As one ages, changes occur in all of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, which affect the functioning of all body systems—eventually leading to overall deterioration and in many cases, disease. While some turn to medication or surgery in search of relief from their ailments, others are turning to stem cell therapy, which uses the body’s own stem cells derived from fat tissue, bone marrow or umbilical cord blood to help regenerate damaged tissue in the body. The stem cells are introduced either through local injections in a specific area like a knee, shoulder, hip or back or administered through an intravenous injection.
“Stem cells are produced in our bodies with the potential to grow new tissue when introduced to an area that needs repair, since they have the potential to grow into various organ tissues,” says Dr. Roberto Tostado, founder of The IBody Medical Wellness Center in San Marino. “They have an innate intelligence that allows them to program new tissue growth in areas of inflammation, damage or degenerated tissue. I have been treating patients with stem cell therapy for the past few years, helping with various joint issues, chronic pain and inflammatory disease.”
Research on stem cells indicates that many inflammatory diseases improve with therapy including degenerative conditions like arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and musculoskeletal chronic pain, as well as tissue repair for inflammatory conditions, diabetes and Lyme disease. Depending on the severity or length of time, one can experience improvement after one treatment, although Dr. Tostado points out that a second treatment may be required a few months later to increase the benefit of tissue regeneration. The treatment takes no more than 30 minutes and patients are able to return to their normal lives, noticing improvement over time. According to stem cell studies, regenerated tissue can last for years.
“Stem cell therapy can be an effective alternative to surgery and pain medication,” Dr. Tostado concluded. “Joint replacement doesn’t come without risk and there is always the possibility of failure statistically. Given the years of research and success with stem cell treatments, it might be worth learning more about this fountain of youth in cells and getting back to doing the things you love like hiking, dancing, long walks or just relaxing without pain or limitation.”
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