Stem cell therapy and its applications to orthopedic or musculoskeletal problems has been studied extensively and there is now a large amount of research to support its use in many orthopedic conditions - particularly arthritis. The physicians at Orthopedic Specialists in Palm Harbor, Florida, offer stem cell therapy to reduce pain, improve function, and postpone or sometimes eliminate the need for surgery. To find out more about stem cell therapy and whether it’s right for you, schedule an evaluation at Orthopedic Specialists online or by phone today.
Adult stem cells are found throughout your body. Under the right conditions, these cells can develop into other types of cells that have the potential to heal damaged bone, cartilage, tendon, and ligament tissue.
Stem cell therapy provides a high concentration of stem cells directly to a damaged or injured region. Delivered via injections, stem cell therapy can stimulate your body's own regenerative process to develop new, healthy tissue at the targeted site.
The new stem cells come from you. Adult stem cells are present in a variety of tissues and organs, but the richest source of stem cells is your bone marrow. Your hip bone is one of the best and most convenient locations to withdraw bone marrow.
The physicians at Orthopedic Specialists are board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who have the medical expertise and skills required to safely obtain bone marrow from your hip. It’s an in-office procedure that’s relatively painless thanks to the use of a numbing agent at the site.
The bone marrow is then placed into a centrifuge system and spun at a high speed to separate the stem cells from the rest of your marrow. The prepared material, containing stem cells and other natural growth substances, is then injected into the area of concern. Your orthopedist uses advanced imaging technology to ensure the cells are dispersed into the targeted tissue. Any remaining cells not used for the therapy are discarded after the injection.
Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, the doctors at Orthopedic Specialists may recommend stem cell therapy for numerous orthopedic conditions, including:
Patients who benefit from stem cell therapy typically notice an improvement in their symptoms after one to three months, but because this is a natural biologic process, it can take six to nine months to see full results.
Schedule an appointment at Orthopedic Specialists today to discuss stem cell therapy and what it can do for you. Call the office or book your visit online.