What Is Regenerative Therapy?
Tissues can be damaged in a variety of ways such as an acute sports injury, chronic disease, overuse, and simply aging. Regenerative medicine is a form of tissue engineering that utilizes the body’s ability to repair damaged tissues such as bone, cartilage, blood vessels, or adipose tissue (fat cells) and is delivered in the form of a simple injection. Our regenerative injection consists of multiple bio-materials including mesenchymal cells, growth factors, proteins, cytokines, and scaffolding. Each of these building blocks plays an important role in the development of new healthy tissue within an affected joint and we adjust each component to match the individual needs of our patients. That is why we ensure that our regenerative products are ethically sourced, and properly tested for optimal quality.
Our team elected to proceed with human umbilical cord tissue(HUCT) as our source for mesenchymal cell therapy. The harvesting of the HUC is not new to the field of regenerative medicine or the United States. In 2014, the University of Arizona stated:
"Cord blood banking has been available for more than 20 years, is well established and regulated, and has been involved in more than 30,000 stem cell transplants and thousands of regenerative therapies." - Harris D.T., Ph D. (2014).
However, the past decade has shown that the human umbilical cord contains helpful substances other than just blood. Scientists discovered that the tissue surrounding the cord blood, called Wharton’s jelly, contains our mesenchymal cells. These cells are essential to the regenerative medicine delivered to your body as they are able to locate damaged tissue, and direct other building blocks to repair that area. On top of that, mesenchymal cells also possess the ability to reduce inflammation, self replicate, fight cell death (apoptosis), and differentiate into multiple cell types. This allows the mesenchymal cell to have a profound and diversified regenerative effect when applied to any deteriorating area of the body.
If you have any more questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our expert doctors, contact us at our Minneapolis regenerative therapy office.
Harris D. T. (2014). Mesenchymal Cell Banking for Regenerative and Personalized Medicine. Biomedicines, 2(1), 50–79. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines2010050
Regenerative Therapy Potential Benefits
Acute injury, chronic pain, and age-related disease like arthritis can be debilitating and can completely alter a person's life. However, regenerative medicine has given us hope that there may be an ending or at least a reduction in the percentage of adults with chronic pain. Over recent years, we have made great leaps in our ability to use mesenchymal cells in a variety of different ways, most notably, to regenerate tissue.
There are a variety of benefits of regenerative medicine may be able to provide you :
Eliminate pain - Mesenchymal cells can help identify a location of degenerated tissue and directs and instructs other cellular materials to repair that tissue. Rather than managing acute/chronic pain, we can eliminate it at the source. Furthermore, once they are in the body, MSCs continue to produce new cells for up to 2 years. This allows your cartilage to regenerate, reducing pain until it is virtually unnoticeable.
Faster healing process - Growth factors included in mesenchymal cell therapy as well as the non-invasive nature of the treatment can help make the healing process faster. Traumatic incisions from knee, hip, or shoulder replacement take weeks or months to heal and are painful for the majority of that time. Our regenerative medicine procedure takes about 10 minutes and only causes a slight amount of discomfort during the injection. You can even walk out of your appointment!
Increase body capability - Degenerated tissue can be replaced with healthy tissue both within and around the joint. This added strength from new tissue will allow your body to perform at a higher level.
Decrease the risk of future injuries - Added strength from regenerated tissue may also allow the body to withstand greater trauma. Stronger muscles and tendons provide more support for the rest of the body and added growth factors may allow the joint to continue to redevelop.
Why Did We Choose Human Umbilical Cord Tissue (H.U.C.T.)?
To start, the collection and application of embryonic cells is ILLEGAL in the United States and is not an option for any licensed provider of regenerative medicine.
Some clinics utilize autologous cells (from your own body) in their injection but this requires invasive surgery to harvest cells from the patient’s bone marrow and later reintroduce those cells to another part of the body. These cells also tend to have aged with the rest of your body and are less potent than other sources.
Others use amniotic or placental cells harvested from the amniotic sac that contains a fetus during birth. However, this source includes a lot of cellular debris making it less potent, increases the risk for an allergic reaction, and makes it difficult to verify the cell count.
We utilize human umbilical cord tissue in our cell therapy. This tissue comes from a healthy mother and baby who made a voluntary donation. Then the cord is harvested for Wharton’s jelly, a mucopolysaccharide structure that surrounds and protects umbilical cord blood vessels. This tissue contains day 0 undifferentiated mesenchymal cells, meaning they have the potential to serve a variety of different functions based on the body’s need for repair. For example, if you receive an injection of our medicine for a knee affected by osteoarthritis, the cells will differentiate to help rebuild the damaged cartilage tissue in the joint space.
Is Regenerative Therapy Safe?
If you have any questions or concerns about the sourcing or use of our mesenchymal cells, call our regenerative medicine clinic in Minneapolis today at 612-424-6942. Our provider is working intimately with the FDA on a constant basis to make sure none of their processes and products are not in violation of any current regulations in effect regarding regenerative medicine products.