Amniotic Membrane Injection
What is it?
The amniotic membrane injection uses a dehydrated form of human amniotic membrane.
Human amniotic membrane is derived of the same nutrients and growth factors that facilitate fetal growth. The naturally present cells include cytokines, carbohydrates, lipids, hyaluronic acid, growth factors, and multipotent cells.
These tissues provide a non-steroidal mechanism to alleviate pain through reducing inflammation.
The injection substance is derived from live willing donors and does not involve any fetal tissue. In addition, the amniotic membrane material is FDA regulated and processed in an ISO certified lab, so all major diseases are ruled out.
How does it Work?
Amniotic membrane, which is rich in stem cells, can help repair the worn out, damaged tissues in pathological joint conditions, osteoarthritis, tendinopathies, and other inflammatory disease.
The pain arises when the nerves in the outer portion of the discs are irritated, which then signal the brain to trigger a pain response.
The naturally present cells in amniotic fluid have anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties to provide a non-steroidal approach to long lasting pain relief.
The regenerative effect of stem cell rich tissue can reduce further degeneration providing a longer lasting relief without the side effects of steroid injections.
The doctor will injected the stem cell rich sample into the damaged portion of the tissue or joints using fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance.
When it is Recommended?
Amniotic membrane application is recommended for patients suffering from debilitating musculoskeletal pain where conservative management options such as activity restriction, medications, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and steroid injections have failed, and surgery is the only option.
What are the Results?
Research has demonstrated the regenerative potential of amniotic membrane stem cells. Animal studies showed cartilage defects can be enhanced by the implantation of mesenchymal stem cells, and in the treatments of various pathological conditions of joints with no single unfavorable reaction. Hence, amniotic membrane is an exciting new treatment option that patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain might want to consider.