What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive neurological disease in which specific patterns of damage, often referred to as lesions, form in the brain and spinal cord. MS is considered to be an autoimmune disorder or a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks, damages, and/or kills cells within the central nervous system (CNS). The result of this damage is a myriad of symptoms and complications that severely reduces an individual’s quality of life.
There are four types of Multiple Sclerosis:
is the most common type of MS where attacks come and go over time and there is no apparent progression of the disease
Secondary progressive (SPMS)
follows the relapsing remitting course and eventually gets progresses more steadily.
Primary progressive (PPMS)
occurs when the disease progressively gets more advanced over time without going through a relapsing remitting course.
Progressive relapsing MS (PRMS)
is characterized by steadily progressing disease from the beginning and occasional exacerbations along the way.
What are the Typical Symptoms/Complications of Multiple Sclerosis?
Numbness or tingling sensations
Acute or chronic pain
Difficultly talking or swallowing
Visual disturbances (such as double vision)
Bladder and bowel issues
What causes Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is considered an autoimmune condition. Most MS symptoms occur from damage to the protective sheath around the nerves in a patient’s spine or brain called the myelin sheath. The damage causes scarring, which makes it harder for signals to travel between the brain and the body. It is proposed that environmental factors and genetics have a hand in the cause of this disease.
What type of stem cells are used and why?
TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to treatment that utilizes a patient’s stem cells isolated from their own bone marrow. There are multiple inherent benefits afforded by the utilization of bone marrow derived stem cells including their ability to differentiate into a broad variety of cells types (neurons, bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, etc.), they are present at comparatively much higher levels than other stem cell types, possess unique immune-modulating properties, and they do not endanger a patient’s health the way other stem cells might.
What steps are involved in receiving treatment through TruStem Cell TherapyTM?
There are three steps involved:
First a blood draw is performed followed by a minimally invasive bone marrow harvest via the iliac crest. Approximately 100cc’s of a patient’s own bone marrow is harvested through a minimally invasive, bone marrow aspiration procedure. TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes a powered bone marrow access system combined with local anesthetic allowing for consistently larger specimen of cells, extremely low levels of pain/invasiveness reported by most patients, and higher levels of sterility.
● Bone marrow aspirate is preferentially utilized because it is one of the richest, most accessible sources of stem cells in the human body and falls within the FDA guidelines of minimal manipulation.
Process + Activate
Both the blood and bone marrow are immediately delivered to our dedicated, onsite laboratory staffed by our team of technicians. Once your sample is in the lab our advanced proprietary process isolates and excites regenerative cells and concentrates healing factors to hyper-physiological levels in order to facilitate the creation of a highly effective, injectable therapeutic.
● Stem cell activation is part of what makes TruStem Cell Therapy unique. The activation procedure is designed to augment efficacy.
TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes both systematic and novel administration methods to fully saturate the body with stem cells while targeting specific areas of injury.
How are stem cells administered back into Multiple Sclerosis patients through TruStem Cell Therapy?
Multiple Sclerosis patients who receive stem cell therapy through us can receive multiple systemic and targeted administration methods:
Systemic IV infusion of their stem cells to fully saturate the entire body.
Intranasal administration to target the myelin sheath of the neurons
Bladder catheterization to improve incontinence in patients
Localized injections into atrophied muscles
What is unique about receiving stem cell therapy through TruStem Cell Therapy™ for Multiple Sclerosis?
Our focus is safety, efficacy, and patient-centric care when providing access to superior stem cell therapy.
We utilize only board certified surgeons, physicians and accredited clinicians to provide care for patients.
Laboratory protocols are developed and refined by our PhD Neuroscientist.
A clinical team with expertise in practicing cellular based medicine.
Accredited Surgical Centers for enhanced procedural and patient safety
Targeted administration methods that direct stem cells toward specific
areas of injury which include the joints, brain, spine, lungs, etc…
Skilled Patient Advocates who are trained to provide truthful, realistic expectations resulting from stem cell therapy. We do not make outlandish promises of cures or inaccurate claims related to improvement rates.
Can this treatment cure Multiple Sclerosis?
It is important for patients and caregivers to understand that current therapies, including stem cell treatment, does not provide a cure for MS. However, TruStem Cell Therapy does have the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing symptoms and complications related to MS as well as slowing its progression.
Are stem cells FDA approved for Multiple Sclerosis?
The FDA has not approved stem cell therapy for MS. As noted above, studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for this condition additional studies are needed before FDA approval can be secured.
What type of improvements can I expect from stem cell therapy?
It is possible through these treatments, to improve a patient’s quality of life by minimizing disease related symptoms and complications. For MS patients, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease related complications such as: mobility, pain, fatigue, incontinence, visual issues, mood, etc… If you have questions regarding how these treatments may help you, please contact one of our Patient Advocates to learn more.
How long will it take to see improvements?
It is difficult to predict the timeline of a patient’s response. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It could take weeks to months for the stem cells to provide noticeable results.
What type of side effects can a patient expect from stem cell therapy?
Typically patients will experience some level of soreness and bruising lasting roughly a week as a result of the bone marrow harvesting procedure. Additional complications have not been observed. Over a hundred studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and minimal side-effect profile of stem cell therapy.