From easing symptoms of osteoarthritis to aiding in recovery post-surgery, stem cell treatment is changing orthopedic care. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Pifer specializes in regenerative care, combining his knowledge and expertise in orthopedics with the most advanced technology and medical breakthroughs. Dr. Pifer is dedicated to providing the most effective and efficient treatments, including stem cells for orthopedic treatment.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are unique cells that can self-renew and differentiate into other specialized cell types, such as bone, muscle, or cartilage. That makes them valuable in orthopedics, where these tissues often need repair or replacement.
Stem cells and orthopedic conditions
When treating orthopedic conditions like osteoarthritis or tendonitis, stem cells offer a new potential frontier. Dr. Pifer utilizes these cells as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate pain and inflammation and potentially repair damaged tissue.
How does stem cell treatment work in orthopedics?
Stem cells are typically harvested from the patient's own body, usually from the bone marrow or adipose tissue. Once the cells are collected, they’re processed and injected into the area of injury under ultrasound guidance. That allows the cells to get to work, helping to repair damaged tissues.
The benefits of stem cell therapy in orthopedics
Stem cell therapy stands out as a potent tool in treating orthopedic conditions, such as MCL (medial collateral ligament) and rotator cuff tears.
Traditional methods may require extended rehabilitation periods and still not guarantee a total return to previous activity levels. However, injecting stem cells directly into the injury site can potentially expedite healing by stimulating tissue repair and reducing inflammation, creating potentially quicker recovery and less downtime.
Similarly, stem cell therapy offers an advanced healing approach to knee injuries where the ligament on the inner part of the knee gets damaged. Instead of resorting to invasive surgical procedures that involve grafting and long recovery periods, stem cell treatment may enhance the body's natural healing process. It can help revitalize ligament tissues, alleviate pain, and restore knee functionality more efficiently.
In the hands of experienced professionals like Dr. Pifer, stem cell treatment provides a cutting-edge and less invasive alternative for treating orthopedic injuries to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
There are several reasons why stem cell therapy is gaining traction in the field of orthopedics:
Natural, versatile, and minimally invasive
Stem cell treatment utilizes the body's own cells, making it a natural treatment approach. Furthermore, it is minimally invasive, often involving only a tiny incision to harvest the cells and a needle injection to deliver them to the area of need.
Stem cells can differentiate into several types of tissue, making them potentially useful in treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions.
Potential for improved healing
By delivering a concentrated dose of reparative cells directly into the damaged area, stem cell therapy may enhance the body's own healing processes.
It may reduce the need for surgery
An exciting potential benefit of stem cell therapy in orthopedics is its capacity to reduce the need for surgeries. Many orthopedic issues, particularly those related to severe joint damage or chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, have traditionally required surgical intervention for substantial relief.
However, with the regenerative capabilities of stem cells, there's potential for damaged tissue to be repaired at a cellular level, effectively restoring the functionality of the joint or affected area. In cases where this therapy is successful, it eliminates the need for an invasive surgical procedure.
The potential of stem cells in the field of orthopedics is immense. By harnessing the body's healing abilities, treatments like these open new pathways to pain relief and recovery. If you're interested in exploring this exciting frontier of medicine, don't hesitate to reach out by calling or booking online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pifer.