Stem Cell Injections for Musculoskeletal Conditions
In our practice, we have seen how stem cell injections positively impact patients suffering from a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Now, advanced technology has made it possible to retrieve adipose (fat) derived stem cells in a quick, minimally invasive in-office procedure. In the same session, we inject them into the areas of the body that need support. Our patients have benefited greatly from this procedure making us quite excited about it.
Why Stem Cell Injections?
Stem cells are powerful natural healing agents, used by the body to stimulate growth, repair tissue, and cure disease. Stem cells harvested from your own body and re-injected carry very little risk as compared to the use of donor cells. As a result, adipose derived stem cell therapy is one of the best ways we have found to treat chronic, degenerative, traumatic, or congenital musculoskeletal conditions. Because stem cells naturally occur in the body, we don’t see the same negative side effects associated with medication. Overall, this procedure is a more natural alternative to corticosteroids and opioid pain relievers.
BeautiFILL™ For Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
One common misconception about stem cells is that they are only found in embryos and umbilical cord blood. However, adults also produce stem cells in bone marrow and adipose tissue (fat tissue). Mesenchymal stem cells (adult stem cells) can be harvested and transferred to different areas of the body through fat transfer/fat grafting.
The BeautiFill™ system of laser assisted liposuction revolutionized this procedure. This closed loop method combines laser, aspiration, and processing into one simple, outpatient session. Previous approaches to fat harvesting utilized aggressive techniques. Traditional, stand-alone liposuction leaves only 50-85% of cells with enough viability to transfer successfully. In contrast, with the BeautiFill™ we are able to achieve 95% viability – which means nearly all of the healthy fat tissue can provide volume and stem cells for transfer. Adipose-derived stem cells are easier and safer to harvest than those found in bone marrow, making them the preferred choice for this type of stem cell therapy.
What Musculoskeletal Conditions Benefit From Stem Cell Therapy?
At Piedmont PMR, we see patients struggling with arthritis, soft tissue injuries, post-surgical pain, and other types of chronic neuromusculoskeletal pain. While stem cell therapy isn’t a “cure-all,” for many, it has been shown to provide relief in these areas. Patients typically report improvement in pain and mobility around 3 weeks after treatment (however the full befit may not be realized for up to 6 months)And, this is without artificial products, fillers, or medication. Often, adipose derived stem cell therapy succeeds in producing positive outcomes when other types of treatment have not.