Imagine your own stem cells supercharging your body’s ability to heal without resorting to extremely invasive methods. This is what stem cell therapy is already doing for many patients with orthopedic pain and injuries.
It’s true, stem cells are currently being used to help treat chronic musculoskeletal problems, especially knee pain. Stem cell therapy has the potential to help treat a wide variety of health conditions.
Let’s talk about how stem cells can treat your musculoskeletal pain or orthopedic injury, and why this is such a revolutionary treatment.
How Stem Cells Work
If you are wondering where your stem cells can be found, they are actually located in various locations throughout your body – especially in your blood, fat (adipose) tissue, and bone marrow. These cells are the building blocks of all your tissues.
The stem cells which are often used for stem cell therapy treatment are the mesenchymal stem cells. These cells have not yet differentiated, meaning they haven’t formed into blood, muscle, tendon, cartilage, or other specific type of cell. This means that they have the capability of morphing into one of several (though not all) different types of cells in your body for healing purposes.
Imagine yourself with a torn meniscus or a torn ACL that is causing symptoms such as knee pain, swelling, and limited mobility. With stem cell therapy, your healing may be accelerated, since the stem cells can differentiate into the cells that your body needs to heal completely.
The stem cells are delivered into the precise spot through injection. Because they have not yet differentiated into a special type of cell when they are harvested from the blood or fat, they can specialize upon reaching the site of injury. The stem cells will gradually replace the damaged cells with healthy new cells.
Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat My Orthopedic Problem?
Stem cell therapy is being used in patients with arthritis and has greatly reduced their pain symptoms. However, stem cell therapy is not a standalone treatment and is most effective when combined with other treatment methods such as physical therapy.
Stem cell therapy is usually recommended to treat orthopedic conditions such as bone fractures, ligament injuries, and tendon injuries. Patients with osteoarthritis may also receive stem cell therapy as part of an overall therapy treatment plan.
Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Orthopedic Problems in Naples, Florida
If you are interested in stem cell therapy as a form of treatment for an orthopedic condition, be sure to discuss the possibilities with your orthopedic doctor. Here at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, our orthopedic medical team offers stem cell therapy to many patients who are suffering with chronic orthopedic problems.
If you are indeed a good candidate for stem cell therapy, you will be treated in an outpatient setting. Your appointments will be spaced several weeks or months apart in order to allow your body to fully process and absorb the stem cells between treatments.
To schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons at the Joint Replacement Institute, contact us today by calling us at (239) 261-2663 or request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to seeing you here.