Used to be, you blew a knee and your options back to action were few—surgery with a long recovery. But the fast-growing field of stem-cell therapy is ushering in a new, and much speedier, era of orthopedic recovery.
Chances are you have heard about stem cells. In layman’s terms, they comprise the body’s fix-it system, like maintenance men at an office building. They exist in our fat, our marrow, our muscles, our skin. When we ski moguls, for example, we kill thousands of cartilage, muscle, and tendon cells; if we’re young enough, our local stem cells take action by coordinating the repair response or taking the form of a variety of tissues themselves—from bone to cartilage to ligament to tendon—depending on what they detect to be in need of repair.
Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as an internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Stem cells are the only cells in the body able to morph into other types of specialized cells. Stem cells are found in many parts of the body with a large concentration in bone marrow, but also easily allocated from ones own peripheral blood stem cell platelets. Through a simple and nearly painless office procedure a small amount of blood can be aspirated from the patient and then concentrated with a centrifuge. We can also obtain umbilical cord and amniotic blood sterilized stem cells that we can combine with a patients own platelet rich plasma (PRP) to achieve the same concentration benefit. The concentrated stem cells are then re-injected back into the site of injury or damage. When the patient’s own stem cells are injected into a damaged joint or area, they appear to amplify the body’s own natural repair efforts by reducing inflammation, accelerating healing, and preventing scarring and loss of function. It is not only a powerful approach to all stages of arthritis but can be used for treatment of ligament, tendon, cartilage, and even bone problems.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells to treat minor to moderate conditions formally where surgery would be the primary option. Stem cell therapy is an alternative to surgery through an office based procedure. Through advanced technology stem cell therapy is now a quick and easy alternative to surgery.
- Uses a Clients Own Cells
- Regenerative Growth Factors
- Accelerated Healing
- Non-Surgical, Out Patient Procedure
- Quick Recovery Period