For years patients with Arthritis, Repetitive Motion Injuries, Soft Tissue Injuries, Joint Health and other serious degenerative joint conditions have struggled with limited treatment options, Including:
- Painful and Frequent Injections of Steroids and Cortisone
- Costly Joint Replacement Surgery
- Chronic Pain Management
Amniotic Tissue Therapy: Advanced Technology Combined with Traditional Holistic Methods
At NW Integrative Medicine, We combine new and advancing technology with safe, traditional, effective holistic medical practices to successfully treat soft tissue and degenerative joint conditions through the use amniotic tissue therapy.
Used in medical treatments for over 80 years, amniotic fluids have been found to protect and aid in growth of new cells and tissue. Using advanced medical technology, and using fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance, our doctors now regularly inject amniotic tissue into damaged portions of joints or tissue to promote growth and repair of cells in their patients.
What Are Amniotic Tissue Cell Injections?
Using amniotic stem cells delivered through direct injection, the body immediately begins repairing, Joint Health, regrowing, and restoring damaged cells, tissue, joints, tendons and ligaments. In addition to the healing and restoring properties, amniotic tissue injections contain multi-potent cells that:
- Reduce Inflammation and Pain through Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agents (Cytokines), Much like traditional steroid and cortisone injections
- Restore Mobility, By lubricating joints and tendons with Hyaluronic Acid
- Promote New Tissue Growth and Nutrition using high concentrations of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and growth hormones
Benefits of Amniotic Tissue Cell Therapy
In addition to being very safe and extremely effective, amniotic tissue cell therapy provides several specific benefits, including:
- Steroid-Free, Natural Anti-Inflammatory Cells for advanced pain relief
- Enhanced Lubrication from Hyaluronic Acid
- Stimulation of New Tissue Growth
- Safe Treatment with No Concern of Immune System Rejection by the patient
- A Highly Concentrated Source of Stem Cells (Unlike injections of embryonic cells or cells harvested from the patients own bone marrow)
How Does Amniotic Tissue Cell Therapy Work?
Using cells gathered from the amniotic sac, amniotic tissue cell therapy provides immune privileged, multipotent stem cells to the damaged area. Unlike cells from other tissue in the body, amniotic stem cells injections will not be rejected or cause an immune system reaction. In addition to being immune privileged, amniotic tissue:
- Contains Collagen Matrices (Protein frameworks for new cells and tissue to grow around)
- Is Multipotent, Meaning it can grow as any type of body cell (Including Muscle, Cartilage, Organ, etc)
- Uses the body's ability to heal itself to Restore Degenerated Tissue, Replace Damaged Cells, and Promote Growth of New Tissue
Common Conditions Treated with Amniotic Tissue Therapy:
- Bone-on-Bone Joints
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Degenerative Joint Diseases
- Repetitive Motion Injuries (i.e. Carpal Tunnel, Rotator Cuff)
- Chronic Tendonitis and other Tendinopathies
- Ligament Damage
- Other Inflammatory Diseases
Are Amniotic Tissue Injections Safe?
Yes. Consider the following:
- To date, over 10,000 amniotic tissue cell injections have been administered without one reported adverse or unwanted side effect
- Amniotic tissue cells are immunoprivileged; rejection by the body is extremely rare
- Amniotic tissue therapy has been used for decades, is effective, safe, and has undergone rigorous research and screening processes by the FDA
Am I a Candidate for Amniotic Tissue Therapy?
Anyone suffering from any form of pain in the joints, ligaments, or tendons may be a candidate for amniotic tissue therapy. In rare cases, patients suffering from severe or advanced forms of degenerative joint disease or arthritis may not qualify for this therapy. After evaluation, Dr. Stephen Smith will provide patients with recommendations for alternative treatment for Joint Health.
Note: Amniotic stem cells come from the amniotic sac, not an embryo. While there have been ethical concerns surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells, most medical professionals agree that amniotic tissue therapy is effective and raises no ethical concerns.