One of the most promising developments in medicine is the use of one’s own stem cells to repair damaged tissues in the body. Everyone has stem cells in their bodies. These undifferentiated cells are basically a blank slate that can transform into almost any other type of cell.
Adult stem cells – called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) – are found in many organs and tissue throughout the body. For stem cell treatment, MSCs are most commonly retrieved via needle extraction from a patient’s own bone marrow.
What Stem Cells are Used For
Many orthopedic patients are turning to stem cell treatments in an effort to help them avoid surgical treatment.
Stem cell treatments promote new bone or soft tissue growth at the site of an injury – making it a revolutionary approach to treating a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. Stem cells can help knit broken bones together, grow cartilage, repair tendons, muscles, and ligaments – basically, to repair most types of tissue damage that orthopedic surgeons treat.
Not only do stem cells show great promise in orthopedics, but they also are being used to treat Alzheimer’s patients, stroke victims, people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and even type 1 diabetes.
Benefits of Stem Cell Treatment
This therapy has been used with resounding success for many orthopedic procedures.
Stem cell treatment can be performed as a stand-alone therapy, or in conjunction with another procedure. The benefits of stem cell therapy, when it can be used in place of surgery, is that it is less invasive, less painful, and involves less recovery-period downtime than an operation. Stem cell treatment is a relatively simple, in-office procedure that attempts to treat your condition using your body’s own natural healing process.
An added benefit of using one’s own stem cells is it eliminates the risk of any type of immune-system rejection and need for certain immunosuppressive medications.
The field of orthopedic medicine has already benefited greatly from stem cell treatments. It is just a matter of time before stem cell treatments are commonly done in conjunction with more traditional orthopedic treatments to jump-start the healing of damaged tissues.
If you have suffered an injury and wish to avoid surgery, call the experts at Movement Orthopedics to find out if stem cell treatment is right for you. Call (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment online.