Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

What You Need to Know About Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

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Orthopedic injuries can occur in any part of the musculoskeletal system. Many follow some sort of bodily trauma, but a great deal result from the natural aging process and the daily wear and tear our bodies endure.

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Indeed, it’s estimated that one in two Americans has some sort of orthopedic disorder, making it a critical problem for half of the people living in the United States alone. Even just ten years ago, the treatment options for orthopedic problems were mostly limited to rest, physical therapy, medicine and/or surgery. The last decade, however, has produced alternative care options, one of the most promising being stem cell therapy for orthopedic injuries. Here’s what you need to know:

What is Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries?

Stem cell therapy for blood disorders and cancers has existed since the mid 1950s. The high rate of success such treatments afforded many patients sick with a hematologic disease led to the exploration of other possible stem cell applications and the benefits they might confer. Such research continues to this day and suggests the effectiveness of using stem cells to treat a wide range of problems, especially orthopedic ones. 

Stem cells are cells that can become many (if not all) different types of cells. They originally exist with no specific function but, depending on where they are located, they can be “triggered” to become a heart cell or a muscle cell or a bone cell, etc. For instance, embryonic stem cells (those from a blastocyst) are pluripotent, meaning they can become any kind of embryonic cell. Other stem cells, however, such as those found in some adult tissues (like mesenchymal stem cells), are limited to becoming only bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, ligament or tendon. Stem cells are useful as a medical treatment because they have the potential to replace old or damaged cells, thereby mitigating the effects of aging, injury and disease. Stem cell therapy for orthopedic injuries, specifically, involves the harvesting of mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cells from adipose and bone marrow tissues so that a concentrated aspirate of both can be combined with platelet-rich plasma and reinjected into affected areas needing tissue regeneration and repair.

 

What Kind of Orthopedic Injuries Can Stem Cell Therapy Potentially Treat?

Research suggests that stem cell therapy could potentially treat a variety of orthopedic injuries such as:

  • Partially Torn Achilles Tendons, Rotator Cuffs and Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACL)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), Herniated Discs and Sciatica 
  • Facet Joint Dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone Fractures
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • and more

Want to Learn More?

Stem cell therapy for orthopedic injuries holds exciting promise as a valid treatment for reducing inflammation, regenerating tissue and relieving pain. To find out if it might be an option for you or a loved one, please contact our team at ThriveMD. Our founder and medical director, Dr. Scott Brandt, is an expert in regenerative medicine, spinal injections, pain management and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). He is board certified in anesthesiology and active in many research and teaching endeavors and will review your records to determine if there is a treatment that may work for you.

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Linda Gerrans
Linda Gerrans
19:37 14 Dec 17
When I was told by an orthopedic doctor I needed double knee replacement I chose stem cell therapy instead. Stem cell therapy has helped me get through my days without the pain I was experiencing and enjoy the activities I was unable to because of the pain.
John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones
00:27 19 Feb 16
Dr. Brandt and his entire staff are amazing! Early in the ski season I had a partial tear in my ACL and thought I would be out until the next year for sure. However after consulting with Thrive MD they informed me that I was a good candidate for stem cell therapy. I went through the procedure and went from barely being able to walk with crutches to walking comfortably and normally within three weeks! I was back at work quickly and just got back on the mountain recently. My knee feels very solid and I have ZERO issues with it. Thank you Thrive MD for saving my ski season!
Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
02:10 09 Dec 15
I am so happy to have found Thrive this past summer. After being told by 3 Dr's that I need a knee replacement I was feeling very discouraged. 2 1/2 years ago I had a very bad skiing accident and destroyed my tibial plateau. After surgery and physical therapy I was no where near where I wanted to be functioning physically. I couldn't hike, ski, or basically do anything active without constant pain. I went to Thrive and got my hormones balanced, got my energy level back up to where I like it to be and had several stem cell treatments on my knee. It was not an instant fix, but over the past 6 months it has continually started to feel better. I just skied 3 hard days in a row in Beaver Creek, with no swelling and very little pain! I am back to functioning at about 80% of my capacity. I'm thrilled with the progress and hope to continue to improve as I continue to be active this winter. I am so happy not to have a knee replacement and to be able to keep my own knee. Thank you Dr. Brandt.
Sylvia Baldwin
Sylvia Baldwin
00:00 26 Apr 15
Dr. Brandt is the best! I've been seeing him altogether for around 15 years now for corticosteroid injections for pain and would never want to see anyone else. He is very skilled with the needle and getting the injections done in exactly the right places. In addition, I've found Dr. Brandt to be a very concerned and caring individual; he's a great listener who clearly gives a lot of thought to what the best approach is going to be in dealing with the situation the patient describes. I've found that he always takes as much time as necessary to assess the situation; dealing with Dr. Brandt is such an entirely different experience than virtually every other meeting I've had with various surgeons and other M.D.'s. His staff is also very friendly, helpful and kind--as I said, he's the best...and well worth the drive to Edwards!
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