Human Umbilical Cord Stem Cells 101

The human umbilical cord has become a valuable source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Human umbilical cord stem cells can be collected painlessly and they provide faster self-renewal. MSCs have the ability to form three germ layers and can accumulate in inflamed regions or damaged tissue. They can promote tissue repair in addition to modulating immune response.

These stem cells originate in the human embryo. Since the umbilical cord is typically considered medical waste, collecting stem cells from it is painless and does not prevent the cord from being used for any other purposes. Umbilical cords connect the mother and the fetus during pregnancy but do not serve a purpose for either after the baby is born. Therefore, they can be used for their stem cells which can be used to treat several conditions including:

  • Achilles Tendinitis and Tears
  • Ankle Pain/Sprains and Instability
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Foot Pain or Plantar Fasciitis
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Hand or Wrist Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Hair Rejuvenation
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sprained Ligaments
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Runners Knee
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Post-Operative Inflammation

As you can see from the extensive list of conditions they can treat, human umbilical cord stem cells are quite useful. With the consent of the parents, umbilical cord blood can be collected shortly after birth. This blood would normally be discarded and considered biological waste along with the placenta which is another rich source of stem cells.

Umbilical cord blood also contains hematopoietic stem cells which are similar to the stem cells found in bone marrow. For more information on being treated with umbilical cord stem cells, contact Regenerative Medicine today at 248-804-7226.