Athletes are often told that it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. But in competitive sports, how you play the game depends on how strong, agile, and healthy you are. Achieving your peak performance can involve many different treatment options, especially if you’ve experienced a past injury.
Athletic activities – especially contact sports – are always going to come with an element of risk of injury. While many sports injuries are preventable, many others are seemingly unavoidable, caused by overuse and repetitive stress on joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Sports injuries can also occur by accident, or as the result of poor training or improper use of equipment. And if not healed properly, torn or strained ligaments – for example – can leave you with pain and discomfort for years to come.
Mild sport injuries can be treated with rest, a hot or cold compress, and/or medication. However, a more serious injury may require a more comprehensive medical solution. One modern alternative to invasive surgery that is gaining traction is stem cell therapy.
Adult adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow tissue-derived stem cell regenerative therapy is not only an effective treatment for a wide array of injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, degenerative arthritis, and peripheral arterial related disease – but also for numerous sports injuries, including those to muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. That’s because stem cells directly applied to an affected area divide over time to repair and replaced worn out or damaged tissue.
Stem cell therapy is relatively painless and done as an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require any downtime. After one’s own stem cells are harvested, the concentrated regenerative cells are re-injected into the injured site where they start to stimulate tissue repair and gradually reduce pain.
Since adult stem cells from one’s own fat tissue and bone marrow are used exclusively, the body accepts the new tissue as its own. Also, it eliminates the risk of contracting a disease from a donor. As with any procedure, there is the slightest risk of infection despite being performed under strict sterile conditions. So, stem cell patients are often provided with antibiotics as a precaution.
While stem cell therapy is not suited for minor sports injuries – such as when tendons are overworked, swollen, or inflamed – it is often recommended for cases involving joint space narrowing as an alternative to invasive surgery. Neither is it a quick-fix. The treated area needs time to heal and regain its full strength and function. Otherwise, improper treatment or premature return to play can turn a sports injury into a lifelong, chronic problem.
However, athletic patients who have undergone stem cell therapy for sports injuries have consistently reported having less pain, less joint inflammation, and an increased range of motion and mobility. In fact, some patients have seen an improvement in as little as a few days, if not significant anti-inflammatory results in a few months, enabling them to get off the sidelines and back into the game.
If you live in the Plano, Texas area, Tarpon Orthopedics can help you regain the ability to move pain-free. We are experts in sports medicine, spine, and pain management, as well as joint replacement. Stem cell therapy is just one of the techniques we have available to treat your pain. Call 9725961059 for a consultation today in our West Plano, North Plano, or Addison, Texas location.