Conditions

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally – occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas, to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function safely with low-risk.

Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) alone or as a result of hip impingement (abnormal wear in the joint) erodes the hip joint causing pain, disability and poor quality of life. Treatment is difficult because of the lack of blood supply in cartilage, which results in low regenerative capacity, and low healing potential. There is no single curative treatment. Instead, treatment is designed to improve symptoms and function and may slow progression of the degenerative process.

Cortisone injections provide short-term symptom relief and are often recommended for joint pain. However, cortisone injections inhibit the body’s natural healing ability, and can actually cause degeneration of the soft tissue and bone loss.

While the symptoms can be treated, the underlying disease continues to progress. Regenerative medicine using Platelet- rich plasma and Stem Cells therapy offers a new option to treat OA.

Osteoarthritis is the primary source of hip pain and the main reason for hip replacement surgery. The average age of hip replacement patients is under 65 and may young adults under age 50 are having hip replacements.

Hip Replacement Surgery

According to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, current data suggests that a total hip replacement generally lasts about 10- 20 years. https://hipknee.aahks.org/total-hip-replacement/

What this means is that young patients who have had a hip replacement will likely need a second hip replacement, during their lifetime. A second replacement surgery is more complex surgery with increased risks.

Stem cell therapy of the hip provides lasting improvements in pain, function and range of motion, with no major complications or side effects. Injection of MSCs into the joint of patients with damaged articular cartilage has been proven safe and clinically effective treatment to restore hip function and range of motion.

Stem cell therapy helps the body to regenerate joint cartilage that is damaged by OA and restore the hip joint. Regenerative stem cell therapy may be a good alternative to pain medication and total hip replacement for patients with painful, debilitating hip OA who are in good health.

Labral Tears

Labral tears of the cartilage rim of the hip socket are caused by trauma or repetitive motions. A labral tear also predisposes the joint to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy is safe and effective to treat arthritic cartilage damage, and specific cartilage lesions. The effect is the growth of new healthy cartilage.

Surgical treatment of many musculoskeletal injuries and conditions often fails to heal well, and conservative treatments tend to provide only temporary symptom relief.

Muscle Strain

Muscle strain is common and frequent with aging. Muscle tissue is incapable of regeneration after injury and tends to heal poorly. Stem cell therapy is capable of regenerating damaged tissues by augmenting the patient’s natural healing ability.

Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to heal worn out tissues and damage naturally, restore health and improve quality of life, often without the need for surgery.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are our body’s natural resource for cell and tissue repair and renewal. As we age, the regenerative capacity of our stem cells declines, and can lead to various age-related diseases and conditions, and poor capacity healing and repair of injuries. Since we live longer and are more active musculoskeletal injury and disease increase. The result is more disability and poorer quality of life.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the unique ability of self-renewal, and the potential to differentiate into bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon tissues which the body uses to maintain, repair and rebuild tissue. MSCs can be obtained from bone, tendon, skin, adipose tissue, umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid.

Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary approach that harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally- occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas, to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function safely, and with low-risk.

Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to repair and heal worn out and damaged tissues naturally, without the need for surgery. Stem cells modulate the immune response to injury, regenerate musculoskeletal tissues and prevent tissue damage. The result is improved mobility, better quality of life and better outcomes.

Am I a good candidate?

If you suffer with joint, tendon, or ligament pain or joint arthritis, and desire to improve your quality of life, and avoid invasive surgery and potential complications, stem cell therapy may be for you.

Not everyone is a candidate for stem cell therapy. The only way to know if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation.

At Physicians Rehabilitation, every patient receives a customized treatment plan based on their needs and is designed to produce superior results. The health-restoring benefits improve quality of life and in some cases, patients can avoid surgical treatment and lengthy recovery. For your convenience, we have offices in Fort Myers, Lady Lake, Naples, Port Charlotte and Sun City Center Florida. Contact us to learn about how stem cell therapy can restore your health.


References

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  • Karuppal R. Current concepts in the articular cartilage repair and regeneration. J Orthop. 2017;14(2):A1–A3. Published 2017 May 19. doi:10.1016/j.jor.2017.05.001
  • Mardones R, Jofré CM, Tobar L, Minguell JJ. Mesenchymal stem cell therapy in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis. J Hip Preserv Surg. 2017;4(2):159–163. Published 2017 Mar 19. doi:10.1093/jhps/hnx011