orthopedic stem cell therapy

Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy

Orthopedic stem cell therapy is a type of medical procedure used to treat various chronic and acute musculoskeletal conditions. Specifically, the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the body’s bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and stem cell therapy for orthopedic problems strives to repair and even replace cells in these tissues that become damaged or diseased or have generally deteriorated in some other way using the power of stem cells. In contrast to many traditional solutions for bone and joint problems — such as rest, medication, physical strengthening and rehabilitation and surgery — orthopedic stem cell therapy is the only therapeutic option with the capacity to spur a regenerative immune response within the body, thereby, initiating new cell growth and restoring normal functioning to previously impaired tissue. Here’s what you should know:

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Stem Cells Are Powerful

Science has long used stem cells to treat cancer and blood diseases because they have natural regenerative properties that allow them to propagate new, different cell types when they divide. By comparison, most cells can only produce more cells of their own type: skin cells produce more skin cells, liver cells produce more liver cells and so on. Stem cells, however, exist in many parts of the body (both during development and later in adult bodies), yet are able to multiply into cells that are different from those surrounding them. In this way, stem cells offer the body access to additional cell types that wouldn’t ordinarily exist for natural tissue repair (usually due to limited existing cell and/or blood supplies), thus, helping the body ensure homeostasis across all its systems.

Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy is Safe

Orthopedic stem cell therapy is an autologous procedure, meaning the reparative cells used in its preparation are harvested from and reused within the same patient. At ThriveMD, we locate reserves of adult (i.e., not embryonic) stem cells within a patient, extract them via liposuction or needle aspiration and utilize them along with other biologics to create concentrated solutions that are then injected back into the same patient’s injured musculoskeletal tissue. Because the stem cells used in the treatment are taken from and put back into the same patient, orthopedic stem cell therapy is extremely safe, with very low risk for infection and no risk of stem cell rejection. 

How Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy Works

Stem cells can be used to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. Research indicates that stem cells can be removed from certain parts of the body and introduced into damaged musculoskeletal tissue in order to initiate an immune response that reduces inflammation and pain and results in the generation of new cell growth. Rather than mask symptoms with medication or rely on rest and physical therapy to strengthen surrounding structures or undergo surgery to artificially repair or replace a body part, orthopedic stem cell therapy can be used to potentially regrow healthy bone, joint cartilage, and other types of musculoskeletal cells, providing longer lasting and more robust results.

Want to Learn More?

Orthopedic stem cell therapy can be used to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions, including degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, sciatica, facet joint dysfunction, musculoskeletal damage resulting from chronic joint overuse and acute sports injuries like ACL, MCL and knee meniscus tears. To learn more about the procedure and whether you or a loved one might be a candidate for its use, please contact our office for a consultation.

Next Step

If you believe you or someone you care about could be a candidate for stem cell therapy administered by a trusted clinic, please contact us today.