Adipose Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat a Variety of Medical Disorders
Adipose stem cell therapy has been used since the early 2000s to treat a growing list of medical disorders. Adipose, or fatty tissue, is rich with stem cells capable of differentiating into muscle, cartilage, and bone. In addition, research has shown that, unlike that found in bone marrow, the concentration of stem cells present in fat does not decrease as a patient ages. For these reasons, adipose stem cell therapy is often a viable treatment option for patients suffering from osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions associated with the aging process.
To illustrate the significance of adipose stem cell therapy, it is important to distinguish between the different types of stem cells:
- Pluripotent stem cells – Found in human embryonic tissue, these stem cells are often referred to as “true” stem cells because they have the potential to differentiate into almost any type of cell in the body. The ongoing political and moral debate over stem cells is focused on the use of pluripotent stem cells.
- Multipotent stem cells – Present in blood, bone marrow, and adipose, multipotent stem cells, also known as adult stem cells, are capable of “morphing” into a variety of tissue types. Current medical research is moving forward on the use of a patient’s own cells (autologous cells) as opposed to another person’s cells (allogenic cells).
Stem cell procedures, including adipose stem cell therapy, are performed by Dennis M. Lox, M.D., at the Florida Spine and Sports Medicine Center, which Dr. Lox founded in 1990. His goal is to enhance the quality of life of his patients by providing a non-surgical path to pain relief. Dr. Lox never utilizes embryonic stem cells. Rather, he employs a method known as autologous transplantation, through which stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own body, purified, and then injected into the damaged site.
In clinical studies, stem cell therapy has shown promise for the treatment of a host of maladies, including diabetes, spinal cord injuries, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Dr. Lox is pleased to offer this exciting procedure in his state-of-the-art clinic to qualified patients who are looking for a conservative alternative to surgical pain treatment.
If you would like further information, please contact the Florida Spine and Sports Medicine Center to schedule a consultation. Dr. Lox will be pleased to meet with you, answer your questions, and educate you on this advanced technique, along with other non-surgical options for the treatment of joint pain, such as stem cell cartilage repair, stem cell knee repair, or a hip replacement alternative.