Stem Cell Doctor

The Stem Cell Institute offers stem cell therapy to treat a number of chronic pain conditions. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.


What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Because stem cells – cells with the capability of reproducing through dividing – have the ability to develop into cells specific to a particular organ or tissue, we can designate them to work on a specific area of the body. Once designated to a specific body part, the stem cells perform special functions for that part. Stem cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a condition through producing cells to replace damaged or older cells. Doctors harvest the cells from tissue, blood or bone marrow, with bone marrow being the most common stem cell source. These healthy harvested cells divide to maintain general stem cell numbers or become progenitor cells. In adults, these progenitor cells migrate within the brain and function primarily to maintain neuron population. They can also help induce recovery for those who suffer from neurological disorders. For more nervous system affected disorders, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, the stem cells go to work to use their regenerative properties to repair the damage caused by cell death and loss of neurons and other essential components within the brain.


Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are thought to trigger the repair functions of the body via five primary mechanisms:

  1. Providing an anti-inflammatory effect to ease pain symptoms
  2. Homing to damaged tissues and recruiting other cells, such as the progenitor cells that are necessary for tissue growth
  3. Supporting tissue remodeling over scar tissue and formations
  4. Inhibiting apoptosis (the process of programmed cell death and cell birth in the body)
  5. Differentiating the necessity of division into bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament tissue, as needed


Is stem cell therapy right for me?

The Stem Cell Institute specializes in treating pain with stem cell therapy. Patients who suffer from chronic pain may consider combatting their conditions with stem cell therapy. One may ask, “How do I know if Stem Cell Therapy is right for me?” There are multiple factors to take into consideration before choosing the stem cell method of pain treatment. One of the most important aspects to consider is the cost. Health insurance does not cover stem cell treatment, however, Dr. Rodriguez offers a variety of payment options to fit every financial situation.

The Stem Cell Institute provides each patient with information about his or her particular treatment, including clinical testing approvals of the treatment. The Stem Cell Institute ensures all physicians and medical personnel have undergone proper education and training, and uses the most updated methods and knowledge for stem cell treatment.


Conditions treatable with stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy has successfully treated more than 80 diseases, healing conditions from immune illnesses to neurological disorders. Among the extensive list of diseases treated with stem cells are conditions such as acute leukemia, myeloproliferative disorders, inherited metabolic disorders and several other inherited disorders. Stem cell therapy research holds promise for the future treatment of diseases such as AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury and more.

The Stem Cell Institute can treat the following:

  • Neck arthritis and spine disease
  • Back arthritis and spine disease
  • Knee problems
  • Hip problems
  • Shoulder problems
  • Elbow and hand problems
  • Ankle problems
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Chronic prostatitis
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Neurology


Treatment Procedure

Before the stem cells can trigger the repair functions of the body, a source of the stem cells must be isolated. Bone marrow is the most common location of stem cell extraction, and it is achieved by the insertion of a thick needle through the skin into the marrow cavity of the hip bone. Two or three punctures are made on each rear hipbone for adequate extraction levels. Should extraction of stem cells be used using adipose tissue, they will require processing prior to therapeutic use and might not be as extensively used as the bone marrow cells.

Once extraction and possible processing has concluded, the cells are ready to be used for therapy. Depending on the patient’s needs, the cells can be programmed to go to work for a specific part of the body and to perform a specific job. These can include hard tissue repair, orthopedic repair, neurological repair, joint repair, bone defect repair, muscle repair and more.

Physicians have begun to regard regenerating stem cells as normal as the practices of administering drugs or performing surgery. The first successful bone marrow transplant was achieved in 1968, and since then, doctors worldwide have been expanding the use for the stem cells contained in the marrow. New evidence suggests that bone marrow and adipose tissue stem cells may have the ability to differentiate into cells that make tissues outside of the blood, and scientists are exploring the new uses for stem cells that go beyond diseases and disorders.

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