Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Arms and Legs
August 31, 2017
Every day the cells in the human body go through a process of degeneration and regeneration.
These specialized cells form specific organs in the body – the brain, skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. As older cells die, stem cells replace them. But when tissue is injured or the degenerative process exceeds regeneration, structures in the body become weaker and less functional, often causing a person pain with movement.
Stem cells can be used to help regenerate and repair damaged tissue. The best stem cells for promoting musculoskeletal healing in tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone, are mesenchymal stem cells (also referred to as MSCs) found in bone marrow.
Non-surgical stem cell injections are used to help your own cells assist in the healing of injured tissues. The cells are extracted from the marrow cavity of bones where stem cells remain in reserve. Typically these are harvested from the back of the hip area. The procedure is not as painful as a bone marrow biopsy.
The bone marrow blood is centrifuged to concentrate the stem cells before they are injected into the injury. Platelet injections are also required to help jump start the stem cells and aid in the regeneration process.
Mesenchymal stem cell injections have been successful in treating patients who otherwise are facing surgery or joint replacement. Patients typically are able to immediately return to normal activities.
Mesenchymal stem cell injections have proven to be a great alternative to surgery and have allowed patients to avoid the lengthy and often painful rehabilitation process that are often required to restore mobility and range of motion following joint surgery.
Mesenchymal stem cell injections can be used to treat rotator cuff tears or rotator cuff tendonitis, arthritis in the shoulder, labral tears, AC join separation, recurrent shoulder dislocations, and thoracic outlet syndrome.