Stem Cell Therapy
Imagine being able to supercharge the healing and tissue regeneration in an injured area of your body. That’s no sci-fi scenario – it’s what stem cell therapy is already doing for millions of people.
Stem cells are basically starter cells: they have not yet differentiated to perform specific tasks in the body. Instead, they contain the potential to transform into many different types of cells such as blood, muscle, or cartilage cells, depending on where they end up. Of all the cells in the body, only stem cells have this ability.
Adult stem cells (also called mesenchymal stem cells) are found throughout the body. When orthopedic physicians use this type of therapy, they typically collect the adult stem cells from a patient’s own fat tissue, bone marrow, or even drawn blood.
In short, doctors have found that by extracting a patient’s own adult stem cells and injecting them into an injured part of the body, the cells take on the properties and function of needed cells in the area. They also can self-replicate in the body, creating healthier and specialized tissue. In this way, the new healthy cells gradually and naturally replace damaged or diseased cells. This is why stem cell is considered a type of regenerative medicine.
What You Can Expect From Stem Cell Therapy for Joints
During this minimally invasive procedure, usually performed in our office, a patient’s own extracted stem cells are processed (so that they are concentrated) and then re-injected at the target location in the body. The injection is usually guided using diagnostic imaging methods such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy.
These injections can serve as a sort of stand-alone therapy, or they may be performed in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as PRP therapy or post-operatively after surgery. .
There is no scarring and little to no downtime involved with stem cell therapy.
How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help You
Stem cell therapy has been used in patients with acute and chronic orthopedic problems.
For example, arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. today. After arthritic damage has occurred in your joint, you may want to consider stem cell therapy before opting for surgery. Stem cell therapy may be able to halt progression of osteoarthritis when other nonsurgical methods have failed. It may even help repair damaged cartilage at the joint.
The potential uses for stem cell therapy are immense. For orthopedic patients, it has been used most commonly in the knees, hips, and shoulders to help heal cartilage, tendon and ligament tears. Patients have reported decreased joint pain and inflammation following stem cell therapy.
It is important to note that it may be weeks after you receive stem cell therapy before tissue regeneration is well underway and you begin to feel its effects.
Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Pain and Inflammation
Find out if stem cell therapy is right for you. Call the orthopedic experts at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, at (239) 261-2663. You can also request an appointment now.