Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Injuries
What is stem cell therapy for hip injuries?
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative treatment that employs stem cells taken from a patient, treated and transplanted back into the patient, to help repair or replace damaged or diseased hip tissues.
Stem cells are special cells that have the ability to develop into different types of cells and can divide to form new cells such as muscle cells, nerve cells and cartilage cells. This makes them useful for repairing and regenerating damaged tissues.
In the case of hip injuries, stem cell treatment may be used to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, or ligaments, or to stimulate the growth of new bone tissue which can lead to improved joint function and reduced pain. This type of treatment can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including hip osteoarthritis, hip labral tears, and avascular necrosis of the hip.
Stem cell treatment for hip injuries typically involves the following steps:
- Harvesting adult stem cells: A small amount of bone marrow is aspirated from the patient’s hip in a minor minimally invasive procedure.
- Processing stem cells: The harvested stem cells are processed in a lab to isolate and concentrate them and remove any impurities.
- Injecting stem cells: The concentrated stem cells are injected into the damaged hip tissue, either directly or via a minimally invasive procedure. The stem cells begin to differentiate into the type of cells needed to repair or regenerate the damaged tissue.
- Common side effects: Common side effects are temporary swelling and pain. Improvements. Most patients experience minor or no discomfort and can return to normal daily life within a few days.
Stem cell treatment for hip injuries can help to repair It can be used to treat a variety of hip conditions, including:
- Hip Osteoarthritis (OA): Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can cause Hip pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility in the hip joint. Hip OA alone or as a result of hip injury erodes the hip joint causing pain, disability and poor quality of life. Treatment is difficult because of the lack of blood supply in cartilage, which results in low regenerative capacity, and low healing potential. There is no single curative treatment. Instead, treatment is designed to improve symptoms and function and may slow progression of the degenerative process. Stem cell therapy can be used to regenerate the damaged cartilage in the joint and reduce inflammation.
- Hip labral tears: The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the hip joint and helps to keep the femoral head (ball) stable in the acetabulum (socket). A tear in the labrum can cause pain, clicking, or catching in the hip joint. It can also predispose to post traumatic osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy can be used to promote the regeneration of the damaged labral cartilage.
- Avascular necrosis of the hip: Avascular necrosis is a condition that occurs when the blood supply to the hip joint is disrupted, causing the bone tissue to die. Stem cell therapy can be used to promote the growth of new bone tissue and prevent further damage to the joint.
- Tendinitis and bursitis: Tendinitis and bursitis are conditions that occur when the tendons or bursae (small fluid-filled sacs) around the hip joint become inflamed. Stem cell therapy can be used to reduce inflammation and promote the healing of the damaged tissue.
The timeline for seeing full improvements after stem cell therapy for hip injuries can vary depending on several factors, such as the severity of the injury, and the individual patient’s response to the treatment. It is also important to note that the full benefits of stem cell therapy may not be seen for several months after the procedure.
In general, some patients may start to see improvements within a few weeks to a few months after the procedure. For example, patients with hip osteoarthritis may experience a reduction in pain and improved mobility within the first few months after stem cell therapy. However, it may take several months for the stem cells to fully integrate into the damaged tissue and promote the growth of new tissue.
When you or a loved one is suffering with a hip injury, you have options. Contact the team at LALL Orthopedics + to schedule a consultation to receive the correct diagnosis and all your treatment options. We have office in Belvidere, Illinois, Paramus, New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA.
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