Stem cells are cells that have the ability to develop into cells with specialized functions. No other type of cell in the body has the same potential for adaptation and specialization, thereby making stem cells the body’s own repair system.
Researchers and doctors have had incredible successes as well as unexpected roadblocks in the implementation of stem cell therapy, but one of the success stories have been in the field of orthopedics. Let’s talk about how stem cell therapy has been able to help patients with issues like knee pain and arthritis, and where you can go for a consultation to find out whether this revolutionary therapy may be right for you.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cell therapy involves harvesting stem cells from your own adipose (fat) tissue in your abdomen or from your bone marrow in your pelvis. After the stem cells have been processed and concentrated, your doctor injects them directly into the affected area – usually under the guidance of ultrasound or fluoroscope.
Stem cells then go to work in facilitating the healing of the injured or painful area. They have had particular success in fostering healing of knee injuries and other joint injuries. Patients who receive this treatment often report a significant reduction in joint pain; however, it does take time for the treatment to work, so many patients opt for more fast-acting treatments.
The type of stem cells used in stem cell therapy is adult mesenchymal stem cells. Most people are surprised to learn that stem cells are considered “adult” stem cells after about six days after conception. That is after conception, not after birth. Embryonic stem cells were first discovered when studying embryos of mice.
Researchers are constantly studying new ways to harness the power of our own stem cells to heal our own bodies. One of the most important benefits of using our own stem cells in healing is the fact that our bodies will not reject our own cells.
Benefits of This Treatment
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine. Studies have shown that stem cells can help repair damaged cells, regenerate injured tissue, and promote the healing of many orthopedic injuries.
Soft-tissue injuries are also currently being treated using stem cell therapy. Injured athletes who wish to return to their sport sooner are often treated by their physicians with stem cell therapy.
Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatment in Columbia, MD
Our orthopedic doctors here at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland will assess your pain or injury, and we will discuss your treatment options – which may include stem cell therapy. We actively use regenerative medicine as part of our comprehensive treatment for a variety of orthopedic conditions.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, call our friendly staff today at (410) 644-1880 or (855) 4MD-BONE (463-2663), or fill out our convenient online request form. We look forward to helping you get back to the active lifestyle you love!