Stem Cell Therapy Clinic

Regenerative Therapy

Waterfront Health & Wellness is a regenerative therapy clinic that provides a range of stem cell treatments for bone injuries, skin injuries, and corneal injuries to patients throughout the Greater Vancouver and Washington state areas. No matter what type of regenerative medicine you are looking for, our team of talented doctors will help you customize a treatment plan for your specific ailments. Get in touch with our team of experts today to learn more about our stem cell treatments or schedule a consultation to discuss how regenerative therapy can help treat your particular ailments.

As a regenerative therapy clinic, Waterfront Health & Wellness provides a range of stem cell treatments for relieving chronic ailments, bone injuries, skin injuries, and corneal injuries. All of our regenerative therapy treatment options are tailored to suit the needs of each individual patient and are performed by our team of highly trained and experienced doctors. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our regenerative therapy centre and treatments.

What is Regenerative Therapy?

Regenerative therapy, also commonly known as regenerative medicine, works to encourage diseased, dysfunctional, or injured tissue to repair itself using stem cells. By growing stem cells in a lab that have been manipulated to replicate the specific types of cells in the injured part of the body, a regenerative therapy clinic can help speed up the body’s healing process by implanting the cells into the defective tissue.

When a regenerative therapy clinic injects a patient’s own stem cells back into an area with damaged tissue, the stem cell transplant works to increase the body’s natural repair process by reducing inflammation, accelerating healing, and preventing any scarring or loss of function. Regenerative therapy can be used to treat all stages of arthritis, as well as ligament, tendon, cartilage, and bone ailments.

What are Stem Cells?

As the body’s raw material, stem cells are the type of cells that all other cells with specialized functions derive from. This means that stem cells are the only cells in the body that are able to divide into more cells, known as daughter cells, which can either become new stem cells or specialized cells, such as blood cells, brain cells, bone cells, or muscle cells. Even though stem cells can be found in many different parts of the body, they are more concentrated in the body’s bone marrow.

Types of Stem Cells

Some of the different types of stem cells that regenerative therapy centres have been researching the effects of are:

Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cells come from embryos, also known as blastocysts, that are roughly three to five days old. These stem cells offer a greater level of versatility, as they can easily divide into more stem cells or any other type of cell in the body. Embryonic stem cells can be used to regenerate or repair diseased tissue and organs.

Adult Stem Cells

Found in small numbers in most adult tissues, such as bone marrow or fat, adult stem cells are more limited in their ability to morph into other types of cells when compared to embryonic stem cells; however, research has proven that adult stem cells can create various types of similar cells. For example, bone marrow stem cells can create bone or heart muscle cells.

Stem Cell Treatments

Stem cell treatments that can be commonly received by patients at a regenerative therapy clinic are designed to help speed up the body’s recovery time for repairing damaged tissues, ligaments, bones, joints, and muscles, as well as to help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Doctors have also been able to perform stem cell transplants, such as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, blood stem cell transplants, and bone marrow transplants, to help treat certain diseases, including blood-related diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, and multiple myeloma.

All stem cell treatments currently available to patients use adult stem cells. Regenerative therapy centres are continuing to test adult stem cells to see if they are able to treat other degenerative conditions, such as heart failure.

How is Regenerative Therapy Performed?

During a regenerative therapy procedure, the doctor will harvest stem cells from either the patient’s pelvic bone or from fat tissue around the abdomen for injections. Stem cells that are collected from fat tissue are often combined with plasma rich platelets (PRP) for treating most ailments in the hips, knees, back, and other joints.

Once the stem cells have been harvested, the regenerative therapy clinic technician will then concentrate the stem cells through a special centrifuge. The stem cells are then injected back into the patient’s body, near the site of the injury or damage. Since the stem cells being used in the treatment are from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of rejection and essentially no risk of infection associated with regenerative therapy.

After the regenerative therapy treatment has been completed, patients will need to avoid heavy exertion for at least a week and should avoid using anti-inflammatory products for the first two weeks, as they can negatively affect the functionality of the stem cells.

How Well Does Regenerative Therapy Work?

Regenerative therapy has been proven to provide significant pain reduction that can last for many years, alleviating the symptoms from a variety of different injuries. Some of the most common injuries that can be treated by a regenerative therapy clinic include early to advanced arthritis, knee pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and degenerative joint or disc pain.

Regenerative therapy clinics can perform cell therapy procedures in as little as one hour, and patients can expect to start noticing improvements within three to eight weeks with continued improvements over the following six months.