Try A New Alternative: Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. Robbie Crosbie, M.D., MPH
Have you noticed that your knees make noise when you squat down? Have you felt a lack of stability walking up and down the stairs? Have you felt pain when you’re hiking, running, or even walking, and wonder why? Stem cell therapy is often referred to as regenerative medicine. This is because it takes advantage of amazing, immature cells (stem cells) to repair or replace tissues of the body damaged due to aging, injury, or disease.
The noise and pain in your knees and other joints may be an early sign of accelerated aging. This is most often caused by osteoarthritis which suggests a lack of cushioning due to erosion of the cartilage, which leads to bone-on-bone contact within the joint space. Aging can be defined as degeneration that progresses faster than our repair mechanisms can heal. While this can be viewed as the natural order of things, it doesn’t feel very natural when your symptoms prevent you from doing what you enjoy. When you can’t walk, shop, hike, care for your yard, or play with your kids and grandkids because of joint pain, muscle weakness or an autoimmune condition, you are not living life to its fullest potential. If you are facing possible surgery or a lifetime of prescription medications, regenerative medicine may help.
50 to 75% of surgeries performed for joint and back repair require further surgery. 1 in 100 patients contract severe infections during surgery, and 1 in 400 people die. If you have ever taken pain medication, you know these medicines are designed to mask or suppress symptoms, not correct the underlying condition. Stem cell therapy can regenerate and restore.
While we all have stem cells in our bodies, as we age, our own stem cells diminish both in numbers and the rate at which they reproduce. Therefore, the older we are, the less able our own body is able to keep up with the rate of degeneration. Depending on your age, overall health, and the severity of the condition you want to treat, perinatal stem cells may provide a much better option for a higher rate of recovery. Perinatal stem cells come from the placenta and umbilical cord of extensively screened mothers who donate this tissue for the benefit of others. The entire process is highly regulated by the FDA.
When researching stem cells, it’s important to find a clinic that can provide you specific information about why they choose the stem cells they use and about the safety and efficacy of the product. Is the clinic buying directly from a tissue bank or do they buy from a broker? Some companies buy from tissue banks with the best price and little regard for efficacy or safety. Safety should be the primary goal of the cord bank providing your stem cell product. We work with the Utah Cord Bank to provide a safe, high quality product for our patients.
Finally, follow-up care greatly contributes to the outcomes you achieve with stem cell therapy. If you combine the right tools to better support the health and the growth of stem cells, you are going to get a much better outcome. For example, better nutrition and avoidance of inflammatory foods and products can help boost stem cell performance in addition to improving overall health, reducing inflammation, and assisting in weight loss (which takes additional strain off the affected joints). Acupuncture supports better outcomes by increasing blood flow to the joint which allows more oxygen and nutrients to nourish the growing stem cells and makes them healthier and more effective.
To find out just how good it feels to be free of pain and to fight the aging in your knees and other joints, come visit us at East West Health for a FREE seminar on Regenerative Medicine (see Community Events) or call and schedule a personalized Stem Cell Evaluation today. We look forward to meeting you! 505-503-6490, Acueastwest.com.