Stem cell therapy offers great potential in promoting healing for people with degenerative conditions. At Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center in Houston, Ajay K. Aggarwal, MD offers stem cell injection therapy to men and women suffering from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and more. For more information on this cutting-edge therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Stem cells are non-specialized cells that can develop into many different cell types, including:
Stem cells can also develop into cells specific to certain internal organs. Stem cells have the unique ability to seek out damaged tissue and repair the body naturally. They can divide and renew themselves over and over again, unlike muscle and nerve cells, which typically don’t replicate.
Stem cell therapy involves injecting a concentration of these special healing cells into an injured, damaged, or diseased area of the body. This offers an internal repair system as the cells develop into the tissue necessary to proliferate healing. Stem cell therapy offers a viable alternative to invasive surgeries, meaning faster healing and recovery.
Dr. Aggarwal works with non-embryonic adult mesenchymal stem cells obtained from your own blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue. These stem cells remain dormant until they come into contact with an injury.
Adult stem cells have regenerative properties, so they can accelerate your healing. Plus, since they come from your own body, there’s no chance of rejection. Fat-derived stem cells are most often used, as these are the most abundant and most easily harvested.
Stem cell therapy has broad applications in many areas of medicine. In physiatry, stem cell therapy is often used to treat muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons that have been injured, and it's also used to treat degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis in the knees and other joints. Both extraction and injection can be performed on the same day as an outpatient procedure. Most patients experience maximum benefits about two to three weeks following treatment as damaged cells are replaced by new, healthy cells.
Stem cells used in regenerative therapies for treatments of the spine, joints and other areas are derived either from fat tissue or from bone marrow. The most common sites for stem cell harvesting include the wall of the abdomen, the sides of the abdomen (the “love handles) and the buttocks. Bone marrow stems cells are most commonly harvested from the top of the pelvis called the iliac crest. Bone-derived stem cells are usually only used in people under the age of 40, while stem cells that come from fat can be used in any patient.
Following a thorough medical evaluation and review of your health history, Dr. Aggarwal and the team Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center can evaluate your condition to determine whether you might benefit from stem cell therapy. To learn more about the healing potential of stem cell therapy, call the office or book an appointment online.