The latest advances in medical technology allow doctors to use a person’s own stem cells to heal their bodies. Whether it’s an injury like a broken bone or an injured tendon, using stem cells to reduce healing time is a revolutionary new way of recovery.
Finding the stem cells for this healing is found in a few ways. One of the ways is by taking the stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. Bone marrow contains three types of stem cells: Mesenchymal, Hematopoietic, and Endothelial.
Bone marrow is the richest source in your body for the Hematopoietic Cell. This stem cell doesn’t just eventually turn into cartilage and bone, it also helps to improve blood circulation in the area in which it’s added.
What Is Bone Marrow Treatment Like?
Bone Marrow treatment is a minimally invasive procedure where one of our trained medical professionals will take a sample of your bone marrow, usually in the hip or spine, and use it to capture the stem cells that lie in that marrow. Bone marrow stem cells are “undifferentiated”, which means they can grow into a number of different cells instead of just one.
What Can Be Fixed With Stem Cell Therapy?
Injuries involving bone and muscle are going to the be the biggest benefactors of stem cell therapy. This includes procedures such as:
- Knee injuries and tears of major ligaments like the ACL, MCL, PCL etc.
- Sprained Ankles and muscle tears due to running
- Achilles tears
- Hip pain
- Pain in the shoulders such as rotator cuffs
- Spinal pain
These types of injuries are best for stem cells because of the body’s ability to morph the stem cells into the kinds of cells that fix these problems. Stem cells are not good for cancer or tumors.
What is Bone Marrow Treatment Recovery Like?
The recovery period for bone marrow treatment is no different than a very minor surgery. You might expect swelling, redness, bruising or pain from the area in which the bone marrow was taken.
The only other recovery that would be needed with this treatment would be after the stem cells are introduced back into your system to treat the original problem you had.
How Are Stem Cells Recovered from the Bone Marrow?
Once the marrow is taken, it’s put into a centrifuge. This centrifuge spins the marrow very rapidly, separating the stem cells from the other parts of the marrow. Scientists then take the separated stem cells and put them into storage. This allows you to take the stem cells at any time and use them to decrease healing time for other injuries.
If you’re interested in how bone marrow treatment can help you get over a prior injury, call the Dr. Stanley C. Jones office and set up a consultation today!