Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in your body that can adapt into specialized cells—including muscle, tendon, and ligament cells—and can produce more therapeutic stem cells.
Regenerative medicine is a form of medical treatment that uses human cells or tissues to restore a patient’s normal function without surgery or medications. In the case of autologous regenerative medicine, the patient’s own cells or tissues are used to stimulate healing.
Any patient with recurring pain in the hands, wrists, knees, or ankles is a potential candidate for regenerative medicine.
Stem cell therapy is relatively pain free. You may experience some discomfort during the procedure but the physician will apply a local anesthetic to the area prior to the procedure to maximize your comfort.
Procedure lengths vary, but treatment is typically done on an outpatient basis. Reinjection of stem cells and other tissue can be performed immediately following extraction of the cells and tissue, with some procedures complete in as little as 15 minutes.
Patients typically show results within the first 1-3 months, although timing varies depending on the case.
Your ability to get back to normal activities depends on the type of procedure you’ve had and your level of normal activity. Patients involved in low impact activities may be able to get back to their routines within a week. Patients involved in high-impact activities could need up to six weeks to get back to their regular routines.
If you’re interested in getting started with regenerative medicine, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with a doctor who can find the right regenerative treatment path for you.