Stem Cell Institute of Middle Tennessee
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
A Mesenchymal Stem Cell is a cell that is undifferentiated. In other words, it is a" clean slate" that can take on the characteristics of many other cells in the body. A stem cell can metamorphosize into new tissue. It can become new cartilage, muscle, tendons, ligaments, and even bone. It has been shown to repair and regenerate damaged tissue !
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure. In our clinic , this involves injecting the effected area with mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord tissue, which contains literally millions of stem cells. The part of the umbilical cord that is used is the Whartons jelly, and the product itself is called CoreCyte ™. We also use Amniocyte ™, and Amniocyteplus ™. This product is minimally manipulated human tissue allograft derived from the amniotic membrane. Amniocyteplus ™ is processed to preserve the cytokines, growth factors, and scaffolding proteins that help the healing process of damaged connective tissue. Our regenerative medicine products come from Predictive Biotech. All of their products have been evaluated by the FDA .
Since administering medical services is outside the scope of chiropractic practice, our medical staff performs all of the regenerative medicine procedures. The procedure is safe. In fact, over 100,000 stem cell procedures have been performed in the U.S. without one serious side effect. The injection procedure is not very painful and involves little to no down time. Patients can drive home on their own and resume their daily activities within one day in most cases. The most common areas we treat are degenerative knees, shoulders, and elbows.
There are several ways stem cells can be obtained: adipose tissue (fat) from the individual being treated, Bone marrow extraction from the person being treated, or cord blood and from the whartons jelly surrounding the umbilical cord. We use cells from Whartons Jelly, since it is high in the number of mesenchymal stem cells available and not limited by a persons health or age, like cells taken from ones own body. Our procedure requires one injection rather than numerous injections. With Adipose tissue or bone marrow harvested cells , there is pain and a surgical procedure associated with obtaining the cells . This is another reason we use Whartons Jelly derived cells instead . Our treatment protocol also contains growth factor and cytokines essential in the healing and repair process. No rejection to the cells occurs since the immune response is inactive between the donor and recipient. Testing to insure purity and safety is conducted numerous times. All products are monitored and tested by the American Association of Tissue Banks and we adhere to their strict guidelines. It is a safe, minimally invasive procedure administered by our expertly trained medical staff under direction of our oversight physician.