The Benefits of Recent Stem Cell Advancements in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Scientists who are working on developing regenerative therapies for previously untreatable conditions, or who are looking to improve on current standards and treatments, have found reasons for optimism. Pluripotent stem cell-based research and clinical trials have shown exceptional promise in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine in particular.
What are pluripotent stem cells and how can they help orthopedic surgeons? Pluripotent stem cells are simply cells that can develop into various cells and tissue throughout the body. After they are isolated, these stem cells develop into various cells by specializing and differentiating into the types of tissue they are injected into and around. The benefits of stem cell advancements for orthopedic surgeons is that it opens the range of patients orthopedic surgeons are able to see. Procedures can now be done in the office, or in the operating room during surgery. Scientists and clinicians alike are excited about the possibilities for the development of new regenerative therapies.
New Treatment Options for All-Star Athletes
Professional and amateur athletes make excellent candidates for regenerative therapies due to the constant risk for repetitive motion injuries that could end a career and include long term effects. Professional athletes like New York Yankee Pitcher, CC Sabathia, whose season was recently cut short due to a persistent knee injury are believed to gain the most from advancements in areas like stem cell based cartilage repair.
Potential applications for stem cell therapies in orthopedic and sports medicine include:
- Cartilage repair from injury or degeneration due to osteoarthritis
- Tissue rehabilitation
- Stress fractures
- Muscle strains
- Ligament and tendon tears
- ACL reconstruction
- Post-operative recovery
Dr. Steven Meier, a leading orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, frequently treats both professional athletes and weekend warriors for cartilage damage.
The most common causes of cartilage damage are:
- Traumatic injury
- Normal wear and tear with activity and age
Serious orthopedic and sports-related injuries with cartilage damage were once particularly difficult to treat due to the irreversibility of degeneration. But thanks to the exciting advancements in the area of stem cell therapy in particular, orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Meier have more options to offer their patients.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles
Are you suffering from osteoarthritis, an ACL strain or tear, joint damage, or looking for a good second opinion for a diagnosis? Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Meier offers state of the art treatment and care for conditions including, but not limited to:
- Knee Pain
- ACL Injury Treatment
- Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
- Knee Replacement
- Torn Meniscus Treatment
- Baker’s Cyst Treatment
Call Dr. Meier and his team of highly skilled medical professionals at (310) 736-2793 to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment using an online form.
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