How is Stem Cell Therapy Performed?
A patient’s own bone marrow is extracted by Dr. Provencher, most commonly from the hip area, to start stem cell therapy. The sample of bone marrow is then spun in a special machine in order to separate the platelets, white blood cells and adult stem cells from the red blood cells. Once the three healing agents are separated, they are combined so Dr. Provencher can inject the stem cell joint injection directly into the injured area to regenerate tissue and accelerate healing.
Common Uses of Stem Cell Joint Injections
Stem cell joint injections are gaining popularity in orthopedic medicine because of their natural healing ability. Adult stem cell therapy is commonly used by Dr. Provencher to treat cartilage injuries, ligament injuries, tendon injuries, bone fractures and painful symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.
Please note that stem cell joint injections are not appropriate for all patients. Those over the age of 60 years may benefit more from using allograft (donor) stem cells derived from amniotic fluid. This is because the body’s ability to produce adult stem cells begins to diminish around the age of 60. Dr. Provencher and his orthopedic team will provide more details on this treatment option on an individual basis.
To learn more about the affects of biologics in sports medicine, please visit the biologic research section of our website: Biologic Research.
If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy, or would like to discuss if you are an ideal candidate for stem cell joint injections, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Matthew Provencher serving the Denver, Vail and Aspen, Colorado communities.