Stem cells are the only type of cells in the body that are capable of rearranging into a specialized cell. During a stem cell therapy session, your own stem cells are injected into the damaged or degenerated joint, which transforms them into a entirely new cell known as a chondrocyte. A chondrocyte is the cell found in healthy cartilage that produces and maintains the cartilaginous matrix of collagen and proteoglycans. These specialized chondrocytes accelerate your body’s natural healing process by reducing inflammation, and preventing degeneration. The effect of a stem cell treatment can include increased range of motion, and decreased pain.
Stem cell injections are a fantastic alternative to joint replacement for the majority of individuals. These specialized procedures boast a much faster recovery time than other treatment options, with far less potential complications. The injections are performed as a standard outpatient procedure. A large number of patients walk out of our clinic, and are moving around better than normal within one day. Some patients wear a brace for a few weeks following the procedure, but stabilization is not required. Physical therapy, such as stationary cycling, can begin as early as one week.
If you are a candidate for joint replacement, you should consider Stem Cell Therapy first. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Treatments page on our website. If you have questions regarding the procedure, check out our FAQs.