Stem cells: What they are and what they do
Stem cells and derived products offer great promise for new medical treatments. Learn about stem cell types, current and possible uses, ethical issues, and the state of research and practice.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells.
These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.
Stem cell therapy can be used to treat the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the joints
- Chronic partial Rotator Cuff tears
- Persistent partial tendon tears, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps and patellar tendon tears
- Partial muscle tears
- Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
- Chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral syndrome)
Not all stem cell treatments are the same. The way in which stem cells are obtained, processed, and administered can have a major impact on effectiveness. At Apex we use cutting-edge technology to harvest your stem cells to ensure the highest quality product. We also perform all of our injections under direct ultrasound guidance. Dr. Savarino is one of the country’s leading physicians in ultrasound-guided injections, and Apex provides the region’s safest, most effective stem cell treatments.