An Overview on Stem Cell Orthopedic Injections Utilizing
Adult Stem Cells
Stem cell orthopedic injections are a regenerative medicine treatment designed to accelerate the body’s natural healing response following a sports injury or orthopedic condition. Dr. Nikhil Verma, elbow surgeon and knee specialist serving the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois communities, utilizes adult stem cells found in the patient’s own body to help treat chronic tendon and ligament injuries, bone fractures and the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis.
What are Adult Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells are found in the patient’s own body and have the ability to help the body heal more rapidly by regenerating new tissue and bone. A significant portion of the body’s stem cells are found in bone marrow, and can be used to treat a number of orthopedic injuries with the use of stem cell orthopedic injections. In order to extract the stem cells, bone marrow must be drawn, usually from the hip area, and circulated through a machine where the blood is separated into various parts, including a combination of adult stem cells, white blood cells and platelets. The combination of healing agents is then injected directly into the patient’s injured tissues to promote regeneration and healing.
Stem cell orthopedic injections are classified as an autologous stem cell therapy since it uses a patient’s own “pluripotent” adult stem cells and not embryonic or fetal stem cells. Using a patient’s own stem cells, Dr. Verma can produce similar results without the controversial and ethical concerns of embryonic stem cells. Another key benefit of adult stem cells is they help eliminate the risk of disease transmission, infection and tissue rejection.
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