Historically, joints and connective tissues that have been damaged due to injury or worn down with time have been difficult to treat. Until recently, either painful, expensive surgery was required to treat many cases of joint or connective tissue injury, or the condition was considered untreatable. Thankfully, orthopedic stem cell therapy, which is natural, non-surgical, and requires very little downtime, is a promising new treatment for injured joints.
Stem cell therapy may be your key to a successful healing process. To learn more about stem cells for orthopedic injuries, make an appointment with one of our experts at Asim Medical today!
Usage of Stem Cells in Orthopedic Injuries
Stem cell therapy for orthopedic injury harnesses the body's own healing properties to treat damaged tissue. It accomplishes this by using autologous adult mesenchymal multipotent stem cells (MSCs). Autologous stem cells are taken from the patient's own body, usually the bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue.
Mesenchymal multipotent stem cells are capable of becoming many kinds of connective tissue; during the normal healing process, MSCs are able to take on the properties of injured tissue to assist with healing. However, our bodies' numbers of MSCs dwindle as we age, so the goal of stem cell therapy is to provide injured areas with MSCs harvested from areas where they are abundant.
Stem Cell Orthopedics Benefits
Use of autologous MSC therapy for orthopedic injuries has recently been described as "the medicine of tomorrow" by the journal Stem Cells International. Indeed, there are several advantages to stem cell orthopedics compared to older treatments:
No risk of allergic reaction due to use of autologous stem cells
Previously untreatable injuries may be treatable
Autologous stem cell therapy is able to treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, including:
Partial muscle and ligament tears
Mild to moderate osteoporosis
Chronic pain in the knees, neck, hips, shoulders, back, feet, or ankles
Stem Cell Treatment Procedure for Orthopedic Injuries
Prior to your stem cell orthopedic therapy, your healthcare provider may perform a physical examination, as well as X-ray or MRI of the injured area to decide whether or not an MSC treatment is right for you. In cases where it is determined that stem cell therapy is your best option, a small amount of bone marrow is removed from a part of your hip called the iliac crest. The stem cells in bone marrow are favored over those in adipose (fat) tissue because those in bone marrow are more potent.
The sample is then spun at a high speed in a centrifuge, which separates the stem cells and platelets from the rest of the components of the bone marrow. The platelets are used to induce a healing response, allowing the stem cells to become new connective tissue. After the mixture of stem cells and platelets is isolated, it is injected into the injured area.
What to Expect After Stem Cell Orthopedic Therapy
Improvement in comfort and joint mobility can be seen as early as 2 to 4 weeks after your initial treatment. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you come into the office for additional platelet injections to continue to encourage healing.
Your healthcare provider may recommend that you abstain from alcohol and tobacco, as they can slow the healing process. It may also be recommended that you take supplements that can speed healing, such as:
Green tea extract
Though results may vary depending on the extent of your injury, it will generally take 2 to 3 months for injured tissues to fully heal.
Request Your Appointment Today
There is no reason to keep using the same medical treatments if they haven't worked for you before. Stem cell therapy for orthopedic injuries offers a natural way to treat your pain and heal your body. Contact us today to request your first appointment!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Effective is Stem Cell Treatment for Orthopedic Injuries?
A comprehensive review performed for the journal Archives of Trauma Research found that, while it would be beneficial for the medical community to research the topic further, stem cell treatment for orthopedic injuries has been effective for several types of bone and connective tissue injuries.