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 Overview of Regenerating Orthopedic Tissue

Dr. Farshchian has served as the medical director at Miami, Florida’s Center for Regenerative Medicine for nearly 15 years. In this position Dr. Farshchian excels in all areas of orthopedic regenerative medicine.

Orthopedic injuries can result in long-term, if not permanent, damage to cartilage, intra-articular ligaments, and the meniscus. Sometimes even bone matter can fail to properly mend after serious orthopedic trauma. Medical professionals seeking to encourage regeneration of orthopedic tissue will focus on four important areas. At the cellular level, differentiated cells from the injured tissue can be used to help with tissue growth, though mesenchymal stem cells are also a major resource. There is some debate about the importance of the source of origin of cells used for regeneration; both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells show potential.

Critical to the regeneration of orthopedic tissue are morphogenetic signals. Generally, these signals originate from individual recombinant growth factors, if not native, platelet-rich plasma mixtures. A number of additional mixtures can be used to further stimulate morphogenetic signals. Smart scaffolds are also instrumental in sustaining effective, ongoing growth factors. Finally, mechanical practices to support regeneration deal with in vivo intrinsic biological processes.

Dr. Farshchian – Exercising with Arthritis

Dr. Alimorad Farshchian is a renowned expert in the treatments of arthritis. As medical director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Florida, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian helps improve the quality of life of patients suffering from this condition.

One of the difficulties people with arthritis and other types of joint conditions face is living an active lifestyle while experiencing joint pain and discomfort. Combining the exercise and meditative disciplines of T’ai chi, Yoga, and Qigong can help to address this problem.

T’ai chi involves slow, controlled movements that are gentle on the joints. The practice of Yoga helps to increase flexibility, strength and balance. Finally, Qigong is a martial arts school that focuses on breath, slow repetition of movements, and body awareness. Combining these three distinct disciplines can make exercise feasible and comfortable for people suffering from arthritis and similar conditions.