Stem Cell Therapy for Sports Injuries
If you are even the slightest bit athletic, you know how quickly a sports injury can happen. One second you’re fine; the next, everything hurts! Sports injuries are common in any athletic activity. However, they often go unnoticed or, in many cases, untreated. We understand the “walk it off” mentality but, over time, even minor injuries add up. Back pain, knee pain, and sciatica can result from the untreated wear-and-tear of sports injuries, specifically muscle strains and ligament sprains. The strains can come from frequent overuse of the back, improper sports technique, insufficient stretching, and frequent lifting. The spine bears the brunt of just about all sports-related stress so many injuries occur after repetitive overuse of the structures of the spine.
Types of Sports Injuries
Most sports injuries can be grouped into a five different categories:
- Bone injuries – a breaking or fracturing of a bone
- Soft tissue injuries – any tears or injuries to the muscle, ligament, tendon, or cartilage
- Joint injuries – dislocation, separation, or arthritides caused as a result of trauma
- Head injuries – concussions or blows to the head (primarily seen in football injuries)
- Overuse injuries – injuries as a result of the overuse of a bone or ligament, namely the overuse of the spine
Stem cell therapy can treat and repair sports injuries. Adult stem cells are cells within everyone’s bodies that produce other types of cells to repair and replace damaged tissue. This is a completely natural process for all of us. Adult stem cells were discovered over 40 years ago when researchers found that cells in bone marrow can form various tissues.
Sports-Related Injuries That Stem Cells Can Treat
How Stem Cell Treatment Works
Treating sports injuries with stem cell injections involves getting a bone marrow biopsy, processing the cells in a centrifuge, and re-injecting the stem cells into the impacted area. These adult stem cells promote tissue regeneration and healing. Unlike an organ transplant, stem cell injections dramatically decrease the likelihood of rejection since the cells are used to treat the same patient who grew them. Your cells are simply moved from one area to another to temporarily boost your natural healing abilities. There are hundreds of different sports injuries. Each person and each case is different. However, there are certain parts of the body that are more prone to damage than others. It is important to seek out help before these injuries are worsened and a result, cause more damage in the long-term. At the Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute, you will find regenerative medicine options that are not available elsewhere.
Don’t accept pain as your reality. Call us today at (210) 293-3136 to take the first step towards recovery.