Stem Cell Therapy for the purposes regeneration & rejuvenation has proven benefits and is 100% holistic and naturally derived. It is often recommended to employ Stem Cell Therapy in conjunction with PRP Treatment. A huge variety of injuries and ailments may benefit from treatment with Stem Cell Therapy (or PRP / Stem Cell therapy) including conditions such as:
Achilles Tendon Injury and Tendinitis
Patellar Tendon Injury
Elbow Tendon injury and Tendinitis including Tennis Elbows and Golfer Elbows
Shoulder Tendon Injury and Rotator Cuff
Chronic Hamstring Muscle Injury
Newport Skin Clinic offers a two-step approach:
I. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) for tendinitis, bursitis, mild arthritis and rheumatism (click here to read more about PRP Treatment)
A small amount of blood is taken from the arm (8mls) into a special sterile tube. The tube is then spun down in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. Finally, the plasma portion is injected back into the injured area – sometimes under ultrasound guidance – after activation by a low level laser.
How it works:
The platelets release essential growth factors that promote and accelerate the healing process resulting in an improvement of microvascularisation, stimulation of local stem cells and stimulation of fibroblasts / collagen production.
Post PRP treatment:
It is advisable to rest, avoid loading the joint and the structures where PRP was administered, undertake only light movement and only return to sport when fully functional or as directed by your doctor.
II. Adipose Derived Stem Cell treatment for moderate to severe arthritis and cartilage wear and tear
What are Stem Cells
Stem cells are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms that can divide and differentiate into diverse specialised cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells.
There are two main classes of stem cells: Adult Stem Cells (ASC) and Embryonic Stem Cells (ES).
Adult Stem Cells
Adult Stem Cells are undifferentiated cells that are found throughout the body after embryonic development, then multiply by cell division to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues.
Scientific interest in adult stem cells is centered on their ability to divide or self-renew indefinitely, and generate all the cell types of the organ from which they originate, potentially regenerating the entire organ from a few cells. Unlike Embryonic Stem Cells, the use of adult stem cells in research and therapy is not considered to be controversial, as they are derived from adult tissue samples rather than destroyed human embryos.
The richest source of adult stem cells is the abdominal fat as it contains about 100 to 1000 times more stem cells than bone marrow per volume unit.
A mini liposuction extracts a small amount of lipoaspirate from the abdominal area. This is processed to extract the stem cells. Meanwhile an arthroscopy is conducted to treat the joint in the traditional way: trimming any torn meniscus and debriding the joint. At the end of the arthroscopy the stem cells are injected in the affected joint
How it works:
The stem cells have a dual action: an immediate anti-inflammatory effect through the release of different factors (a paracrine action), and a later differentiation action generating chondroblasts and chondrocytes to replace and gradually regenerate the worn cartilage.
Post Stem Cell procedure:
Again, it is advisable to rest, avoid loading the joint and the structures where the stem cell treatment was administered, undertake only light movement and only return to sport when fully functional or as directed by your doctor.