Concentrated doses of stem cells can help heal injuries and slow down wear-and-tear on your joints and connective tissues. Board-certified regenerative medicine expert Forrest Lanchbury, MD, DVM, of Sedona Regenerative Medicine in Cottonwood, Arizona, uses the unique abilities of these special cells to provide stem cell therapy. Dr. Lanchbury harvests stem cells from your fatty tissues or bone marrow, then injects them into injured areas to boost natural healing. Learn how stem cell therapy could ease your pain by calling the Verde Valley office today or schedule an appointment online.
Stem cell therapy is one of an expanding selection of regenerative medicine treatments. These injectable therapies boost the ability of your body to heal itself.
Your immune system responds to an injury by sealing the wound and sending healing cells to the damaged tissues. Two of the primary healing mechanisms involve growth factors, which are in the platelets that help your wound to clot, and stem cells.
Stem cells differ from other cells in your body because they have the ability to become other types of cells. For example, if you damage your skin, the stem cells that arrive to heal the wound transform themselves into new skin cells.
The number of stem cells you have falls as you get older, so when you have tissue damage, there may not be enough stem cells on hand to repair the injury properly. Stem cell therapy overcomes this problem by delivering extra stem cells directly to your injured tissues. These additional cells enable your body to complete the repair process more effectively.
At Sedona Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Lanchbury harvests the stem cells he uses in your treatment from your body, which is the best way of getting active stem cells.
Despite the decrease in stem cells that happens as you age, you've still got two plentiful sources of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) – your bone marrow and fatty tissues (adipose). MSCs are the cells involved in healing connective tissues, cartilage, spinal discs, and bones.
Dr. Lanchbury extracts adipose or bone marrow samples from you and then puts them in a centrifuge, which spins at great speed to separate the stem cells from the other substances. When this separation occurs, Dr. Lanchbury can inject the concentrated dose of stem cells into your injured tissues.
He uses ultrasound imaging to precisely guide the stem cell injection, which greatly improves the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Stem cell therapy can help treat numerous conditions, including:
You won't feel much difference, to begin with, after stem cell therapy because the cells need time to effect the improvements in the healing process. After several weeks or so, you might start to notice a reduction in pain levels that continues for the next few months. If your condition was affecting your mobility, you should see improvements there as well.
Sometimes, patients report that their stem cell therapy continues to offer benefits for several years after treatment. If you do not see much improvement or need a top-up, Dr. Lanchbury can safely perform additional injections without risking the adverse effects a steroid could cause.
Stem cell therapy can ease your pain and improve the function of damaged joints and connective tissues. Find out how by calling Sedona Regenerative Medicine or book an appointment online today.