Degenerative joint conditions like arthritis are now often being treated by orthopedic doctors using stem cell therapy. Joints whose protective cartilage has been worn away due to age and wear-and-tear become extremely painful as bone begins to scrape against bone.
If arthritis or joint injury is left untreated, the joint will continue to experience stress, pain, and continued loss of cartilage and bone. But there’s good news for sufferers of joint pain: Orthopedists are taking a bold treatment approach using stem cells.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy falls under the category of regenerative medicine, which harnesses cells – usually the patient’s own cells – to foster damaged cells to grow and heal. Stem cells are capable of regenerating and producing healthy cells.
If a patient decides to undergo this therapy, the doctor will extract bone marrow or fat from the patient. The cells will then be processed in a lab; once the processing is complete, the concentrated stem cells are ready to be injected into the affected, painful area.
Stem cells can be harvested from the patient’s adipose tissue, also known as fatty tissue. The stem cells can also be extracted from bone marrow, which is usually taken from the hip or pelvis.
There are very few risks associated with stem cell treatment, and most of the risks are manageable. The orthopedist will first take the patient’s health history to learn if there is anything that may prohibit the introduction of stem cells.
These new healthy cells will promote healing. The healthy cells will continue to regenerate and build up the areas that are injured or diseased.
What Can It Treat?
Stem cell therapy is often replacing surgery for treating many conditions, including:
- Degenerative spinal discs
- Injured joints
- Muscle pain
- Pain in the knee, hip, or other joint
- Cartilage issues
- Torn tendons or ligaments
Who Can Benefit from Stem Cell Treatment?
Anyone suffering from chronic orthopedic pain, whether from arthritis or from a musculoskeletal injury, may be able to benefit from stem cell therapy. This treatment does take time to produce results, so the patient must be patient.
Prior to the advancements of stem cell therapy, doctors were relegated to treating only the patient’s symptoms or recommending fully invasive surgery. Inflammatory medications must continue to be taken in order to provide effective pain relief, and pain-relief medicine can eventually take a toll on the person’s liver. So another solution has been sought for many decades.
Stem cell treatment is ideal for patients who cannot have surgery, or who would like to delay surgery. Compared to surgery to repair joints and orthopedic injuries, stem cell treatment is minimally invasive (injection only) and does not require the patient to be under anesthesia. It is less painful, and the recovery time is much quicker.
Urgent Care for Orthopedic Injuries
If you suffer from a musculoskeletal injury or painful arthritis, your orthopedist may recommend treatment with stem cell therapy.
Come see us today at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence Urgent Care & Sports Medicine Clinic. We can treat joint or other orthopedic problems quickly and efficiently, and we can provide the right therapy that works for your body.
You can walk right in, call us at (719) 394-4800, or make an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping you get back to your optimal fitness levels again.