stem cell therapyStem cell therapy is an exciting new tool in the field of orthopaedic medicine.  Thanks to new research, Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine physicians have a non-surgical, minimally invasive form of treatment that can offer pain relief, speed healing, and even help prevent surgery in some cases.

What Are Stem Cells

Stem cells are, in a way, blank cells.  They have the ability to differentiate into any kind of cell in the body, including cartilage, bone, tendon, and muscle, according to the cells around them.  These cells are a part of the body’s natural repair mechanism; in case of an injury, stem cells are sent to the area to mature into repair cells and heal the body by stimulating new growth.

We now have techniques to bring large numbers of stem cells to the site of an injury all at once.  By a simple injection, we can infuse the injured area with stem cells that can speed the healing process and relieve pain and inflammation.  This procedure takes only a few minutes, and relief can be felt as soon as three days after treatment, with improvement continuing over several months.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is an innovative treatment for conditions that might lead to surgery or be otherwise considered untreatable.  Degenerative conditions, such as degenerative disk disease, have largely been treated with pain management in the past because they were considered too extensive to treat by conventional means.  Stem cell therapy offers a new option for such cases, one which not only offers pain relief but can even help the body to repair the damage and restore function. Other chronic conditions like arthritis can benefit from stem cell therapy in much the same way.  Acute injuries can be treated with stem cell therapy as well, although this is not usually the first line of treatment.

Stem cells carry natural growth factors, collagen, and bioactive molecules, all of which work together to enhance the body’s natural healing processes.  Stem cell therapy offers a safe, chemical-free treatment with real long-term results that are more than just pain relief. It has virtually no side effects and little risk, making it a great alternative to discuss with yourorthopaedic specialist.

Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicinehandles all kinds of orthopaedic issues, from chronic conditions to acute injuries.  We’re committed to giving you the highest quality care possible. To make an appointment or learn more about our services, contact us today.