Growth is a virtue to which we all aspire. Everyone wants to get stronger, smarter, and more successful as we grow. But the aging process often has the opposite trajectory. Bones, muscle mass, and brain functions tend to suffer as the years accumulate.
But stem cell therapy can reverse the tide of time.
Regenerative Medicine is the branch of research that focuses on healing the human body from within. While trillions of dollars pass hands every year developing pharmaceutical solutions for every ache, pain, and ailment, the answer may be right under our proverbial nose. The cells in our bodies form a factory of regeneration and replenishment. By harnessing the power of our physiology, Wellness 1st is revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Stem cells may be able to help conditions as disparate and devastating as arthritis and many other health conditions.
Conveniently located in Gilbert, Arizona, Wellness 1st proudly serves the surrounding communities of Mesa, Chandler, Casa Grande, Peoria, Goodyear, Sun City, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and beyond. To learn how stem cell therapy can benefit you, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
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What Are Stem Cells?
Cellular biology is a fascinating field of study. Each cell is differentiated according to its function. For example, a fat cell processes calories, stores energy, and helps regulate and dictate hormonal activity. Cartilage cells, on the other hand, are specialized structures called chondrocytes. Chondrocytes help form elastin and collagen fibers that connect and support joint health.
But what happens when your cells don’t have the support they need? How can you ignite the power of biology to repair such areas as damaged joints? Stem cells to the rescue!
As the name suggests, stem cells are at the base of regenerative medicine. Much like the stem of a flower, they are formative, and may branch out to become specialized cells that flourish in the human body. These miraculous stem cells can be harvested in a number of ways.
Perinatal Stem Cells
When a woman is pregnant with her developing bundle of joy, that bundle is cradled in an amniotic sac and connected through umbilical cord. The umbilical cord and the sac are rich with stem cells that are designed to evolve into a wide array of specialized structures. When a new healthy mother gives birth via cesarean section, she has the option to donate her umbilical cord to patients in need. This material is rigorously screened for impurities and infections. The testing process covers every stage of the perinatal stem cell collection process. This ensures the use of healthy, viable cells to facilitate the most effective regenerative procedures.
The umbilical cord delivers vital sustenance between an expectant mother and her developing fetus. It is also a rich source of stem cells. Wharton’s jelly is the gelatinous material that flows through the umbilical cord. The stem cells found in Wharton’s jelly are remarkably variable. They have the propensity to develop into a wide array of cells to help the new baby grow its organs.
Adult Stem Cells
While perinatal material is a goldmine of possibilities and potential, adults also produce stem cells. These are dispersed throughout the human body, making them difficult to identify and collect. For example, bone marrow is sometimes rich with adult stem cells. However, only about 1 out of every 10,000 to 15,000 bone marrow cells are hematopoietic (bloodforming) stem cells.
Stem cells harvested from amniotic fluid and Wharton’s jelly are vastly different than adult stem cells. In addition, adult stem cells are also less adaptive. The beauty of perinatal stem cells is their ability to replicate and/or become a variety of specialized cells. In other words, young stem cells can either duplicate and produce more stem cells or evolve into specialized cells. In adults, however, stem cells are more likely to be progenitors. This means that they can still replicate, but they are already geared towards a particular specialty. For instance, a progenitor cell can either multiply into an identical progenitor cell or develop into its specialized state, like a red blood cell for example. Progenitor cells are already evolving in a certain direction. Perinatal cells, however, are more like blank slates. They can essentially become any kind of specialized cell.
Another powerful building block of stem cell therapy is not an actual cell. Instead it is a micro-vesicle called an exosome. Exosomes do not contain nuclei or DNA, but they provide supportive pathways between cells as they develop and regenerate.
Wellness 1st deploys the full dynamism of stem cell therapy by cultivating a combination of approaches. We use marrow extract, Wharton’s jelly, amniotic material, and exosomes in conjunction to craft the best solution to your medical needs for wellness purposes.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
Just as stem cells represent a rainbow of differentiation, they also offer a wellspring of potential benefits. The science of stem cell therapy is still relatively young, but it is already yielding promising results. Perhaps the most prevalent application of stem cells has been in the field of joint repair. If your ligaments and cartilage are failing to heal after years of wear and tear, then you may benefit from an allograft of stem cells.
As they integrate with the targeted joint tissue, stem cells can replicate and replace damaged cells.
The next frontier of stem cell therapy explores its ability to help other health conditions. There is new research that indicates that stem cell therapy could be instrumental in treating neurodegenerative diseases. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have affected millions of lives. They leave a wake of helplessness and trauma as they rip through our families and communities. But stem cells may be able to battle back these monstrous maladies. By replacing lost neurons and repairing neural pathways, stem cell therapy could give the next generation a new lease on life. Stem cells can benefit everyone’s wellness at any time.
Candidates for Stem Cell Therapy
Individuals struggling with arthritis, joint pain, injuries, and other related conditions may be eligible for stem cell therapy. Wellness 1st and its attentive medical team can determine your candidacy for regenerative treatment during a comprehensive consultation.
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During your initial appointment at Wellness 1st, we will assess your medical history, xrays and perform a few simple tests as necessary. These will help us determine your body’s viability to provide enough stem cells to address your medical needs. If you are a good candidate for adult stem cell harvestation, we can gently draw bone marrow from your body or provide you with other sources of stem cells or exosomes. Choices and options will be given to you at the consultation and you would choose which route would be best for you.
Preparation and Procedure
Next, the stem cells from your sample are isolated for optimal usage. The concentrated stem cell material is then injected to the target area/s for wellness purposes.
If your marrow does not contain sufficient stem cells to repair your damaged tissue, then perinatal cells and exosomes may be required.
Stem cell therapy is minimally invasive. It does not entail surgery; just a simple series of injections into the area that needs assistance. For this reason, you may be able to resume your normal routine immediately following the procedure. Please follow our medical team’s advice and please do not exert yourself. Give the stem cells the opportunity to work their magic without irritating the injection site or further aggravating the affected joint(s).
Due to the variability of stem cells, their healing power is virtually limitless. Once they are injected into a damaged joint, for example, they may evolve into a number of permutations.
- Some stem cells may develop into cartilage (chondrocyte) cells. These bind with existing tissues to regenerate and tighten joint or cellular functions and heal accordingly.
- Stem cells can also confront the forces of inflammation, decreasing the symptoms of arthritis that bother patients most.
- Stem cell therapy can also promote the release of a protein called cytokine. Cytokines mitigate pain and slow the deterioration of cartilage.
Since stem cell therapy ignites the body’s own abilities to heal and regenerate, the results are long-lasting and liberating!
Each procedure is tailored to the unique physiology of the patient. Your stem cell therapy will be priced according to the extent of your needs and the resources required. Please contact Wellness 1st for a consultation to discuss your healthcare situation. Together, we can determine the best strategy for you at the right cost.
Yes, indeed! Stem cells harness the healing power of the human body, so they are safer than synthetics and animal products. Why inject foreign chemicals and compounds into your system when you have access to the full array of biological benefits that medical science has divined? Call 480-304-5152 to schedule a consultation to answer this question and so many more!
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