Stem Cell Therapy in Chicago for Arthritis, Tendonitis, and Sports Injuries

Stem Cell Therapy in Chicago for Arthritis, Tendonitis, and Sports Injuries

Osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and sports injuries are causes of chronic pain and joint disability. With modern, regenerative medicine, stem cells can help with the repair, improve, and treat many serious orthopedic conditions. In the U.S. alone, 27 million people have arthritis, which significantly impacts the US economy. Sports injuries are common among younger individuals, and tendonitis affects people of all ages.

The evidence shows that arthritis is associated with depleted local population of stromal mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), and this causes existing reduced proliferative and differentiation capacity. Stem cells are used in many regenerative therapies, and this includes bone marrow, blood transfusion, tissue transplantation, and in-vitro fertilization. In a study involving MSC therapy for several clinical conditions, researchers did not find any problems or side effects.

How does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cell therapy promotes the reparative response of dysfunctional, diseased, or injured tissue. Stem cells are manipulated in the laboratory setting to specialize into specific types of cell, such as nerve, tendon, and ligament cells. Stem cells have the ability to promote healing at a cellular level, which cannot recreated with surgical procedures and medication.

Stem cells help create new types of cells in body tissues, which helps repair injured and damaged body structures. In addition, stem cells divide and create progenitor cells. These cells become specialized, and convert into components of tissue such as cartilage or bone.

What conditions are treated using stem cell injections?

Stem cell procedures are used to treat arthritic joints, torn ligaments, bone breaks/fractures, torn knee meniscus, and to restore function following a sports injury. To relieve chronic pain, these cells are injected into the structures, and they promote healing and tissue repair. Conditions include:

 

  • Knee – Includes meniscal tears, arthritis, anterior cruciate ligament tear, and chondromalacia patellae.

 

  • Shoulder – Includes rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder syndrome, and arthritis.

 

  • Back – Includes bulging discs, nerve compression, and impingements.

 

How are stem cells obtained?

The three ways stem cells are obtained are from bone marrow, amniotic fluid, and adipose (fat) tissue. Bone marrow has a high concentration of stem cells, so it is often the site of choice for obtaining these cells. The procedure involves taking a small amount of bone marrow from the hip, which is the processed in the laboratory. Adipose tissue can be obtained via liposuction. When amniotic fluid stem cells are used, they are donated by a mother after delivery via cesarean section.

What are the benefits of using stem cells for treatment?

The advantages include:

  • The procedure is rejection free with no side effects, as the patient’s own cells are obtained from the fat tissue or bone marrow.
  • There are no risks for immune or allergic reactions, as the patient’s own cells suit both the genetic and chromosomal structure.
  • No risk of contamination regarding transmissible diseases.
  • Does not require general anesthesia (put to sleep).
  • The time between collecting the stem cells and the injection of activated cells in only 1-2 hours.
  • The procedure is simple and quick, as small quantities are extracted and injected.

Does stem cell therapy work?

After treating more than numerous patients with arthritis, we have found that stem cell therapy offers 90% success rate. Patients report significant improvement in functional status, chronic pain, and mobility.

The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute offers top stem cell therapy at several locations in Chicago, with clinics in Elgin, Itasca and more. Call us today for a complimentary consultation to see if our IRB Approved adipose stem cell therapies are for you!

 

Resources

Freitag J, Bates D, Boyd R, et al. (2016). Mesenchymal stem cell therapy in the treatment of osteoarthritis: reparative pathways, safety and efficacy – a review. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorder, 17, 230.

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