Our bodies are made up of billions upon billions of cells. Most cells are differentiated (specialized), making up specific organs within our bodies, such as liver, bone, tendons, and nerves. Every day, as cells get old they die and new cells are born and take the place of those that are no longer viable. This is called a degenerative and regenerative process. Certain kind of cells, known as adult stem cells, have the ability to become other kinds of cells, which can be harnessed to repair and even regrow damaged components such as knee cartilage.
All About Stem Cell Therapy
When you are young, the number of stem cells in the body is very high. They are constantly available to help rebuild, replace, and repair damaged tissue. As you age, the number of stem cells tends to decline dramatically. Fortunately, there are certain reservoirs such as fatty tissue, bone marrow, and blood, that contain a large amount of viable stem cells. Using advanced methods, new therapies are tapping into stem cells to regrow and repair damaged components, such as injured tissue around the knee area.
In the past, there were few nonsurgical options for knee injuries, but this is no longer the case. In many cases, we can harvest your own naturally occurring stem cells, which can then be reintroduced to help heal and renew the injured knee. There are several types of stem cells in your body. Stem cells can be taken from bone marrow, others from blood, and some from adipose (fatty) tissue. Some of the best stem cells needed for musculoskeletal healing, meaning tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone, are found in bone marrow. While they are not as abundant in bone marrow, they can be cultured in order to make more.
Stem cell therapy can be used in conjunction with physical therapy, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections, surgery, and other treatments, when necessary. Because the stem cells come from your own body, there is zero chance of rejection. Once harvested, the stem cells will be reinjected into targeted areas around the knee to encourage new growth. Certain areas of the knee such as cartilage are poorly supplied with blood, making them notoriously difficult and slow to heal properly. The use of stem cells has been shown to rapidly recreate healthy tissue, giving the healing process a boost.
Stem cell therapy has been shown to safely, rapidly regrow damage caused by knee injuries, as well as issues such as bone fractures, torn tendons, and other conditions. Stem cell therapy can help with knee injuries such as:
- ACL or MCL tears
- Chronic knee pain
- Meniscal tears
- Cartilage damage
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone fractures
In some instances, stem cell therapies may help you avoid surgery or even a knee replacement. If you or a loved one would like to know more about our advanced stem cell therapy for damaged knee components, knee injuries, or other orthopedic treatments, please call 9725961059 or request an appointment online today. The compassionate, highly-trained orthopedic specialists at Tarpon Orthopedics are here to help you heal, so you can return to the life you love.