At Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin, Minnesota, our team of health care providers have been studying stem cell therapy as a potential natural healing option for our patients. It follows our mission of “blessing our community by leading people to sustained wellness” through more natural therapies. Because stem cell therapy is an innovative, cutting edge option with some history of potentially unethical or religious objections, we have been researching it for over a year.
This blog post will give readers a basic understanding of stem cells, their ethical use, and why we feel it has some of the most exciting potential in medicine today for patients suffering with arthritis, chronic pain, injured tissue, and much more.
An Osteoarthritis knee
Stem cells are the body’s master cells.
They are undifferentiated cells which allow them to develop into other types of cells that are required to repair or replace damaged tissue. Stem cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissues. For example, it has been shown on MRI to increase cartilage production in joints damaged by arthritis.
Where do stem cells come from?
There is great excitement in adult and amniotic derived stem cells. Amniotic or umbilical cord derived stem cells are harvested from the placenta of a fully formed, delivered baby. Consequently, the use of stem cells from amniotic fluid overcomes the ethical objections to using human embryos as a source of cells. For example, Roman Catholic teaching forbids the use of embryonic stem cells in experimentation but described the use amniotic stem cells “the future of medicine”.
With amniotic or umbilical cord derived stem cell therapy, patients purchase the stem cells from a laboratory that guarantees their potency and source. Medical personnel then introduces it into the patient intravenously or via an injection directly into the affected region.
In adult derived stem cell therapy, a high volume of stem cells is obtained from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat tissue (adipose). Once the stem cells have been concentrated, they are injected into damaged areas of the body to promote regeneration and healing.
These therapies are an exciting, safe, nonsurgical treatment option for most chronic pain conditions, wound care, and even some aesthetic abnormalities. At Team Health Care Clinic, we are particularly intrigued with their potential because they are in line with our mission to use natural methods to restore and sustain our patient’s wellness.
What could be more natural than our bodies own stem cells?
Tiffany Watson, CNP
Tiffany Watson, CNP