Stem Cells Heal Damaged Tissue, Doing What Surgery Can’t
Injuries can happen to anyone, and they become increasingly common with age. Some of the most common injuries affect your back, shoulders, and knees, and damage to these areas can significantly hinder your mobility and affect your quality of life. All joints and tissues are susceptible to damage, and if you do become injured, it is critical to determine which treatment option is the best to pursue.
Surgery is often turned to when a disc herniation occurs, rotator cuff becomes torn, or cartilage in the knee becomes damaged to the point of needing a replacement. However, it is important to know the risks associated with these procedures and to consider alternative regenerative medicine therapies that can treat the root of your joint damage non-invasively. Stem cell therapy is a regenerative therapy option that can help effectively restore joint health and function and eliminate pain without the risks associated with surgery.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are found throughout the human body, and these cells can differentiate into a number of different cell types, including bone, fat, muscle, tendon, and cartilage tissue. Because of this ability, these cells can be isolated, replicated, and then injected back into the body in higher concentrations to stimulate tissue growth, repair injuries, regenerate tissue, improve strength, and limit scar tissue formation.
Stem cell therapy is a dynamic therapy technique that demonstrates immense potential when it comes to tissue damage injuries. This type of therapy uses only the body’s own natural cells and capabilities and eliminates the need for invasive procedures that can be associated with a number of side effects and risks. Stem cell therapy can help to regenerate tissues all over the body, making it a great therapy option for a number of injuries.
Back Pain and Spinal Fusions
Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek treatment from a physician. This pain can be due to muscle strain, tendon or ligament tears, intervertebral disc rupture or compression, and much more. When the integrity of the spine becomes damaged, one common treatment is spinal fusion. This surgery involves immobilizing the injured portion of the spine. However, this procedure can lead to many complications, including infection, broken hardware, weakness in other areas of the spine, decreased mobility, and more.
Stem cells work to address the root issue of the back pain and instability, which can significantly improve outcomes. Stem cells have been shown to help heal degenerative discs, repairing cracks in the disc and restoring function to the joints within the spine. The ability of stem cells to heal damaged tendons and ligaments can also be beneficial, and pursuing stem cell therapy provides a much safer and less invasive approach. Even if you do require spinal fusion surgery, when used concurrently, stem cells have been shown to significantly increase procedure success rates.
Rotator Cuff Tears and Repairs
The rotator cuff is composed of four muscles that help keep your upper arm bone in your shoulder joint. These muscles are also responsible for many of the twisting and bending motions your shoulder is capable of. Tears to these muscles and their tendons often require intervention; however, surgery has failure rates ranging from 30 to 94 percent.
Stem cell therapy provides an alternative approach, as these cells can reduce inflammation, do not elicit an immune response, and are very safe to use. Studies have shown that the use of stem cells, either when injected directly into a tendon or when attached to a fibrin matrix and wrapped around a tendon, can increase tissue healing and that the end result is a tendon that more closely resembles the original tissue. This is a major breakthrough as ineffective healing and scar tissue formation lead to a significant increase in the chance of reinjury.
Stem Cells Over Knee Replacement
Knee pain seems to be all too common with the daily wear and tear of walking, running, and bending down. As the cartilage in your knees begins to wear down, your bones may start rubbing against one another, causing severe knee pain, inflammation, and limited mobility. Knee replacement is commonly turned to as a solution to this pain, but this procedure carries risks of infection, has a high possibility of joint failure and the need for another replacement in the future, and often requires significant physical therapy to restore joint function.
Stem cells can differentiate into cartilage and bone cells, which allows them to help regenerate damaged tissues in the knee. Stem cells can be injected directly into the articular space or inserted into a matrix that can be placed on the damaged cartilage. Stem cells are becoming a preferred treatment as their effects are long-lasting and they allow for the body to maintain its original anatomy. Hundreds of studies have been done to establish the effectiveness of stem cells, showing an overall reduction in pain, an increase in function, and improvement in cartilage function.