In the video below, Dr. Hamm from the NeuroSpinal Institute of Broward delves into the intricate world of stem cells and their therapeutic applications. The video aims to demystify the concept of stem cells, especially for those who might not be familiar with the topic.
Stem Cell Basics:
Stem cells are unique cells in the body that have the potential to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. They play a pivotal role in regenerative therapies, which focus on using the body’s cells to promote tissue repair.
Stem cell therapy in the U.S. primarily uses the patient’s cells to aid in the repair and regeneration of tissues that have been damaged over time. This includes conditions like osteoarthritis, disc herniations, shoulder injuries, and hip degeneration.
Sources of Stem Cells:
Stem cells can be harvested from the body’s bone marrow or fatty tissue. The bone marrow is the most trusted and studied source, making it the primary choice for many treatments.
Difference between PRP and Stem Cells:
There’s a common misconception about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) being the same as stem cells. PRP is derived from blood and is used to stimulate tissue growth after stem cell therapy. It’s considered a “baby brother” to stem cell therapy.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells:
These are a specific type of stem cell with the ability to help repair various tissues, including muscle, cartilage, tendon, ligament, and skin cells.
Once the stem cells are harvested, they are transplanted to the area with tissue damage. The results can vary, with some patients noticing improvements quickly, while others might need more time, depending on the severity of the damage.
The NeuroSpinal Institute of Broward emphasizes the importance of a thorough consultation. They assess the patient’s condition and determine the applicability of stem cell therapy. The goal is to address the root cause of pain and offer a solution that promotes tissue repair and regeneration.
Dr. Hamm encourages those interested in stem cell therapy or those dealing with chronic conditions to reach out and learn more. The institute’s approach is to use the regenerative process of the body’s cells to improve the quality of life for their patients