Stem Cell Cartilage Repair Provides a Non-Surgical Alternative for the Treatment of Damaged Cartilage
Stem cell cartilage repair may be effective in helping to restore cartilage and joints ravaged by osteoarthritis and other forms of degeneration. This cutting-edge, non-surgical pain treatment procedure is performed at the Florida Spine and Sports Medicine Center by Dennis M. Lox, M.D., a highly skilled and experienced physician who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. With keen personal interest in both sports medicine and chronic pain management, Dr. Lox has proudly dedicated his practice to helping patients who are affected by painful joint conditions in order to enhance their mobility and quality of life.
Cartilage is a flexible connective tissue that is softer and less rigid than bone, yet stiffer and more inflexible than muscle. Cartilage serves to cushion the joints between bones in areas such as the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and intervertebral discs. A traumatic sports accident, bad fall, long term immobilization, or simply the general wear and tear that occurs over time can damage cartilage and its functions, resulting in severe pain and reduced mobility.
While surgery is commonly recommended to repair these types of injuries, numerous discoveries in recent years have led to rapid advancements in stem cell science, such as uncovering the potential of stem cell cartilage repair. Research has shown that adult stem cells can function as special healing tools due to their unique ability to self-renew and take on the characteristics and behavior of other tissues and organs in the body. In addition, because cartilage does not have the capacity to regenerate on its own, stem cell cartilage repair is a particularly exciting option for eligible patients who suffer from the symptoms of damaged cartilage.
Through stem cell cartilage repair, autologous adult stem cells can be stimulated to produce cartilage. Although results will vary among patients, many have reported that they experienced relief in as little as one week. Over the course of several months, the stem cells can continue to restore the function of the joint and eliminate the pain, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with damaged cartilage. And because the stem cells are taken from a patient’s own body – Dr. Lox never uses embryonic stem cells – there is very little risk that the patient’s body will reject the new cartilage cells.
You probably have questions. Dr. Lox will be pleased to discuss this state-of-the-art treatment option with you, along with other non-surgical options for relieving joint pain, such as adispose stem cell therapy, stem cell knee repair, or a hip replacement alternative. Contact the Florida Spine and Sports Medicine Center to schedule an appointment today.