The human body is indeed a miracle. It has been naturally equipped with all the agents to recover itself after suffering from some damage or injury. While the human body can usually repair itself on its own, there are certain conditions and injuries that are too severe for the body to be healed without any external aid.
Whether it’s being injured in an accident or the slowing down of the body’s recuperating processes due to the increasing age, it requires an additional source of help to fully heal itself.
This becomes even more accurate for complicated and persistent issues such as joint pain. Joint pain and issues of similar connective tissues are a bit tricky since they are buried deep inside the body and are hard to get to, apart from that, the damage can be of any intensity at any age.
While there have been numerous scientific discoveries with many drugs being introduced on a daily basis, the most effective and helpful therapies have been the ones which constitutes of our components that have been derived from our own body. One such revolutionary invention is the Allograft injections.
The Allograft injections utilize stem cell tissues to set the body on its road to recovery. While the material present in the injection is something our body possesses on its own, an addition external boost of the same components definitely speeds up the healing process.
Since you all must be intrigued to know more about this radical new discovery that has changed the course of medical history, we have listed all the information you would need to get a better understanding of what these injections are and how they work.
What are Allograft Injections?
The Allograft injections use the body’s own stem cells to rectify the damage that’s been done. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the rare ability to differentiate and regenerate into various types of cells.
These cells are widely known for functioning like a restoration system that replaces tissue and cell loss due to disease or injury. Due to the increase in age, there is a radical decrease in the quantity of accessible stem cells.
This latest Stem Cell Therapy has been designed aiming to increase the availability of stem cells in areas suffering from tissue damage to boost rejuvenation and healing.
Types of Allograft Injections
While it has been established that these cells use the body’s stem cells, there are various types of stem cells that can be used. We have enlisted the most common and effective ones that are available today.
- Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells Injections
Amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds a fetus during pregnancy while providing it nourishment and protection. During the second half of the gestation period, a major part of the fluid is a product produced by the secretion and micturition the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory tract and of the fetus.
The amniotic fluid consists of fats, carbohydrates, peptides, proteins, amino acids, fetal cells, enzymes, hormones and pigments. The use of human amniotic fluid for relieving orthopedic conditions was reported during the early 1920’s. And years after in-depth study and research of it benefits and methods of utilization, it has been included in the vast list of treatments.
The human amniotic fluid has been compared to the synovial fluid that is present in the joint for lubrication. The amniotic fluid contains hyaluronan, cytokines, lubrican and cholesterol. These are the golden ingredients in the revitalizing cocktail of the Allograft Injections which heal the damaged connective tissues.
Amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid are also being investigated as sources of pluripotent stem cells. Pluripotent stem cells can be cultured and are capable of differentiation toward any cell type.
- Amniotic Membrane Stem Cells Injections
The Human amniotic membrane comprises of two adjoined layers which are the amnion and chorion. These layers form the innermost lining of the placenta or the amniotic sac.
When prepared for being used as an allograft, the membrane is collected instantly after birth. It is then cleaned and sterilized. Followed by either being dehydrated or cryopreserved.
Are Amniotic Allograft Injections Safe and Ethical?
Apart from being injected, the products of human amniotic membrane can be used as patches, which can be practical as wound covers, connective tissue extractions or suspensions which can be applied topically as well.
Similar to the amniotic fluid, the amniotic membrane also aids the recuperation of numerous affected body parts.
Both the amniotic fluid and membrane allografts are safe and effective. The injections have been recorded for their constant utilization to treat ailments for more than 10,000 times in the United States alone. Further investigation has revealed that there were no harmful side effects. There is also a 100% safety record in Europe with hundreds of thousands of patients.
For the concern of these procedures being ethical, the amniotic tissue allografts should not to be confused with stem cells from embryos. These stem cells have been obtained from the amniotic sac, which is the sac containing the embryo and the cells are not taken from the embryo itself and it remains unharmed.
Furthermore, these injections have been approved by the FDA. They are donated by mothers at live birth C-section and with their rightful consent. The placental tissues and fluid are sterilized and further processed in a high maintenance; clean environment that has been given a thumbs up by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) standards
These procedures have also passed the strict United States Pharmacopeia (USP) testing and have been declared fit for use. Both these injections have antimicrobial or germ-killing attributes in them as well. They also possess an anti-fibrotic ability that breaks down any unnecessary scar tissue, causing minimal scarring and reducing the existent ones.
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Uses of the Allograft Injections
- Amniotic Fluid Allograft Injections
The Amniotic Allograft injections are mainly used to relieve joint pain and other issues related to the connective tissues. The most common one being the degenerative joint disease. This is due to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints occurring at a faster rate. These amniotic allograft injections heal and revitalize the deteriorated cells, hence refining the overall health condition.
These injections can also be used to relieve chronic pain in areas such as the neck and pain. While many people try getting rid of these muscular or connective tissue pains through physiotherapy, the amniotic allograft injections have proven to be the best treatment as they provide an advantage in epidermal reproduction and relieves pain through a non-steroid method.
These injections have also been proven to cure numerous other diseases such as different types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pinched nerve, tennis elbow and diabetes. They are also used to rectify other spine related conditions such as bulging or herniated spinal disc and osteoarthritis.
The Amniotic Fluid Allograft Injections can greatly increase the vascular density and strength of the heart walls by improving their thickness. It is an easy solution to chronic problems that saves one from getting operated on.
- Amniotic Membrane Allograft Injections
The Amniotic Membrane Allograft Injections are a well-known treatment for corneal reconstruction and can further be used for the treatment of various conditions, including skin wounds, burns, leg ulcers, and prevention of tissue adhesion in surgical procedures.
They can also be used to repair and heal tendonitis, damaged tendons and nerves. This treatment is also being studied to revolutionize the world of medical healing by catering to a variety of conditions, including chronic full-thickness diabetic lower-extremity ulcers, venous ulcers, knee osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis and ophthalmic conditions.
Why Prolotherapy, Prolozone, & Allograft Injections?
When ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful. Prolotherapy, Prolozone & Biologial Allograft Injections can repair the weakened sites, stimulating new collagen tissue production, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. A stabilized joint usually results in a decrease or resolution of ongoing pain.
Traditional approaches (surgery) have more risk and may fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain. While anti-inflammatory or other pain relievers only act temporarily.
Traditional injections used for Prolotherapy are often composed of concentrated dextrose (sugar water) or saline (salt water). In other instances Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolozone, or Allograft Injections are used. These injections contain either natural enhancing elements (PRP) from a patient’s own body or blood, or Ozone gas to enhance the treatment process.
The injections are each administered directly to the injury site. Each injection “tricks” the body into repairing itself again. The mild inflammatory response created by the injection encourages growth of new, normal ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure.
To eliminate recurring or returning pain, the treatments are repeated allowing a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area (usually every 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the patient).
Typical areas/problems treated by these therapies include: Low back or mid-back pain, neck pain, knee pain, knee meniscal tears, wrist or hand pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain (including rotator cuff tears), elbow pain (including golfers or tennis elbow) foot pain (including plantar fasciitis) ankle pain or instability, hypermobility, osteitis pubis, IT band syndrome, piriformis syndrome, temporal mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), or other musculoskeletal pain or injury.
If you believe Prolotherapy, Prolozone or Biological Allograft Injections could be beneficial to your health or assist with pain you are experiencing, please contact the Valley Wellness Center team for more information.
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What to Expect with Allograft Injections?
- The Injecting Process
The physicians first combine stem cells with the patient’s platelet rich plasma (PRP) and then transfer it all into the syringe to be injected. The area where the injection is to be applied is first made numb to avoid pain and then it is cleaned. Using special x-rays, the solution is then carefully injected into the damaged area.
The whole procedure is quite simple and quick and usually takes less than an hour. There is no downtime at the hospital either as you return home the same day of the procedure. Occasionally, the whole procedure needs to be repeated on another day, depending on the problem the patient may be having.
- Recovery time
While the recovery time usually depends on the patient’s own innate ability to heal and the severity of the damage/injury, the area might be sore for 2 to 3 days due to the injection and is fully recovered within a week.
- Potential Risks
Potential risks of the allograft injection therapy include contamination of the stem cell preparation as well as infection and tissue damage associated with any injection procedure. This is why it is imperative for the preparatory process to take place in a highly sanitized environment. Very rarely, an immune reaction may occur due to the injected stem cells.
The Allograft Injection Therapy is the latest procedure to get rid of your chronic pains and injuries with no hospital downtime and zero side effects.