Regenerative Medicine has been at the forefront of new and emerging orthopedic treatment techinques.  Lubbock Sports Medicine provides the latest in regenerative technologies to aid, and in some cases, expedite the recovery process.  LSM offers two different techniques: Platlet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy.  See below for patient education on these new and exciting topics!




What are Stem Cells used for in Orthopedics?

Stem Cells and Orthopedics


Stem Cell FAQ

Q: What are stem cells?
A: Stem cells are unspecialized or undifferentiated cells, capable of two processes: self-renewal and differentiation.

Q: What is Regenerative Medicine?
A:  Regenerative Medicine is a new and advancing scientific field focused on the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue utilizing stem cells.

Q: What is the difference between adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells?
A: Adult stem cells are found in mature adult tissues including bone marrow and fat, while embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are not found in the adult human body. ESCs are obtained from donated in vitro fertilizations, which raises many ethical concerns.  Because ESCs are not autologous, there is a possibility of immune rejection. Adult stem cells do not raise ethical issues nor pose any risks for immune rejection.

Q: Does Celling Biosciences research or use embryonic stem cells in clinical procedures?
A: No, Lubbock Sports Medicine and Celling Biosciences’ cell therapy systems use only autologous adult stem cells isolated from the patient during surgery.  Celling Biosciences does not participate in embryonic stem cell research or use embryonic stem cells in clinical applications.


Q: Are there ethical issues associated with harvesting adult stem cells?
A: No, adult stem cells do not raise ethical questions as they are harvested from the patient’s body


Q: Where do adult stem cells come from?
A: In adults, stem cells are present within various tissues and organ systems, the most common being bone marrow and adipose or fat tissues. Other sources include the liver, epidermis, retina, skeletal muscle, intestine, brain, placenta, umbilical cord and dental pulp.

Q: How does Celling Biosciences obtain adult stem cells for use in cell treatment? 

A: Celling Biosciences currently has systems that use adult stem cells from both bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue. The stem cells are obtained through aspiration procedures during surgery.

Q: How are adult stem cells used in surgical procedures?
A: Adult stem cells are used to treat patients with damaged tissues due to age or deterioration. During a procedure, stem cells are isolated from the patient, concentrated and delivered back to the site of injury to assist in the healing process.

Q: Are there different types of adult stem cells?
A: Yes, there are many types of adult stem cells found in the body which have variable differentiation potentials. The adult stem cells that aid in the repair of damages tissue are multipotent, mesenchymal stem cells. These are located in bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue.

Q: How do stem cells know what type of tissue to develop into?
A: The differentiation of stem cells is dependent on many factors, including cell signaling and micro-environmental signals. Based on these cues, stem cells are able to develop into healthy tissue needed to repair damaged tissue. For example, multipotent stem cells delivered to damaged bone will develop into bone cells to aid in tissue repair. The exact mechanism of lineage-specific differentiation is unknown at this point. 

Q: Will my body reject the stem cells?
A: No, adult stem cells are autologous and non-immunogenic.

Any further questions about Adult Stem Cells, Autologous Stem Cells, or
Celling Biosciences can be answered by our physicians at Lubbock Sports Medicine.

Orthopedic Physicians in Lubbock

Dr. Robert King

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Dr. David Shephard

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Dr. Kevin Crawford

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Dr. Joel Campbell

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Dr. Karl Pankratz

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Lubbock Sports Medicine Physicians

Dr. Robert King

Dr. Robert Randolph King has been in the practice of medicine in Lubbock, Texas, since 1980.  He attended Coronado High School and Texas Tech University.  He graduated from the Unive...

Dr. David Shephard

Dr. Shephard is an orthopaedic surgeon committed to the reconstruction of arthritic joints. He is focused on the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and all other forms of joint dest...

Dr. Kevin Crawford

  As an orthopedic surgeon focused on minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Kevin Crawford's expertise includes arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee...

Dr. Joel Campbell

Dr. Joel Campbell is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon practicing in Lubbock, TX, specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. He received adva...

Dr. Karl Pankratz

Dr. Karl Pankratz, who earned his MD from Texas Tech in 2003, has experience in a wide range of orthopedic problems. He has special interests in knee pain and robotic-assisted surgery. ...

Dr. Jordan Simpson

As one of only a few board-certified orthopedic surgeons in West Texas with specialized fellowship training in adult reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jordan Simpson offers his patients access to cu...

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