At Restore, you have access to the latest treatments in orthobiologics. Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s natural healing mechanism to treat various conditions by renewing or repairing diseased and damaged tissues. The goal of stem cell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is to amplify your natural repair system with substances taken from your own cell line via bone marrow or fat cells.
This innovative therapy is showing great promise in the treatment of cardiovascular, autoimmune, and musculoskeletal conditions. Research is currently underway to judge its efficacy in treating neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
How does stem cell therapy work?
Stem cells are cells that can turn into other types of cells and as such work as your body’s primary means of repairing damage by going to the area of the injury or wear and turing into new tissue.
There are different types of stem cells, but for treating orthopedic injuries, the only one with demonstrated efficacy is mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). The most effective MSCs are derived from bone marrow. These cells can turn into bone, cartilage, muscle, tendons, or ligaments.
We use the Regenexx treatment where we use a simple, in-office procedure to draw bone marrow from your hip bones. We then process it in our lab to derive the stem cells which are injected using precise image guidance into the area of your injury to rebuild and repair damaged tissue. Extensive research using MSCs derived from bone marrow has shown excellent outcomes in treating all but the most severe orthopedic injuries.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
You can prepare for your stem cell therapy treatment by following Regenexx’s Top 10 List of Things to Do. These include:
- Cut the sugar
- Reduce your calories
- Reduce your triglycerides
- Lift heavy weights and stay aerobically active
- Take your supplements
- Take your resveratrol
- Low oxygen is better… sometimes
- Avoid quinalone antibiotics
- Avoid prescription medications
- Once the stem cells go back in, stay active
What should I expect during the treatment?
Many patients opt to be sedated during the extraction and reintroduction of the stem cells.
Stem cell treatment supplies your own regenerative cells and growth factors into the damaged joint, muscle, or tendon, which provides powerful anti-inflammatory and healing results. The therapy is performed in a day surgery setting, and you can expect minimal downtime afterward.
What can stem cell therapy treat?
As a type of regenerative and restorative sports medicine for your musculoskeletal system, the Restore team uses stem cell therapy to treat:
- Joint arthritis symptoms of the knee, hip, and shoulder so that you can delay or avoid joint replacement surgery
- Acute and chronic injuries of cartilage, allowing joint repair and joint healing in both nonsurgical or noninvasive as well as surgical settings.
When will I see results?
For recreational athletes, one treatment often allows you to return to activities such as golf, tennis, snow and water skiing, swimming, running, and walking within a matter of weeks.