Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy involves taking stem cells from one area of the body, and then injecting it into an injured area. Stem cells are responsible for rebuilding and regenerating the body. The underlying premise, is that stem cells are in fact living cells that can transform themselves into different types of tissue or functional cell. Therefore, they are able to differentiate into ligaments, tendons, bone, nerve, and cartilage.
When an injury occurs, it is the stem cells that are released and summoned by the body to rebuild damaged muscle, joints, or cartilage. By injecting these stem cells directly into the damaged area, it may assist and accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
Until recently, treatment options for osteoarthritis or joint pain were limited. Steroid injections, joint replacement surgery, and physical therapy were the only treatment options. Stem cell injections are now available and not only are they being considered in relieving pain but also in helping heal the joint.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks
- Minimal post-procedural recovery time
- No use of general anesthesia
- No risk of rejection since the stem cells are your own
- Pain reduction
- Increased mobility and function
Stem Cells are typically taken from two areas of the body: Bone Marrow or Adipose Tissue (Lipoaspiration). Different physicians sometimes use one over the other, or both, both serve the same purpose – to provide a source of MSCs.