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What alternative therapies can treat migraines? Stem Cell Therapy ...

How new advanced stem cell treatments help migraine sufferers avoid medications that may not work or cause side effects.

What is the best treatment for back pain? New Alternatives to Surgery

Back pain is one of the most commonly cited forms of pain that the average person experiences. Nearly 65 million Americans have recently reported a recent episode of back pain, with 16 million adults experiencing a severe level of back pain. The activities that patients can engage in may be limited depending on the level of pain the patient experiences. This can in turn lower the patient’s quality of life. Back pain is the sixth most costly medical condition in the United States. 

How Natural Killer Cell Therapy Can Reduce Inflammation in the Body

Inflammation is the cause of many diseases and conditions.About 3 to 5 people die worldwide from chronic inflammatory diseases. Whether that disease is stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, or diabetes inflammation is one of the main factors behind that condition. Chronic inflammation is incredibly difficult to treat. The medical community has only created a handful of effective therapies that are able to reduce inflammation levels in patients with chronic inflammation. This problem is not going away anytime soon. Chronic inflammation diseases are on the rise as well. The medical community needs to develop more effective treatment options for patients with all levels of inflammation. Researchers are looking for alternative treatment options in order to lower levels of chronic inflammation. Increasing your natural killer cell count may be beneficial to improving your body’s response to inflammation. Natural killer cell therapies may be the future of treating inflammation. Before we jump into how natural killer cells may be able to help treat inflammation, let’s get a better understanding of inflammation. What Is Inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself from harm. That harm could be anything from bacteria entering your body or a splinter that breaks a patient’s skin. Inflammation can be caused by a number of factors. The source of the inflammation may not be completely obvious to patients or their doctors. What Happens In The Body When It Is Inflamed? A number of different immune system pieces and cells are involved when the body has an inflammatory response. The immune system releases inflammatory mediators, such as histamines. These inflammatory mediators can open up the small blood vessels that lead directly to various tissues. The extra blood that flows into the damaged tissue can improve the ability of the body to heal the damaged cells and tissues. Additionally, more immune cells can be carried to the injured area to fight off against any potential pathogens that are entering the exposed area of the body. The increased hormone levels from the inflammation will cause the nerves in the damaged area to be more sensitive. This is because the body wants you to protect that damaged area, which is why a patient will feel pain in the area. The body also swells in the affected area, due to the extra fluid present in the area. The swelling and heightened level of pain in the area generally subsides once the body is able to heal and protect the damaged area. Another example of inflammation is when a patient has a stuffy nose. Your body is attempting to flush the virus out of your system by creating more fluid in the nose. Once the body is rid of the virus, the inflammation level typically decreases in the target area. When the inflammation level does not go down after a period of time, it can cause a number of health issues for patients. Why Is Inflammation Bad? Inflammation Can Be Good Inflammation is great when the body is attempting to fight off a potential infection or heal damaged tissue. When inflammation is acting as it should, it is known as acute inflammation. This type of inflammation only lasts about two to six weeks. Once the inflammation subsides, the body will return to normal function, until the immune system needs to react to an event again. Long-Term Inflammation If inflammation does not subside in the affected area after a period of time, the condition is known as chronic inflammation. Generally, chronic inflammation is defined as inflammation that lasts longer than six weeks. Chronic inflammation can lead to a number of complications, including death. Long-term inflammation is characterized by corrosive extracellular matrix, deficiency of regulatory growth factors, hypoxia, and cellular senescence. In more layman terms, it means that inflammation causes there to be more damage to tissue, less healing capabilities at the site of inflammation, and less oxygen at the site of inflammation. All of these factors lead to the development of several conditions and diseases. Sudden, severe inflammation can also lead to a number of complications. Emergency room patients often deal with sudden and severe inflammation after their first injuries are dealt with. The immune system most likely attempts to create a huge inflammatory reaction in order to attempt to keep the body alive. Sadly, this may actually create the opposite effect. Now that we have a better understanding of inflammation and the role it plays in the body, let’s jump into natural killer cells. It may be helpful to understand how natural killer cells contribute to inflammation and what therapies can be used to decrease the level of inflammation. What Role Do Natural Killer Cells Play In Inflammation Emerging research is showing evidence that natural killer cells may have the ability to contribute to immunological memory. Immunological memory is the ability of the immune system to recognize a foreign invader in the body. When the immune system identifies an antigen that it has previously encountered, it can create a response to fight off the antigen. Part of this response is the creation of inflammation. In the past, researchers believed that only T-cells and B-cells were involved in this part of the immune system. There are different types of memory natural killer cells where they vary in terms of their tissue localization patterns. Researchers have found three types of natural killer cell memories: Hapten Specific, Virus Specific, and Cytokine Induced. Hapten-Specific Natural Killer Cell Memory Haptens are small molecules that create an immune response when they attach to a protein or pharmaceutical drug. One group of memory natural killer cells are generated when the hapten is used to generate an immune response. This should help the body to respond to a threat to the body when detected by the immune system. This type of natural killer cells are only found in the liver. Virus-Specific Natural Killer Cell Memory This type of natural killer cell is created when the body fights off a specific virus. The immune system will generate memory natural killer cells that can react when they detect the virus. Virus-specific memory natural killer cells can be located in different areas of the body. Researchers believe that the type of infection or virus plays a part in where these cells reside. For example, influenza memory natural killer cells are located in the liver and lungs. Cytokine-Induced Natural Killer Cell Memory Cytokine-induced memory natural killer cells can be generated through the presence of certain inflammatory cytokines. A virus or antigen does not need to be present in order for this type to be generated. This type of natural killer cell is found throughout the body and is not located in one specific place. Cytokine-induced memory natural killer cells can elicit an immune response when they detect a cytokine. Researchers are hopeful that a better understanding of memory natural killer cells will lead to the development of better vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases. Natural killer cells could be used to elicit the correct immune response in patients who have never encountered a certain virus. Understanding these memory natural killer cells can give researchers a better understanding of inflammation and what the medical community can do to fight inflammation. Natural Killer Cells & Autoimmune Diseases Natural killer cells have the ability to destroy infected and malignant cells. A unique feature of natural killer cells is that they do not have to wait for the immune system in order to take action. Natural killer cells utilize molecules that are cytotoxic and apoptosis-inducing proteins in order to kill the cell. Natural killer cells also have the ability to create cytokines and chemokines that can help the body fight off a potential infection. This is generally a good reaction, but it can go awry when the natural killer cells release these defense mechanisms when there is no active threat. Natural killer cells and cytokines may end up attacking healthy tissue and cells in the body. This can potentially lead to the development of chronic inflammation. Natural killer cells may be key players in the development of several autoinflammatory diseases. These disorders are generally associated with cytokine storms or disorders where there are a number of highly activated immune cells. Natural killer cells may be causing the long-term activation of the immune system and causing more harm than good in some cases. Some researchers believe that natural killer cells that are malfunctioning are the reason why chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders occur in patients. This may be the case in some diseases, such as Active Adult-onset Still Disease. The chronic inflammation causes a number of symptoms in patients that have autoimmune disorders. Researchers are actively looking for ways to treat chronic inflammation. The development of natural killer cell therapies may be a way to reduce inflammation. Some Promising Research Researchers looked at myocarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart muscle, and the role that natural killer cells played in the condition. Their lab previously showed that natural killer cells helped to prevent continued heart inflammation by fighting the virus that is causing the inflammation. Further natural killer cell research showed that this was not the only role that natural killer cells played in the development of the condition. A group of mice with myocarditis were given a dose of natural killer cells to understand how they interacted with the condition. The researchers were able to show that natural killer cells have the ability to control the level of inflammation at the inflamed site. Natural killer cells were able to reduce the levels of chemokine expression in the heart tissue, which led to a lower level of inflammation. A number of other interesting studies have investigated whether or not natural killer cells can be used to combat various inflammatory conditions and diseases. Researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center found that natural killer cells may be able to prevent the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Natural killer cells may have the ability to reduce the level of inflammation in brain tissue, as well as reduce the creation of protein clumps in the brain. Additionally, researchers found that mice with a depleted level of natural killer cells had worse symptoms than mice with higher levels of natural killers cells. Natural killer cells and their ability to reduce inflammation levels and clear protein clumps is important to reduce the level of Parkinson’s disease in a patient. It is clear that natural killer cells are a huge part of chronic inflammation and how patients develop autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions. A better understanding of natural killer cells can lead to the development of various therapies. Stem cell therapy could be beneficial to the development of natural killer cell therapies. Stem Cells & Natural Killer Cells Stem cells have long interested researchers for developing potential therapies for a variety of conditions and diseases. The abilities of stem cells make them attractive for a number of reasons. Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into almost any cell in the body, including natural killer cells. If a patient receives stem cells into the target area of inflammation, they could turn into natural killer cells. Additionally, it has been noted through various studies that stem cells have anti-inflammatory effects. Some researchers have theorized that stem cells are able to reduce the immune system’s response. It could be that the stem cells are creating new natural killer cells that are reducing the inflammation level in the patient. A patient that receives a stem cell IV therapeutic treatment may be able to increase the number of healthy, functioning natural killer cells. Increasing the number of natural killer cells that work correctly may be able to improve the symptoms of some patients that experience chronic inflammation. If you have chronic inflammation, increasing your natural killer cell level may help to reduce the amount of inflammation present in your body. Researchers are continuing to develop innovative therapies that can treat a number of chronic conditions. Natural killer cell therapies may be able to one day cure autoimmune diseases.

What is best treatment for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? Stem Cells Show ...

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that currently has no cure. The rare disease affects 1 in 5,000 people across the world. That may not seem like a lot, but there are over 1 million people in the United States with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. The condition affects all genders and races. A patient who is overly flexible may be showing signs of a subset of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Many Ehlers Danlos Syndrome patients go undiagnosed for years or can even be misdiagnosed with hypochondriasis, depression, or chronic fatigue syndrome. This disease can greatly impact a patient’s quality of life. According to some research, more than 90% of patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome suffer from chronic pain. Conventional medicine has been attempting to treat this disease for several decades. Sadly, there are no treatments that can directly treat the disease. The only current option for patients is the management of the disease. This has led to some understandable frustration in this group of patients. While this disease does not affect the majority of the population, it is important that the research community continue to develop new treatments for patients. Stem cells may hold the answers to developing an effective therapeutic treatment for this disease. This innovative therapy could greatly improve the lives of patients with the condition. Let’s discuss the disease and develop a better understanding of the disease, to showcase how stem cells may be able to help. What Is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a disease that affects the connective tissue throughout the body. This disease affects the collagen that is produced in the body. Generally, the collagen that is produced is either structured improperly or processed improperly. There are currently 13 types of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that each have a variety of symptoms. All subsets of the disease have one symptom in common: hypermobility. Hippocrates was the first physician to note this symptom in his studies, which suggests that the disease has been present in the human race for thousands of years. Hypermobility occurs when a patient’s joints move beyond the normal range of motion. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome has a number of additional symptoms that can help physicians diagnose the disease. Patients can have muscle fatigue, loose skin, fragile skin, intense pain, and many other symptoms. But, why does subpar collagen production cause this disease? What Does Collagen Do? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, accounting for about one-third of the total protein amount in the body. This protein has a number of extremely important functions in the body. Collagen is the building block for many cells and tissues in the body, including bones, skin, hair, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen can be thought of as the ‘glue’ in the body. There are over 30 types of collagen that have been identified in the human body. There are five types of collagen that are the most common in the body: Type I 90% of the collagen in a patient is type I. This protein type provides structure to skin, bones, teeth, cartilage, and tendons. Levels of type I collagen begin to decline after the age of 25. The lack of this type of collagen results in sagging skin, fine lines, brittle nails and thinning hair. Many collagen supplements are primarily composed of this collagen type. Type II Without type II collagen, your joints would end up smashing together. This collagen type ensures that the cartilage found in your joints cushion joint impact. The skeletal system needs this collagen in order to function properly. Type III Type III collagen helps to support the structure of organs, muscles, and arteries. It can be found in various places throughout the body, including bone marrow. Type IV This type of collagen is primarily found in a layer of the skin. It can help with filtration in the skin. As patients age, the body produces less collagen and lower quality collagen. When a patient has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome their genetics cause them to create collagen that is not high quality or not produce enough collagen. But, what causes this to occur in patients? What Causes Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is typically diagnosed during childhood or even at birth. However, some patients may go years before they are properly diagnosed. Understanding what causes the disease can help both patients and physicians ensure that the proper diagnosis is performed. The reason that patients develop Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is due to a genetic defect. The specific gene that is affected at birth will determine which type of syndrome will develop in the patient. There are 19 genes that can be defective and cause a certain subset of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Many families are unaware that they have the potential to pass on these genetic defects to their children. Thankfully, patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome still have a normal life expectancy, unless they have the form of the disease that affects blood vessels. These patients have to deal with a lower quality of life unfortunately. They also have few treatment options available to treat their condition. Current Treatment Options Standard care for patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is focused on preventing more serious complications. Pain Medication Simple pain medications can make life more tolerable for patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as Tyenol, are often used to manage the pain that patients experience. Opioids can also be used in the short term, but are typically prescribed less due to their addictive nature. Steroids may also be helpful in the short term. However, long-term steroid use has too many negative side effects for steroids to be a viable treatment option. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, serotonin, and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors may help patients who are suffering from nerve-related pain. Overall pain medication is not a viable treatment option for patients over a long period of time. Physical Therapy And Exercise Physical therapy and exercise is typically one of the first treatment methods that physicians will recommend to patients. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles surrounding joints, which can help reduce pain. Patients can also utilize assistive devices, such as braces, to prevent joint dislocations from occurring. Physical therapy is not enough to stop the progression of the disease unfortunately. Patients will still have to deal with the symptoms and complications of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and some of those complications could lead to surgery. Surgery Patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome will often have to undergo surgery to repair damaged joints. If patients have the type where blood vessels become damaged, surgery may be required to repair damaged blood vessels and valves. Surgery is more complicated for patients with this condition. Patients may have difficulty healing from surgery, due to the fragile nature of patient skin. The real issue is that none of these treatment options address the underlying pathology of the disease. That is precisely why the medical community has begun looking at alternative treatment methods. Stem cells may hold the answer for patients that are suffering from this terrible disease. Stem Cell Therapy For Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Due to the fact that conventional medicine has failed many patients with this condition, they have begun to seek other alternative options. One of those options that has peaked both patient and researcher interest is stem cell therapy. Stem cells have interested researchers for decades as potential treatment methods for a number of diseases and conditions that have few to no treatments. Naturally, the medical community began to look at stem cells to treat Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Stem cells have a number of incredible properties that could help Ehlers Danlos Syndrome patients. Stem cells have regenerative properties. These cells release a number of regenerative growth factors that signal to the body to repair and replace damaged cells and tissues. This can be extremely beneficial for patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. When a patient has a lot of damage in various joints, stem cells can be used to help repair the joints without surgery. If a patient can avoid surgical intervention, they will be able to heal faster and improve their quality of life. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be safe in a variety of patients for many conditions. In such fragile patients, this is a fantastic benefit. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome patients can have relative assurance that their stem cell treatment will likely have no adverse side effects. Unlike surgery, patients should be able to fully recover from a stem cell procedure with no problems. There are documented cases of patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome receiving stem cell therapy to treat the pain associated with the disease. Patients were in great pain before receiving the treatment, but were able to reduce the severity of their symptoms after receiving stem cell therapy. Granted case studies are not research studies, but it can bring hope into patient lives where there was no hope for them in the past. Stem cells also may help the body produce the correct amount of collagen and more high quality collagen, but there needs to be more research done before there is a definitive answer. The research on stem cell therapy for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is rather limited, but hopefully more research will come to light in the near future. There are a few reasons that stem cell therapy has not been widely studied for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. More research dollars are needed in this specific field, but due to the rarity of the disease it may take some time. For now patients will have to assess whether stem cell therapy is a good fit for their case. Patients with this disease should be careful and do their research when it comes to stem cell therapy. There are plenty of bad actors that will promise the world and try to profit off of desperate patients and families. BioXcellerator has worked directly with patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Our team is dedicated to developing customized treatment plans for all of our patients. Whether that treatment plan entails stem cell therapy, physical therapy, or physical therapy, we will develop a plan to improve a patient’s quality of life. One way we are actively working to improve our treatments is a new type of stem cell treatment we like to call ‘golden cells.’ Golden Cells Many patients need stem cells that are of the highest quality. One large issue is that many stem cell clinics do not always give patients the most potent stem cells. Even worse, some stem cell clinics do not know the potency of the stem cells that they are using on their patients. There have been some cases of medical professionals using dead stem cells in their treatments. Thankfully, the BioXcellerator team developed a way to ensure that our patients are receiving the highest quality care. Our team utilizes an incredibly strict quality control process that filters out stem cells that are not as potent as others. This process also tests stem cells for any diseases or abnormalities that could cause adverse effects. The end result of this process is a set of stem cells we like to call ‘golden cells.’ These cells should have more healing and therapeutic potential than conventional stem cell treatments. Bring up alternative treatment methods next time you go to your healthcare professional. You are your biggest advocate and can make a difference in your quality of life. Stem cell therapy may have the potential to improve the quality of life of patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

What is best treatment for plantar fasciitis? Regain your step today

Walking is a simple pleasure that many of us take for granted. Walking enables us to get around and live our lives. When our ability to walk is impaired, it makes life much more difficult. One condition in particular can make walking and running much more painful: plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is not a deadly condition, but it can greatly affect a patient’s quality of life. Each year more than 2 million people receive some type of treatment for plantar fasciitis. While a majority of patients typically recover in a matter of weeks or months, there are patients who continue to suffer from the condition. Conventional medical treatments do not work for them and it can leave some patients crippled. The medical community has been investigating alternative treatment methods, such as stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the potential to treat the root cause of the condition and improve a patient’s quality of life. A deeper understanding of the condition may help patients understand exactly how stem cells may potentially treat this condition, so let’s discuss the basics. What Is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is inflamed and causes dull and sharp pains in the feet of patients. The condition is also known as policeman’s foot, as police officers who patrolled on foot would develop the condition. Generally, patients experience the most pain in the morning when first walking as there is not much blood flowing to the affected area. The medical definition for this condition suggests that the reason for the pain is due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. There are many reasons that the plantar fascia can become inflamed, from overexercising to old age. Some research suggests that the plantar fascia actually degrades in some patients, which causes the condition. Women and men between the ages of 40 and 70 are at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Women are slightly more likely to develop the condition as compared to men. Patients with jobs where they are constantly on their feet, such as servers or construction workers, are more likely to develop the condition. Additionally, patients who are overweight are much more likely to develop the condition. The added weight will increase the amount of force that the plantar fascia has to absorb. Losing weight can help relieve some of the symptoms of the condition. Pregnant women may develop plantar fasciitis during the later stages of their pregnancy. But, why does inflammation or damage to the plantar fascia cause this condition? Let’s get a better understanding of how the plantar fascia works in the foot. What Does The Plantar Fascia Do? The plantar fascia is a thick piece of connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot. The tissue is made from collagen fibers. There are three parts of the plantar fascia: the medial component, the central component, and the lateral component. The central component is by far the largest piece of the plantar fascia. One model suggests that the plantar fascia absorbs about 14% of the total load the foot holds. The plantar fascia is vital for the mechanical function and structural integrity of the foot. When the plantar fascia begins to break down, the rest of the foot will experience pain as the tissue is not absorbing as much force. The foot cannot handle the additional load that the plantar fascia carried. The plantar fascia also plays an important role in gait, or how long our stride is when walking. The plantar fascia acts as a spring when the foot becomes outstretched when a patient is walking. If that spring is not functioning properly or damaged, then patients will have a much shorter stride when walking. Gait is an important indicator of overall health and can help patients stay in shape. The plantar fascia is connected directly to the achilles heel in childhood. As a patient ages, this connection becomes less stable and there may be little to no connection by the time a patient reaches their 70s. This lack of connection can also contribute to plantar fasciitis. Current Treatments For Plantar Fasciitis The medical community has a few treatment options for patients with plantar fasciitis. Most of these treatment methods are focused on managing the condition. Physical Therapy As with many other musculoskeletal disorders, medical doctors will typically recommend physical therapy for patients suffering from this condition. Strengthening the lower parts of the leg can help take some of the force off of the plantar fascia. The strengthened muscles can absorb part of the force that would typically be absorbed by the plantar fascia. Medication Anti-inflammatory drugs are also typically recommended to patients with this condition. The medication can potentially reduce the associated pain and inflammation that is felt by patients. For patients that only have short-term plantar fasciitis, this treatment method typically suffices. If anti-inflammatory drugs do not reduce the patient’s pain level, then corticosteroids can also be used. Corticosteroids use can be effective, but the long-term negative consequences of steroid use usually outweigh the benefits. Corticosteroids can break down the tissue with long term use. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a relatively new treatment method for this condition. A patient’s heel would be bombarded with sound waves. This may help to encourage the body to repair the plantar fascia. This therapy is noninvasive and easy, which could make it an attractive option for patients. There is some research that showcased that this type of therapy may actually lead to worse symptoms. Surgery In extreme cases of plantar fasciitis, where patients are experiencing pain for multiple months, a doctor may recommend surgery to relieve symptoms. About 5% of patients with plantar fasciitis will eventually need to undergo surgery. There are a few surgical methods that can be used that largely depend on the patient’s condition and a number of other factors. One surgical method removes the plantar fascia from the heel bone, but this can lead to full loss of function in the foot. Gastrocnemius recession is another surgical option where the calf muscle is lengthened in order to improve the flexibility of the ankle. This can lead to less stress on the plantar fascia. Surgery can lead to a number of side effects, such as chronic pain and nerve damage, so it should be considered a last resort. Time Off For some patients all they need is some time off of their feet. Runners in particular are encouraged to stop running for a few weeks or even months to reduce the strain on their plantar fascia. The body will then have a chance to heal and repair the damage and inflammation in the plantar fascia. This does not work for all patients. Many patients will still experience intense pain even after taking time off. Whatever treatment method patients utilize, there are no effective treatment options that are guaranteed to work for patients with plantar fasciitis. Many patients look for alternative therapies, but they may be unfamiliar with them. The research community is actively looking into stem cell therapy as a potential treatment option for plantar fasciitis. Stem Cell Therapy For Plantar Fasciitis Stem cell therapy has been dismissed by the medical community for decades. That has all changed in the past decade or so as research has shown that stem cells have the ability to treat conditions and diseases that currently have no effective therapies. Patients that are frustrated with conventional medical treatments are looking to utilize stem cell therapy in order to treat plantar fasciitis. Stem cells have the ability to reduce inflammation. Countless studies have showcased that stem cells release antiinflammatory factors that decrease inflammation in the target area. Stem cells reduce the immune system’s response, which may be the reason that the tissue in the plantar fasciitis is inflamed. Stem cells have regenerative properties as they release a number of powerful chemicals that encourage the body to repair and replace damaged cells and tissues. Patients with plantar fasciitis may be able to partially regenerate some of the damaged tissue in the plantar fascia. The newly regenerated plantar fascia will be able to help the rest of the foot absorb the force and patients may be able to walk or run without pain. Stem cell therapy has also been shown to be completely safe in multiple studies. Patients will have little to no side effects when they choose stem cell therapy. All of these factors make stem cell therapy an attractive choice for patients who have had no success with conventional treatment options. Platelet-rich plasma may also be a potential regenerative medicine treatment option for patients with plantar fasciitis. The concentrated plasma has a number of healing factors that may be able to reduce some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Utilizing both stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma could be a powerful series of therapies that could reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms. While the research for stem cell therapy for plantar fasciitis is still relatively scarce, there are some promising individual case studies. BioXcellerator works with patients with different conditions, including plantar fasciitis. BioXcellerator Has Treated Patients With Plantar Fasciitis At the BioXcellerator stem cell clinic in Medellin, Colombia our team has treated patients with plantar fasciitis. The FDA unfortunately does not allow some of the innovative treatments that we use at our facility, which is why we strategically opened our facility in Colombia. We can offer patients the most innovative stem cell treatments at this location. Andrew Dynda went to the BioXcellerator clinic to receive treatment for his shoulder that recently underwent surgery. He was tired of hearing that his only treatment option involved surgery. In addition to receiving therapy on his shoulder, Andrew decided to treat his plantar fasciitis, which had been bothering him for three years. Andrew did not want to pursue more surgery for his condition. Andrew received stem cell therapy for both his shoulder and plantar fasciitis. After receiving his treatment, Andrew showed promising recovery just days into his regenerative medicine journey. He is optimistic that he will continue to improve and that he will continue to have reduced symptoms in the coming years. The BioXcellerator team was able to come up with a customized stem cell treatment plan that worked for his specific case. Our medical team always recommends therapies that should work for a patient. If a patient will not recover by utilizing stem cell therapy, then the medical team is more than happy to recommend the correct therapy. One way that we are working on creating the best possible medical care for our patients is through the use of a new stem cell treatment we call ‘golden cells.’ Golden Cells One issue of trust that the general public has to deal with is the level of consistency and quality when it comes to stem cell therapy. Unfortunately, there are some bad actors in the regenerative medicine field that will gladly take a desperate patient’s money and administer a subpar treatment. The BioXcellerator team looked to quiet patient fears by creating an innovative process that ensures high stem cell quality. This process works by testing stem cells for any potential diseases or poor morphology. We also have a strict set of conditions and guidelines for our stem cells. Stem cells that do not meet this criteria will be rejected. By using this process, we filter out the least potent stem cells and we are left with the highest quality stem cells that we like to call ‘golden cells.’ Our team believes that golden cells will improve our ability to treat patients by giving them the most potent stem cells. These stem cell treatments may have the potential to heal patients with plantar fasciitis. If you are experiencing intense pain from plantar fasciitis and conventional medical options have not worked, discuss alternative treatment options with your doctor. You may be able to find a treatment option that works for your specific case. Stem cell therapy could potentially relieve some of your symptoms by repairing the plantar fascia and/or reducing the inflammation level.

How do I know if I have a damaged rotator cuff? Non Surgical Option

The rotator cuff is a key group of muscles and tendons that helps facilitate upper body movement. A damaged rotator cuff can cause considerable pain to a patient and subsequently lower their quality of life. You may not realize how often you use your shoulder in your daily life. The simple acts of putting on clothes or brushing your hair may be impossible if your rotator cuff is damaged. At least two million people visit their doctor every year with an issue with their rotator cuff. There are likely millions of more people with undiagnosed rotator cuff issues as well. These patients are asymptomatic and are dealing with minor cases The medical community does a relatively good job of treating patients with non-invasive treatment methods, such as physical therapy. However, there are many patients who have rotator cuff injuries that require surgical intervention. There are over 400,000 surgical repairs of rotator cuffs each year just in the United States. Surgery is expensive, risky, and can knock a patient out of work for multiple weeks. The medical community has not developed comprehensive treatment methods to treat all patients with rotator cuff syndrome. The prevalence of rotator cuff syndrome will likely only increase in the coming years. The population in the United States is aging, which will lead to more cases of the musculoskeletal condition. The medical community needs more effective treatment options to address current and future needs. Thankfully, stem cell therapy may be a potential treatment option for patients with rotator cuff syndrome. What Is A Rotator Cuff? The rotator cuff is a common name for a group of four muscles in the shoulder. These muscles are known as the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus,Teres minor, and Subscapularis. Rotator cuff muscles are used in a variety of upper body movements, including abduction, external and internal rotation, and flexion. These muscles are needed in almost every type of shoulder movement and also help to stabilize the shoulder. Strength and flexibility in the shoulder are reliant on the rotator cuff muscles. If this group of muscles become damaged or impaired at all, it can affect the movement of the shoulder. When this occurs the condition is known as rotator cuff syndrome. What Is Rotator Cuff Syndrome? Rotator cuff syndrome describes a condition where an injury or degenerative condition affects the performance of the rotator cuff. Damage can occur gradually over time or all at once. Anyone over the age of 50 generally will have some level of wear and tear in their rotator cuffs. There are a variety of conditions that can cause rotator cuff syndrome. Here are some of the most common causes: Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Rotator cuff tendonitis is the most common cause of shoulder pain. The tendons of the rotator cuff are inflamed or irritated, which causes pain. Generally, this condition develops over time when a patient performs a repeating motion over a long period of time. For example, baseball pitchers can develop this condition from repeatedly throwing a baseball. Rotator Cuff Tear In this type of rotator cuff syndrome, the tendon becomes partially or completely torn off of the bone. This could be the result of a sudden injury or a gradual tear over time. This can be the most serious type of rotator cuff syndrome. Patients who experience this condition may have to undergo surgery. Shoulder Bursitis In the shoulder there are tiny fluid-filled sacs that are known as bursa. These sacs are sandwiched in between the bones in your shoulder to prevent friction. When the sacs become inflamed or irritated, the condition is known as shoulder bursitis. Patients will experience pain when attempting to perform various movements. Calcific Tendonitis This type of condition occurs when a buildup of calcium deposits occurs on the rotator cuff. The calcium deposits can cause pressure on the tendon, as well as chemical irritation. Calcium deposits will feel like toothpaste in the shoulder. Shoulder Impingement This type of rotator cuff syndrome occurs when a tendon rubs on the shoulder blade. When you raise your arm, the space between the acromion and rotator cuff narrows. The acromion can rub against the tendon and the bursa. This rubbing can cause inflammation and additional damage to the rotator cuff. Continual motion and movement can lead to additional inflammation. Researchers have noticed that when a patient tears their rotator cuff that fat deposits will develop instead of the repaired muscle. A relatively new study showed that stem cells in the shoulder were more likely to develop into fat cells rather than muscle cells. Researchers believe that there is a 23% decrease in the amount of muscle tissue developed and an 87% of increase in the amount of fat cells developed. Current Treatment Methods The medical community has developed a variety of treatments that are applicable to several types of rotator cuff syndrome. Physical Therapy One of the most common treatment methods that physicians recommend is physical therapy. Stretching and other effective exercises can help relieve the level of pain that a patient is feeling. This works by strengthening the muscles around the rotator cuff. When the other shoulder muscles and surrounding arms muscles are strengthened, the rotator cuff muscles will not have to work as well. Generally, physical therapy can help a patient manage the symptoms of rotator cuff syndrome. Some rotator cuffs can repair themselves along with the help of physical therapy. Physical therapy often will not be able to solve the underlying condition that is causing rotator cuff syndrome. Rest Taking time off of normal activities is all that some patients need to recover. This rest will give your body the time it needs to properly repair the wear and tear done on the rotator cuff. Your body can rebuild and repair the damaged tissue in the rotator cuff. Steroid Injection If physical therapy does not work, a physician may prescribe steroid injections. No, this type of steroid injections are not aimed at improving strength, but decreasing the level of pain a patient feels. Steroid injections can limit the amount of inflammation that is present at the site of injection. Steroid injections are relatively effective at reducing patient symptoms in the short term. There are some potential negative side effects of this treatment, however. There is a chance that the steroid injections will weaken the rotator cuff over the long term. This could increase the pain level and make other treatment methods less effective. Surgery When physical therapy or other treatments are not effective in repairing the damaged rotator cuff, patients may have to undergo surgery. There are a few surgeries that can be performed depending on the type of rotator cuff syndrome that the patient is experiencing. Some of the types of surgery that are performed are arthroscopic tendon repair, shoulder replacement, tendon transfer, and more. Since rotator cuff syndrome is such a large group of conditions, the success rates of surgery vary significantly. Some studies have listed the surgical success rate anywhere between 35% all the way up to 90%. Surgery can also lead to additional complications and the recovery time for these types of surgeries can be months. None of these treatment methods fully address the needs of the entire population of patients with rotator cuff syndrome. Researchers have been looking at alternative therapies in order to treat this condition. Stem cells may be the answer that researchers have been looking for. Stem Cell Therapy For Rotator Cuff Syndrome Researchers have been looking at stem cell therapy for a number of conditions. Stem cells have incredible properties that can help patients with rotator cuff syndrome. This type of therapy may be able to improve patient symptoms and increase their quality of life. Stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation could be preventing the body from repairing the damage done in the rotator cuff muscles. When a part of the body is experiencing inflammation the body has less healing factors and less oxygen present. This would prevent the body from properly healing. One study says that stem cells are the guardians of inflammation. Stem cells may have the ability to properly communicate with the immune system. If stem cells can reduce the immune system’s response, then the body may have a chance to heal itself. Patients may be able to utilize stem cell injections to reduce the level of inflammation in the shoulder. Not only do stem cells reduce inflammation, but they can also differentiate into almost any type of cell in the body. Stem cells may be able to grow into rotator cuff tissue to replace dead or damaged rotator cuff muscle tissue. Additionally, stem cells have the ability to create new blood vessels. This could help the shoulder receive more oxygen, growth factors, and nutrients via the new blood vessels. Stem cells also release regenerative growth factors in the area that they are injected into. These growth factors can encourage the body to repair the damage done in the rotator cuff. There has been some research into how stem cells are able to help patients with rotator cuff syndrome. Promising Research Stem cell therapy and surgery can be complementary treatment methods. Some studies have shown that patients who received stem cells after undergoing surgery have recovered more quickly than patients who did not receive the treatment. Stem cells can help the body ensure that the surgery is a success. One study looked at 90 patients who underwent rotator cuff repair surgery. After they received their surgery, one group of patients received stem cell injections into the repaired area, while the other group did not. The results of the study showed a stark difference just six months after they received the surgery and injection. 100% of the patients that received stem cell injections had completely healed rotator cuffs, while just 67% of patients who did not receive the stem cell injections had completely healed rotator cuffs. The results continued to hold in the long term as well. 87% of patients who received stem cell injections had fully healed rotator cuffs even 10 years after they received the surgery and injection. Only 44% of patients who did not receive stem cell injections had fully healed rotator cuffs after 10 years. This small study showcases the abilities of stem cells to improve patient outcomes with rotator cuff syndrome. There are a number of other animal and human studies that are continuing to evaluate the effectiveness of stem cell therapy for patients with rotator cuff syndrome. There are even a few studies that patients with rotator cuff syndrome can enroll in today. The BioXcellerator team is dedicated to improving the condition of patients with rotator cuff syndrome. One of the ways that we are reducing rotator cuff syndrome symptoms is through the use of an innovative stem cell treatment called Golden Cells. Golden Cells The quality of stem cell treatments has come into question in recent years. Some stem cells clinics have been caught using subpar stem cells in their therapies. The BioXcellerator team has developed a comprehensive process to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality stem cells available. We use a screening process that disqualifies stem cell candidates based on a certain set of criteria. This criteria was developed by looking at the strictest quality standards based on various regulations. We took the best criteria from the regulations and made them even more strict. Additionally, we screen stem cells for any abnormalities or diseases. The end result we like to call ‘golden cells.’ These stem cells should have higher regenerative and anti-inflammatory abilities. Golden cells should be a more effective stem cell treatment as compared to conventional stem cell treatments. Reach out to your healthcare professional today to learn more about potential treatment options for your rotator cuff syndrome. Stem cell therapy may have the potential to improve your symptoms and help you get back to your normal activities. The future of stem cells is incredibly promising in not just treating rotator cuff syndrome, but many other musculoskeletal conditions as well.

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