Joint Rejuvenation with Stem Cell Therapy

Joint Rejuvenation with Stem Cell Therapy

Dr Kaley Burns, ND


An increasing number of professional athletes are turning to joint rejuvenation therapies as safe and effective methods to heal their bodies and return to their sport.  Fortunately, these therapies are available to everyone from high school athletes to weekend warriors and those simply looking for an alternative to surgery.

The regenerative injection therapies include the widely known platelet rich plasma (PRP) and the increasingly popular stem cell therapy. Regenerative injections are outpatient procedures that involve an injection of concentrated growth factors (PRP) or stem cells to regenerate and heal tissues in injured, painful, or degenerative joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments.  Injection therapies can be used to treat injuries and acute or chronic pain conditions.

Our bodies have the capacity to heal from many injuries on their own; however, some joints have little blood flow and therefore a slowed healing capacity, making recovery difficult without intervention.  Regenerative therapies work by stimulating the body’s natural ability to repair which reduces recovery time.  Since the goal of regenerative therapy is to heal tissue, the therapy can have long-lasting results. Furthermore, regenerative injections do not mask the pain.

Although there are many effective options available, non-surgical medical care has its limits. The use of stem cells in medicine has advanced greatly in the past few decades. Very simply, stem cells are able to generate healthy cells to replace diseased cells. Stem cells are capable of long-term division, thus renewing themselves and replenishing other cells. Stem cells also possess the quality of being unspecialized, meaning the ability to give rise to specialized cells in many tissues throughout the body. Perinatal stem cells, made from umbilical cord blood, provide pluripotent, young cells that have the capacity to regenerate multiple tissues. These qualities give stem cell treatment an immense capacity for healing.

Stem cell injection therapy is performed as a simple in-office procedure. Since stem cells contain natural growth factors, they can reduce pain and reproduce quickly. Many patients start experiencing better overall functionality with just one treatment.

Stem cell injections have the power to do more than just heal damage. They have been found to reduce pain, reduce stiffness and improve mobility. If you or someone close to you is experiencing pain or reduced function that limits activities, look no further than regenerative injection therapy.