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REGENERATIVE TREATMENT FOR TENDINOPATHY IN LONDON

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Anybody who experiences tendinopathy will be aware that the pain and discomfort it can cause may be unrelenting. It is a condition that affects joints and tendons and it has symptoms that are similar to those caused by tendonosis and tendonitis. These symptoms can include burning pain, pro-longed soreness, and a reduced range of flexibility and motion.

Our tendons connect our bones and muscles, but if they become damaged due to collagen degeneration, inflammation, or injuries, it can greatly impact on our quality of life. Established treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, and surgery. Research into the use of stem cells for the treatment of tedinopathy has also shown promising results.

Stem cell therapy is a relatively new discipline of regenerative medicine. Where there is an established medical need, a clinician may prescribe stem cell treatments for certain conditions within the UK, in accordance with regulation by the Human Tissue Authority.

Please Note: Whilst the clinic does offer stem cell treatments, no treatment is undertaken until the patient has been reviewed by a consultant (who is a specialist in the relevant field) and approval has been given by the specialist. Patients are informed throughout the process of the limitations of stem cell treatment and it is for the patient to make a final decision in conjunction with his or her consultant.

Dr Khan Says

“Regenerative treatments are an option for people who may have already tried, or considered, conventional treatments. Research using stem cells with latest technology has shown promising results.”

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Dr Tee Says

“Stem cells are located throughout the body and act as natural healers. Studies suggest that when used for medical purposes, stem cells have the potential to accelerate tissue repair, stimulate tissue regeneration, and decrease inflammation.”

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TENDINOPATHY AND STEM CELL RESEARCH

Tendons are an essential component of our musculoskeletal system. Unfortunately, as with many health concerns, tendinopathy becomes increasingly common as we age. Tendon problems can also be caused by sports injuries that typically include patellar tendinopathy (or runner’s knee), lateral epicondylitis (or tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (or golfer’s elbow), and gluteal tendinopathy.

Stem cells are the subject of research due to their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to regenerate damaged tissue and to encourage the growth of collagen. A study published in 2015 stated: "The inability of tendon to self-repair and the inefficiency of current treatment regimens used clinically have sparked the exploration of alternative treatment strategies. The use of stem cells to repair tendon is particularly exciting and promising..." However, further research is required and hence a number of clinical trials are now underway.

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Tendons consist mainly of collagen, a fibrous protein that is abundant throughout the body. Tendinopathy, tendinosis, and tendinitis have different characteristics. Tendinopathy is caused by chronic degeneration of collagen. Tendonitis is the acute inflammation of a tendon as a result of micro-tears, and tendinosis is defined as the non-inflammatory degeneration of a tendon.

Tendonitis problems can be caused by repetitive movements, for example, running, heavy lifting, or repetitive keyboard usage. Certain professions and recreational sports can make these conditions worse or more likely. The cause and severity of the issue will affect how long it takes for the tendon to recover. Chronic cases may never fully heal without specific treatments.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the ability to become tendon cells, and also to secrete cytokines, which act as chemical messengers to other cells. A study published in 2020 stated: "Stem cells, tissue engineering, and growth factors are new strategies for tendon repair and regeneration. MSCs not only can differentiate in tendon cells, but also secrete several cytokines that modulate inflammation and tissue healing."

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?

Stem cells are special types of cell that occur naturally within the body. They have the ability to replicate themselves or develop into different types of cells through a process known as differentiation.

Hence stem cells have the potential to become new cells in order to perform specific functions. For example, they can differentiate to become blood cells or other types of cell that are active within the immune system. This process enables stem cells not only to play a unique role in the body's ability to heal itself, but also to encourage the growth of healthy tissue.

HOW ARE STEM CELLS USED IN MEDICINE?

Whist stem cell therapy is relatively new, stem cells have been the subject of over 40 years of research and there have been a large number of clinical trails. A limited number of treatments for certain medical conditions are now available in the UK.

When used for medical purposes, research suggests stem cells can accelerate tissue repair, stimulate tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, and stimulate new blood vessel growth.


WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THERE FOR CONDITIONS OF THE TENDONS?

There are a number of treatments available for tendon issues, which your doctor can advise you upon. It may be possible treat acute injuries of the tendon in the first instance through RICE (rest, ice-covered towel, compression and elevation).

However, chronic tendon problems can be difficult to heal without specific treatment, which can vary subject to the precise nature of the issue. Established treatments include steroids, NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or in severe cases surgery.

Research suggests that stem cell therapies may also play an important role in the future treatment of tedinopathy and tendon injuries. Where doctors are in agreement, stem cell treatments may potentially be considered for a small number of patients.


CAN I HAVE STEM CELL THERAPY?

Stem cell therapy may be considered for people who require an alternative approach to established procedures. It may be suitable for patients aged 18 to 75 or children in special circumstances, whose condition is stable enough to undergo treatment.

The first stage is to book a consultation with a qualified medical practitioner, who will assess your medical history in order to potentially make a pre-approval application. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts will then consider your application.

If you application is approved, you will then be invited undergo a full health screening and detailed tests to ensure stem cell treatment is an appropriate approach for you. Provided you pass the assessment criteria, you may then begin treatment.


WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?

Patients generally require a preparation period that may involve a number of procedures to ensure your regenerative system is at its most receptive. The stem cells can typically then be injected into the body, which depending on the nature of your condition can either be done intravenously or by intra-tissue injection; or a combination of both.


WHERE DO THE STEM CELLS COME FROM?

The stem cells may be either 'autologous' or 'allogeneic' and are contained in a prescription created by a regulated medical supplier. Autologous stem cells are processed after being harvested from tissue within the patient's own body, whereas allogeneic stem cells are cultured in a laboratory from a donated source. The prescription is then transferred into the patient.


HOW ARE STEM CELLS REGULATED?

Stem cell therapies are classed as nouvelle treatments or 'specials', which are a permissible category of medicines that are available to meet the clinical needs of an individual patient.

We work with LifePlus Stem Cells, who are regulated to sell and market pure stem cells products as an unlicensed medicine in accordance with quality and safety standards under its own HTA and MHRA licences (The Human Tissue Act 2004 and associated regulation/The Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007 (as amended).

The progress of stem cell patients is carefully monitored and we have a regulatory duty to report any relevant findings to the Royal Free Hospital in London, with a view to stem cell therapy becoming a standardised licensed treatment.

ABOUT DR KHAN AND DR TEE

The Cellular & Regenerative practice in Harley Street was co-founded by Dr Aamer Khan, author of the forthcoming book, 'Aesthetic Treatments in Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cells, Stromal Vascular Fraction, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Platelet Rich Fibrin.'

Dr Aamer Khan

Qualifying as a doctor at the University of Birmingham in 1986 with an MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), Dr Khan completed his postgraduate training in University Hospitals Birmingham. He spent 24 years working within the NHS, including many years in General Practice. In 2010, he retired from the NHS to refine protocols at the Harley Street Skin Clinic.

Dr Mike Tee

Dr Mike Tees MB, BChir, BSc (Hons), DLO, DRCOG, MRCGP, is a Cambridge medical grad and has racked up over 25 years of experience in the medical profession. Dr Tee is well regarded as an expert in Dermal Fillers, PRP, Thread Lifts, Mole Removal & dermatological minor surgery.

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There two painful conditions occur both within and around tendons. They can be caused by overuse or stress on a tendon. As a result, the tendon swells, becomes painful to use, and loses functionality.

Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive movements, for example, running, jumping, or heavy lifting. Certain professions and recreational sports can make these conditions worse or more likely.

The cause and severity of the issue affect how long it takes for the tendon to heal. Even the most chronic cases may never fully heal without specific treatments.

Patellar tendinopathy (or runner’s knee), lateral epicondylitis (or tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (or golfer’s elbow), and gluteal tendinopathy.

Our experts can diagnose and identify the optimal treatment

Tendinopathy, tendinosis, and tendinitis have very similar symptoms. However, they are 3 vastly different conditions:

Tendinopathy is the degeneration of the collagen that forms the tendon in chronic conditions.

Tendonitis is the acute inflammation of the tendon as a result of micro-tears. Symptoms include minor pain, swelling, and some warmth local to the affected area.

Tendinosis is defined as the non-inflammatory degeneration of a tendon. It results in a change in the structure of a tendon and is often caused by repetitive strain injuries that aren’t given adequate time to heal. It typically takes several months to heal this condition as opposed to the short recovery time associated with tendonitis.

Treatments vary depending on the condition, for example, certain drugs can inhibit the reconstruction of a tendon.

Our medical professionals can determine the best solution for you

Adjustments to your lifestyle

Anti-inflammatory medications and supplements

Pain relief medication

Physical therapy for joint problems

Stem cell therapy

Stem Cells are harvested from a nominated donor, and can be found in either adipose cells (fat), bone marrow, or umbilical lining (as is the case with embryonic stem cells.

Whilst some people feel more comfortable making use of their own adult stem cells for treatment, others may pursue embryonic stem cells for their significantly-higher concentration. They are harvested very soon after birth in a GMP-regulated laboratory, and are always thoroughly screened for infection, genetic abnormality and disease in the lab prior to use.

Patients needn't worry about experiencing any pain whilst donating or receiving stem cells for treatment, as local anaesthetic is always used to ensure the patient is most comfortable throughout.

Recovery from Stem Cell treatment is swift, and should begin to alleviate arthritic pain relatively quickly.

During the first few days after treatment, you may notice some minor bruising, swelling, redness and tenderness around the injection sites, although this is shortlived. We simply ask that you refrain from air travel for a minimum of 5 days to allow the initial healing stages to occur without interference.

Specific aftercare will depend on your treatment area, although your practitioner will be more than happy to provide thorough instructions tailored to you following treatment.

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