People with active lifestyles — athletes and weekend warriors — who get injured, seek the best treatments in order to get back in the game sooner. They are the most common recipients of the benefits of stem cell therapy, a type of regenerative medicine that helps repair damaged tissues caused by injuries. If you are an athlete,, you may have heard of stem cell therapy as a treatment for orthopedic injuries.
What is a Stem Cell and How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
A stem cell is the body’s raw material. They specialize in forming other cells that your body needs to function properly. These stem cells produce daughter cells that are capable of either renewing themselves or differentiating to form other cells such as blood cells, muscle cells, and bone cells. The stem cells can differentiate into tissues such as tendons, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and vertebral discs. There is no other cell in the body that has this capability, and doctors use stem cells to generate healthy tissues needed for orthopedic injury healing.
In stem cell therapy, the physician takes mesenchymal (adult) stem cells from your bone marrow or fat. Taken from the patient’s body, there is no risk of it being rejected or causing a negative reaction. Injected directly into the site of the injury, the stem cells rush to the site of inflammation, tissue damage, and scar tissue and work to decrease inflammation and repair the damaged tissues.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
There are many benefits to stem cell therapy, and the positive effects are long-lasting if not permanent. As a minimally-invasive non-surgical procedure, it does not require a lengthy recovery period. The treatment has little to no downtime.
Greater relief from symptoms such as pain and decreased mobility means that the patient experiences an increase in quality of life. The therapy not only benefits patients with acute injuries. Those suffering from chronic pain or inflammation and recurring injuries may also benefit from stem cell therapy. It reverses inflammation, re-establishes cell-to-cell communication, replaces damaged cells, and restores normal blood flow.
Pain relievers and other types of medication are not viable long-term solutions to pain and carry with them negative effects. With stem cell therapy, patients’ reliance on pain medication decreases.. It can likewise help patients with chronic or severe orthopedic problems avoid surgery.
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Little Rock, Arkansas
Dr. William Hefley treats patients using the latest regenerative medicine techniques, including stem cell therapy. If you have been sidelined by an injury or have chronic orthopedic issues, you can benefit from stem cell therapy treatments and experience lasting relief from your symptoms without the need for surgery.
To find out more about our services or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hefley, call our orthopedic clinic at (800) 336-2412 or use our convenient online form to request an appointment.
I think may would be better since we are not sure whether they are eligible for the therapy and whether it’s the best treatment for them, not to mention stem cell therapy is still not a proven treatment.