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
- Concussions are violent shocks to the head as a result of a significant hit. Athletes that participate in contact sports – such as football, wrestling, hockey, and boxing – are at the highest risk for concussions.
- Sciatica is a lower back pain that originates in the spine and extends down into the legs. In some patients, sciatica presents as a tingling, numbness, or weakness instead of a more aggressive pain. While you may associate sciatica with pregnancy, it also commonly affects athletes that participate in sports that place a high emphasis on the back and legs. This includes cycling, running, tennis, and baseball. Sciatica is commonly seen with the presences of degenerative disc disease.
- Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are both caused by the repetitive overuse of the elbow. Tennis elbow is known as lateral epicondylitis and presents with pain in the outside of the elbow. Meanwhile, golfer’s elbow is also known as medial epicondylitis and causes pain on the inside of the elbow. While the placement is different, the cause is the same: small tears to the ligaments in the elbow as a result of overuse.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) sprains or tears are among the most severe sports injuries. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these injuries to end an athlete’s career. The ACL can be torn or strained by suddenly stopping or changing changing directions, or sudden hard impacts to the knee.
- Patellofemoral Syndrome (Chondromalacia) is another form of knee injury. It is also known as runner’s knee. This is a condition where the undersurface cartilage of the patella is deteriorated or softened. Like tennis and golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee is often the result of overuse. This condition is primarily seen in athletes who play basketball, volleyball, cycle, swim, or run.
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
- Anterior Collateral Ligament Sprain or Tear
- Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprain or Tear
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Patellofemoral Syndrome (Chondromalacia)
- Achilles Tendinosis
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.