The Difference Between Bone Marrow and Wharton's Jelly Regenerative Medicine Procedures

Regenerative medicine has the remarkable ability to treat a wide range of challenging conditions without the need for risky surgeries or dangerous prescriptions. While these innovative techniques can help treat conditions ranging from chronic pain and arthritis to blood disorders and cancer, not all regenerative therapies are the same.

At Independent Physical Medicine in Lima, Ohio, we’ve been offering cutting-edge stem cell therapies to men and women for years. Keep reading to learn more about how regenerative medicine works and the difference between using cells derived from adult bone marrow and umbilical Wharton’s Jelly for treatments.

Understanding regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is a specialized medical field that uses naturally occurring healing cells to reverse signs of damage and disease. When harvested and concentrated into therapeutic injections, we can deliver these powerful healing elements to specific parts of your body to trigger regeneration in damaged tissue, reverse signs of disease, and help restore function in the area.

There are several types of regenerative therapies, depending on the healing cells used. 

Some of the most effective treatments rely on stem cells. Stem cells differ from other cells in your body in three primary ways: 

You can find these powerful healing cells in a wide range of adult and embryonic tissue, including bone marrow and Wharton's jelly derived from umbilical cord tissue. While all stem cells have healing abilities when injected, not all sources provide the same results when used in regenerative medicine.

Using bone marrow in regenerative medicine

You've probably heard of a bone marrow transplant, but did you know it's a type of regenerative medicine? There have been over 1 million stem cell transplants worldwide since the first bone marrow transplant in 1956

Bone marrow is the soft, porous tissue inside your bones and contains haematopoietic (blood-making) stem cells. These stem cells hold amazing potential when used to treat certain medical problems, especially those affecting the blood, such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia or genetic immune system disorders. 

However, to harvest these adult stem cells, you have to drill into the bone to reach the marrow for extraction. While this process is said to be relatively painless and often performed under anesthesia, it can be quite uncomfortable. And, as reported in the Annals of Palliative Medicine, extracting bone marrow can even cause chronic pain that lasts for years.

What sets Wharton’s jelly therapy apart

At Independent Physical Medicine, we rely on stem cells harvested from Wharton’s jelly because of their unique healing abilities with bone, skin, cartilage, adipose, endothelium, muscle, and nerve cells.

Wharton’s jelly describes the mucoid connective tissue surrounding blood vessels within an umbilical cord, which contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). While you can find also find MSCs in bone marrow, research shows that the cells found in Wharton’s jelly offer several advantages compared to adult stem cells, including:

It’s also easier to harvest stem cells from Wharton’s jelly because this tissue is often discarded after childbirth and can be safely cryopreserved for long periods while still remaining viable.

You also don’t have to be concerned about ethical issues when using Wharton’s jelly stem cells because they never involve a fetus. Our regenerative medicine stem cell treatments come from consenting donors obtained through full-term, normal C-section deliveries and are rigorously screened.

The benefits of therapy with Wharton’s jelly

When used in regenerative medicine, the unique characteristics of mesenchymal stem cells found in Wharton's jelly are best for treating numerous conditions, especially painful degenerative joint diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Other conditions that often respond to our regenerative stem cell treatments include:

We also use stem cell therapy to help with medical weight loss, age management, erectile dysfunction, and testosterone optimization.

Regenerative stem cell therapy at Independent Physical Medicine offers a more natural treatment option without the need for risky surgeries or lengthy downtime. Plus, each session causes little if any pain and often helps decrease your need for other medications.

For more information on regenerative medicine and which therapy is best for you, contact us to schedule an appointment.

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