Because they are biologically younger and more flexible than stem cells obtained from other sources such as the blood or bone marrow, umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells are considered more potent. Also, they are more likely to develop into other types of cells like muscle cells, bone cells, and brain cells. There are two common ways to administer these stem cells into the patient during treatment. They can be either injected directly into the affected area or intravenously (through an IV).
Many experts believe that direct injection is the best mode of administration for umbilical cord-derived stem cells. According to studies, this method offers the significant advantage of a quick and relatively problem-free recovery. Also, many patients who have undergone injected stem cell therapy are already mobile (i.e. they can move without assistance) right after the treatment. Because the stem cells are directly administered into the affected area, there is little to no risk of them getting “lost” inside the body. As a result, the stem cells’ healing properties are quick to take into effect as compared to when the stem cells are applied intravenously.
When you say intravenously, it basically refers to the process of delivering something through a vein. IV is the simplest and least invasive method of applying umbilical cord stem cells, or any other type of stem cells for that matter, because it provides a quick and easy way to gain access to the bloodstream. Also, it requires the least amount of medical skill. However, just because it is the easiest, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the most effective or the safest.