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Osteoarthritis. The most common effect is inflammation. Inflammation causes pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness.

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PRP Therapy. These platelet cells are packed with healing and growth factors designed to help repair your injured area.

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Viscosupplementation is one of the most popular ways to lubricate and cushion worn out joints.

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Stem Cell Therapy can treat a wide range of Joint and Osteoarthritis Disorders. Don’t live with pain anymore!

Is Stem Cell Therapy Really The Alternative To Joint Replacement?

For years, the only long-term treatment option for osteoarthritis or bone on bone joint problems was joint replacement…typically knees and hips. Then, viscosupplementation came along, where hyaluronic acid was injected into the joint capsule. This lubricated the knee to facilitate better movement and relieve pain, but it wasn’t a long-term solution.

the top 4 questions to ask a medical facility about joint painIn my last article, An Alarming Trend In Joint Replacement Surgeries, I talked about how knee replacement surgeries alone are projected to increase to 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030. This is a scary prospect given the risks of this type of surgery…anesthesia reactions, infections, blood clots, rejection of the artificial joint, just to name a few.

Even with all these risks, many people still don’t know that there is another option and are continuing to go under the knife daily.

But, thanks to advancements in modern medicine, stem cell therapy is emerging as a viable candidate to stop that alarming statistic in its tracks.

 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

 

Stem cells are essentially the “building blocks” of our body. Stem cells are found in our bone marrow, blood, and adipose tissues. They come from the same family of cells that form joints, cartilage, menisci, ligaments, muscles and bone.

As we age, our bodies continue to produce these stem cells to treat and maintain our bodily systems. By extracting these stem cells from a patient’s own adipose tissue and injecting them into the damaged joint, new cartilage can actually be regenerated.

 

How We Know It Works?

 

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In a 2008 study by Dr. Christopher Centeno reported in the The American Journal of Case Reports, mesenchymal stem cells were obtained and injected into a patient’s knee along with autologous platelet lysate to enhance growth. MRI imaging was done pre and post treatment to analyze changes.

The results showed that the cartilage had increased in volume, the size of the defect in the cartilage had been reduced and pain in the patient had decreased to 0 on a scale of 10.

While a patient will typically require multiple treatments to “build up” cartilage, this study shows that it can be done.

 

What is Stopping People From Getting Stem Cell Therapy as an Alternative to Joint Replacement?

 

Knowledge – As we already discussed, many people are not aware of stem cell therapy as an alternative to joint replacement.

Doctors – Orthopedic surgeons perform joint replacement surgery, so they will recommend what they know and what they do. Medical practices are also a business. According to Medical Group Management Association’s 2015 Provider Compensation and Production Survey Report, general orthopedic surgeons make an average of $421,000 per year. So, is it surprising that they wouldn’t recommend surgery?

Insurance – Insurance companies haven’t caught up with this advancement in medicine, so these treatments aren’t covered yet. This could be another reason why doctors may not be recommending it at this time.

 

Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

 

 

stem-cell-joint-replacementThe benefits of stem cell therapy are significant:

Relatively Quick Procedure – Doctors that perform this treatment have the equipment and labs in-house, so the outpatient procedure can be done in a few hours.

Reasonable Cost – Many doctors will do a free initial consultation and exam. Treatment will typically cost between $1,500 to $8,000, depending on your specific situation. Finance options are usually available also.

Natural Therapy – Each patient’s own stem cells are being used for the treatment. No synthetic or donor cells are used.

Minimal Risk – While there is a small risk of infection from the injection, this is very uncommon.

Minimal Recovery Time – Unlike surgery, with stem cell therapy, the patient walks in and out of the procedure on their own. They will typically take it easy for a few days. In a few weeks, they can begin to increase their activity levels and return to normal.

 

Final Thoughts

 

It is the responsibility of each patient to do their due diligence and research alternative treatments before opting for surgery.

The promise of stem cell therapy means that patients will have a more natural and less risky alternative to joint replacement surgery.

Let’s hope that more doctors and insurance companies finally catch on and realize that this is the medicine of the future.

 

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An Alarming Trend In Joint Replacement Surgeries

If you are over the age of 50, chances are that you know someone who has had knee or hip replacement surgery.

Just look at these statistics:

According to UpToDate, “Approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the US. This number is projected to increase to 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030.”

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

So, what does this mean? With each new year, more and more people are having invasive joint replacement surgeries.

 

An Alarming Trend

 

joint-replacement-surgeriesIt used to be that only older people would need to get these types of surgeries, but now we are seeing people in their forties having them done.

A study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting indicated that there was a 188% increase in knee replacements over a 10-year period for people aged 45 to 64.

According to AHRQ, mentioned above, hip surgeries increased 205% over a 10-year period for people 45 to 54.

Why are the patients having full joint replacements getting younger?

Dr. Mark Pagnano, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says that the growing number of cases of arthritis is a major factor in the trend. “Higher numbers of active people translate into more arthritis that causes wear and tear.”

Add in the increasing rate of obesity and the stress it puts on the joints, and you can see why the prediction of 3.48 million knee replacements isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

 

Why Should We Be Concerned?

 

So, why is the fact that joint replacement surgeries are being done at younger ages a concern? Because there are inherent risks in having joint replacement surgery:

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  • Anesthesia Reactions
  • Infections
  • Blood Clots
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Loosening
  • Loss of Motion
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Allergy to the Artificial Joint
  • Rejection of the Artificial Joint

In addition to all of those risks, many patients don’t realize that the artificial joints that are put in don’t last forever. The lifespan of an artificial joint is typically 10 to 20 years.

So, if a person has a knee or hip joint put in at the age of 45, chances are they will be having a revision surgery done on the same joint by time they are 65.

In revision surgery, your doctor removes some or all of the parts of the original prosthesis and replaces them with new ones.

Although both procedures have the same goal—to relieve pain and improve function—revision surgery is different than primary total knee replacement. It is a longer, more complex procedure that requires extensive planning, and specialized implants and tools to achieve a good result.

The bottom line is this…once you take the joint and replace it with a prosthesis, there is no turning back. You have set yourself on the path of multiple surgeries.

 

There Is Hope

 

Many cases of joint replacement are done because of wear and tear of the cartilage, which leads to “bone on bone” conditions.

Advances in regenerative medicine are showing promise for alternative treatments to surgery. Studies are showing that stem cell injection therapy can actually regenerate cartilage.

The result of one such study, by Dr. Chris Centeno, showed “at 24 weeks post-injection, the patient had statistically significant cartilage and meniscus growth on MRI, as well as increased range of motion and decreased modified VAS pain scores.”

With results like this, many people who would normally get joint replacement surgery may instead opt to get stem cell injections. And, with that promise, let’s hope that scary prediction of reaching 3.48 million knee replacement procedures by 2030 never comes to fruition.

Read more about whether stem cell treatments really are the alternative to joint replacement.

 

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Does TV Binge Watching Cause Inflammation

Many doctors in all avenues having been sounding the alarm about the effects of sedentary behavior on our health. But recently, a team of doctors have measured the impact through a recently published study.

What the Studies Say

tv-binge-watching-inflammationAn Australian research team has linked the risk of developing inflammatory diseases to excessive hours of sitting, particularly as related to TV binge watching……….and Netflix may never be the same.

Researchers followed nearly 9,000 adults and tracked the number of hours they spent each day sitting and watching television. Every hour of sitting increased their risk of developing an inflammatory disease by 12 percent.

Naturally, those that spent more than four hours a day sitting and watching TV were at greatest risk. Patients were followed, and at 12 years after the study, about 10 percent of the subjects had died. Of those that had passed away, 130 /909 people died of inflammatory diseases.

 

Why Being Sedentary Causes Inflammation?

Under normal conditions, inflammation is a natural response to a harmful event; the body releases chemicals that help the body recover. When people are sedentary for long periods of time, these chemicals hang around for too long and can cause disease.

Doctors don’t understand all the mechanisms for why sitting causes these chemicals to hang around, but they’re learning through research.

In one study conducted in the United Kingdom, subjects were asked to self-report how much time they spent sitting during the week. Researchers used the standard International Physical Activity Questionnaire to log how much sitting and physical activity each person did.

Researchers then measured blood values of inflammation markers like leptin, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (IL-6). In 500 individuals, sitting time was associated with higher levels of these biomarkers. Females had significantly more biomarkers present than men did. By hanging around in the blood stream too long, these biomarkers created a situation of low-grade inflammation, particularly in women.

 

How Biomarkers Affect Your Joints

There are many diseases that are characterized as inflammatory in nature, and many of these diseases affect the bones and joints.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a global epidemic. Doctors and researchers have shifted their thinking about the disease. Once thought to be strictly caused by mechanical “wear and tear”, research now indicates that OA is really an inflammatory disease by nature.

These same biomarkers wreak havoc in the joints, creating the pain, stiffness and loss of mobility that so often characterizes OA.

 

What You Can Do About It

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Knee PainDoctors are working to develop tests that could identify inflammation at its first stages, when it first becomes a problem, and before it becomes chronic. The rapid development and acceptance of regenerative therapy treatments like stem cell therapy and PRP can be helpful in reducing chronic pain for those already afflicted with such maladies.

Until researchers have more information, there is still a lot you can do to help yourself and your situation.

Lifestyle changes can perhaps be the first line of defense. Changing habits can include:

  • Limit the amount of time you’re sitting or otherwise sedentary.
  • Get moving!
  • Introduce daily walks into your schedule. Moderate walking for as little as 20 minutes per day can rev up your metabolism and work wonders to prevent inflammation from setting in.
  • If you’re one to watch television several hours per day, get on the treadmill and watch your favorite shows while you’re moving.
  • Control your weight by eating a healthy diet; obesity also causes inflammation biomarkers to run out of control.

Remember, small changes can have a big impact over time!

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What Is Regenerative Therapy?

Debilitating stiffness, throbbing achiness, swelling and redness from inflammation are some of the symptoms acute and chronic musculoskeletal sufferers endure. This includes the joints, bones and muscular system. Recent advancements in alternative regenerative therapy treatments offer new hope for pain sufferers.

Left untreated, these conditions can manifest in the form of arthritis, including osteo and rheumatoid, carpal tunnel syndrome, or knee, back, neck and shoulder pain just to name a few. Aging, genetics, trauma, obesity, repetitive actions on the job or in sports are typically the causes.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), “One in two Americans has a musculoskeletal condition. This adds up to a staggering $213 billion dollars for treatment, rehab and unemployment cost, stated in a report by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).”

 

What You Should Know About Orthopedic Surgery

 

regenerative-therapyConditions involving the musculoskeletal system can lead to further degeneration and threaten your quality of life. Not being able to participate in the activities you once engaged in could be devastating and depressing. It is understandable that individuals experiencing excruciating pain and limited mobility would seek a physician and perhaps feel the need to schedule an appointment for invasive surgery.

But, not so fast, it would a good idea to determine if there are other options to regenerate your affected area.

In a 2017 online blog post for Reader’s Digest, 50 Secrets Surgeons Won’t Tell You, Dr. Kevin B. Jones shares one of the secrets by saying that some problems you just cannot fix well with surgery like many cases of back pain.

It is important to recognize that most doctors are encouraged to perform surgery; that is their training. Many will not even suggest alternative methods. You can find out more about the reasons here.

Fortunately for people with musculoskeletal disorders, there are Orthopedic Specialists who offer Regenerative Therapy, with proven results to provide relief for their patients.

 

What Is Regenerative Therapy?

 

In the 1990s, Regenerative Therapy gained popularity in medical circles and provided hope for those afflicted with conditions, like musculoskeletal difficulties.

You could characterize Regenerative Therapy as being able to restore damaged body parts, tissues or organs with harvested or engineered cultures from the patient’s own body.

Two groundbreaking treatments involving stem cells and platelet rich plasma have emerged that have changed the landscape of regenerative therapy.

 

Two Groundbreaking Treatments

 

These two procedures are quickly becoming sought-after treatments within the medical field. The idea that an Orthopedic Surgeon can retrieve, isolate and inject components from your own body to repair damaged areas in your system is exciting, even after being in use for a couple of decades.

Adult Stem Cells and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) have studies backing them, which shows the benefits of these two therapies for various orthopedic problems.

In fact, one clinical trial concluded PRP injections benefited patients with osteoarthritis. The treatment proved to be safe and effective with no known side effects.

More individuals in the world of sports are rejecting the traditional method of receiving invasive surgery when they have injuries. Instead, they are going to progressive physicians using these types of rejuvenating methods.

In fact, sports figures, including Tiger Woods, Garrett Richards, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Maria Sharapova, have used stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma with wonderful results.

 

Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Therapy

 

adult-stem-cells-regenerative-therapyThere is a debate about when stem cells were discovered, but most people in the scientific community agree that it was in the 1960s, when scientists Ernest McCulloch and James Till detected the hematopoietic stem cell in mice.

For an element to have the classification of a stem cell, it must be able to renew itself by dividing into more cells and change into other cell types, including into the structures forming the ligaments, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc.

Currently, some health care practitioners dealing in regenerative therapy use adult stem cells and the numbers are increasing.

The process of using adult stem cells for restoring or repairing injuries in Orthopedic Medicine consists of drawing stem cell containing tissues such as bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat) from the body, this tissue is processed to isolate and concentrate the stem cells.

The stem cells are then taken and injected into the injured area, such as a knee joint which immediately encourages the body to begin the rejuvenation process.

 

Restoration With PRP

 

Platelet-rich Plasma is full of elements like proteins and peptides that promote healing of the damaged tissues.

This process begins with blood being drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, plasma and red blood cells.

The outcome is a concentration of platelets, growth factors and plasma, which is introduced back into the patient’s problem area. This starts the repairing of the tissues.

A combination of both therapies can be even more potent in obtaining recovery.

 

Finding the Best Physician for Regenerative Therapy

 

It is essential to select the proper medical practitioner when you want PRP or stem cell therapy. Look for one who has experience doing these procedures and is willing to let you speak to past patients.

Don’t forget to ask them about their physical experience having the injections, recovery time and results.

Often these patients will tell you that they would opt to have a regenerative therapy over traditional surgery any time.

 

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Garrett Richards Spring Return

Garrett Richards’ remarkable comeback story continues.

Updating a story that we have been tracking on the high profile Major League Baseball pitcher, Richards returned to the mound this spring, months ahead of schedule after a devastating torn UCL injury last year. Richards opted for a combination of stem cell therapy and PRP Therapy over the traditional Tommy John ligament replacement surgery that has been commonplace for these types injuries over the last 40 years.

The ace pitcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued his return to the Angels rotation this spring. In a cactus league game on March 16th, Richards velocity reached 98.5 MPH on the Tempe Diablo Stadium radar gun.

Richards improbable return is turning heads in major league circles and his early return will be a major storyline this season.

 

Why Did Richards Choose Stem Cell Therapy?

Garrett Richards faced a difficult choice after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL last May: Undergo Tommy John surgery and, at earliest, return following the 2017 All-Star break or follow the advice of his doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles, and try to salvage the ligament with stem cells.

Ironically, Dr. Frank Jobe is the doctor that performed the first successful surgery on Tommy John in 1974.

Why stem cells?

Richards on the advice of his doctors, took a chance on stem cell therapy, because of the promise of a quicker healing time, and because it is a less invasive treatment. For Richards it was a risk worth taking, and right now is looking like a great decision, one that might change the way these injuries are routinely treated in the future.

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. The extracted cells are concentrated by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body.

In Richard’s’ case, bone marrow was used. From a Yahoo article on the Richards’ procedure“On the day he hoped would save his elbow, Garrett Richards laid face down on a table with his back exposed. A doctor guided a needle into the iliac crest of his pelvic bone and began to extract bone marrow.”

 

Garrett Richards is a Believer

At the time of the injury, Richards’ decision was considered risky. Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. As we reported last May, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

Richard’s case was different because he is in his prime, and facing the prospect of a two-year layoff, was sure to cost the ace pitcher a significant amount of time and money. The success of the treatment has brought Richards back to the mound much quicker than the recovery time for Tommy John surgery.

It is estimated that the earliest possible return to working out and throwing would have been late summer of this year. He most likely would not have been able to play this season. The most optimistic prognosis would have been a return to the rotation sometime in September of this year. The Angels most likely would not have rushed him, so a 2018 return would have been most probable.

“After apparently succeeding with this still-unusual treatment combination, Richards is hoping other pitchers with elbow problems will consider every possible path back to the mound.

“If you can prevent being cut on and having surgery, that’s the No. 1 priority,” Richards said. “I hope guys don’t just jump right into Tommy John. I hope they at least explore this option. Figure out what you’ve got. Get a second opinion. … It’s only gotten better since it happened, so I’m a believer.” (Source: USA Today)

 

Good News for Pain Sufferers

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is becoming more available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries and ailments. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated, providing an alternative to more invasive surgeries.

For individuals suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

Speak with a specialist to determine if stem cell therapy may help you lead a pain free life.

 

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Treatment Options

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is one of the most feared injuries and it is very common among athletes and active individuals. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are approximately 150,000 surgical reconstructions performed each year.

anterior cruciate ligament treatment optionsThe ACL is important for knee stability and for preventing forward motion of the knee when stopping or turning. If you’re a sports fan, you have probably seen the many instances where a torn ACL has been labeled a “season-ending injury” for an athlete.

Recovery from a torn ACL is usually difficult and can take a long time. It does not heal on its own, so surgery was the only option for a long time.

Recent advancements with stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) offer a viable alternative for individuals who may be considering surgery due to a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear.

These alternatives may allow patients to avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and painful ACL surgery rehabilitation that follows traditional invasive anterior cruciate ligament surgeries.

 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cells are what the body uses to repair itself. They exist in the body’s bone marrow as well as in the muscles, skin and fat tissue.

Stem cell therapy is a simple process, broken down into the following three steps:

The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body

Stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own body via fat cells — also known as adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is loaded with stem cells. Fat is typically drawn from the stomach or hip area to harvest the stem cells.

The stem cells are prepared for use

The fat that is extracted from the patient is processed with special enzymes to separate the stem cells from the fat and then placed in a centrifuge to prepare it for reinjection into the affected area.

The active stem cells are reintroduced back into the patient’s body

In the final step, the stem cells are injected into the patient’s body at the site of the joint problem. Image guidance technology is used to accurately pinpoint the where the stem cells need to be administered.

Stem cells act like the body’s own repair system. Once they are injected into the affected area, they start to go to work and seek to repair the damaged tissue and even regenerate muscles and tendons.

In most cases, it is possible to complete the entire procedure in approximately four hours.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Overview

PRP therapy involves using a patient’s blood to treat an affected area. Under normal circumstances, the body responds to an injured area by sending platelet cells to the site of the injury.

These cells are loaded with healing growth components that help your body to repair damaged tissue such as a ligament. They stimulate the stem cells in the area so that they work harder to repair the tissue or ligament.

With PRP therapy, a patient’s blood is extracted. The extracted blood is then spun in a centrifuge. The spinning separates the platelets, and produces platelet rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into the knee. Most patients will see an improvement within 6 weeks of the procedure. Some patients continue to see improvements up to nine months after the administration of platelet rich plasma treatments.

In most cases, platelet rich plasma therapy consists of three injections over three months. Each procedure will take between one and two hours, which includes the time taken for PRP preparation and the procedure.

 

Benefits of treatment for ACL Injuries

Although you can go home on the same day as surgery, recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is not a quick process. From the time, you first undergo surgery through full rehabilitation, the process can take up to six months or more.

Current accepted medical theory concludes that ACL tears simply won’t heal without surgical intervention, however recent medical studies shows that stem cell therapy can help a patient heal faster and with potentially greater structural integrity than with ACL surgery.

Additionally, the fact that you can exercise earlier prevents your muscles from atrophy, which usually results in a faster return to normal activity.

Consult a specialist to find out whether stem cell therapy and/or platelet rich plasma therapy will be effective for treating your injury.

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Stem Cell Therapy For Thumb Injuries

Thumb injuries can occur when you least expect it, during skiing, workouts, gaming, redundant work and various other ways. Fingers and thumbs are part of what make humans special compared with most animals, as they help us do things other creatures cannot do. Damage to any part of the hand can be painful both physically and emotionally

The GOOD NEWS is that recent advancements and successes with stem cell treatments have provided hope for people afflicted with nagging hand injuries.

Understanding Stem Cells

Adult stem cells, unlike embryonic stem cells, are contained in adult bone marrow, fat, tissues and organs. These stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue. They have been nicknamed the “body’s own repair kit” for how effective they are in treating a variety of ailments.

Stem cell therapy involves stimulating the natural healing process for difficult injuries through injecting adult stem cells into damaged areas of the body. Initially, the stem cells are harvested from your own Adipose fat tissue. (Typically around your stomach or hip areas).

Once the adipose tissue has been gathered, the stem cells are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

By introducing stem cells to injured tissue, the process can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

Medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Instead of opting for surgery, which is usually the only option many doctors present, patients now have safe, natural and effective alternative for joint disorders and beyond.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is a recent high profile example of the success of stem cell treatment for a torn UCL in his pitching arm. The devastating injury usually requires Tommy John surgery. Successful stem cell treatment allowed Richards to avoid surgery and return to the field in half of the usual recovery time. He will be ready to resume his role as the Angels ace in spring training.

Common Thumb Injury Causes

Various thumb injuries that can hamper everyday activities include cuts, sprains, tears, fractures and torn ligaments, which often affect skiers.

stem-cell-therapy-for-thumb-injuriesLigament tears, while not as common as sprains, can be devastating to overall health and wellness, and certain activities can increase the likelihood of a long-term injury.

A very common thumb injury from skiing (known as “skier’s thumb“) occurs when the ulnar collateral ligament, which helps connect the thumb and hand, is sprained.

Another growing cause of hand injuries is connected to the rising popularity of gaming. Gamer’s Thumb” is a very real condition that can have long-term effects on the hands and upper arms if the proper precautions are not taken.

“Gamer’s Thumb” is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that causes swelling at the base of the thumb due to overuse of video games and hand-held devices.

RSI is an umbrella term for a collection of disorders most commonly affecting the hands, wrists, forearms, and shoulders. Symptoms can range from fatigue and loss of strength to minor aches and pains, burning, and tingling.

Other common causes of thumb injuries include:

  • arthritis
  • falling to the ground
  • getting hit with a high velocity baseball
  • cuts from sharp knives or tools like saws
  • accidentally hitting your thumb with a hammer
  • losing grip on rope
  • dropping heavy equipment

 

Treatment for Thumb Injuries

Depending on the severity of the thumb injury, traditional treatment ranges from bandages to orthopedic surgery. Patients, however, also have a more modern option, which is stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy is replacing traditional surgical treatments at a rapid pace for a wide array of conditions, including back, hip and knee injuries. The shift to this method has been visible with high profile athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus and Emmitt Smith.

Stem cell treatment has helped accelerate recovery for several sports figures, making it vital to their careers. But before a physician can usually determine if this innovative therapy is appropriate, he or she must give you a full evaluation.

The medical profession is very optimistic about the future of stem cell treatments, particularly how they can reduce human disease and suffering. It is a very promising procedure for arthritis patients.

A key reason why stem cell treatment is growing in demand and being favored by the medical community is that side effects and risks of rejection are minimal.

If you are suffering from a thumb injury, speak with a medical professional today to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you.

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Alternative Treatment Options To Hip Surgery

Concerns about costs, complications (including equipment failures) and recovery from surgery have led hip pain sufferers to seek alternative options to hip surgery.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

New treatment options such as stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) have emerged as viable treatment alternatives to hip surgery and doctors and patients are seeing positive results.

WHY IS YOUR HIP SO PAINFUL?

The hip joint has cartilage just like any joint and this shock absorber can be worn away or torn through trauma. Less cartilage can mean pain and swelling, which is usually low to mid level aching and stiffness.

The hip joint tends to lose cartilage much more quickly and have more bone problems than other joints. Arthritis suffers can attest to this, bones can be strong, but reduced cartilage is the real problem.

Hip impingement occurs when either the ball or the socket have bone spurs or bigger areas that can wear down the labrum and joint. One concern based upon recent studies, is that this problem may be over diagnosed, leading to unnecessary replacement surgery.

AVN (avascular necrosis) or osteonecrosis is a disease whereby the hip bone begins falling apart. As cartilage deteriorates in the hip joint, the underlying bone becomes exposed. The irregular surfaces and the inflammation associated with bone moving against bone leads to pain and stiffness. The ball in socket joint becomes more like a square peg in a round hole causing pain that typically occurs in the groin or the side of the hip.

What Are the Risks Associated with Hip Replacements?

Surgery may not be the first, best option for hip pain sufferers if you consider all the variables.

There are other viable treatment options for hip replacements, but more on that in little bit.

treatment-options-for-hip-replacementHip surgery is considered major surgery, with anesthesia risks, post op pain, a one to four-day hospital stay, and a long recovery time.

The hospital stay won’t be just about watching the few TV channels in your room, the doctor will expect you to be up and walking that same day, or at best, the day after. You will be expected to walk with a cane or walker, climb two or three stairs and do some exercises that will be continued at home.

Returning home after surgery is no cakewalk either. Is the furniture arranged so you can get around? Simple things such as your toilet seat height become more important.

Somebody will need to be there to assist you for a week, possibly two and forget about driving for a period of time. If the surgery was on your right hip, your driving could be restricted as long as six weeks. You should not drive if you are taking narcotic pain medicine, and there could be auto insurance implications if you aren’t cleared by your doctor to drive.

Your first follow-up appointment will happen somewhere between six and twelve weeks after surgery, and this is a time when many eager patients ask about returning to sports, sexual activity, and other physically intensive work-related movements.

With the exception of high-impact activities such as jogging, skiing, or basketball, most patients recovering from hip replacement surgery are able to resume normal activities within three to six months.

Will You Need a 2nd Surgery?

One major concern with hip surgery is the chances of requiring follow up surgery. There have been problems with implant devices, particularly the metal on metal replacements.

Once a patient begins to have problems with a hip replacement, a more complicated revision surgery may be required.

Unfortunately, this surgery has an even higher complication rate than the original surgery.

Recalls of hip replacement implants are not uncommon.

The FDA has issued three manufacturer’s recalls listed on their site within the last 10 years.

Look at this recall of the DePuy hip system:

On Aug. 24, 2010, there was a voluntary recall of the DePuy ASR TM total hip system because of new, unpublished data from the UK joint registry indicating the revision rates within 5 years were approximately 13 percent.

13 percent revision rates with five years is very high. We are talking major surgery, and a huge increase in risk as we detailed above. It makes alternatives worth investigating as a better option for you.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is emerging as the low risk alternative to hip surgery.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. Adult stem cells, not to be confused with embryonic stem cells, reside in adult bone marrow and adipose fat tissue, as well as other tissues and organs of the body.

When you suffer an injury, these stem cells have the natural ability to repair the damaged tissue. However, in people with degenerative diseases, these stem cells are not released quickly enough to repair the damaged tissue.

How is Stem Cell Therapy Performed?

“Stem Cell Therapy is a minimally intrusive process that can be performed in one day, or over the course of several weeks depending on the severity of your injuries

A bone marrow or adipose fat tissue samples are taken via needle, without the pain of a bone marrow biopsy or surgical procedure. The cells are then processed to secure the natural growth factors from your own blood platelets.

The injections of the stem cells can then be reintroduced into your damaged joint area, using ultrasound or MRI imaging so the cells reach their intended target and ensure proper dispersion of the cells into the tissue. This supplementing of the body’s own mechanism’s to repair itself is the critical function of the stem cell therapy procedure.

Patients can typically resume their normal activities the same day. While rest and some minor medications may be prescribed for swelling etc., mobility is still maintained. A course of injections is normally the preferred treatment course, so be prepared to repeat the process every week or so.

PRP Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP Therapy, is fast becoming an emerging technology for the treatment of several medical conditions and injuries including chronic back pain, tendonitis, hip arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, and knee arthritis among others.

PRP Therapy has been used since the mid 1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in the recovery of soft tissues following plastic surgery. Since then, the use of platelet rich plasma therapy has increased especially in the world of sports medicine

PRP Therapy starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60 cc of their blood drawn. That blood is then placed in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins it at a high speed for between 10 and 15 minutes. The result is that the different types of blood cells that make up the blood are separated; the portion with the platelets is then extracted. The concentrated platelets are injected at the site of the injury. The doctor uses ultrasound image guidance to guide the needle to the precise point where the injection will be most helpful.

The PRP preparation may contain up to 10 times the amount of platelets found in blood.

Platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP as it is commonly called, may be administered as one injection or in a series. It depends on the severity of the injury and how each person’s body responds to the therapy.

As a hip pain sufferer, prospective patient’s should seek the full story of hip replacement options and alternatives. Pain killers mask symptoms and a full hip replacement can be a long and painful process.

Alternative therapies such as Stem Cell and PRP Therapy are quickly becoming viable options and should be discussed prior to life altering hip replacement therapy.

Reduced pain, shorter recovery times, and cost efficiency coupled with the use of your bodies own recovery mechanisms, could make these alternative, the first, best option.

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Garrett Richards Stem Cell Treatment Looks Like A Success

Updating a story we brought you several months ago, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace starting pitcher Garrett Richards threw off of a mound earlier this week just a few months removed from opting for stem cell therapy instead of the traditional Tommy John surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

At the time, Richard’s decision was questioned by many in the baseball establishment as risky and unproven, however the news is decidedly more upbeat after Richards threw off of a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1st.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Amid the rubble of a brutal 2016 season rose a sign of hope for the Angels on Saturday.”

“It came three hours before a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, when Garrett Richards, who four months ago was “dead set” on having elbow ligament-replacement surgery that could have sidelined him for 2017, threw off a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1.”

“It was only 20 fastballs at 80% effort, but it was a significant step in a process that Richards, who opted for stem-cell therapy instead of Tommy John surgery, is confident will lead to his starting on opening day next season.”

“As of now, throwing off the bump today, doing everything I’ve done to this point, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be able to pitch next season,” Richards, 28, said. “I don’t feel anything abnormal. Everything feels rested and ready to go.”

Why Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow

Once the stem cells have been harvested, they are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the harvested cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Richards Gamble Appears to Be Paying Off

Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. As we reported back in May, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

Richards is however a radically different case than Colon. At the time of Colons treatment, he was considered advanced at age 35 at least by baseball standards. It was a what do you have to lose scenario.

Richards is an “in his prime” ace pitcher with a significant amount to lose in terms of time and money. According to the Times, Richards was hopeful that stem cell therapy can be a long term solution and provide alternatives and hope for others.

“I hope this paves the way for other guys going through the same thing,” said Richards, whose teammates applauded him, jokingly, as he walked to the dugout Saturday. “It’s probably the best decision I’ve made in my career so far.”

Good News for Pain Sufferers

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is becoming more available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries and ailments. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated, providing an alternative to invasive surgeries.

For individuals suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

Speak with a specialist to determine if stem cell therapy may help you lead a pain free life.

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Garrett Richards Chooses Stem Cell Therapy

In what is seen as a bold move in Major League Baseball circles, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace starting pitcher Garrett Richards chooses stem cell therapy. His announcement Monday that he is forgoing the traditional Tommy John surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and undergoing stem cell therapy instead, is another indication that alternative treatment options for sports related injuries is becoming more popular.

The big hard throwing right-hander received stem-cell therapy treatment on his elbow on Monday and will take a six-week hiatus, and attempt to rehab his injured right elbow if all goes well.

“That’s promising news for the Halos, who desperately need their staff ace back in action. It’s not yet clear what kind of timetable might be hoped for, and there remains a good bit of uncertainty in how quickly Richards can return to the hill and work his way back to the majors”.

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UCL’s and Major League Pitchers

Richards is the latest in a long line of promising young pitchers who have suffered the injury. As reported in this Grantland piece last year, baseball is suffering an epidemic of young promising pitchers who have suffered this injury.

From the Grantland article: “Tommy John surgeries are ripping through baseball at a faster pace than ever before. Twenty-five percent of active MLB pitchers have had the procedure, which reconstructs a pitcher’s torn ulnar collateral ligament, as have 15 percent of current minor league pitchers. Last season was particularly distressing: More pitchers had the surgery in 2014 than in the entirety of the 1990s.”

The UCL is a tiny ligament in the elbow that has to withstand a tremendous amount of rotational force or torque when a pitcher’s arm is stopped and makes its move forward to deliver a pitch to home plate.

Research director at the American Sports Institute, Dr. Glenn Fleisig describes the process in the Grantland piece.

“When the arm is cocked back, there’s a large — what we call — varus torque. In this position, it’s 100 newton meters of torque. A bowling ball weighs 12 pounds, let’s say. If you put a bowling ball in your hand, imagine what your elbow would feel like. That would not be 100 newton meters. One hundred newton meters would be 60 pounds. Five bowling balls. Picture five bowling balls of force. That’s the stress of that instant in the elbow.”

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

The big question on the minds of many this morning is how does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cell therapy is becoming a popular alternative medical treatment for many medical issues including those that once seemed like surgery was the only option, such as UCL replacement and rotator cuff surgery.

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow

Once the stem cells have been harvested, they are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the harvested cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Richards Big Bet

Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

At the time, Colon’s doctor did not believe that he would return to MLB form. Colon not only returned to major league form, but has been playing at a high level at the advanced age of 41.

If Richards big bet is successful and he returns to the field in 2016, it could become a revolutionary moment in sports injury treatment, much the same way the original Tommy John treatment had when it was first performed by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974.

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated.

If you are suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

 

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Treatment Options When Recovering From An Auto Accident

Injured in an Auto Accident? Therapy not helping? Want to avoid surgery?

We have been helping people recover from auto accidents for over 30 years. Patients who have been involved in an auto accident with minor injuries do really well with therapy like Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, and Physical Therapy. But those with serious trauma need surgical interventions to put the body together again. What do people do when therapy isn’t getting them back to normal but are not severe enough to justify the risks and side effects of surgery?recovering from an auto accident

Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic specializes in treating moderate to severe injuries where traditional therapies have not been successful and surgery is still trying to be avoided. Our medical treatments utilize the latest advancements in science to actually heal damage done to the body. By healing the injury not only is the pain significantly reduced, but also patients are able to get back to doing the things they love quickly.

Many auto accidents leave the neck and back injured. Non-Surgical Spinal decompression helps many of our patients, who suffer from sciatica, disc bulges, and degeneration. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and traditional therapy are good at treating the symptoms but sometimes struggle with fixing the actual problem. If you have therapy, and feel good walking out, but the pain comes back in a day or two you are most likely treating the symptoms, and not the problem. Non-surgical decompression focuses on treating the actual injury. Most of our patients experience long term relief, and high level of functionality following this treatment.

We are not a pain management clinic. Most medical facilities treating auto accident victims dispense lots of medication, inject steroids (cortisone), and want to perform epidurals to help mask the pain. Patients come to our office to resolve the problem so they can STOP taking all the pain medication, and get back to the life they had before the accident.

When injured in an auto accident typically auto insurances pay for the treatments to get you well. In some cases attorneys are involved and treatment is performed on a lien bases. Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic works with most auto insurances, and is willing to work with attorneys under lien.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, and are in pain, you need to make an appointment to meet with one of our doctors to find out if any of our non-surgical treatments can get you back to an enjoyable pain free life.

Common treatments available for Auto Accident Patients

  • Stem Cell Therapy: Use of patient’s own stem cells to regenerate tissue damage
  • PRP: Use of patient’s own platelets, and growth hormones to accelerate healing
  • PIT: Calms and treats neurogenic pain using sugar water and microinjections
  • Laser Therapy: Use of latest laser technology to repair damage and decrease pain
  • Ozone Therapy: Used around the world as a tool to accelerate healing
  • Sarapin: A natural alternative to cortisone steroid injections
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression: Computer controlled treatment for sciatica

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What Are Adult Stem Cells?

Stem cells possess the unique and remarkable ability to develop into various types of cells in the body during early growth and life. At the same time, stem cells work in several tissues as a type of internal repair that divides without limits to replenish other cells as long as the animal or person is alive. Once the stem cell splits, each new cell holds the potential to become another stem cell or a cell with a certain function, such as a red blood cell, muscle cell, or brain cell.stem cells

Key Characteristics of Stem Cells

Stem cells are different from other cells by two vital characteristics:

  • Stem cells do not have any specialized function and are able to renew themselves through a process called cell division, sometimes even after longer periods of being inactive.
  • In certain experimental or physiologic condition, stem cells can become specialized cells with functions, like organ-specific or tissue specific. Organs like bone marrow and the gut have stem cells that regularly divide to replace and repair damaged and worn out tissue. However, in other organs like the heart and pancreas, stem cells will only divide when certain conditions are met.

Stem cells do not have any specialized function and are able to renew themselves through a process called cell division, sometimes even after longer periods of being inactive.

In certain experimental or physiologic condition, stem cells can become specialized cells with functions, like organ-specific or tissue specific. Organs like bone marrow and the gut have stem cells that regularly divide to replace and repair damaged and worn out tissue. However, in other organs like the heart and pancreas, stem cells will only divide when certain conditions are met.

Generally, scientist work with two different types of stem cells from humans and animals: embryonic stem cells and “somatic”, “adult” or non-embryonic stem cells.

What Are Adult Stem Cells?

Somatic or adult stem cells are found throughout the body following embryonic development. In other words, they are stem cells found in your body as an adult. Adult stem cells are considered to be an undifferentiated cell, located among differentiated cells in an organ or tissue. These stem cells are located in various types of tissue. Somatic stem cells have been found in bone marrow, skeletal muscles, the brain, blood vessels, blood, and fat deposits.

Adult stem cells stay in a non-dividing state until they are activated by tissue injury or by disease. Adult stem cells have the ability to indefinitely self-renew or divide, which allows them to create a wide range of types of cells from the original organ. At the same time, these cells can even regenerate the original organ in its entirety. However, the primary job of adult stem cells are to repair and maintain the tissue where they are located, such as muscle stem cells.

What Are Embryonic Stem Cells?

Embryonic stem cells are the most controversial stem cells. As the name suggests, embryonic stem cells are derived from human embryos that are still in the blastocyst phase of development. Most of these stem cells come from embryos derived from eggs fertilized through in vitro fertilization in clinics that have been donated for research. In a situation of a normal pregnancy, the blastocyst stage commences until the embryo is implanted in the uterus and becomes a fetus.

However, when embryonic stem cells are used in the labs, these cells are placed in a nutrient rich cell culture. In this setting these cells lack the necessary stimulation to begin to differentiate. As a result, these embryonic stem cells simply divide and reproduce with the ability to become any cell type. This property makes embryonic stem cells highly valuable in the medical profession.

Development Potential

Typically, embryonic stem cells are much more versatile and flexible than adult stem cells. Embryonic cells possess a far greater differentiation potential because they can almost turn into any type of cell in the human body. On the other hand, adult stem cells may be limited to the number and types of cells they can develop into, which reduces the number of possible potential applications. However, more of the recent studies suggest that adult stem cells may have a much greater range of plasticity than originally was thought. The latest stem cell research suggests that adult stem cells may have the capabilities to differentiate into a much wider range of specialized cells types.

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Stem Cell Potency

Stem cells are generally categorized by their potential or ability to change into other cell types. As the most potent types of stem cells, embryonic stem cells are able to change into any other type of cell in the body. The classification of stem cells include:

  • Totipotent explains their ability to grow into any possible cell type. Examples of totipotent stem cells are the first few cells that result from the dividing zygote and the zygote itself
  • Pluripotent cells have the ability to differentiate into most types of cells
  • Multipotent stem cells possess the ability to differentiate into a family of closely related cells
  • Oligopotent stem cells can only differentiate into a few different types of cells
  • Unipotent stem cells possess the ability to only produce cells of their own type. However, unipotent stem cells do possess the property of self-renewal, which is required for it to be a stem cell

Adult Stem Cells

Adult stem cells fall into the Multipotent family of stem cells. However, recent research indicates that they can be reprogrammed like embryonic stem cells to become Pluripotent cells. For many joint disorders the use of adult stem cells to treat the underlying problem is fast becoming a real alternative to surgery. One thing is for sure, with the advancement of medical technologies in today’s world, the use of stem cell therapy for joint pain and other medical conditions will only expand and flourish.

When surgery was considered the only option for a joint disorder, the future now holds that it may soon become the very last resort for many joint related issues.

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Top Two Ankle Surgery Alternatives

Most people suffering from ankle problems are between the ages of 35 and 85 years. Most go opt for surgical treatments, more out of familiarity with surgery than knowledge of alternative options. But did you know that the chance that you’ll develop post-surgery problems when being treated for foot and ankle problems is 10%? Depending on how your problem affects your life at the moment, you may or may not consider surgery.Ankle Sprain

Some of the problems that could as a result of ankle surgery include:

  • Post-surgery pain which may last a long time, especially if the wound heals slowly
  • A long period in rehab. If you are the sole source of income for your family this could cause problems
  • Infection of the wound
  • The bone heals slowly
  • Depending on the foot being operated on your ability to drive could be affected
  • If you need screws or pins a second surgery may be needed to remove them
  • Infection of joint replacement parts
  • Possibility of another surgery if some problems are too major among others

Most of these issues will go away in the long term and do not affect whether the surgery helps you are not. The more serious issues like infections in the bone could result in a much longer recovery time. The “hassle” factor may be more of an issue for most people when considering ankle surgery than the potential for post-surgical problems.

Until fairly recently, alternatives for ankle surgery were virtually non-existent. Bone fractures and breaks were fairly easy to treat. Surgery or a cast was the normal course of action, but what about other types of ankle injuries?

Common Causes of Ankle Injuries

The most common injuries on the ankles are: Osteoarthritis, ligament tears, sprained ankle and instability of the joint.

Osteoarthritis

This is usually an “aftermath” of trauma, infection or injury of the ankles. Between the ankle bones is the articular cartilage, a smooth and slippery fiber that acts as a connective tissue and a cushion protecting the bones. If the cartilage starts deteriorating or gets lost, the space between the bones at the joint narrows. This usually signifies osteoarthritis of the ankle. It can easily be seen in X-rays.

Ligament tears, sprained ankle and instability

Bones are connected to each other by tough bands of tissue known as ligaments. On the side of the ankle furthest from the other ankle are three ligaments: The ATFL, the CFL and the PTFL. These form the ligament complex on that side. The sprained ankle alternativesATFL and the CFL are usually the ligaments involved in an inversion injury because the CFL prevents inward roll of the ankle while the ATFL prevents a forward slide of the ankle. An ankle sprain, if not attended to, result in the ligaments tearing or stretching. Depending on the degree of the sprain, all or part of the ligaments may be torn.

Ankle sprains are classified as grade 1, 2, and 3. Depending on the amount of damage or the number of ligaments that are damaged, each sprain is classified from mild to severe.

  • A grade 1 sprain is defined as mild damage to a ligament or ligaments without instability of the affected joint
  • A grade 2 sprain is considered a partial tear to the ligament, in which it is stretched to the point that it becomes loose
  • A grade 3 sprain is a complete tear of a ligament, causing instability in the affected joint.Bruising may occur around the ankle

In the past the typical treatment options revolved around R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), anti-inflammatory medication, ultrasound or physical therapy. Recent medical breakthroughs have now added two more treatment options for ankle injuries and postponed or alleviated the need for ankle surgery altogether.

These top two ankle surgery alternatives, Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures, are usually simple office procedures and you don’t have the same risks associated with surgery. In fact, patients who undergo these procedures are normally encouraged to exercise (walk) that same day with little to zero downtime resulting from the procedure.

Stem Cell Therapy for Ankles

The entire procedure should involve the following steps:

Step 1. Prolotherapy Injection

In order to stimulate the healing response prior to injecting stem cells, a prolotherapy injection is performed two days prior to the stem cell procedure. A typical prolotherapy injection consists of a solution made of dextrose (sugar) and water—and sometimes other harmless substances such as vitamins—which can be used to temporarily increase inflammation and activates the natural healing mechanism in the body.

Step 2. Harvest the Stem Cells

Once you are found to be a good candidate, the first procedure is to draw the adipose fat tissue in order to prepare the stem cells. Typically, the fat will be taken directly from your stomach or hip area.

Step 3. Prepare the Stem Cells

The adipose fat that was taken is placed in a centrifuge and spun at high velocity to separate out the stem cells from the other elements in the fat. Once separated, they are placed back into a syringe and are now ready to be reintroduced into the affected joint.

It is important to note that once the stem cells are harvested, they should be reintroduced back into the body within a few hours. If a medical facility tells you to come back tomorrow to complete the procedure, the stem cells will have degraded to a point that will render them virtually useless. Ensure the medical facility performs the entire procedure during the same doctor’s visit.

Step 4. Inject the Stem Cells Back into the Body

This next step is very important and one that is often overlooked by patients. How the physician determines where to place the new stem cells is critical. In most joints, there are very small areas that will be targeted for reintroducing the stem cells into the affected joint. To ensure the accuracy of the injection, image guidance technology should be used by the doctor.

This technology will guide the doctor’s injection into the correct place. If the injection is just slightly off, the procedure will most likely fail and the patient will receive no benefit at all.

If your doctor tells you he manually injects the stem cells into the joint based on experience, it would be wise to seek a second opinion before starting any procedure.

Step 5. Aftercare

After 3 months and 6 months a PRP injection should be given to the patient to aid in the healing process.

Platelet Rick Plasma Therapy (PRP)

PRP therapy for ankles is a fairly similar process to stem cell therapy, except that the process uses your platelets rather than stem cells. The procedure starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60cc of their blood drawn. That blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which spins it at a high speed for between 10 and 15 minutes. The result is that the different types of blood cells that make up the blood are separated; the portion with the platelets is then extracted.ankle treatment alternatives

The concentrated platelets are then injected back into the body at the site of the injury. Again image guidance is used to guide the needle to the precise point where the injection will be most helpful.

The PRP preparation may contain up to 10 times the amount of platelets found in blood.

PRP may be administered as one injection or in a series depending on the severity of the injury and how each person’s body responds to the therapy.

Types of Ankle Injuries That May Respond Well

If you have any of the following ankle injuries, you could be a very good candidate for Stem Cell Therapy of PRP Therapy:

  • Arthritis
  • Peroneal tendon split or tear
  • Instability of the ankle
  • Sprain or tear of the ligament
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Sub-talar arthritis (instability)
  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis.

Contact your physician to learn more about the alternative treatments for ankle problems. Advancements in the treatment of such disorders is always progressing and may suit your condition better than surgery ever could.

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What is the Latest Stem Cell Research?

Whether it is football, baseball or soccer, professional athletes put their bodies on the line every time they step on the field. At risk is their physical health, their professional career, their financial future and their team’s future. That is why teams spend big money to hire the best doctors and the best trainers, presumably because they are at the forefront of the latest technology and treatments. Peyton Manning’s neck, Bartolo Colon’s peyton manningshoulder, Chris Johnson’s knee…just a few of the famous injuries that have been treated with stem cell therapy to maximize healing and speed up recovery. According to those in the medical industry, this is just the start of the many people who will use this therapy to heal injuries and degenerative joint problems.

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The eminent orthopedic surgeon, who has treated many of today’s top athletes, indicated in a recent interview on the Dan Patrick Show that biologics were going to be the next big medical breakthrough. Biologics such as stem cell therapy, tissue engineering and gene therapy would become widely used to treat aging joints and injuries.

So, what is the latest in Stem Cell Research?

According to a recent Reuter’s article, Scientists “reset” stem cells to study start of human development, “British and Japanese scientists have figured out a way to ‘reset’ human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines.”

Why is this significant?

Because these cells may represent the “real starting point for formation of tissues”. Humans experience their most significant growth early on when stem cells are human pluripotent stem cells, or “self-replicating” cells. As we age, those stem cells become less potent and less effective. This is why embryonic stem cells are considered the “holy grail” of healing injuries and diseases that currently have no cure. adult cellBecause of the controversy of using embryonic stem cells, the possibility that scientists have found a way to “reset” stem cells to their earliest state could mean a major step forward in treating debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, strokes and diabetes, not to mention joint disorders and injuries.

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting an estimated 27 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). It is a form of arthritis that is generally associated with the breakdown of cartilage at the weight-bearing joints, due to natural wear and tear from everyday tasks you perform. Those most affected by osteoarthritis are athletes and older people. Physical symptoms include pain, swelling, and loss of motion. Lifestyle effects may include anxiety, depression, limitation of daily activities, job limitations, and difficulty participating in personal and family joys and responsibilities.

Stem cells are currently being used in joint care because of their ability to make different types of cells. Your own stem cells, when injected into your body, have a higher chance of being accepted. This allows them the opportunity of taking on their new role in your body. By using your own stem cells –in this case- in the joint that has started to lose its cartilage, the cells will “transform” and encourage cartilage growth, or hold off its wear and tear. The stem cells will increase the cartilage growth in the injected location and slow the progress of osteoarthritis. This also lowers the chance of infection, rejection, a surgery-related complication, and future joint-related replacement and follow-up procedures. Since the cells are coming from your own body fat, your body will be more likely to accept it and allow it to grow. For these reasons, stem cells are becoming a more beneficial alternative to joint-related surgeries.

Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons

The morale issue of using embryonic stem cells is beat left for another article. However, the use of adult stem cells has a lot of pros and few cons.

Pros.

The natural healing benefits of stem cell therapy for joint pain are becoming more widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment. Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure allowing you to get back to work quickly. Tissue regeneration and repair will perhaps wipe out the need for certain surgeries and the long and painful recovery periods. Joint replacements could become obsolete, except in certain cases, and our quality of life could be extended far beyond that of our parents.

Cons.

The biggest current draw back is the cost. Since most insurance companies do not yet cover the treatment, it is usually an out-of-pocket expense. However, if you compare the costs of stem cell therapy vs surgery, then a different picture can emerge.

The Future

Up to this point, stem cell therapy has been less effective for older people because their stem cells are less pristine. Alternative treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, Prolotherapy or Medical Ozone Therapy may be more beneficial for elderly patients. However, this new development in being able to ‘reset’ human stem cells offers hope to all of us for a pain-free future and greater quality of life.

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Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Pain

Joint pain can be a significant burden for you. Whether the problem that you face is debilitating or simply frustrating, it can make it difficult to get through a single day.

Fortunately, there are ways to treat joint pain. It is common practice to think of surgery as the only real treatment for joint pain, but there are other options. Stem cell treatment, for example, is quickly becoming one the best solutions for all types of problems that cause joint pain.Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Pain

What Stem Cell Treatment is and How it Works

In short, stem cell treatment is the process of applying active stem cells to an area in the body that is causing a medical issue. The stem cells then help heal tissue that would have either taken a long time to heal (if it would have every healed at all in the first place). This works due to the regenerative capabilities of stem cells, as well as their ability to transform into any of the 220 different types of cells that the human body is composed of.

How does stem cell treatment work?

Stem cell treatment is a fairly simple process as far as medical procedures are concerned. It can be broken down into the following three steps:

1. The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body

Stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own body via fat cells — also known as adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is loaded with stem cells. Blood is typically drawn from the stomach or hip area to harvest the stem cells.

2. The stem cells are prepared for use

The blood that is extracted from the patient is then placed in a centrifuge to prepare it for reinjection it back into the affected area.

3. The active stem cells are reintroduced back into the patient’s body

In the final step, the stem cells are injected into the patient’s body at the site of the joint problem. Image guidance technology should be used to accurately pinpoint the where the stem cells need to administered at.

4. What do the Stem Cells Do?

Stem cells act like the bodies own repair system. Once they injected into the affected area, they start to go to work and seek to repair the damaged tissue and even regenerate muscles and tendons.

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What Makes Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Pain so Great?

Stem cell treatment has a number of unique benefits that make it an excellent solution for joint pain sufferers. First and foremost, it is extremely safe compared to other options. Second, with 85 percent success rate for stem cell treatments for joint pain, it works extremely well. Third, it works for many problems that cause joint pain, including the following:

What it is Like to be a Patient Undergoing Stem Cell Treatment

A lot easier than going through surgery! Since the procedures are performed in the doctor’s office, the total treatment time, cost and intrusion into your lifestyle is very minimal.

How long does it take to undergo stem cell treatment?

Stem cell treatment is an extremely short process. In most cases, a patient will have completed their treatment within four hours.

How long is the recovery time after stem cell treatment?

Because it requires someone to damage your body before they fix anything, surgery usually takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months to recover from. Those who undergo stem cell treatment, on the other hand, are usually able to go back to their normal routine the very next day.

What are the risks of stem cell treatment?

Not surprisingly, very slight. This revolutionary treatment is safer than alternatives like surgery. A few risks include:

  • Possible infection at the injection site
  • Incorrect placement of the stem cells – Image guidance should be used to ensure proper placement
  • Poor harvesting of the stem cells from fat tissue

When compared to surgery, stem cell treatments are quite safe. The risk is no greater than what you would face from a typical shot at the doctor’s office.

Get The Facts!

Stem cell treatment is safer, more effective and less expensive than surgical options to relieve joint pain. It is important to know what types of treatment options are available to you and what benefit they can bring to your particular situation. Don’t get surgey performed until you have all the facts!

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Stem Cell Therapy For Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition where the articular cartilage in your joints has worn down. This cartilage is the tissue that protects bones where they meet to create joints. When cartilage wears away, bone is exposed and can be damaged. There are several other names for this type of arthritis; they include terms like “wear-and-tear arthritis” and “degenerative arthritis”, both of which describe the nature of the condition.Osteoarthritis Treatment

People who suffer from osteoarthritis will have to cope with pain and limited function in the affected joint. Osteoarthritis can affect any of the joints in your body, but the areas where it usually occurs are the hips, knees and lower back. There are several treatment options for osteoarthritis but no cure. Of the treatment options, the most widely used are pain management and joint replacement surgery. In recent years, a more non-invasive treatment alternative has come along in the form of stem cell therapy.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy makes use of your body’s ability to heal itself. When an injury occurs, stem cells are what the body uses to help heal the injured area. However, after an injury or prolonged period of arthritis, the stem cells can longer penetrate the affected area and pain and loss of motion ensues. By injecting stem cells directly at the point of the injury, the healing and regenerative process can begin immediately.

The stem cells are taken from the patient’s own Adipose tissue (fat tissue usually from the hip or stomach) that contains a high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells which are adult stem cells. A simple drawing of blood is needed from the patient’s own fat cells, then placed into a centrifuge to separate the correct cells out and prepare them for reintroduction into the injured area.

Stem Cell Therapy’s Benefits for Patients

  • It is a fast procedure. You may be able to have your stem cell therapy injections administered within single a day
  • It will not require you to undergo general anesthesia. The area where the stem cells will be injected will be numbed with a local anesthetic
  • Stem cell therapy is a noninvasive alternative for those who do not wish to undergo surgery
  • Adipose-derived stem cells have anti-inflammatory benefits; they may also be able to slow down the degeneration of cartilage and speed up the healing process
  • The risk of infection or of rejection by the immune system is greatly reduced since the therapy uses the patient’s own stem cells
  • The rich supply of stem cells in adipose tissue means that stem cells are never in short supply
  • Stem cell therapy has none of the risk of serious complications that can come with joint replacement surgery. Potential risks of surgery include the fact that patients have an increased risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Stem therapy does not have the long recovery period associated with joint replacement surgery. Patients may even be able to walk immediately after having the procedure performed.

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How Stem Cell Therapy is Administered?

The doctor will first extract the stem cells from the adipose tissue on your stomach or hip. The point of the injury will be identified using image guidance technology. The stem cells will be injected into your joint at the site of the damage. Image guidance will be used again to guide the needle to the injury site thus ensuring precise placement of the stem cells. The use of image guidance also helps to ensure that no further damage is done to the injured joint.

Stem cell therapy may be administered alongside other nonsurgical osteoarthritis treatments such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. In some cases, dextrose may be injected into the injured joint as well. Dextrose can help to get the injured joint get ready for the healing process that will be started by the stem cells. The PRP will be provided afterward to help the stem cells to remain active. While most patients respond to just one stem cell treatment, in some cases it may be necessary to administer 2-3. Multiple treatments are more likely to be used in severe cases.

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Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Arthritis

Hip pain caused by arthritis can make life awkward on a daily basis, and usually leads to long-term pain management if the problem cannot be corrected. Previously, solutions such as hip surgery, hip resurfacing or replacement surgery were the only real medical options for those struggling with often debilitating pain; however there is now an effective alternative that really works. This article is going to explain more about stem cell therapy and how it can help patients suffering from hip arthritis.

Do You Really Need Surgery?

Although hip surgeries are often typically successful, they can also be traumatic for the patient and can lead to months of painful recovery and discomfort that comes from trying to recover one’s mobilityHip-Arthritis and strength. Stem cell therapy, on the other hand, often allows patients to walk the same day, and discomfort is minimal with little to no down-time after such procedures. Between 1-3 treatments could repair your hip without the need for traumatic surgery over a given time frame.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy involves extracting cells from the patient’s own body namely from the Adipose or fat tissue. These cells are responsible for regenerating and healing the body, and can be harvested from your own fat tissue, purified and then injected directly into the affected hip area.

These stem cells cannot only help your body heal and renew itself, they can also differentiate into ligaments, cartilage and tendons, helping to relieve chronic pain in the treatment of many types of osteoarthritis. In many cases, stem cell therapy for hip arthritis can even eliminate the need for surgery altogether.

How it Works

Once the cells have been extracted from your body’s fat tissue by an experienced physician, they are prepared and then injected back directly into the damaged area. Once stem cells have been injected into a damaged joint, they can transform into chondrocytes, which are cells that will lead to the production of fresh cartilage. This concentrated treatment essentially mimics your body’s natural healing process, and can generate tissue that is used to repair damaged or diseased areas, such as joints affected by osteoarthritis.

Stem cells can also attract new stem cells to the damaged site, helping your body to repair itself quicker, as well as reducing inflammation and preventing loss of function or scarring to the area.

The Future

Could hip surgery soon be seen as a thing of the past? Stem cell therapy is being seen as the future for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders, for a number of reasons. This type of treatment has a very stem-cell-therapy-for-hip-arthritishigh success rate, and is less risky to the patient, while eliminating most of the pain. Disability and down-time a patient would normally experience from having complicated surgeries is becoming a thing of the past. Stem cell therapy is also far less traumatic, and removes the risk of rejection that is associated with surgery.

Since the stem cells being used are taken from your own body, the risk of rejection is extremely low, with no real reports of serious complications or adverse effects in scientific studies.

The Treatment

Treatments usually take around four hours, and afterwards you may experience some soreness in the area with perhaps some bruising. Following treatment, you may return to work the next day and will be encouraged to use the affected hip joint normally. Follow-up treatments of platelet rich plasma (PRP) are usually given at monthly intervals in order to prolong the effectiveness of the stem cells and to help them carry out their job.

PRP is a mixture of growth factors and platelets that occur naturally in the body, and helps the stem cells to take effect and develop into cartilage, ligaments, new joints and more, by providing nourishment and cell signals to the area. PRP enables stem cells to regenerate by themselves inside the body, and can help trigger their development.

Stem cell treatment is extremely safe, and therefore can be repeated if your doctor deems it necessary in order to achieve the best results. Stem cell treatments would not render you ineligible for surgery, although most find this unnecessary following treatment.

Conditions Currently Being Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Right now, stem cell therapy is being used to treat a number of medical conditions, including the following:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Non-healing fractures
  • Avascular necrosis of the hip
  • Osteochondral defects
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Chronic epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
  • Osteochondritis dessicans
  • Ligament injuries
  • Labral tears of the hip and shoulder
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic groin and hamstring strains
  • TMJ
  • Post concussion syndrome
  • Headaches

What Should You Do Next?

Stem cell treatments are extremely promising, with great advances having already been made in the treatment of many injuries, diseases and conditions such as osteoarthritis. Scientists from around the world are working on new ways to harness the power of stem cells and use them to treat various medical conditions, with new trials being carried out all the time.

If you have hip arthritis or have had an injury to your hip that is limiting mobility for you, seek advice on the potentials treatment options available to you. Surgery should be your last resort, especially as you get older. There are other alternative treatment options available. Ask what they are!

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Stem Cell Therapy For Shoulder Pain

Pain that originates from the shoulder or rotator cuff can make doing the simplest tasks a chore, such as driving, lifting or even just playing with your kids. It’s an area that is very susceptible to injury, and as many as 600,000 US citizens consider complicated surgery for rotator cuff injuries each year, leading to often long and arduous recovery times.

What if we told you there was another, pain free way to treat your shoulder pain? Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary and effective way of treating affected joints and other damaged areas of the body, without the risks associated with surgery.

No More Surgery

Surgery is the most common form of treatment for severe shoulder pain, but it’s certainly not an easy option, and you could take as long as six months to recover. Up to six weeks of that time, your movements will be even further restricted by a sling, making getting back to work nigh on impossible for weeks or even months.Shoulder-Surgery-or-Stem-Cell-Treatment

Non-surgical stem cell therapy could be the answer, with procedures taking place within just one day and offering a viable, effective solution for those in pain and facing surgery, or even a joint replacement. You’ll be able to return to your usual activities following the treatment, without the need for long and painful rehabilitation periods where you’d have to work to recover your mobility, strength and full range of motion that you’d usually have to experience after an invasive surgical procedure. The risks associated with surgery are also eliminated, such as blood clots, a bad reaction to anesthetic, or infection.

What are Stem Cells?

Your body holds billions of specialized cells that form particular organs such as your skin, brain, heart, muscles, joints, ligaments and even bone. Every day the cells in your body degenerate and regenerate, in a process where old cells die and new ones are created via stem cells, which can create multiple types of cells.

stem-cellsHowever, when you sustain an injury, this regeneration process is less effective and the affected area becomes painful, weaker and less functional. There are several types of stem cells, and they act like your body’s own repair kit. They hold the key to your body’s natural ability to heal itself, but sometimes your body needs a helping hand.

How it Works

Modern technology has allowed us to find a way to harvest stem cells from the patient’s own fat tissue, prepare and concentrate them using a specialized lab process, before re-injecting them directly into the injured tissue area. Advanced imaging (such as ultrasound) can be used as guidance to focus a concentrated treatment of stem cells directly into the rotator cuff exactly where they are needed. From there, the stem cells are able to significantly enhance your body’s natural healing process, and can help to generate healthy new tissue, as well as attracting more reparative stem cells to the area.

Stem cell therapy is minimally invasive and can reverse the damage of injury, arthritis or disease, halting the natural breakdown process we often experience as we get older or experience injuries. There is also less risk of rejection, as the treatments use your body’s own stem cells.

The Procedure

You will be awake during the procedure, which is carried out in an office with a doctor or experienced physician. You will be asked to lie face down while the doctor cleans and numbs the area, and then with image guideance, the stem cells are then carefully extracted. The stem cells are then purified and prepared in a lab so that they are concentrated enough to heal your injury.

stem-cell-treatment-for-shoulder-painStem cell therapy is a fairly quick procedure with minimal discomfort. As a rule of thumb, treatments generally take around four hours, and you’ll be able to go back to work the very next day. The affected area may be a bit tender, and in some cases there may be some bruising.

PRP injections can also be used in order to keep the stem cells activated to give your body the best chance of healing.

The Risks

Just like any other medical treatment, stem cell therapy comes with its fair share of risks. The biggest risk is infection, as treating an area such as the rotator cuff involves using a small concentration of Adipose or fat tissue. Occasionally, infection can occur, but the risk for this is quickly reduced as your body produces more white blood cells.

Are you Suitable for Stem Cell Treatment?

If you are currently experiencing shoulder pain, osteoarthritis or are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, you may be suitable for the regenerative process of stem cell therapy, and should seek further consultation from your doctor.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cell therapy has become an extremely popular medical treatment, with many doctors recommending it and many patients reaping its benefits. Doctors are even recommending stem cell therapy for medical issues that once seemed as if they had no option for treatment other than surgery.

But how does this revolutionary medical treatment work? To help you answer that question, we’re going to take a look at what stem cell therapy is, how it works and how it could help you.how-stem-cell-therapy-works

What is a stem cell in the first place?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery. In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Where do stem cells come from?

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that only involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells.

Once the adipose tissue has been gathered, the stem cells are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

What does stem cell therapy do?

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the aforementioned cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently. The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments. Instead of opting for surgery, which is usually the only option many doctors present, patients now have safe, natural and effective alternatives for joint disorders and beyond.

It is also possible to combine PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy with Stem Cell Therapy, in certain situations, to provide an additional element that helps in the healing process.

What types of problems is stem cell therapy being used for right now?

Stem cell therapy is being used for a variety of ailments, from virtually untreatable diseases to joint injuries. Here is a list of a few of the medical problems being successfully treated with stem cell therapy:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Heart disease
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Diabetes
  • Joint injuries – Knee, Hips, Shoulders, Ankles, Hands, Back, Elbows and more
  • Neurological diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Retinal diseases
  • Blood disorders
  • Immune disorders
  • Metabolic disorders

There are many other medical issues that stem cell therapy can treat and this list is expanding every single day. For example, one of the newest stem cell therapies is successfully treating osteoarthritis.

How long does stem cell therapy take to undergo?

Despite the advanced nature of stem cell therapy, the process has a surprisingly short lead time. In most cases, a single treatment will only take about four hours.

What are the risks of stem cell therapy?

As with any medical procedure, stem cell therapy does come with risks. However, advances in stem cell treatment have nullified many of the risks. For example, there was once a high level of concern that a patient’s immune system would reject stem cells. The fact that stem cells now come directly from the patient’s own body make this, in addition to many other risks, either negligible or nonexistent.

The biggest risk most patients undergoing stem cell therapy face is an infection from the removal of adipose tissue or the injection of stem cells.

How long does it take to recover from stem cell therapy?

The recovery time from a stem cell therapy treatment is virtually nonexistent. A stem cell therapy treatment is an outpatient procedure. Other than some minor discomfort at the injection site for a short time after the Recovery from stem cell therapytreatment, patients can return to work the next day.

This makes stem cell therapy a great treatment alternative for those who are concerned about the long recovery time associated with a surgical procedure.

What about the cost of stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy usually costs between 20 and 50 percent less than surgery for treatments of the same ailment; this doesn’t even account for the need for surgery revisions.

Stem cell therapy is the future of modern medicine

If you have a medical issue that you need resolved, then you should seriously consider stem cell therapy as a treatment option. It is much less invasive than most other types of treatments and it allows your body to heal the way that it was meant to.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

What to do About Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the knee can be a painful and debilitating medical condition. It is a form of arthritis that is usually caused by excess wear and tear of the knee joint. As we age, the cartilage between the two knee bones begins to break down and the bones start to rub against each other. This condition gradually worsens over time, causing inflammation in the knee area, as well as pain, osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-smtenderness, and the loss of mobility. At first your doctor may suggest that you change your physical activities to put less stress on your knee joints, begin a physical therapy treatment plan, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. If over time these basic treatments are no longer effective, other treatment plans can be used. Below is a list of the top treatment options for osteoarthritis in the knee.

Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation involves the injection of natural joint fluid (hyaluronic acid) between the two rubbing bones of the knee. The hyaluronic acid acts like a shock absorber that allows your knee to move smoother. While it won’t repair the knee joint, it does help cushion, protect and lubricate the knee. It also helps to prevent further damage of the joint. It may take several injections before you feel the effects of viscosupplementation. However, it will eventually work to reduce your overall pain and discomfort and reduce the inflammation in your knee. Viscosupplementation can provide pain relief anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the patient..

PRP Injections

These platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are designed to help stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue in the knee joint. When your body has a soft tissue injury, the first thing it does is send platelets to the injured area. Platelets contain growth factors and cytokines that repair tissue naturally. This treatment mimics the body’s natural process. Blood is drawn from patient and spun in a centrifuge at high speed to separate out the platelets. These platelets are then injected into the injured knee joint to start the natural healing process. Patients will typically need three injections and start to see an improvement in 2 to 6 weeks after the first injection. Some patients have reported seeing continued improvements 6 to 9 months after receiving treatment. No anesthesia or hospital stays are necessary and patients usually return to work or job duties after treatments.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is quickly becoming a popular treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. Stem cells reside in adult bone marrow, fat, organs and tissue. The treatment is performed by injecting stem cells into the affected Stem Cell Treatmentknee area. Known as the body’s repair kit, they have the ability to regenerate and heal the knee joint naturally. Treatments usually involve retrieving stem cells from fat tissue or Adipose and injecting them into the knee joint. This is a non-invasive procedure that is completed right in the doctor’s office. Typically, patients are able to go back to work the next day. This translates into a quicker healing process and less time off work.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery actually involves the removal of your knee joint and then replacing it with an artificial knee joint. Most orthopedic doctors will recommend this type of surgery because they don’t perform the alternative treatments. Patients typically spend several days in the hospital after surgery and will have to complete several weeks of physical therapy as part of the healing process. On average, patients take several weeks or even months off work after surgery. Risks for this surgery include reaction to anesthesia, potential for infection, blood clots and limited mobility after surgery.

When determining what type of treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee is right for you, several factors must be taken into account. Viscosupplementation, PRP injections, and stem cell therapy can all be competed on an outpatient basis. This means that you will have a faster recovery rate and will need to take less time off work. These treatments are generally less expensive than surgery and may not include the need for physical therapy afterwards. Most importantly, these treatment options do not have all the risk factors that come with surgery.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.