If you suffer from joint or tendon injuries, you and your physician may decide upon stem cell therapy, a new form of injury treatment. Stem cells can be injected into painful joints and or tendons and result in healing. Combined with PRP Treatment (Platelet Rich Plasma), Stem Cell Therapy in Pompano Beach is an excellent form of regenerative medicine to repair injured tissue.
Stem cell therapy is increasingly used in the treatment of injuries and is said to increase the speed at which the body naturally heals. But how does Stem Cell Therapy Pompano Beach work?
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
In order to understand stem cell therapy, you have to first understand what a stem cell is. Stem cells can be considered to be ‘special’ cells in the sense that they are able to become any type of other cell. And this property makes them very versatile. For example, if the body needs to replace injured tissue at the site of an injury or wound, then having more stem cells available would enable it to create and rebuild the tissue by turning stem cells into the required cells. Stem cell therapy, therefore, is when we intervene to deliberately increase the number of stem cells at the area of injury. This is most often done in the form of injection - first stem cells are collected into a concentrated amount - then injected into the site of injury, thus increasing the concentration of stem cells in that area.
In other words: stem cells are cells which can be harvested from a patient’s bone marrow or fat (adipose tissue). Stem cells have 2 characteristics:
1. The ability to reproduce themselves
2. The ability to change themselves into specialized cells of a specific type of tissue ( for example cartilage, tendon, etc.)
The type of stem cells that are used for in regenerative medicine are called Mesenchymal stem cells and can be autologous (harvested from the patient’s bone marrow or fat) or allogenic (harvested from placenta). Stem cells harvested from bone marrow involve a minor procedure where a needle is inserted into the patients iliac (near the hip) bone and bone marrow is extracted.
Stem cells harvested from fat involved making a very small incision in the belly, where there is sufficient fat. Local anesthesia is placed into the area to numb it while the fat is extracted. This is very similar to liposuction, although much less fat is removed.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells harvested from fat or marrow are then spun down in a centrifuge and separated. They are then injected with PRP into the injured joint and or tendon areas.
As mentioned above, stem cells can turn into whatever type of cell the body requires. Therefore, by injecting stem cells into the area of injury, the body has more ‘building blocks’ (so to speak) which it can use to rebuild the area of injury. This is the body’s natural healing process, so by increasing the number of stem cells in that area, we are simply expediting the body’s own natural way of healing.
Stem Cell Therapy in Pompano Beach can be considered a much less invasive procedure than surgery, as it only requires an injection. Stem Cell Therapy is performed in our Pompano Beach office and patients are completely comfortable and fully functional upon discharge.
It is important to note that if you undergo this therapy, you MUST obstain from taking ANY antiflammatory medications 1 week prior and 10 days after the procedure. You however may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other analgesics prescribed by your physician.
Allogenic stem cells are purchase through a commercial distributor and do not require harvesting from the patient. Complications and or side effects can occur from any procedure or treatment. The following may occur:
- Post operative pain (usually mild)
- Nerve damage
Stem Cell Therapy - including Stem Cell Therapy in Pompano Beach - may be combined with PRP therapy. Click here to learn the differences between the two and how they can also be combined together for your benefit.