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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What do Stem Cell Orthopedic Injections Treat?
Dr. Verma utilizes adult stem cells as a treatment option for a number of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. Stem cell orthopedic injections commonly treat:
- Degenerative joint conditions, including osteoarthritis
- Cartilage injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Bone fractures
Dr. Verma believes stem cell orthopedic injections will become more common as additional research studies are completed in the orthopedic and sports medicine field. Dr. Verma is actively involved in adult stem cell research and their clinical applications. As the science around stem cells evolves, more medical indications will be developed and utilized by Dr. Verma.
Have a question about biologic treatment? Dr. Verma answers frequently asked questions.
For additional information on adult stem cells, or to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell orthopedic injections, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Nikhil Verma, elbow surgeon and knee specialist located in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area.
Biologic Therapies FAQ
- How do Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cells and FlōGraft® (amniotic fluid-derived allograft) accelerate the healing process?
- Are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cells and FlōGraft® all considered regenerative therapies?
- What is FlōGraft®?
- Are all Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cell therapies the same?
- Is there an age limit for Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) regenerative therapy?
- Why is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) sometimes called a stem cell “like” therapy?
- Why doesn’t my insurance cover this treatment?