Stem cell therapy treatment involves adult stem cells that can be transformed in a lab into the specialized cells the body needs to heal injuries or disease. These specialized cells can be changed into any tissue or organ cells, and using them in therapy has proven successful in treating a variety of issues including spinal cord injuries and muscle diseases; they can even been shown to slow progression of certain neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
If you are a sports fan or follow new and exciting innovations in medicine, chances are you have heard about stem cell therapy treatment. But if you are unfamiliar with how it is changing the way doctors are treating any myriad of injuries or medical conditions, read on. Here are ten things you need to know about stem cell therapy treatments and how it is changing the way orthopedists are treating their patients.
- Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine involves the use of stem cells that are capable of regenerating into healthy cells, in different areas of the body, thereby renewing and healing injured or diseased areas.
- Stem cell therapy utilizes adult stem cells. Adult, non-embryonic stem cells are classified as undifferentiated and thereby able to transform into certain types of tissues within the body. These stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they are capable of self-renewal when injected into injured areas of the body to affect healing.
- Adult stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat). An orthopedic specialist uses these extracted mesenchymal stem cells to treat musculoskeletal conditions that could include arthritis, broken bones, degenerative discs, etc., when transferred into the damaged joint or other area of the body.
- Stem cell therapy may replace invasive joint replacement surgery. All surgeries have calculated risks. Stem cell therapy eliminates these and other risks, which include the development of blood clots, nerve damage, allergic reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, etc.
- Stem cell therapy eliminates risk of contamination or rejection. Surgical procedures to replace joints with artificial prostheses can result in rejection and infection. Since the stem cells used in stem cell therapies are extracted from the patient’s own body, there is little if any chance of contamination or rejection.
- Stem cell therapy can treat degenerative conditions. Stem cell therapies are a viable option when the affected area/joint or disc is so severely degenerated that surgery won’t improve the situation and surgery isn’t an option.
- Stem cell therapy encourages natural healing. Because stem cell therapy relies on the human body to engage in healing itself and reduce pain associated with conditions like osteoarthritis, treatments are not only effective, but often eliminate use of pain medication by allowing for holistic, natural healing.
- Stem cell therapy can put an end to the painful symptoms of arthritis. Regenerative therapy can eliminate the pain you’ve endured that’s related to osteoarthritis and other debilitating, degenerative conditions.
- Stem cell therapy isn’t just for the young. If you’re an older person who is enduring aches and pains, then stem cell therapy may be the answer. Stem cell therapy is available for seniors, since extracted stem cells are just as vital in older patients as they are in the young. This is especially helpful for those for whom anesthetics provide a risk.
- Stem cell procedures are changing the way doctors treat medical conditions. Whereas previously treatments required long periods of downtime, the risk of infection, rejections of artificial joints, scarring, and much worse, stem cell therapy is changing the face of the face of orthopedics and pain management, allowing athletes to get back in the game faster, and those who suffer from pain or medical conditions to live a fulfilling, pain-free life.
Want to know even more about stem cell therapy? Good news! Stem cell therapy has come to Clinton Township! At Movement Orthopedics, Dr. Jeffrey Carroll is using mesenchymal stem cells garnered from patients’ own tissues to treat any number of orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. To request an appointment call us today at 586-436-3785.