Stem cell therapy is now being extensively used to treat various orthopaedic conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain and joint pain. Intense exercise, ageing, injuries, and sports can cause a lot of wear and tear on the body. As human beings age, the production of mesenchymal stem cells is reduced hence slowing down the natural repair process. This makes the elastic tissue in joints and the back stiff, losing its elasticity, thus the increased risk of damage.
ORTHOPAEDIC STEM CELL THERAPY OVERVIEW
Orthopaedic stem cell therapy is used in the repair of damaged tissues by using healing power of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) found in other body parts or from donor umbilical cord tissue. These MSCs could regenerate worn or damaged cartilage, repair damaged muscles & ligaments, control inflammation and rejuvenate aging cell populations.
Currently, stem cell therapy is being used in orthopaedic conditions such as:
• Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint ailment
• Chronic tendonitis: This is the inflammation of the elastic tissue that links bone to muscle
• Degenerative vertebral discs
• Bone fractures
• Chronic back pain
• Neck and shoulders pain
ABOUT STEM CELL THERAPY
Most patients who have gone ahead with stem cell therapy have reportedly find themselves in a better physical state, if not completely cured in many cases. During the treatment program the patient will receive an injection of MSCs into the affected joints and a supportive therapy program designed to stimulate the stem cells towards cartilage repair and inflammation modulation. In general, the program for Orthopaedic treatment will last 3 to 5 days with supportive therapies given daily. All our patients will also take home a personalized stem cell nutrition set tailored towards post injection stimulation of cartilage.
STEM CELLS TYPES
The most common type of stem cells used in the treatment of joint pain, chronic back pain, muscular pain and other similar conditions are the mesenchymal stem cells. Such types of cells are normally taken from donor umbilical cord or deciduous dental pulp.
OSTEOARTHRITIS STEM CELL TREATMENT
Stem cells can grow into various tissues, cells or even cartilages, and can help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Stem cells are administered into the body using injections; once the stem cells are in the joint their objective is to fight off inflammation, to reduce pain, and to increase lubrication of joints by increasing production of synovial fluid.
Patients experience improvements typically soon after the stem cell injections are applied to the affected area.
RESULTS FOR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS INCLUDE:
Patients feel the relief.
Pain and stiffness are gone.
There is no restriction in movement.
ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS OF ORTHOPAEDIC STEM CELLS THERAPY
This approach to orthopaedic treatment is giving patients real therapeutic benefit and a restoration of their quality of life. Living in chronic pain with mobility restrictions can be greatly alleviated with regenerative medicine.
+ The procedure alleviates pain and offers a long-lasting relief from chronic orthopaedic diseases.
+ The treatment uses Mesenchymal stem cells which hold many other health benefits to the patient.
+ Another interesting advantage of this remedy is the fact that it relieves pain without the need for surgical procedures. It is especially useful in sports medicine; enables one resume to their sporting activities earlier than with surgery.
+ Finally, patients are less prone to the risks of surgeries like blood clots and infections
Before proceeding with stem cell therapy, it is wise to undergo an orthopaedic evaluation. It will assist in determining if you are a candidate for this type of stem cell treatment or not. More often than not, this involves obtaining X-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
You should stop all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen one week prior to the procedure, our medical team will give you a complete safe guidelines to follow before, during and after the treatment.
You may be asked to stop taking any medication or supplements that thin the blood like aspirin and fish oil. In case you are taking drugs to prevent blood clots, then make sure you have detailed instructions from the medical team (when to stop and when to resume).
Following the orthopaedic stem cell therapy procedure, once the numbness sensation reduces you will experience mild pain as well as irritation for 24 to 48 hours. Normally, cold application for 10 to 20 minutes every two to three hours to the injected area, and a day to rest without exercise is all you need to ease the pain.
You should avoid anti-inflammatory medication at all cost for at least four weeks. The medical team may prescribe drugs to reduce pain. Inform them if you experience increased pain, fever, infection, and bleeding.
COST OF TREATMENT AND INSURANCE POLICY
Even though stem cell therapy has been used for many years and studies have demonstrated its efficacy, its application in orthopaedic ailments is relatively new. As a result, this therapy is rarely included in your benefits by many insurance providers, so you may be liable for covering the treatment cost.
The cost of orthopaedic stem cell therapy may vary from patient to patient, depending on specific needs, conditions and other factors.
IMPORTANT FACTORS IN ORTHOPAEDIC STEM CELL TREATMENT
Here are things to keep in mind and ensure you get quality treatment whilst maximizing your chances of a successful outcome:
1. Specialty The procedure is as good as the medical practitioner executing it. It can be the best therapy in the planet, but if the physician doesn´t understand the placement of needles and cells, it’s a waste of money and time. Our medical team provides years of experience and state-of the-art medical facilities to guarantee the best outcome possible.
2. Most people are treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, hyaluronic injections, and weight loss when obesity plays an important role in the orthopaedic condition.
Stem cell treatment is a revolutionary and effective approach based on sound biological principles. Many studies have shown remarkable results and as more success stories of orthopaedic stem cell therapy continue to emerge, this type of treatment is expected to grow in popularity.