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07/19/2017

stem-cell-therapyCNN News reported in June the story of a South Dakota man healed debilitating pain in his wrist with stem cells taken from his own fat tissue.

A Patient in Pain Saved by Stem Cells

Bill Marlette had been living with extreme pain in his wrist for several years. The source of the pain was cysts and holes in the bones that made up his wrist. Marlette’s cartilage, which serves as a cushion for the joints of the body, had been worn away, leaving him in extreme pain as his bones rubbed against each other. (more…)

07/18/2017

doctor-body-smallAccording to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., autoimmune diseases affect as many as 50 million people in the United States. These diseases often leave patients with chronic pain, or with other life-altering symptoms and disabilities that reduce their quality of life. Many of the patients we treat at Innovations Stem Cell Center have pain and other side effects caused by an autoimmune disease.

What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are painful and chronic health conditions that happen when the body’s own immune system attacks any of the healthy cells, organs, and tissues in the body. These attacks leave these cells, organs, and tissues damaged, disabled, and dysfunctional. According to the AARDA, there are over 100 known autoimmune illnesses. Autoimmune diseases cause illnesses like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis.

What Causes Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are caused by genetic and environmental factors. The AARDA estimates that almost 30 percent of autoimmune diseases are caused by genetics passed on from one generation to the next. The AARDA estimates the other 70 percent are caused by triggers like bacterial and viral infections, environmental and chemical irritants, and certain behavioral factors, like poor diet and substance abuse.

Who Develops Autoimmune Diseases?

Although these diseases can strike anyone, women are more prone to develop autoimmune disorders. The AARDA says that about 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women and that autoimmune diseases are among the leading causes of death for women between 20 and 60. Patients with a parent or grandparent with an autoimmune disease are at a greater risk of developing an autoimmune disease.

What Are the Signs of Autoimmune Diseases?

Since autoimmune disorders can affect so many different parts of the body, they present themselves in many different ways. The most common symptoms of autoimmune diseases are extreme fatigue, pain in the joints and muscles, and unexplained weight loss. This makes diagnosis difficult and for many people means living a life with pain and disability while doctors search for answers.

How Does Innovations Stell Center Use Stem Cell Therapy Treat Patients with Autoimmune Diseases?

Conventional medical treatments typically only treat the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, like pain, swelling, or fever. These treatments, like pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications, only bring temporary relief- which can be frustrating for many individuals.

Innovations use stem cells taken from the patient’s own adipose fat tissue through liposuction to treat patients. Stem cell therapy helps to heal tissue damaged by the immune system’s attack, giving patients long periods of relief from their symptoms. Long-term relief from pain and other symptoms gives patients back their quality of life. Although in some cases, patients may need repeated treatments, relief from symptoms are immediately seen, and results are long lasting.

Stem cells are also immune modulators. This means that in addition to being able to heal diseased tissue, they also have the unique ability to help regulate the immune system back to normal function. This helps to decrease the autoimmune disease activity, giving patients even greater relief from their pain.

Do you have questions about how Innovations Stem Cell can bring you relief from your autoimmune disease? Call 214.613.1307.

06/21/2017

crossfit-pushupExercising and staying active are key components to staying healthy, but sometimes physical activity can lead to joint, muscle, and cartilage injuries that may leave you on the bench or out of the gym. These injuries, often caused by overuse, can be frustrating for many people because they take a long time to heal and require rest. Sometimes these injuries never completely heal, forcing many individuals to give up their active lifestyles. Stem cell therapy from Innovations Stem Cell Center can help heal damaged joint and connective tissue injuries, and get you back in the game.

Types of Sports Injuries

Many types of injuries can occur during physical activity, sports, and exercise. The most common injuries include tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendon, tears to cartilage or muscle tissue, and concussions. These injuries can be caused by repetitive use or trauma. These injuries can cause pain, limited motion, and in some cases, disability. (more…)

06/19/2017

orange-ribbonMultiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the myelin sheath, the protective covering of the nerves of the brain and spinal cord. This causes the nerves to become chronically inflamed, causing pain, muscle spasms, memory loss and many other spontaneous and unpredictable symptoms. Dr. Johnson gives MS patients some relief from these symptoms through SVF stem cell therapy at Innovations Stem Cell Center and can also slow the progression of the disease. While the symptoms of MS vary widely among patients, there are several common warning signs of the disease.

Muscle Weakness. Over 75 percent of MS patients have muscle weakness when this autoimmune disease is in its early stages, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For most of these patients, this weakness begins in the legs. Along with this weakness, many individuals also experience numbness and tingling. These symptoms develop slowly, and may not be noticed by the patient. (more…)

06/15/2017

Skin and Stem CellsNew stem cell project, called the SkinGun, that has been used to successfully treat burn victims by growing new skin to replace damaged tissue using their own stem cells, according to Newsweek.

The Skinny on the SkinGun
The SkinGun is the first product of its kind. During the SkinGun treatment, a small sample of skin, about the size of a postage stamp, is taken from a from an unburned area of the burn victim’s body. The skin sample is then spun to separate out the stem cells.

Once the stem cells are separated, they are put into a solution. The stem cells are in their pure form, not altered in any way. The solution is then sprayed on the victim’s burned skin. Once the stem cells are deployed onto the patient’s damaged skin, they go to work repairing damaged tissue. The stem cell spray process is quick, and only takes about an hour and a half from the time the tissue sample is taken until deployment.
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06/06/2017

older-eyesOver 200,000 cases of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, are diagnosed in the United States each year. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. The loss of vision is very scary and extremely overwhelming for many patients. Dr. Johnson offers patients with age-related macular degeneration and other eye conditions hope and relief through stem cell therapy.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the macula of the retina in your eye becomes thin and worn. The macula is responsible for the sharpest vision in your eye and is what allows you to see fine details. When it becomes worn out, the central part of your vision becomes blocked. The loss of vision is especially unsettling for some patients because they retain their peripheral vision while losing sight in the middle of their eye- seeing a black dot in the middle and light around it. (more…)

05/23/2017

joint-doctorAre you experiencing joint pain? Muscle weakness? Stiffness with movement? You may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Dr. Johnson treats osteoarthritis patients using stem cell therapy that uses their very own stem cells.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It can impact any joint of the body. Common joints affected include the hips and knees, but many patients experience osteoarthritis in their wrists, hands, and fingers. Some people experience it in their spine, too. (more…)

05/17/2017

nervesPeripheral neuropathy is a painful nerve condition impacting some 20 million Americans each year. Symptoms of the condition include burning, paralysis, pain, tingling, and numbness, usually in the feet and legs. Patients with the condition are also at risk of developing sores and ulcers on their legs and feet, leaving them open to infection. Peripheral neuropathy develops when the nervous system becomes damaged by injury or illness, and the condition can impact the motor and sensory nerves, as well as the nerves that control the actions of our body’s automatic systems, like digestion. Dr. Johnson treats patients with peripheral neuropathy with stem cell therapy here at Innovations Stem Cells. (more…)

05/16/2017

heartA Japanese study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in April shows promise that stem cells taken from the thigh of a heart failure patient could be a new way to treat heart failure.

Researchers on the project performed at Osaka University have used the stem cells found in the muscle tissue of the thigh to create a patch to repair damaged heart muscle. This is extremely exciting news for physicians and stem cell researchers around the world, as cardiac tissue does not easily regenerate, if it regenerates at all.
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04/26/2017

cellsAt Innovations Stem Cell Center, we naturally talk a lot about the uses and benefits of adipose fat stem cell therapy. We also talk about things like platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, and its uses and benefits. These are things that we are passionate about – not only because we regularly see the benefits of these therapies in our patients, but because we are really excited about potential additional treatments using stem cells. We want you to be excited about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, too! Dr. Johnson is always on the cutting edge of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine research and technology and takes a moment to explain what regenerative medicine is in this blog. (more…)