How Stem Cell Therapy Can Aid In the Recovery From Joint Deterioration

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You’ve heard about regenerative medicine, and you’re intrigued. Is it really possible to regrow damaged tissue, repair nerves, and subdue inflammation with substances found in your own body? The answer is, unequivocally, yes.

At STAR Ortho, we offer state-of-the-art stem cell therapy to help your joints recover from deterioration and injury. Though they are expert orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Raj Sinha and Dr. Jacob A. Spencer are committed to finding and instituting the most revolutionary and cutting-edge nonsurgical procedures possible to keep your bones and joints in optimal health for life.

In addition to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, they provide stem cell therapy to their patients who suffer from painful, inflamed, or deteriorated joints and bones. The stem cells come from your own bone marrow, so they’re perfectly natural and compatible with your body. Stem cells are basically blank cells that can be transform into many other types of cells.

You donate your own stem cells

By extracting stem cells from the bone marrow in your hip, we ensure that your stem cell therapy never causes rejection or an allergic reaction. We prepare for the treatment by separating out mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). We use MSCs because they can be prompted to grow into tissues such as cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

If you’re a candidate for stem-cell therapy, your doctor may either inject the prepared MSCs directly into the site of injury or apply them to damaged tissues during surgery. Your orthopedist uses MSCs to:

Subdue inflammation

When your body thinks it’s under attack from a pathogen, it unleashes an immune response that rushes white blood cells as well as other chemicals and proteins, including antibodies, to the site of injury. The injured tissues also release histamine, bradykinin, and other chemicals that cause swelling. The inflammation cascade is part of normal healing, which is why your knee swells when you tear a meniscus, for example.

But sometimes inflammation goes out of whack and your body either overdoes it, or if you have an immune disorder, it attacks your healthy tissue instead of pathogens. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your joints are inflamed and painful because your immune system is overactive.

Stem cell therapy helps subdue inflammation so your tissues can get back to the real job of healing. The MSCs:

Grow new cartilage

Because the MSCs tend to take on the characteristics of the cells where they’re implanted, the expert orthopedists at STAR Ortho use them to regenerate cartilage. Cartilage is the soft, cushiony tissue that lines your joint bones to keep them protected and prevent them from rubbing against one another. Overuse and aging gradually wears down your cartilage, causing the pain, inflammation, and stiffness of osteoarthritis.

By using MSCs to regrow cartilage, your orthopedist may help you avoid joint replacement. While the treatment works most dramatically in women and men who have minimal cartilage deterioration, MSCs can also be helpful in cases of severe arthritis.

Stop pain

By creating healthy new tissue and stopping an overactive immune response, stem-cell therapy helps to alleviate pain associated with joint degeneration. The MSCs release anti-inflammatory cytokines that disrupt overactivity in sensory neurons that cause pain. By subduing inflammation and repairing damaged tissue — including damage to nerves — stem-cell therapy also removes the source of injury and pain.

Provide fast, continued relief

Stem cells go to work as soon as they’re injected or placed on the site of damaged, painful, inflamed tissue or bone. Because your MSCs take time to repair and regrow, you may not notice a difference at first. Over the next weeks to months, though, you’ll feel the relief of less pain, less stiffness, and more mobility.

To find out if you’re a candidate for revolutionary stem cell therapy, call us today at one of our two greater Palm Springs, California, locations — Rancho Mirage or La Quinta — or book a consultation online.

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