Stem Cell Therapy 101

How Stem Cell Treatment Works

Umbilical cord cells include stem cells, growth factors and a range of other beneficial proteins and compounds. We use blood from the umbilical cord which has been purified to get rid of any harmful substances that might cause rejection of the treatment by your body. We inject the treated cord blood into the affected area, where the various bioactive compounds go to work immediately to begin inflammation reduction and the promotion of healthy cell division and renewal. Some of the active compounds at work include VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor), IL-LRA (Interleukin-1, a receptor antagonist, stem cell factors (SCF), FGF-2 (Fibroblast Growth Factor-2) and Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-beta). Each of these compounds has a slightly different effect, but the net result is that the damaged cells in your joints are given the ingredients they need to kick-start healthy renewal and regeneration. The injection changes the chemistry inside the joint, creating a healthier environment that encourages positive, healing changes to take place including a better blood supply to the area, a reduction in damaging chronic inflammation and stimulation of healthy tissue growth. These are all typical consequences of the minimally invasive stem cell treatments we provide. By using umbilical cord cells in this way, it’s possible to transform joint therapy into a natural holistic healing process that prompts the body to enhance its own regenerative efforts. This results in a natural process of joint health improvement in the weeks or months following the injection.
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The cells introduced to your body through the injection begin to work as soon as they enter the joint area, causing inflammation to slow and regeneration to speed up. Your body already knows what to do to heal itself; our treatment just nudges it to accelerate the process.

Cord blood vs fat derived vs bone marrow derived Cells

Portland stem cell clinic
Stem cell therapy is currently not FDA approved like a medication but the FDA has set guidelines and rules for clinics and labs to use. Under these guidelines and rules cord blood and bone marrow are the only sources allowed for stem cell therapy. This is because the FDA allows only minimal manipulation of tissue before you can inject it into the body. If you are healthy and under 45 years old your fat (adipose tissue) is a good source of stem cells but to collect them your fat tissue has to be broken apart and that is not currently allowed. You may also hear of stem cells sourced from Wharton’s Jelly, the structural lining of the umbilical cord, another good source for stem cells but also not allowed as to collect them requires more than minimal manipulation. The FDA has set out these rules to keep patients safe and ensure samples remain safe and uncontaminated from pathogens and unwanted tissue fragments. 

We get our samples from Burst Biologics who offer a premium cellular
allograft for tissue repair called BioBurst Rejuv.


You can read more about the FDA guidelines here: https://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/CellularandGeneTherapy/