Amniotic Fluid/Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are the basic cells living in the body, the cells from which all other specialized cells are generated (thus the name “stem” cells). Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokines, and exosomes that support healing in the body.
Amniotic fluid treatment is a vital method of regenerative medicine that takes advantage of material taken from amniotic membrane tissue and fluid. It offers a number of benefits and can treat conditions like tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, soft tissue injuries, and repetitive motion injuries.
Amniotic fluid/Stem cell therapy is thought to repair damaged cells via the reduction of inflammation and modulation of the immune system. The combination of growth factor, cytokines, and exosomes help the body through the healing process.
Amniotic Fluid Growth Factors
Growth factors are naturally-occurring proteins that stimulate the repair of damaged cells.
Growth factors include:
- EGF: Epidermal Growth Factor
- IGF-1: Insulin-like Growth Factor
- FGF: Fibroblast Growth Factor
- HGF: Hepatocyte Growth Factor
- TGF-a: Transforming Growth Factor
Cytokines are special proteins that communicate cells with tissue. They help push tissue through the inflammatory phase of healing, reducing inflammation, and pain.
Stem cells communicate through exosomes to other cells for healing. They can prompt the release of other stem cells in the body. They also send signals and incorporate into other cells to help “fix” themselves, possibly through DNA or mRNA.
No single modality works for every patient or type of injury. However, our regenerative therapies, like PRP and Amniotic Fluid injections, have the potential to benefit a wide range of patients who suffer from acute and chronic orthopedic and sport-related injuries.