Stem cell therapy offers a minimally invasive treatment for chronic pain, inflammation, and injuries associated with ligament and tendon tears, meniscus problems, and joint dysfunction. At Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care, the interventional pain management specialists offer personalized pain relief solutions, including stem cell therapy, to help you feel better and enjoy your favorite activities pain-free. With offices in West Plano and North Plano, Texas, the team is available to serve you. Schedule an appointment online or by phone (972) 596-1059 today.
Stem Cell Therapy Q & A
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a biomedical treatment that uses mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow, blood cells, and fat tissue to repair and replace chronically painful or injured tissues, including cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Stem cells are injected into the treatment area to stimulate a natural healing response on a cellular level.
How does stem cell therapy work?
Stem cell therapy works in multiple ways. First, stem cells supply the necessary building blocks — including amino acids — to rebuild tissues in the body. Second, stem cells contain cytokines, a type of immune system cell that helps to fight off inflammation and the pain and swelling caused by inflammation. Third, stem cells are naturally occurring components in your body, so the risk of therapy rejection or a negative immune system response is reduced compared to other types of injection therapies.
When stem cells are injected into the treatment area, they scan their surroundings to identify which tissues in the area need to be repaired or replaced. The stem cells then differentiate to form the appropriate cell types, which include cartilage, ligament, muscle, or tendon cells, and begin to grow. Since growth begins on a cellular level, it may take several weeks or months to see results.
When is stem cell therapy recommended?
Stem cell therapy is recommended for patients with chronic pain, inflammation, or injuries that haven’t healed normally. At Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care, stem cell therapy can help with:
- Sports medicine
- Pain management
- Spine care
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Patellar tendon tear
- Rotator cuff tear
- Achilles tendon tear
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear
- Cartilage tears
- Meniscal tears
To determine if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy, the team completes a thorough consultation and physical exam to assess your needs and overall health.
What should I expect when getting stem cell therapy?
Mesenchymal stem cells can be harvested from your own tissues, including bone marrow, blood cells, and fat tissue, or donor tissue may be recommended. Once the tissue sample is processed and the stem cells are prepared, the team injects the stem cell product into the injured tissues under ultrasound guidance for visualization.
The injection takes less than 10 minutes and you can return to your normal routine the same day. The team may recommend multiple injections, depending on the size of the treatment area and the severity of your condition.