out if stem cell therapy might be right for you. Contact us today at 201-288-7246 or visit our site for more information at whatisstemcelltherapy.com.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Is PRP Effective for Treating Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition caused by repetitive movements of the arm or wrist, such as swinging a tennis racket or painting a wall. This causes the tendons to develop small tears, leading to inflammation and causing you pain.

Unfortunately, the nature of this injury means it can stick around for months. Injured tendons tend to heal very slowly, because they don’t receive as much oxygen as other parts of the body. Oxygen is transported through blood, so areas like the skin, which has plenty of blood vessels, receive enough oxygen for fast healing. Tendons, by contrast, don’t contain many blood vessels. As a result, they heal especially slowly—meaning tennis elbow can take anywhere from six months to one year to heal.

Many patients affected by tennis elbow have found that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has helped speed up their recovery time. This treatment is safe, minimally-invasive, and can provide lasting relief from pain.

How can PRP treat tennis elbow?

PRP provides oxygen to the body’s tendons by injecting blood platelets into the site of the injury. Platelets are small blood vessels that play an important role in the body’s natural healing process, so introducing them into the site of an injury can help stimulate and speed up recovery. It also promotes healing by supplying oxygen, through blood vessels, to the injured tendon. In other words, PRP takes blood platelets from another part of the patient’s body and transfers them to the injured area—in this case, directly to the damaged tendon in the elbow.

Since it relies on stimulating the body’s natural healing process, PRP doesn’t usually bring immediate pain relief. But over time, PRP can significantly lessen pain and increase physical function. For many patients, it also speeds up the healing process, bringing at least partial recovery after about six months—as opposed to the one-year recovery time that most patients experience.

For short-term tendon injuries, treatment is often not necessary. In the first few weeks, painkillers, rest, and some gentle exercises are usually the most effective treatments for tennis elbow. If the pain persists and the tendon appears to be degenerating, then PRP may be a viable treatment option.

PRP treatment has proven effective for many patients with tennis elbow and other joint and tendon injuries. If you would like to learn more about our alternative, cutting-edge techniques like PRP, contact us at 201-288-7246 today.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Research Suggests Stem Cell Therapy Could Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Stem cell therapy can be highly effective for treating a wide range of spine and joint conditions, including degenerative diseases and sports injuries. But new research from Japan suggests it may also help patients living with Parkinson’s disease to manage some of their main symptoms, including shaking and loss of movement control.

With stem cell therapy, patients with Parkinson’s may be able to control their movements enough to play tennis. After successfully testing the treatment on monkeys, researchers are preparing for the first trial with human patients.

 Parkinson’s damages brain cells, which causes the brain to lose dopamine, a chemical that helps control bodily movements. In Parkinson’s patients, this leads to shaking, stiffness, slowness, dizziness, and involuntary movement. Patients find it difficult to perform basic movements, and often find they lose their balance.

Researchers were curious if stem cell therapy could help to regenerate the brain cells damaged by the disease. Using tissue from adult humans, the researchers extracted stem cells—undifferentiated cells capable of adapting to become any kind of specialized cell—and used them to manufacture new brain cells in monkeys. At the same time, the monkeys were being carefully monitored for adverse side effects.

 According to the report published in the journal Nature, the monkeys experienced a 40-55% improvement in motor skills with the introduction of the new brain cells. They also regained their balance and movement control, suggesting that this treatment could effectively relieve the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

While stem cell therapy may be able to improve a patient’s physical capability and reduce the need for medication, it is not a cure for the disease itself. Parkinson’s also causes cognitive problems, including memory loss, which will require further study to treat.

However, this new research is a promising step forward for Parkinson’s treatment. Now that the treatment has been pronounced safe, researchers are preparing to test it on humans for the first time. If these tests yield positive results, it may be used to help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Stem cell therapy has proven effective for treating a wide range of degenerative diseases, sports injuries, and back and joint pain. The treatment is safe, minimally-invasive, and has a short recovery time. To find out if stem cell therapy is right for you, contact us today.

Tips for Managing Back and Joint Pain This Fall

Now that fall is here, it’s time to dig the cozy sweaters out of the wardrobe, start raking leaves, and prepare for the weather to get cooler. You may be planning some long hikes to enjoy the leaves turning golden, gearing up for football season, or just looking forward to catching up on housework now that the kids are back at school. Whatever your plans, the last thing you need is back and joint pain sabotaging the season for you.

Common fall activities like yard work, hiking, lifting, carrying, bending, and reaching can often trigger pain in the back, knees, and shoulders. If you already experience pain in your back or joints, the season can leave you feeling sore.

Luckily, with a little extra caution, you can minimize your pain and enjoy everything fall has to offer. Here are some simple tips for managing your back and joint pain this fall.

Warm up

Before doing any physical activity like hiking, raking, or housework, be sure to warm up. Depending on which joints you’ll be putting strain on, you may want to stretch your arms and legs, bend your knees, and roll your shoulders back and forth. Put some movement into your joints and try to loosen them up a bit. Doing this for a few minutes before you start can save you from hours of discomfort later.

Don’t carry too much

Whether you’re carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs or a bag of leaves to the compost barrel, be careful not to carry too much weight. You may be tempted to save time by carrying everything in one trip, but think about your back and try not to overdo it. If you’re dead set on bringing home the biggest pumpkin in the whole patch, get someone to help you lift it into a wheelbarrow and wheel it to your car.

Lift properly

Speaking of lifting a heavy pumpkin, remember to protect your back by lifting with your knees. Stand close to the object you want to lift and bend your knees, keeping your back straight. Lift using your legs and arms—never with your back. Avoid jerking or twisting while you’re lifting, and keep the object close to you when you’re carrying it. Don’t bend at the waist to put it down—bend your knees, and lower the object with slow, controlled movements.

 Of course, if something is just too heavy for you or you already have a sore back, it never hurts to ask someone to help you lift it!

Take regular breaks

Strenuous work like raking leaves, washing the windows in your house, or reaching up to pick apples, can quickly wear you out. To combat this, stop and take a short break from time to time, or whenever you feel you need one.

Know when to stop

If your joints are telling you to stop, you might want to listen. If you feel a sharp pain in your back, it’s best to stop for the day and come back to the task later, instead of trying to power through and making your pain worse. You’ve still got a lot of fall left to enjoy, so don’t put yourself on the sidelines when the season has barely begun!

If joint pain is getting in the way of your plans for fall, you may want to consider an alternative, non-surgical treatment option. Stem Cell Therapy uses the body’s regenerative abilities to bring healing to injured or worn-down joints. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy can help treat your joint pain this fall.