Stem Cell Therapy
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are harvestable from various tissues within the human body, such as fat, bone marrow, and blood.
Because they are undifferentiated, these cells can develop into cartilage, ligament, tendon, or bone cells when they regenerate alongside the cells targeted for treatment.
What is a stem cell injection?
Stem cell injections are administered directly into a joint or tissue, where the stem cells develop into the type of cells that are lacking or damaged. This type of therapy boosts your body’s ability to heal itself without surgery or prescription medication.
Our medical team performs a thorough physical examination and diagnoses the underlying cause of your condition to determine whether stem cell injections are the best course of treatment for you.
What conditions can stem cell injections treat?
Stem cell injections can relieve pain and improve the range of motion in your joints by treating the damaged connective tissue. Our medical team may recommend stem cell therapy to promote healing and prevent pain from:
- Osteoarthritis (OA): degenerative arthritis and joint disease
- Partially torn or sprained ligament: such as an ACL tear or ankle sprain
- Torn or partially removed cartilage: such as a torn meniscus
- Strained or surgically repaired tendons: including shoulder rotator cuff tears
- Repetitive stress injuries: from chronic overuse
It may take 3-8 weeks to see optimal results from a stem cell injection.
What are the benefits of stem cell therapy?
Successful stem cell injections offer long-term pain reduction, increased range of motion, and permanent repair of damaged connective tissues.
Stem cell injections are perfectly safe, and there is little downside to trying this therapy, especially before resorting to surgery or heavy medications. This minimally invasive treatment allows you to return to the activities you love with a reduced risk of side effects, infection, or increased damage.
If you’re experiencing joint pain or limited range of motion, schedule an appointment online with our team or call Innovative Medical Center to find out if stem cell injections are right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do stem cell therapy procedures work?
- Growth factors
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Messenger RNA
- Mesechymal Stem Cells
Stem cells have been demonstrated to differentiate into fat, bone, muscle, skin, nerve, and liver cell lines once injected or placed into the area of injury. The growth factors and other proteins all help support the stem cells in becoming and repairing local tissues.
2. How long have stem cell based products been used?
Although the popularity in orthopedics and pain management is fairly recent, stem cell derived products have a 100-year history of being used in other disciplines for its healing properties.
3. Where do stem cells come from?
Stem cells come from the donated umbilical cord of healthy c-sections in a hospital setting. They come from the part of the umbilical cord that is 'immune-neutral,' so they can go into any body for regeneration.
4. Is there any chance of rejection?
No. The product being injected will become integrated into the site of injection with no immune system rejection.
5. What are stem cells good for?
- Plantar Fasciitis (Foot Pain)
- Epicondylitis (Elbow Pain)
- Tendonitis (Biceps, Triceps Pain)
- Ligament or Tendon Tears
- Joint Pain (Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, etc.)
- Cartilage Tears
- Post-Operative of Post-Injury Inflammation of Pain
- Joint Cartilage Tear
6. Can I get more than one joint injected at a time?
Absolutely. It is very common for people to get both knees or both shoulders done at one time if they are having issues with both joints, This is something that you can discuss more with your doctor during your initial visits to determine what will be best in your case.
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