The Regenexx Difference: A Cell Biology Practice with a Lab and Research Program

By /

Regenexx Difference

A few years ago we picked up on a medical publication that seemed to suggest that injecting mesenchymal stem cells through small bore needles may hurt the stem cells. The theory made some sense, because very thin needles might expose the stem cells to significant shear forces and turbulence that may damage the cells. The problem was that large bore needles used to place stem cells in a knee or shoulder tend to hurt patients more than tiny, thin needles. When looking at the publication more closely, it was clear that the authors had performed some strange machinations to try and replicate in the research lab what a medical provider might do in a clinic while injecting stem cells in a joint to manage arthritis. So we re-ran the experiment with very slow injection of cells and a more accurate representation of how stem cells get injected into joints and found no difference with the less painful thin needles. Since we had conflicting data we remained cautious and tended to stay with slightly bigger needles when injecting knees and shoulders. We just brought on a full-time researcher in the lab, so our research bandwidth has increased. As a result, we just re-performed the same experiment as part of another investigation and low and behold we got the same results-the smaller needles don’t hurt the stem cells. The graph above is from that recent experiment and shows stem cell viability (y axis) with differing needle sizes (x-axis) and shows no significant difference or trend toward less viability with smaller needle sizes. Thus, we will now use the smaller needles that our patients tend to like better. This again brings up again the Regenexx difference, we don’t just follow the directions that come in a kit we bought, we perform the basic research to make sure everyone else’s assumptions are accurate.

Get health and wellness information from a trusted source.

By submitting the form, you are agreeing that you read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may also contact you via email, phone, and other electronic means to communicate information about our products and services. We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

Is Regenexx Right For You?

Request a free Regenexx Info Packet

REGENEXX WEBINARS

Learn about the #1 Stem Cell & Platelet Procedures for treating arthritis, common joint injuries & spine pain.

Join a Webinar

RECEIVE BLOG ARTICLES BY EMAIL

Get fresh updates and insights from Regenexx delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to the Blog

CONTACT US

9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021
888-525-3005

FOLLOW US

Copyright © Regenexx 2020. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.

LinkedIn
Email