Your stem cells have an amazing ability to heal injured tissue, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and bone. With stem cell therapy, your own stem cells are harvested and then injected in areas where they are needed most.
Stem cell therapy may be used for:
- Bulging discs
- Non-healing fractures
- Knee injuries
- Sacroiliac joint pain
How it Works
There are different methods of harvesting stem cells, and your body has multiple storage sites where the cells are located. In one approach, blood and bone marrow samples are taken. In another, tissue from hip bone or fat cells is aspirated. A specialized machine called a centrifuge spins the samples to separate stem cells from the other cells.
A dextrose solution is injected ahead of time in order to stimulate the surrounding tissues. The stem cells are then injected in order to promote healing. You may receive a series of three injections for stem cell therapy, spread two to five days apart.
What to Expect
During stem cell therapy, x-ray guidance is used for accurate placement. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area.
While there are risks to stem cell therapy associated with any procedure, there is no risk of allergic reaction because your own stem cells are used.
You will feel the full benefits and result in two to three months, but many patients feel results earlier than that. Some patients need two to three treatments of stem cell therapy, but many respond well to just one.