Kuether Brain and Spine is always looking to be on the forefront of medicine. Our expert staff is always researching and looking for the latest cutting-edge treatments to help our community of patients live happier, healthier and pain-free lives. Our staff offers regenerative medicine options including amniotic injections as a way to provide another minimally invasive and non-surgical alternative.
To understand how and why amniotic injections are applied, it is important to understand the definition of amniotic tissue. Amniotic tissue refers to the innermost layer of the placenta, the amniotic sac that encapsulates an unborn baby and the umbilical cord. The fluid from this tissue is laden with stem cells and hyaluronic acid, which is the same lubricative material found in joints and is known to be as regenerative. Amniotic tissue and fluid is being studied as a homologous use product as a potential non-surgical treatment to restore mobility, proteins, cytokines and other important compounds within the human body. Homologous use means the repair, reconstruction, replacement or supplementation of a patient’s cells or tissues with a HCT/P that performs the same basic function or functions in the recipient as in the donor.
Amniotic tissue is sourced from pregnant women during Caesarean Section (C-Section) procedure. Oftentimes amniotic tissues is discarded; however, consenting mothers can donate their tissue for processing. The Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) clears the amniotic tissue to be disease free and has sterilization process completed before use. Physicians use amniotic tissue for a variety of procedures to assist in healing and reducing inflammation.
While regenerative medicine is a relatively new technology, amniotic injections are believed to help with the healing process of overused or injured ligaments and joints. This technique is going under rigorous amounts of clinically-backed research and shows promising results in terms of promoting healing and regeneration. It is a non-surgical option sometimes used to treat ankle, knee and back injuries, nerve damage, and arthritis as well as reduce inflammation. We at Kuether Brain and Spine will have amniotic injections available for certain cases of back pain and back injuries. Our practice is passionate about finding efficacious alternative solutions.
To find out if an amniotic tissue injection is a right fit for you, set up an appointment with Kuether Brain and Spine today.