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What to Know About Amniotic "Stem Cell" Therapy for Joint Pain
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on January 20, 2020
Every so often a new "medical treatment" comes along claiming to be the magical cure for a specific ailment or medical condition. These days, one such magical cure that is being advertised and marketed to unsuspecting patients suffering from joint pain is being called "amniotic stem cell therapy."
The very name of this treatment is misleading, as there aren’t even any live stem cells in the products being marketed. Instead, the products being advertised as "amniotic stem cell therapy" are placental and afterbirth tissues and materials which have been donated by a new mother. Those tissues are then heavily processed to screen for diseases, and then freeze-dried prior to transporting to the company selling them. During the extensive processing and freeze drying, all live stem cells are killed. (Incidentally studies from the CDC have revealed that even with the extensive processing to eradicate disease, contamination has been found in amniotic product, which should also be a warning sign that this treatment isn’t exactly magical.)
Understanding Autologous Stem Cell Therapy
By contrast, at the California Center of Longevity and Functional Medicine, Dr. Allan Kurtz offers autologous, ultrasound guided stem cell therapy to help relieve joint pain. This type of stem cell therapy is loaded with your body’s own live stem cells, which have incredible regenerative powers. The stem cells are first extracted from your own body (thus reducing the risk of disease/contamination). They are never freeze dried, but instead are injected into the site of injury/arthritis/pain using ultrasound guidance for precision. This entire process takes place within a single office visit.
Autologous, ultrasound guided stem cell therapy from Dr. Kurtz in Woodland Hills is a regenerative medicine treatment which provides natural relief to some men and women suffering from conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, degeneration of tendons, ligaments, and joints, sprains or strains, and tendonitis. Autologous stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure, using your body’s own growth factors and regenerative properties as an alternative to medication or surgery.
Stem Cell Therapy in the West San Fernando Valley
Dr. Allan Kurtz has received advanced training in the field of Stem Cell Therapies and offers both stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to patients at his medical practice in Woodland Hills. Although stem cell therapy may not work for everyone, the majority of men and women who do experience relief from stem cell therapy typically report relief within 48 hours days and may experience relief for several years.
Autologous stem cell therapy promotes healing through increasing blood flow, repairing damaged tissues, and regenerating cell growth. For these reasons, these injections are often the treatment of choice for professional athletes, who wish to avoid surgery.
When it comes to joint pain relief, don’t fall for a marketing gimmick. Your own body has amazing regenerative capabilities that may provide you with the pain relief you need to avoid medication or surgery.
Contact Dr. Kurtz’s friendly staff today to schedule a consultation or learn more about Stem Cell Therapies and Platelet Rich Plasma injections by calling 818.346.1440
Dr. Allan Kurtz specializes in creating ideal health and longevity plans for patients of all ages. With a focus on regenerative treatments, Dr. Kurtz is fellowship trained in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Kurtz is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine.