How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help in Treating Orthopedic Injuries?
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back and joint pain. From disrupting physical routines and the ability to exercise and participate in sports, to interfering with work and everyday activities, living with pain can have a profound impact on a person’s health and quality of life. Although traditional treatment methods like physical therapy, medication, and surgery can provide relief in some cases, they also yield limited or insufficient results for many.
The field of regenerative medicine offers surgical alternatives for many of the most common and debilitating orthopedic injuries and conditions that often result in chronic pain and disability. Orthopedic surgeons have been applying the advancements in tissue engineering technology to treating joint and musculoskeletal conditions in some form for many decades.
One of the first methods used in regenerative therapies began with prolotherapy for ligament weakness and injury. This has been recorded as far back as the 1930s, and modern prolotherapy has been in use for joint injuries since the 1950s, when American physician Dr. George S. Hackett began collaborating with Gustav Anders Hemwall after becoming acquainted at an American Medical Association conference.
What are the Various Forms of Regenerative Medicine Treatments and How Do They Work?
Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon and regenerative medicine expert Dr. Steven Meier and his team at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine offer cutting edge prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), and stem cell injection therapy for a long list of orthopedic problems, many of which have not responded to or have yielded limited results through other forms of treatment in the past.
To find out if you are a good candidate for regenerative treatments, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine at 310-777-7845 to schedule a consultation.
Types of Regenerative Medicine Available at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills
Stem Cell Therapy – Most people have heard of embryonic stem cells, but stem cells are present throughout the body from the time we are born and into adulthood. Stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they have the potential to develop into more specialized cells throughout the body (such as skin, bone, and connective tissue).
There are a few categories of stem cells – amniotic, adipose (fat tissue), and mesenchymal (found in the bone marrow and some skeletal tissue). There are several advantages to each type of cell, and their use as a minimally invasive, surgical alternative for treating orthopedic problems and sports injuries has been on the rise over the past decade. Call our office at 310-777-7845 to make an appointment for a consultation and to find out which stem cell option would be best for you. Read more about stem cell therapy at WebMD.com.
PRP Treatments – Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a treatment of choice among all-star professional athletes suffering from pain and persistent joint injuries and connective tissue strains and tears. A high concentration of platelets, rich in healing growth factors, is prepared at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine from a sample of the patient’s own blood, and then administered to the injured joint or tissue through an injection. Like all regenerative medicine treatments, PRP is minimally invasive and works on the principle of accelerating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to supercharge healing and recovery.
Prolotherapy Injection Therapy (Proliferative Therapy) – Prolotherapy is designed to jumpstart and boost the healing process in injured ligaments and tissue by stimulating a response through administering multiple injections of a dextrose-saline solution in specific concentration into or around the tissue requiring treatment. Prolotherapy has been in use for decades to treat laxity in the ligaments and is also believed to help stimulate new collagen production in damaged and painful joints. The goal of prolotherapy is to reduce pain and improve function.
You might be a good candidate for stem cell, prolotherapy, or PRP treatments if you are suffering chronic pain and mobility problems as a result of any of the following orthopedic conditions:
● Back and neck pain
● Degenerative disc disease
● Cartilage tears and degeneration
● Connective tissue strains and tears (muscle, ligaments, tendons)
● Plantar fasciitis
● Runner’s knee
● Tennis and golf elbow
● Unsuccessful back surgery
● Knee/hip/shoulder pain
● Joint deformities and injuries
In some cases, regenerative injection therapy can also be used as a complement to surgery, to help accelerate healing and minimize the risk of postoperative trauma and side effects, depending on the case. Click the link to read more on regenerative medicine combined with surgery. https://mosm.com/surgery-regenerative-medicine/
Many people become accustomed to pain, and mistakenly dismiss it or accept it as an unavoidable part of life. But any incidence of acute or prolonged pain, especially after trauma, should be examined by an orthopedic surgeon. It may sound counterintuitive, but many people limit or abandon exercise and physical activity when they are in pain, which can in turn cause muscles and joints to stiffen and atrophy, making the problem worse with time.
Stem Cell Injection Therapy in Beverly Hills
If you are suffering from knee, low back, or chronic joint pain due to an injury or orthopedic condition like arthritis, you may be a good candidate for a regenerative treatment. For more information, contact Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine by calling 310-777-7845 to request a consultation today.