Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Can Help Repair Damaged Joints
Mesenchymal stem cell therapy can help repair damaged joints by encouraging the regeneration of healthy tissue. Dennis M. Lox, M.D., a board certified physician, performs this progressive, minimally invasive technique at his state-of-the-art clinic, Florida Spine and Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Lox is a leader in ground-breaking non-surgical pain treatment and has helped many patients find relief and recommence the activities they once enjoyed but were forced to give up due to joint pain. At his clinic, Dr. Lox has successfully treated athletes, weekend warriors, accident victims, and others, either initially for acute injuries, or later in life as the injured segment degenerates.
Mesenchymal stem cell therapy does not involve the use of embryonic cells. Instead, the cells are extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow or fatty tissue during a short procedure performed in Dr. Lox’s office. Immediately afterward, the cells are prepared and injected into the affected joint.
Through this technique, the stem cells infiltrate the damaged joint and help restore its function by replacing the native cells lost through damage or disease, and also by inducing the remaining healthy cells to replicate. Stem cells have the extraordinary ability to acquire the properties of the cells around them and reproduce. Adult stem cell therapy can be used to treat:
- Back and neck pain
- Facet and SI joint dysfunction
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Rotator cuff tears
- Impingement syndrome
- Hip pain
- Elbow and/or wrist pain
- Ankle and/or foot pain
- Avascular necrosis
While the results of mesenchymal stem cell therapy will vary among patients, many experience relief in as little as one week. Over the course of several months, the stem cells can continue to work to restore the function of the joint and eliminate the pain, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with its degeneration.
You probably have questions, and knowledge about non-surgical alternatives such as mesenchymal stem cell therapy is essential to informed decision-making regarding your treatment plan. During a personal consultation with Dr. Lox, he will discuss your condition, educate you on the various techniques, and recommend an appropriate course of action, which may include stem cell joint therapy or medication. To schedule an appointment, contact Florida Spine and Sports Medicine Center today.