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How Stem Cell Therapy helps in overcoming back pain

Dislocated discs in the neck and lower back pain can be a common cause of chronic back pain. There existed no therapies that can address  tissue damage in the vertebral column. The damage in the spinal cord can only leave the option of surgery as the non surgical traditional methods always fail. But now there is a hope that we can treat the spinal cord injuries in several patients without undergoing any major surgery

Stem cell therapies for spinal cord brings are bright future for the patients suffering from spinal pain with its rapid healing ability and lesser side effects

How it works

In this procedure patient’s own stem cells are taken from the hip bone or the fat tissues. These cells are then processed in a centrifuge to separate the cells that will help heal the degenerated tissues. Stem cells are injected into the affected areas, increasing the process  of healing the damaged tissues and stimulates the regeneration of collagen within the disc

Not all the patients can be guaranteed for disc regeneration process. But the ideal candidates are given great expectations and hopes for pain relief and improved quality of life without undergoing major surgery

Stem cell injections are most commonly used for treatment of the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis of the joints, including knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle joints
  • Chronic partial rotator cuff tears
  • Persistent partial tendon tears, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps Muscular tears
  • Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
  • Spinal facet pain
  • Pinched nerve

What are the risks of stem cell treatments?

The risk is subjected to he area that is being treated, however general risks may include infection, bleeding, nerve rupture  because of the injection.There is no risk of allergic reaction and there is no risk of rejection of the cells of the body

When will I see benefit from the procedure?

You will get the benefit almost in two to three months soon after the whole treatment of stem cell therapy has been conducted, however, you will start noticing the benefits sooner

How many injections do I need?

In many cases patient’s get their desired result soon after a single injection, but in a few cases the injections are given from two to three, but taking more than three injections in a period of twelve months is strictly restricted

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Stem Cell Therapy For Elbow Joints

Now a days  numerous advanced technology have replaced the need for invasive surgery, especially in the case of treating elbow joint conditions. Using the patient’s own stem cells, we can use the natural healing process to restore the damaged muscles, torn ligaments, cartilages and other tissues in the arm and the elbow

This procedure helps people to prevent severe consequences of the surgery followed by staying in the hospitals and longer recovery period and training sessions. Even some of the athletes or the people who play sports can not get the desired result and have their arm and elbow restricted to some extent for movement

How Do Stem Cells Work?

Stem cells are functional cells in our body that have the capability to transform into any other type of cells  such as muscles and cartilage. As the age increases the ability and quantity of the stem cell decreases as a result the adult takes a long time for recovery

The Stem cells injection treatment provide patients relief from osteoarthritis and other deteriorating diseases in the elbow joint are best option, for the candidates who suffer from elbow joint problem there are two options either they should opt for total surgical replacement or stem cell injections

Surgery can not always produce your desired results and brings high risk  of infections and foremost, there is a risk of complete loss of motion of the elbow joint due to nay complication caused by the surgery. Moreover, after surgery you need three months of physical therapy for complete recovery of the elbow joint

Stem cell injection therapy circumvents all the adverse side effects, it is based on the body’s natural ability to recover. Since there is no risk of infections neither the risk of tissue damage  it is a safe procedure even there are negligible chances of stem cell rejection by the body

Elbow Conditions Treated By Stem Cells

Conclusion

Stem cell therapies will provide a platform in the future for the treatment or elbow joints and many other degenerative diseases and excellent alternatives for how the joint pains including the elbow joint and others can be treated

Stem cell therapy is not just subjected to repairing joints, however have the capability to treat a wide range of  disease with  every new day the stem cells are giving new methods and procedures for repairing

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The benefits of getting Bio facial with PRP

Getting a Bio Facial rejuvenation with PRP is known to be no facelift but a facelift. Or you can say you will have enhanced like a facelift without undergoing any painful surgery and expensive medicines

If you feel your complexion dull in the mirror, uneven skin tone, then here you go with the bio facial skin rejuvenation for the best results, with the most natural ways and rapid results

 What to expect during the treatment

The treatment will start from taking a trial of your skin sensitivity, the areas of injection that need to be treated with PRP is located. After analysis the skin will be cleaned and made ready for a local anesthesia cream, nerve blocks are done only in the sensitive areas to make sure you feel no pain or irritation during the whole process

Blood is taken from the patients’ arm area and processed through Centrifugation. During the Centrifugation process the platelets are extracted and treated to enrich the plasma.the element is then injected using a fine needle in the areas to be treated to re4port specific problems. The remaining processed PRP is applied on the surface of your skin and massaged with a Derma roller for extra pampering and rejuvenation

How much  time will it take

The whole process itself will not more than half an hour, and in the beginning three to six treatments with a difference of four to six weeks is advised. For follow up treatments and best result revisits in two years will give you the best results

Benefits

The bio facial with PRP brings  with so many benefits and help you get rid of so many worries related to other facelift treatments

The process of bio facial with PRP is completely natural process since your own blood is used, you will face least chances of allergic reactions, if any bruising or irritation occurs it will end within a couple of days

Since the treatment is conducted without any surgery or painful procedures you do not need to undergo painful process

The process is called lunch time facial as it takes not more half an hour to be done. Moreover, you do not need to stay at the hospitals

You can immediately resume  your daily routine and physical activities, it only depends the soreness and irritation you experience

Another most surprising benefits bio facial rejuvenation brings it reduces wrinkles and brings out the youthful skin, it improves your overall skin condition

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Get the best results for hair loss, with PRP treatment

In this great scientific breakthrough researchers are able to regrow hairs for the patients undergoing hair loss problems by simple simple platelet rich plasma therapy. PRP treatment is no new to scientific research, but the scientist are now able to extract its promising role in hair restoration treatment

Process

The hair restoration treatment involves taking blood from the patient’s body and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract the plasma from the red and white cells. In the Centrifugation process nutrients and growth factors,including proteins are added to the sample and then injected into the skin where the hair is lost. Since the procedure is non invasive and only handled with local anesthesia. During the process a little pain and pin point bleeding the patient will experience however it will be recovered within few hours

In the case of hair restoration treatment platelet rich plasma therapy stimulates the retarded or new hair follicles to provoke hair restoration process causing hair to regrow again

Candidates for PRP

The patients suffering from any hereditary disease such as Andorgenetic Alocopethia that leads to hair thinning and  loss among  men or women

Moreover, a disease found among women commonly known as Traction Alopecia leading to hair loss and hair thinning caused by too tight ponytails, braids and styles that pluck hairs out of their follicles. According to experts PRP is an ideal hair restoration treatment for the candidates who have recently started loosing hairs. Platelet rich plasma therapy does not guarantee hair restoration for the candidates who have gone completely bald.

Side effects

Since platelet rich plasma therapy uses your own blood to treat hair restoration you will not experience any noticeable side effects neither any reactions. Research has proven that PRP therapy has brought great wonders to males and females as hair restoration treatment

Just after the injections a mild inflammation is reported by the patients, but it lasts within 1 day. In very few rare cases,  patients may experience a headache

Recovery time

PRP hair treatment has very less recovery time, you can immediately go to work with visible growth factors. You might experience a little pain or discomfort soon after the hair restoration treatment, but it will show you striking growth factors as your body produces new tissues

How long it will last

On an average hair restoration treatment with PRP lasts almost 1 year and repeated therapies are required in order to gain desired results

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Knee replacement surgery, the best option for knee pain

If you are feeling difficulty in performing your daily activities and routinely tasks. If it has become a problem for you to climb the stairs, walk the dog or simply get out of bed. You have undergone several treatments, injections and therapies, but still no progress, think again it’s a time for knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery is also known as Arthroplasty is one of the most practiced treatment for knee pain caused by arthritis, it will help in relaxing the immobility of the  knee caused by severe arthritis and pain

How the procedure is performed?

 The surgery is done by cutting carefully the injured part of the knee with a sharp instrument and substituting it with metal or plastic instrument. The instrument is then attached with acrylic cement to the shin, thigh bone and knee cap

The need for surgery

The most common reason for knee replacement surgery is Osteoarthritis- condition that occurs in later age when the cartilage between the knee joint breaks other reasons might include;

Rheumatoid arthritis

Occurs when the body’s immune system weakens and damage the lining of the knee

Deformities

People suffering from curved legs or deformed knees can also opt for knee replacement surgery to restore the correct shape of their legs

Knee injuries

A knee replacement surgery can be helpful in certain injuries leading to knee fracture or damage of the tissues, resulting in unbearable pain and immobility of the knee joint

Restrained blood flow

If a patient suffers from loss of blood flow to the knee joints due to any blockage in the  veins, which is commonly known as Osteonecrosis, knee replacement surgery is advised by the clinicians

Different Types of Surgery

Knee replacement surgery can be performed in four different methods depending on the severity of the condition,

Whole knee replacement

This is the most practiced form of knee replacement surgery. During this process the superficial of the shin bone and the thigh bone is replaced that joins with the knee

One sided knee replacement

This surgery is performed with smaller incisions as compared to the total knee replacement procedure, but it is only recommended if you have strong knee tendons. This surgery is performed in the case, if arthritis have attacked your partial knee

Kneecap replacement

In most cases, several physicians contradict with this procedure and the success if the total knee replacement procedure prevails over this method. This method is done by replacing the underside of the knee cap barely

 Revision knee replacement

This procedure is performed if other surgeries are getting no success and your problem persists. In the case of severe arthritis you are advised to undergo this procedure if you already had two or three surgeries

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PRP Bio facial, the best way to pamper and rejuvenate your skin instantly

Now you can get a facelift result without undergoing any facelift procedure –no persistent surgery and no use of foreign products. If you consider your skin needs pampering and nourishment or you feel your skin needs toning, even if you desire to add volume to your skin, then receiving a bio facial is the perfect solution, it is based on all natural procedures and produce instant results. A PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Facial is an incredible and modern approach to facial skin revitalization. These facials cover several functions including

  • Puffy eyes
  • Lessen the appearance of wrinkles
  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • Aids in reducing acne and blemishes

How Does a PRP Facial Work?

PRP is applied for reproduction of facial tissues. It is natural plasma with the combination of platelets acquired from an individual’s blood containing 30 development factors. This plasma containing re growth properties with a short process is injected into the face.

Injecting with a needle technique in bio facial procedure builds a quick immune reaction by your body to provoke platelets collagen, elasticity, reproduction factors and fibroblasts. All these factors aids in regeneration of facial tissues. After six weeks of this process new collagen is formed that reduces and treats acne and blemishes more over overturn the chance of aging. Hence PRP is no chemical based process and created from your blood in this way it is purely organic are harmless, moreover the treatment is followed by a collagen mask.

Advisable skin areas for PRP treatment 

This treatment is highly fruitful for the areas including forehead wrinkles, frown marks, brow framing , cheek , bunny lines , crow’s feet, dark circles under eyes, lip scars, chin creasing, nasolabial folds, mouth, jowls, hands and skin that is crease marked.

Curing progress

This facial can also be called lunch time facial, you can enjoy too works immediately after the facial no night stay or post procedure visits are required.

Stages of healing

The healing stage can be defined into three stages; redness, rejuvenation and remodeling.

The initial stage fibroblasts entre in the site treated and starts dissolving existing cells. The major function of fibroblast is deposition of collagen, hence the existing collagen is harmful for one’s body the fibroblasts build new and healthy collagen

Later the process of rejuvenation takes place between five to fifteen days and lasts for couple of weeks. In this process the fibroblasts changes into myofibroblasts. In this phase new collagen is produced

Finally the remodeling phase the collagen is not only generated but it leads to maturity and gains strength. And hence the skin gets the desired result with improved collagen and nourished tissues. This phase lasts up to a year.

Recommendations for treatment

It is advisable to take PRP facial injections with in a phase of 18 months to make sure the tissues are fully relaxed and nourished

Can The Treatment Be Repeated?

There is no reasoning that PRP treatment cannot be taken frequently. As your own tissues are being used so there is no problem in frequent sittings. Mostly it is practiced every year by some people to get the desired result and increase the effects in long term
Are There Side Effects?

Just after the facials there might be some redness or swelling appears. In some cases bruises are also noted because of the use of needle but it may settle in a week

Foreword

Research suggests the benefits of the PRP Facial Treatments as the most absolute, adjustable and rapid resulting treatment for skin renewal, pampering and prevention for aging

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YOUR HAIR ENHANCING SOLUTIONS JUST ONE CLICK AWAY

Hair refurbishment surgery has developed greatly over the past few years and as a result it has gained a lot of popularity. In the current times hair transplant can permanently diminish the problems of hair loss among men and women or even the transgender and children .This treatment may be carried out by inserting new hair follicles in the skin where hair loss or baldness is observed. It is remarkably successful as statistically 85 to 95 percent cases reported hair growth in the new follicles.

At Chicago Stemcell we offer you experts from around the world with latest technological equipments with an affordable cost and unbeatable quality as compared to other institutions

Moreover we provide you with a variety of skilled surgeons and specialists that will help you to regain your confidence youth and beauty

 PRP and Its Use

It stands for platelet-rich plasma and is presented in our blood. Plasma in blood contains healing growth factors that helps our bodies to heal after injuries and wounds. By taking into use these factors we can help skin renewal and initiate hair growth using micro-needling techniques .PRP can also help the bones to revive their true condition after damage or severe injuries

The extent of benefits

For skin renewal and hair growth advisably 3 sessions are required just after which you can see the results .The skin will become softer and silkier to touch , however the other areas may take times but result will be seen once the procedure is commenced

Least Side Effects

PRP is a no external application of chemicals or any other harmful product it is the humanly generated cells and plasma that are used to enhance healing and growth procedures .however the side effect are negligible involving swelling and bruising from injections or some slight scratches on the outer layer of the skin. These effects may be settled in a couple of days but if the side effects are persistent or getting worse consult your health physician immediately.

Is it a painful process

This process does not require you to undergo any severe or painful surgery only a small syringe is used to take blood just like any other blood test and it is then inserted in the areas to be healed.

Before the treatment any makeup or pigmentation is removed however the process may only taker 30 min to be carried or as the case may be

After Care
You are advised not to use any of the crème or product on your skin for 24 hours and make sure the treated area is kept clean to avoid infections

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Stem Cell Therapy – Science, Benefits, Debate & the Future

In today’s post, we will talk about what exactly stem cells are and why they are so important to generate heated debates among all kinds of circles i.e. political, social, religious, and what not? Here’s a look at some of those details.

What differentiates stem cells apart from other cells is their capability to become any other type of tissue in the body. A bone marrow stem cell, for example, can be transformed into a neuron cell or a nerve in the brain.

Types

Generally speaking, there are 2 kinds in humans known as embryonic and non-embryonic.

Embryonic Stem Cells

They are derived out of the inner cell mass of an early-stage embryo, about 4-5 days after fertilization, consist of 50 to 150 cells.

Non-Embryonic Stem Cells

They, also known as adult stem cells, are present in the adult tissues.

The embryonic stem cells are pluripotent unlike the multipotent adult stem cells. It means that embryonic stem cells can turn into more than 220 cell types in the adult body and be able to give rise to any type of mature cell whereas adult ones can only form limited number of cell types, closely related family of cells.

Usefulness

Their importance lies in the fact that they can be converted into any type of other cells or tissues in the body such as neurons, pancreatic tissue, cardiac muscle cells and the like. For instance, cells harvested from the bone marrow may be used to repair damage to the heart muscle caused during a heart attack, or to correct blood disorders such as sickle cell through transfusion.

Stem cell therapy is believed to have the potential to dramatically change the treatment of human disease. Embryonic stem cell therapies have been proposed with cells for reformative drugs and tissue replacement after an injury or an ailment. But it should be noted at this point that embryonic stem cell therapy is not in use yet. It is still only at the stage where medical researchers are testing on animals. On the other hand, adult stem cell therapy has been effectively used to treat leukemia and cancers of bone and blood.

Controversy

The controversy behind stem cell research refers only to research of human embryos. What is controversial is the fact that the source of research material, human embryos, is destroyed in the process of harvesting. Pro-life activists oppose research by arguing that a human embryo is a human life that has the right to protection.

Another area of controversy is that stem cell therapy is a greasy slope that can lead to reproductive cloning that can diminish the value of human life.

Production of non-embryonic stem cells, on the other hand, does not necessitate annihilation of the embryo, so it is as controversial. However, the treatment with adult stem cells carries a risk of rejection by the body’s immune system.

 The Current State of Research

There are some countries that offer treatments, but in these types of stem cell therapies adult stem cells to be used are derived from only the patient’s own body, a process known as autograft. Where possible, autograft is preferred because it eliminates the risk of rejection by the recipient’s body.

There are promising researches are going on in the field to discover the treatments for diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, lung disease, arthritis, organ failure and muscle damage

Why don’t we just use adult stem cells?

In theory, the embryonic are considered to be superior as they can perform as blank biological slate while the adult ones are semi-specialized and aren’t as versatile as the ESCs.

Though the field of adult stem cells was not tarnished by the controversies, the problem is also that they are often present only in small amounts, are difficult to isolate and purify, and their numbers may decrease with age.

At this juncture, much remains to be known about the potential of embryonic stem cell therapy. But going for success in the field of animal experimentation may very well result that embryonic ones could provide solutions to many diseases in humans.

The response to the potential benefits of ESC is under investigation. To understand the benefits of embryonic stem cells therapy or any other type and to discover possible treatments in humans, several lines of research must be pursued simultaneously and only research can prove whether adult ones are better than embryonic ones to cure human diseases or vice versa. It may also arise that adult ones offer good treatments for certain ailments, while embryonic ones are better for curing others.

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Is It Safe to Opt for Knee Replacement Surgery?

Our legs carry all our body weight every time we perform any physical activity, especially while we are standing. The skeletal system of our legs is divided as the following;

  • Femur, also called the thigh bone.
  • Tibia, which is the leg bone.
  • Patella, which joins femur and tibia with a hinged joint.

It is very important to take great care for the knee, as it provides flexibility for the legs, which allows us to carry out various activities. An injury to the knee causes severe pain and inability to use the legs for any day-to-day work. These injuries can be caused by direct blows to the kneecap and can also be damaged internally if stretched or twisted more than the hinge joint is capable to tolerate. When the injuries go to the point of doing physical damage to the adjacent bones, the need arises to go for knee replacement surgery.

Today, various sorts of joint replacement surgeries have become very common, as surgery provides a permanent solution to the problem and knee replacement surgery is no expectation today.

If there is a chance that the bones will grow, plastic or metal replacements are used instead of the joint, which is also called prosthesis. There are diverse conditions in which knee replacement surgery is opted for.

  • Unrestricted implant takes place when prosthesis is not connected to anything. It is based on the ligaments and muscles around the knee to establish itself.
  • Semi-limited implant is considered when the surgeon removes the ligaments of inner knee if he feels that this would provide more stability.
  • Constraint implant is generally not the first choice. This implant contains the entire mechanism of knee joint made and replaced artificially and is performed if the knee is badly damaged.

Post-Surgery Routine

Once you have had knee replacement surgery, there are a lot of precautions and exercises involved to keep the knee functioning properly, because the body has to adapt to the new artificial things inserted inside.

Possible Complications

There may also be complications such as infection, blood clotting, loosening or stiffness of the joint while the body is adapting after surgery. This can cause some discomfort, followed by pain, but it indicates that the body is getting accustomed to the implants and the discomfort soon disappears. Within some span of time, the body will start to function as naturally as it can, but precautions must be taken no matter how comfortable the patient feels.

To conclude and answering to the question posed in the title, we can confidently say that knee replacement surgery is 100% safe option if you have to opt for it.

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The Effectiveness of PRP In Treating Knee Osteoarthritis!

Previously, the knee pain because of osteoarthritis was treated with the help of anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, cortisone injections or surgery. At that time, for the time being where there was improvement, there was no guarantee found in the recovery for the condition. After some time, patients used to feel that the pain is back and would face other problems like limited range of movement.

But thanks to the advancements in the medical field which has gifted us the PRP knee treatment that contains the growth factors and enhances the body’s healing mechanism in case of any severe injury or internal damage. This eventually reduces the inflammation and promotes new cell formation.

The Effectiveness of PRP

According to the numerous cases in which platelet rich plasma treatment has been implemented, it helps in managing the pain associated in the knee osteoarthritis condition. With what the researchers experience it has also been observed that as compared to the placeboes PRP injections have been very beneficial and assist in pain reduction in 3-6 or 12 month follow-ups.

The Variable Treatment

The process and the results that the patient experiences after the PRP knee treatment varies from person to person. This is because of the following factors:

Patient’s characteristics

The number of platelets that is the blood composition in one person can differ from that contained in the other patient.

Blood Processing

In the process when the sample of blood is extracted from the patients the concentration of platelets and white blood cells is different in different patients. According to this the treatment process goes on.

Additives

The specialists might add substances to the platelet rich plasma that will in turn enhance the healing properties

What happen in the Process?

According to the specialists who perform PRP knee treatment for the purpose of treating the osteoarthritis condition narrate about PRP that:

  • It prevents inflammation and decreases the progression of osteoarthritis
  • Helps in stimulating the formation of cartilage
  • The production of naturally lubricating fluid in the joints is increased thus bring easiness in movement
  • It helps in reducing the pain sensation overall

In case you or any of your loved one is suffering from any severe knee injury and looking for a safe and cost-effective treatment, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at 815-464-7212. He is a world renowned Pain Medicine Physician who has been practicing regenerative injection therapies for the past several years with remarkable results.