Uses of Stem Cells in Orthopedic Medicine
Millions of people are affected by orthopedic injuries and chronic joint conditions around the world. In fact, they are one of the most common reasons individuals schedule a doctor’s appointment. In his Denver, Vail and Aspen, Colorado area office, Dr. Matthew Provencher treats countless patients suffering from ACL tears, rotator cuff injuries, meniscus tears and biceps tendon injuries. These patients now have an innovative, non-surgical treatment option available to them known as orthopedic stem cell therapy. The uses of stem cells range from tendon injuries to bone fractures to easing osteoarthritis symptoms.
Common Uses of Stem Cells by Dr. Matthew Provencher
Orthopedic stem cell therapy may be an ideal treatment option in patients who have exhausted conservative measures and are looking to prolong or eliminate the need for surgery. Common uses of stem cells in orthopedic medicine include:
- Treating bone fractures
- Healing soft tissue injuries involving ligaments, tendons and muscles
- Easing the symptoms of osteoarthritis
Adult stem cells are naturally present throughout the human body and have the ability to regenerate tissue, as well as to create new cells in healthy tissue to accelerate healing, following an orthopedic injury or from joint overuse.
How Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy is Performed
Adult stem cells, also known as autologous stem cells, have the natural ability to accelerate healing and promote regeneration after an orthopedic injury. These adult stem cells are extracted from a patient’s own body to help significantly reduce the risk of tissue rejection, infection and disease transmission.
Dr. Provencher begins orthopedic stem cell therapy by extracting a small bone marrow sample directly from the patient. This is commonly drawn from the Pelvisregion. The collected sample is then spun in a special machine known as a centrifuge to separate the platelets, adult stem cells and white blood cells. The combination of these three healing agents is then injected into the injured area. Once in the injured tissue, the stem cells will begin to accelerate regeneration and overall healing.
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For additional information on the uses of stem cells in orthopedic medicine, or to learn more about orthopedic stem cell therapy, please contact the Denver, Vail and Aspen, Colorado area orthopedic office of Dr. Matthew Provencher today.
Biologic Therapy FAQ
- How do BMC stem cell injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections and amniotic fluid-derived allografts accelerate the healing process of orthopedic injuries?
- Are BMC stem cell injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and allografts all considered regenerative therapies?
- Why is bone marrow concentrate (BMC) called a stem cell “like” therapy?
- Is there an age limit for BMC stem cell injections?
- Do all platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate (BMC) stem cell therapies provide the same healing and regeneration benefits?
- Why doesn’t my insurance cover this treatment?
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