About Amniotic Fluid Injection Therapy
In recent years, scientists and physicians have discovered the tremendous benefits of Amniotic Fluid (AF) in treating pain and as an alternative to surgery. There are no living stem cells in amniotic fluid but it has an extensive array of other regenerative molecules and components contained in the fluid to enhance your body’s ability to repair itself.
Amniotic Fluid is donated by healthy, consenting mothers undergoing scheduled Caesarean sections. This donation does not affect the baby, the mother or the delivery process. After being donated, the fluid is screened, processed, sterilized and frozen. It is rich in growth factors, structural proteins such as collagens, cytokines, hyaluronic acid and other nutrients that has the potential to promote cellular repair, reduce inflammation and aid tissue regeneration. AF does not contain live stem cells or any other cellular product as it is filtered to exclude such entities and cellular debris. active biologics at the time of treatment.
Amniotic Fluid is considered “immunologically privileged”, meaning that it does not elicit an immune reaction such as rejection. It can therefore be injected without the need to match blood types. AF contains more than 200 growth factors, collagens and proteins that stimulate healing and reduce inflammation.
How it Works
During an in-office appointment, a very small dose of amniotic fluid is injected into the affected area. Ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance is frequently used to ensure precise delivery.
The injection activates over hundreds of growth factors, collagens and proteins to stimulate healing and reduce inflammation. The high concentration of hyaluronic acid in AF protects joints by providing cushioning and lubrication.
Patients can typically resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Some localized soreness, redness and discomfort at the site of injection may be felt for a few days. Results are dependent on each individual patient and your doctor's treatment plan.
Amniotic Fluid has been used by physicians in the following applications:
- Spinal injuries, neck pain and back pain
- Knee, hip and shoulder pain
- Elbow, hand, wrist and foot pain
- Soft tissue injury (Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis)