Stem Cell Therapy Treatment

Pain Management South Florida

If you suffer from joint or tendon injuries, you and your physician may decide upon stem cell therapy, a new form of injury treatment. Stem cells can be injected into painful joints and or tendons and result in healing. Combined with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy is an excellent form of regenerative medicine to repair injured tissue.

Stem cells are cells which can be harvested from a patient’s bone marrow or fat (adipose tissue). Stem cells have 2 characteristics:

1. The ability to reproduce themselves

2. The ability to change themselves into specialized cells of a specific type of tissue ( for example cartilage, tendon, etc.)

The type of stem cells that are used for in regenerative medicine are call Mesenchymal stem cells and can be autologous (harvested from the patient’s bone marrow or fat) or allogenic (harvested from placenta). Stem cells harvested from bone marrow involve a minor procedure where a needle is inserted into the patients iliac (near the hip) bone and bone marrow is extracted. Stem cells harvested from fat involved making a very small incision in the belly, where there is sufficient fat. Local anesthesia is placed into the area to numb it while the fat is extracted. This is very similar to liposuction, although much less fat is removed.

Stem cells harvested from fat or marrow are then spun down in a centrifuge and separated. They are then injected with PRP into the injured joint and or tendon areas. This treatment is performed in many physician offices throughout South Florida and patients are completely comfortable and fully functional upon discharge.

It is important to note that if you undergo this therapy, you MUST obstain from taking ANY antiflammatory medications 1 week prior and 10 days after the procedure. You however may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other analgesics prescribed by your physician.

Allogenic stem cells are purchase through a commercial distributor and do not require harvesting from the patient. Complications and or side effects can occur from any procedure or treatment. The following may occur:

Stem Cell Therapy may be combined with PRP therapy. Click here to learn the differences between the two and how they can also be combined together for your benefit.

If you are interested in stem cell treatment to treat injured joints or tendons, feel free to call Silver Linings Medical Consultants today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sanford Silverman at (954) 545-0106.