The Regenerative Properties of Cell Therapy

For more than 15 years, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian has led the delivery of nonsurgical orthopedic care as medical director of The Center for Regenerative Medicine. In overseeing the Miami, Florida, orthopedic medical center, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian and his team have carried out more than 20,000 procedures, harnessing cell therapy to alleviate pain for patients suffering from arthritis, tendonitis, torn ligaments, and a variety of muscular and skeletal conditions.

Autologous cell therapy refers to a procedure in which patients’ own cells, tissues, or growth factors are injected back into their bodies for regenerative purposes. The process involves separating cells from blood, and due to the great quantity of blood involved, and large financial cost required, this form of treatment was previously only available in hospitals. However, technological advancements have made it possible for medical professionals to facilitate cell therapy using only 30-50cc of blood. Physicians can now complete this process in an office setting and can harvest the necessary cells in approximately 20 minutes.

Cell therapy requires blood containing large quantities of platelets and growth factors. When injected into the site of an injury or arthritic pain, the cells attract Mesenchymal stem cells and release critical proteins such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF1), insulin-like growth factor (ILGF), and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), which aid healing by spurring the development of new tissue. In this way, cell therapy can accelerate the body’s normal healing process to relieve arthritic pain of the knee, shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, ankle, and wrist.


An Introduction to Stem Cell Treatment

Dr. Alimorad Farshchian, medical director of The Center for Regenerative Medicine, uses adipose derived stem cells to treat joint disorders and injuries. Dr. Alimorad Farshchian stands out as the originator of the term “orthopaedic regenerative medicine” and the creator of DVD content to explain the use of stem cells in regeneration.

The term “stem cell” refers to a cell in the body that has not yet differentiated into a particular cell type. It carries in itself the potential to become a nerve cell, muscle cell, skin cell, or one of many other specialized body cells. Some stem cells can develop into any kind of cell while others have a particular pathway that they must follow. In either case, the potential of the stem cell makes it ideally suited for the field of regenerative medicine.

When they grow stem cells in a laboratory, researchers engineer the development track of the cell to determine the type of cell it will become. Physicians then select the stem cell type that they need and implant it into a patient’s body. Once inside, the cell continues to grow into the healthy type of cell that the patient needs it to become. The process is currently in use as a treatment for blood and bone marrow disorders as well as auto immune disorders and a number of other conditions while research continues into its further potential.