Stem cells are unique cells in the body that can transform themselves and give rise to more specialized cells that the body uses. Stem cells receive a signal from the body to develop into specialized cells like muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone.  Stem cells function as the body’s repair mechanism to replace old cells or to heal damaged cells.

ADULT STEM CELLS are used in our work. These are not stem cells from embryos or fetuses and there are no ethical considerations or controversies surrounding their use.  The adult stem cells we work with are collected from the patient’s own bone marrow by physicians or veterinarians at the time of the procedure. Stem cells from humans are collected from the patient’s pelvis.  Equine stem cells are harvested from the horse’s breast bone.  Canine stem cells are gathered from leg bones or the pelvis.  During the collection of bone marrow- derived stem cells, platelet growth factors from the marrow are also collected. Stem cells and platelet growth factors work synergistically to promote healing.

We process the stem cells and the physician or veterinarian then administers them to the injured area.   Because the adult stem cells are autologous (taken from the patient’s own body) disease transmission or rejection issues are avoided.  The final product the patient receives consists of concentrated stem cells and platelet rich plasma. The benefits of stem cell therapy are similar to those of platelet gel.