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Stem cell use in regenerative medicine is on the rise in the U.S., as an aging population looks for new, effective ways to decrease pain and improve joint function so they can continue to enjoy their active lifestyles well into their senior years. But despite its increasing popularity among both doctors and patients, stem cell therapy still isn’t widely understood. Here’s a quick overview to get you up to speed.

Stem Cell Therapy: The Basics

Stem cells are like the blank slates of the cell world. They have the ability to be “programmed” to become just about any other type of cell. And when reinjected into an injured area, like a joint damaged by arthritis or a traumatic injury, they work to spur natural healing processes that can not only relieve pain, but can also help rebuild tissues and restore damaged areas.Pipette Dropping Stem Cell Research Liquid in a PCR plate

Stem cells are derived from your own body – specifically, from blood, bone or fatty (adipose) tissue. Then they’re processed in a lab and reinjected into the injury site or applied to a wound during surgery. Over time, the body’s chemical signaling processes “tell” the cells what to become, and as the cells develop, they help rebuild the area to restore function and relieve painful symptoms.

Stem Cell Therapy: Applications

Stem cell therapy has many applications in orthopedics. In our practice, the technique is used to treat:

  • osteoarthritis and related joint pain
  • cartilage injuries
  • muscle and ligament injuries
  • spinal disc disease
  • shoulder and hip injuries
  • chronic tendon injuries

Stem cell injections use ultrasound guidance to ensure the processed cells reach the target area so they can start working right away.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a leader in stem cell therapy for patients throughout Florida, offering state-of-the-art techniques designed to achieve optimal outcomes in each patient. To find out more about stem cell therapy and whether it could be a good choice for you, call Southeast orthopedic Specialists at (904) 634-0640 or use our online form to request an appointment today.

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