An Overview on Stem Cell Joint Injections
Repeated wear and tear during normal activities, work-related activities and sports activities causes extreme stress to the major joints throughout the human body. The repeated stress and joint use can lead to a number of injuries, such as ligament, tendon and cartilage injuries. Dr. Nikhil Verma, knee surgeon and shoulder specialist, offers stem cell joint injections to patients living in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area. Stem cell therapy is gaining popularity and is a safe and effective biologic treatment designed to accelerate healing and regeneration after a joint injury.
What to Know About Stem Cell Therapy
Adult stem cells, otherwise known as autologous stem cells, are found throughout the human body and have the natural ability to accelerate the body’s healing response. Adult stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own body so use of the controversial embryonic or fetal cells is not necessary. Utilizing a patient’s own “pluripotent” adult stem cells reduces the risk of infection, tissue rejection and disease transmission.
During stem cell therapy, a patient’s own bone marrow is harvested by Dr. Verma, typically from the hip area. The sample of bone marrow is then spun in a special machine, known as a centrifuge, to separate the platelets, white blood cells and adult stem cells from the red blood cells. Once the three healing agents are separated, they are combined and placed in a stem cell injection. Dr. Verma then injects the stem cell joint injection directly into the injured area to regenerate tissue and accelerate healing.
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