The biologic treatment of musculoskeletal conditions is a relatively new and exciting area of orthopedics. Orthopedic injuries and diseases are affected and regulated by your body’s own natural healing processes. When tissues are damaged or become aged, their reparative qualities are often no longer as effective. Stem Cell Therapy works by harnessing the body’s ability to heal itself.
Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in your body that can differentiate or turn into a specific type of cell, i.e.: bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon tissues, while also having the capability to promote repair & regeneration of the existing damaged tissues.
Lederman Kwartowitz Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is now using a minimally-invasive option for stem cell therapy that can be done right in the office with a simple injection.
The physicians at LKO are combining Structural Wharton’s Jelly Allograft derived from umbilical cord tissue and Amniotic Matrix Allograft derived from amniotic fluid. These innovative human cell and tissue products are FDA regulated and donated from full-term, healthy deliveries.
Why Is This Option Different?
Many clinics offering Stem Cell Therapy, or Regenerative Medicine, are using cord blood or the patient’s bone marrow. The Stem Cell Therapy treatment option at LKO is different because it is minimally invasive and contains an estimated 1.1 Million mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are the primitive cells that have the ability to turn into a specific type of cell, such as bone or cartilage.
Studies have shown that cord blood does not contain mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), limiting the healing potential of the treatment.
As we age, the reparative mechanisms of our cells are often no longer as effective, therefore, obtaining MSCs from a biologically young source instead of the patient’s own bone marrow, means that the stem cell therapy at LKO has the potential to be more successful.
What Orthopedic Conditions can be treated with Stem Cell Therapy?
A variety of both acute and chronic conditions, diseases and injuries can be treated using stem cell therapy. Some specific conditions that can be treated include:
- Knee Injuries (MCL, ACL, PCL or LCL sprains or tears)
- Arthritis of all joints
- Hip or Labral Tears
- Shoulder damage (rotator cuff, tendonitis of the shoulder)
- Wrist, Elbow or Ankle damage or pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
If you have a question about whether stem cell therapy could be beneficial for you, call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our fellowship-trained physicians: (248) 669-2000.