Which Conditions Can Benefit From Stem Cell Injections?
There are a variety of conditions that can be effectively treated with adult stem cells injections. These range from degenerative issues like osteoarthritis to troublesome injuries. In fact, orthopedic problems throughout the body can benefit from cutting-edge stem cell therapy. We are happy to be able to offer this treatment to our New Jersey patients experiencing chronic pain and dysfunction.
The cervical spine, or neck vertebrae, is often negatively impacted by modern life. Whiplash injuries from automobile accidents as well as constantly leaning forward to use smartphones, computers, and other electronic devices can lead to degenerative neck conditions. Injections of stem cells can promote healing of these issues and others.
These include certain spine injuries, osteoarthritis of the spine at any level, degenerative disc disease, and intervertebral disc degeneration. Such problems can degrade your quality of life and make you frankly miserable. Stem cell therapy may be able to help. Literature reviews in both The Spine Journal and Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy have touted the applications of stem cell injections for these issues.
Osteoarthritis of the shoulder along with rotator cuff tears may benefit from treatment with stem cells. These are common problems but particularly seen in the elderly, those who perform overhead work, and patients that have suffered shoulder injuries. An article appearing in the World Journal of Stem Cells notes that stem cell injections have shown great promise in the treatment of torn rotator cuffs.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful and troublesome condition. However, studies have shown pain and inflammation reduction with stem cell injections.
Osteoarthritis of the hip and degenerative hip diseases are major health problems, especially when you consider that the average full recovery time from a hip replacement surgery is six to 12 months. The procedure is also expensive, with a typical cost in the US of over $30,000.6 Stem cell therapy presents a minimally-invasive, affordable alternative with a very brief recuperation time.
Cartilage loss, osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, and ligament injuries affect millions of everyday Americans, not just professional athletes. Unfortunately, these problems all too often result in costly surgeries with extended recovery periods. However, injections of stem cells have been successfully used for several years now to regrow cartilage and stimulate ligament healing in the knee.
Injuries and other issues with the Achilles tendon of the heel can turn simple walking into an excruciating endeavor. A 2015 article notes, “Stem cells also have positive effects on Achilles tendon healing, particularly during the early phases.”9
Plantar fasciitis – an inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot – is a chronic, painful problem for many. Once again, stem cell injections may be able to help. A paper in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences points out that stem cells are an integral part of soft tissue healing in plantar fasciitis cases.10
Prompt treatment is a crucial step in seeing the best results. Don’t put off a consultation. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to guide you through the steps and benefits of adult stem cell injection treatment.
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1. Werner, B.C. et al. “Stem cells in preclinical spine studies.” The Spine Journal. March 2014: 14(2);p. 542-51. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24246748
2. Ma, C.J. et al. “Stem Cell Therapies for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Immune Privilege Reinforcement by Fas/FasL Regulating Machinery.” Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy. 2015: 10(4);p. 285-95. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25381758
3. Mora, M.V. et al. “Stem cell therapy in the management of shoulder rotator cuff disorders.” World Journal of Stem Cells. May 2015: 7(4);p. 691-99. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4444610/
4. Lee, S.Y. et al. “Treatment of Lateral Epicondylosis by Using Allogeneic Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Pilot Study.” Stem Cells. August 2015: 33(10);p.2995-3005. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/stem.2110/full
5. Mayo Clinic. “Hip replacement.” Updated April 22, 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hip-replacement/details/what-you-can-expect/rec-20313795
6. Blue Cross Blue Shield. “A study of cost variations for knee and hip replacement surgeries in the U.S.” Updated January 21, 2015. https://www.bcbs.com/the-health-of-america/reports/study-cost-variations-knee-and-hip-replacement-surgeries-us
7. Ong, E. et al. “Stem cell therapy for knee ligament, articular cartilage and meniscal injuries.” Current Stem Cell Research &Therapy. November 2013: 8(6);p. 422-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24016325
8. Uth, K. et al. “Stem cell application for osteoarthritis in the knee joint: A minireview.” World Journal of Stem Cells. November 2014: 6(5);p. 629-36. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4178263/
9. Shapiro, E. “Biologics in Achilles tendon healing and repair: a review.” Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. March 2015: 8(1);p. 9-17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4596191/
10. Miller, L.E. et al. “Chronic Plantar Fasciitis is Mediated by Local Hemodynamics: Implications for Emerging Therapies.” North American Journal of Medical Sciences. January 2015: 7(1);p. 1-5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325390/