Stem Cell Therapy
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are found in many parts of the body but are concentrated in the bone marrow. When stem cells are injected into a damaged joint, they appear to amplify the body’s own natural repair efforts by reducing inflammation, accelerating healing and preventing scar tissue and loss of function. It is not only a powerful approach to treating all stages of arthritis, but can be also be used as a treatment for ligament, tendon, cartilage and bone problems.
How Is The Treatment Performed?
A bone marrow sample is obtained from your pelvic (hip) bone. It is then spun in a special centrifuge, which separates and concentrates the stem cells. The stem cells are then reinjected into your site of injury or damage.
Where Is The Procedure Performed?
We perform stem cell therapy in our office under a local anesthetic.
When Can I Expect To Feel Better?
Generally, it takes 6-8 weeks to feel improvement with continued improvement for up to 6 months or longer. Some patients may feel better within 2-4 weeks.
What Is The Recovery Like After A Stem Cell Procedure?
There may be some mild soreness in the joint for up to 2 weeks after the injection. Heavy exertion should be avoided during this period.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid Post Treatment?
AVOID icing and anti-inflammatory products (such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve) for 2 weeks post treatment. If needed, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and heat therapy are recommended.
Will My Body Reject The Stem Cells?
No. The stem cells come from your own body. As a result, there is no risk for rejection or allergic reaction.