Frequently Asked Questions


What is Regenerative Therapy?

Regenerative Therapy is a branch of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the "process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function."

What is PRP?

PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, supports faster healing of soft tissue injuries of tendons, ligaments and muscles. It uses the body's own blood to naturally stimulate tissue and wound healing, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatment, such as surgery.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem Cells are a regenerative cell-based therapy that can be used for the management of inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, joint pain associated with early arthritis, and cartilage damage.

When the body sustains damage from trauma, disease or simple wear and tear, it normally results in the formation of a wound.  These wounds can be external or internal to the body, affect a specific tissue or structure, and often result in a void or loss of tissue. As part of the body's normal healing mechanisms, a biological process begins to repair the damaged area. To help the body's own healing mechanisms, stem cells can be used.

What Conditions are treated by Stem Cell and PRP injections?

We use stem cell injections to treat inflammatory conditions and joint pain such as:

  • Osteoarthritis (knees and shoulders)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Wrist and joint pain
  • Tennis or golf elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Bursitis
  • Muscle and tendon injuries such as calf and hamstrings
  • And more

 

What are the Potential Benefits of Stem Cell and PRP Injections?

  • Improve symptoms
  • Regain function after injury
  • Eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication or surgery

4 Myths - Answered!

Myth #1 – The Stem Cells Used in SCT Come from Embryos

Not true. They actually come from your own body. They are called Adult Stem Cells. Human fat tissue is the largest natural source of stem cells, but when you suffer an injury your body can’t supply enough of these valuable stem cells to the injured area. We use an Adipose Transfer System (ATS) to retrieve these stem cells and re-inject them to the injured area.

Myth #2 – SCT is “against the law.”

This myth relates to Myth #1, as the use of “embryonic” stem cells is considered controversial, especially in the U.S. But the use of Adult Stem Cells from your own body is approved by Canadian health agencies, and has even been blessed by religious leaders such as previous Pope Benedict.

Myth #3 – Your Body Will “Reject” the Cells

Some people confuse SCT with an organ transplant, in which some donor organs can be rejected. But since these are your body’s own cells being used, there is no chance for rejection.

Myth #4 – SCT is as Invasive as Surgery

Nothing could be further from the truth. Patients are only given a local anesthetic, the procedure only takes a few hours in an outpatient setting, and people are generally back to work within a day or two.

The facts show that regenerative therapies like SCT empower people to live without pain, and take charge of their health.

It’s time to recover fully, without surgery.


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