Amniotic injections have recently grown in popularity among professional athletes, who have used them to treat severe sports injuries. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to receive amniotic stem cell therapy; anyone with an injured or arthritic shoulder, ankle, or knee joint might benefit from amniotic or placenta stem cell injections. If you’re interested in restoring your joint health, make an appointment with Dr. Truong today!
During a human pregnancy, a fetus grows inside the amniotic sac, and the amniotic fluid within the sac protects the fetus. Amniotic cells are obtained from the amniotic sac and amniotic fluid. Placental stem cells are obtained from the placenta, which nourishes a developing fetus. All amniotic and placenta-derived stem cells come from consenting donors, and are checked for diseases at an FDA-regulated lab prior to being accepted for use in regenerative medicine.
Amniotic cells have the unique ability to become accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. An amniotic injection may not only be a great source of regenerative potential, but amniotic fluid also has an anti-inflammatory effect that relieves pain, contains proteins that aid the growth of healthy muscle tissue, and also contains hyaluronic acid that aids in cartilage growth.
Amniotic cell therapy has many potential uses, but it is particularly promising for treating injured or arthritic joints, especially in the knees.
A placenta or amniotic cell injection may be able to treat the following conditions:
Before undergoing any kind of stem cell therapy, you may be asked to minimize alcohol and tobacco intake, as these substances tend to impede the healing process. When it is time for treatment, the first step will be the isolation of platelet-rich plasma (PRP); without PRP, the stem cells will not receive the necessary signals to become other kinds of cells (differentiate).
To prepare PRP, a small sample of your blood will be taken. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, where it is spun at a high speed for about 40 minutes to separate the cells and proteins that induce healing from the other blood components. The resulting liquid that contains platelets and growth factors is PRP.
When placenta or amniotic fluid cell therapy is mixed with the PRP and injected into your injured joint, the PRP triggers a mild inflammation response, which causes the amniotic stem cells to diversify and become the types of cells necessary for healing the injury.
Joint/injury repair begins immediately after you receive the stem cell injections. With most stem cell therapies, the healing process takes three months to fully complete, but in most cases of amniotic or placenta stem cell treatment, improvement can be noticed by two to four weeks, with patients being able to resume normal activity by six weeks.
If you have heard that your joint injury is untreatable or requires surgery, it may not be true. If you are seeking a treatment with little downtime and pain for a damaged or arthritic joint, stem cell injections may be right for you. To make an appointment with Dr. Truong, contact us today!
In 2016, the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation tested donated amniotic stem cell fluid and found that it did not contain any live stem cells. Live amniotic stem cells, in combination with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), are capable of healing joint damage; dead stem cells are unable to rebuild damaged tissue. Talk to Dr. Truong about the amniotic cell treatment used at Truong Rehabilitation Center.
Currently, the only FDA-approved stem cell treatments involve using stem cells from bone marrow or blood in transplants to treat several types of cancer, certain immune disorders, and blood diseases. Despite this, many healthcare providers claim that stem cell therapy can treat many other ailments, including multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, arthritis, and joint injuries.