Stem Cell Therapy
Regenerative Medicine St. Peters & O'Fallon, MO
Regenerative medicine is an exciting new frontier in health care, promising patients improved healing by essentially taking advantage of the body’s own natural healing processes.
Stem cell therapy and PRP therapy are two popular techniques in the regenerative medicine toolkit that are commonly employed to help patients suffering from an assortment of maladies – everything from cardiovascular conditions to dental reconstruction and cosmetic facial improvements.
In the world of orthopedics, stem cell therapy is often used in sports medicine and pain management to help patients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal ailments. Stem cell therapy has successfully helped orthopedic patients with muscle and tendon injuries, rotator cuff tears, cartilage damage caused by osteoarthritis (especially in the hip and knee), back pain due to degenerative disc disease, and more.
How Stem Cell Therapy Works
Like PRP therapy, stem cell therapy involves re-injecting substances naturally present in the body to stimulate tissue regrowth and healing. But that’s where the similarities end.
In most cases, adult stem cells – which are present in many places in the body – are harvested from a patient’s own blood or bone marrow. The cells are processed and injected back into the patient at the site of an injury or tissue damage.
Stem cells are considered “blank slate” cells because they are undifferentiated and thus carry with them the potential to transform into many different types of cells, depending on their location. Thus, when injected at the site of a tendon injury, they become tendon cells that can reproduce and continue to generate more healthy tendon cells, which can eventually replace the damaged cells in the area.
Stem Cell + PRP Therapy
The two procedures are sometimes used together to deliver a double-whammy healing punch.
The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells to the area of injury. Filled with the healing power of growth factors, platelets jumpstart the tissue-repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells. Once stem cells arrive at the site of a wound or injury, the stem cells become specialized to carry out tasks unable to be performed by the damaged cells in the area. The stem cells also stimulate the production of collagen, which rebuilds and repairs damaged or diseased tissues.
For Stem Cell and PRP Treatments Contact Us Today!
Want to know if your orthopedic condition may be helped with stem cell therapy? Give the experts at Advanced Bone & Joint a call at (636) 229-4222 or request an appointment now. Dr. Brandon Larkin, our sports medicine specialist, can help determine if regenerative medicine is right for you.