Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Injuries
Studies on stem cells keep improving and advancing, but did you know that stem cells are being used to treat hip injuries? Stem cells are a safe, natural, and effective alternative to surgery, but it may not be for everyone. The good news today is that we have options! Stem cell therapy is providing solutions for those who cannot undergo surgery.
What kind of hip pain must I be experiencing?
The hip joint connects the thigh bone and the pelvis bone and it provides stability. When our hips are nice and healthy, they are very hard to injure. However, physical activity and age can eventually cause the hips to break or wear out. If you are active or play sports, you might experience a hip injury like a strain, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, fracture or dislocation.
Other diseases can also cause hip injuries. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases that causes pain and limits movement. Osteoporosis is also common and makes the bones very weak and easy to break. Both of these conditions are primarily seen in those who are older. Some of the most common hip conditions treated with stem cell therapy include bursitis, arthritis, labral tear, labrum tear, tendinopathy, and osteonecrosis.
How is hip pain usually treated?
Rest, medicines, physical therapy, or surgery (including hip replacement) are some of the treatment options for hip injuries and diseases. However, if you are too young, you may not be a candidate for some surgeries. For example, hip replacements last about 10-15 years. If you are below 70 and decide to get a hip replacement, you might need another hip replacement when you are older. Some people may also not be healthy enough for surgery.
How can stem cells treat the hip?
Stem cells have the power to self-replicate endlessly into various types of cells, even muscle, cartilage, and bone cells. Stem cell treatments use stem cells as the body’s natural healing mechanism. Because this treatment uses the patients very own cells through an injection, there are very little risks and very little downtime.
When you undergo stem cell therapy, you are given a light sedation, but the procedure shouldn’t take more than one hour. The doctor will extract the stem cells from your body and will most likely place them in a centrifuge. Sometimes, they may choose to create a mixture with platelet rich plasms (PRP). This is often used for patients who don’t have a high number of stem cells. The PRP helps its effectiveness because it contains many growth factors.
What is the recovery process like?
You will still be able to walk the same day of the procedure and will be encouraged to. You will also be able to go home on the same day. However, you will be asked to rest for the first 24 hours. You won’t want to do any strenuous activity for a while. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions from your doctor.
Your health and age may influence the timeline to resume to your activities. The recovery process is relatively short. Most patients are able to resume to their high-intensity activities within one month. Those who work sedentary jobs might even be able to return to work the next day.
73% of patients who received stem cell injections for their hip pain returned to their normal physical activity within one year. Stem cell patients also experienced an increased range of motion — more than the patients who had total hip replacements.
Am I a candidate for stem cell therapy?
If you have hip arthritis, difficulty walking, or difficulty standing up from a seated position, you may be a good candidate for stem cell treatments. However, you must receive an evaluation from your doctor to be sure. Everyone’s body is different, and your doctor will be able to find the best treatment plan for you or will be able to direct you to a specialist.
Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas
If you are interested in stem cell therapy for hip pain, make an appointment with one of the doctors at the Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas. Surgery might not always be the answer to your pain. Let our doctors find a safe and effective treatment plan for you. Call (210) 293-3136 to schedule an appointment today.