Amniotic Injections & Wound Care
Amniotic injections are just one of the regenerative therapies we offer here in our clinic. It’s a great way to naturally relieve joint pain, inflammation, and more – but it’s also an effective tool for wound care as well. Before we dive in, let’s do a quick refresher on what amniotic injections are:
What Are Amniotic Injections?
Amniotic injections contain amniotic fluid that is rich in antiinflammatory properties, growth factors, and other healing proteins. There are even a few stem (progenitor) cells available. It’s commonly injected into arthritic joints to both cushion the joints and relieve bone-on-bone irritation.
As well, it works really well for pain associated with muscles and tendons or other connective tissues. It is an excellent antiinflammatory and analgesic (pain-stopping) tool for physicians.
Due to its stem cell content along with growth factors, it can also facilitate the repair of tendons, ligaments, fascia and more. This is wholly unlike the more common anti-inflammatory injection of steroids that eventually damages human tissues.
Important To Know:
The amniotic fluid used in these injections comes from consenting mothers who undergo cesarean sections at the end of their full-term pregnancies.
During cesarean procedures, amniotic fluid is usually discarded.
But when mothers choose to donate the amniotic fluid, it can be used in regenerative therapies like amniotic injections.
It’s important to note that no embryos are harmed during the collection of amniotic fluid.
The amniotic membrane and fluid donated for this procedure are sources of allograft tissue.
“Allograft” tissue is tissue that is taken from one individual and given to another, like skin or bone grafts.
AMNIOTIC INJECTIONS & WOUND CARE
Amniotic injections are a game changer for chronic wound care. These injections work to fight inflammation and promote re-epithelialization. This means that the injections help stimulate skin cell regrowth to help cover and protect the wound.
It also helps promote overall wound healing for a faster recovery, and inhibits TGF-beta signaling that results in scar tissue. Here’s how it works:
The stem cells in amniotic fluid increase the development of blood vessels, which are a necessary part of the healing process. These vessels carry blood to the site of new tissue and also carry waste products from the site, promoting faster and more efficient wound healing.
The growth factors and proteins of amniotic fluid allow for the conversion of macrophages from a damaging and pro-inflammatory type to a healing, resolving and non-inflammatory type. This dramatically increases a wound’s chance of healing. This is true even for diabetic wounds.
The amniotic membrane has fibroblasts, modulates cytokine and growth factor levels, has growth factors and has demonstrated unique abilities such as the power to suppress fibrosis, pain and bacteria. Amniotic membrane has a strong ability to promote wound healing.
Common problems with chronic wounds are a lack of vascularization, chronic inflammation and a lack of growth factors. Obviously, amniotic tissues solve all three of these problems and can lead to excellent healing.
A POWERHOUSE REGENERATIVE THERAPY
The main reason amniotic progenitor cells are so efficient at wound healing is due to the fact that they are versatile. These cells are able to change, or “differentiate” into many other types of cells – including the endothelial cells that form blood vessels. Technically, these should be referred to as ‘amniotic membrane-human mesenchymal stromal cells’.
If you’re suffering from joint pain, muscle inflammation, and chronic wounds, amniotic injections may be right for you! Click below to schedule your consultation appointment at Warner Orthopedics & Wellness today: