How Stem Cell Therapy Can Benefit You

Dr. Nathan Ford at the Ford Wellness Center in the greater Los Angeles area has always been on the cutting-edge of the latest medical therapies. One such therapy utilizes the patient’s own stem cells to help treat a wide array of conditions.

While the exact science behind stem cell therapy is complicated, the basics are simple. The following is a brief guide to what stem cell therapy is, what it treats and how it can help you.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are an incredibly unique and important type of cell within the human body. Unlike most cells that have a specialized function, stem cells are unspecialized. This means a person’s stem cells can, in many cases, be transplanted to a different part of the body, where it can become tissue or organ-specific. With this kind of flexibility, it’s easy to see why advancements in stem cell related treatments are a hot topic within the medical community.

Not all stem cells are created equal, however. The two types of stem cells are embryonic and adult. In stem cell therapy, adult stem cells are used from the patient’s very own body.

How does stem cell treatment work?

Because stem cells are non-specialized, they can be used to treat different problems in different parts of the body. Doctors, such as Dr. Ford, who specialize in stem cell therapy are able to use a person’s stem cells to treat a variety of injuries since the cells literally regrow into the type of tissue that requires healing. For example, a Ford Wellness Center patient who has a torn cartilage can have their stem cells injected into the injured area, and the stem cells will regrow into cartilage tissue. These remarkable cells can be used to regrow a variety of human tissue, such as skin, muscle, joint or tendons.

During the treatment, the doctor will place a specimen of a patient’s cells, usually taken from the fat in the buttocks, into a specialized machine called a centrifuge, which is designed to separate the cells, creating a sample of isolated stem cells for the doctor’s use in treating the patient. Once this is done, Dr. Ford will inject the patient’s stem cells into the area being treated. The pain during stem cell therapy is minimal. The side effects are also minimal, yet some patients may feel some soreness in the treated area for a few days following treatment. Patients can usually continue with their daily routine after their appointment. Dr. Ford will advise about which activities to avoid and when the patient needs to return for a follow-up visit.

Common Injuries Treated

  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn ACL tissue
  • Bone fractures
  • Chronic inflammation

Common Diseases Treated

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Stem cell therapy vs PRP therapy

Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy are similar in what they can treat, but each therapy has a different mechanism for promoting healing. For example, PRP therapy uses something called “Growth factors” which are derived from the patient’s platelets in their blood. These growth factors then help by signaling stem cells to rebuild vital tissues needed during healing.

On the other hand, stem cell therapy utilizes the actual stem cells, which are directly applied or injected into an injured area. Once they are established in the tissue, they begin replicating and rebuilding that tissue.

Whether or not you will benefit more from stem cell therapy or PRP is a decision to be made between you and Dr. Ford.

Who is a good candidate for stem cell therapy

Whether or not someone is a good candidate for stem cell therapy depends on multiple factors; such as the condition being treated, the overall health of the patient and if there are other treatments available.

If you think stem cell therapy is right for you and you live in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area, schedule a consultation at the Ford Wellness Center today. As a board-certified physician by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Ford specializes in stem cell therapy and can properly assess if you are a good candidate for treatment.