9 Ailments That Can Be Treated With Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells, with their unique ability to transform themselves into almost any type of cell you need, have the potential to help your body heal, grow new tissue, and recover from disease or trauma. As a result, stem cells have been hailed as the “holy grail” of orthopedic surgery because of their ability to aid in the regeneration of the musculoskeletal system.

At his offices in Encino and the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, Dr. Arash A. Dini, a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, uses a combination of traditional orthopedic therapies and cutting-edge techniques to deliver the best results so you can fully recover from a sports injury or a chronic condition. While stem cell therapy is being used in an ever-increasing variety of medical applications, this promising therapy enhances orthopedics in a number of procedures. Dr. Dini shares a list of ailments that can be treated with stem cell therapy.

1. Achilles tendon ruptures

A common injury among athletes, Achilles tendon ruptures are slow to heal on their own and even after surgical intervention. Stem cell injections, along with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, jumpstart the healing process to aid in your tendon repair and get you back in the game faster than with stand-alone treatments.

2. Osteoarthritis in your hips or knees

A common ailment that comes with the natural aging process and wear and tear on hip and knee joints, osteoarthritis can be quite debilitating. This degenerative condition often progresses to the point where you experience bone rubbing on bone because the joint no longer has enough cartilage to provide adequate shock absorption. Stem cell injections in arthritic joints can help regenerate cartilage tissue, suppress inflammation, and decrease pain.

3. Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is one of the most common causes of chronic arm pain. Over time, when you play a sport like tennis that requires the repetitive motion of swinging a racquet, it often leads to small tears in the tendon on the outside of your elbow joint. Stem cell injections, combined with platelet-rich plasma injections, help heal your tendon faster and with less recovery time than surgical repair, which is quickly becoming a procedure of the past.  

4. Cartilage damage

Damaged cartilage is the underlying factor in numerous sports injuries and degenerative conditions. Unlike skin, cartilage doesn’t regenerate itself. Stem cell therapy plays a key role in regenerating new cartilage to repair damage and restore mobility.

5. Rotator cuff injuries

Stem cell and PRP injections can help you avoid surgery, especially when it comes to rotator cuff injuries. In many cases, rotator cuff surgery to repair large tears fails to provide the level of relief and healing you need. Stem cells can minimize pain and aid in the healing process, with or without surgery.

6. Carpal tunnel syndrome

Like tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome often occurs as a result of repetitive motion from racquet sports. Or you may experience intense hand and wrist pain simply as a result of your hand position over a computer keyboard for many hours each day. In either case, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can be debilitating.

Stem cell injections reduce inflammation and help take the pressure off your median nerve, which is the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome pain. Once the inflammation goes down, stem cells also help regenerate tissues, so your wrist can heal.

7. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in your knee

Stem cell and PRP injections to repair your AC. This means you’ll still have your own ACL instead of a replacement. Stem cell therapy helps you regain mobility and possibly avoid surgery.

8. Patellar tendonitis

Also known as jumper’s knee, patellar tendonitis is common among athletes who run and jump repeatedly, such as basketball and volleyball players. Stem cell injections treat the tears in your tendon, promote healing, and relieve pain.

9. Hamstring tendinopathy

Running, biking, rowing, and other repetitive sports can lead to a condition called chronic high hamstring tendinopathy. Unlike an acute tendon tear, hamstring tendinopathy develops gradually and causes pain in your buttocks and hips. Prolonged sitting often makes pain worse.

Stem cell therapy helps to repair the tendon and regenerate healthier tissue so you can return to the activities you enjoy and reduce your chances of re-injury to the same area.

Recovering with stem cell therapy

In most applications, especially sports injuries, stem cell therapy enhances the healing process and speeds up recovery time so you can get back in the game faster after a torn ligament or tendonitis. Additionally, stem cell therapies are a much less invasive repair method that can potentially help you avoid surgery.

Learn how stem cell injections can help you recover. Call either of our offices to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online at your preferred location.

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