Orthopedic injuries affect millions of Americans each year, ranging from chronic tendon injuries to bone fractures. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine offers the latest in stem cell injection therapy to patients living in the greater Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area. Our board-certified physicians are leading providers in the treatment of orthopedic injuries using orthopedic stem cell therapy.
What are the Uses of Stem Cells?
Stem cells are present in the human body at all times to help create new cells in healthy tissue and to help regenerate tissue when it becomes damaged or injured. A significant portion of the body’s stem cells are found in bone marrow, and can be used to treat a number of orthopedic injuries with the use of an autologous (own) stem cell injection.
The uses of stem cells in an orthopedic setting include:
- Regenerating cartilage in joints
- Healing tendons or ligaments
- Replacing degenerative discs
- Treating bone fractures
An autologous stem cell injection can be a safe and effective treatment option for many patients suffering from a sports injury.
What is Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy?
Autologous stem cells help the human body accelerate healing of orthopedic injuries. Autologous stem cells, or adult stem cells, are extracted from a patient’s own body to eliminate the risk of disease transmission and tissue rejection. Commonly found in bone marrow, “pluripotent” stem cells can replicate the benefits of stem cell therapy.
Without the controversial and ethical concerns linked to embryonic or fetal stem cells, autologous orthopedic stem cell therapy is extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow. To begin the procedure, a physician will extract a bone marrow sample from the hip region. The bone marrow sample is then spun in a machine called a centrifuge to separate the pluripotent stem cells, white blood cells and platelets from the red blood cells. Once the three substances are separated, a physician will inject the stem cells directly into the patient’s injured area.
The uses of stem cells continue to expand in sports medicine. Orthopedic stem cell therapy is extremely safe and effective since the injection is produced from a patient’s own bone marrow.
To learn more about orthopedic stem cell therapy and the various uses of stem cells, contact the physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine, located in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.