Stem cell therapy uses naturally occurring cells from your bone marrow or fat to boost your body’s regenerative abilities. Double board-certified pain management specialist Glenn Flanagan, MD, of Naples Regenerative Institute in Naples, Florida, is a leading regenerative medicine expert specializing in using innovative treatments like stem cell therapy to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. To benefit from Dr. Flanagan’s expertise in the use of stem cells, call Naples Regenerative Institute and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Stem cell therapy is one of several types of regenerative medicine – treatments that take advantage of your body’s ability to heal itself.
When you sustain an injury, your immune system responds by sealing the wound to prevent infection, and the healing process begins. One of the elements involved in healing and tissue regeneration is stem cells.
These cells are different from other cells because they can change and become whatever type of cell your body needs to heal itself. When you’re young, you’re likely to have plenty of stem cells, but their numbers decline as you get older. That means when you hurt yourself, you may not have enough stem cells available to fully repair the injury.
Stem cell therapy addresses this issue by delivering high concentrations of stem cells gathered from other areas of your body directly to the injured tissues. The extra stem cells accelerate the healing process and enable your body to heal properly.
Several treatments claim to harvest stem cells from donated tissues, such as cord blood and amniotic tissues discarded after childbirth. However, Dr. Flanagan uses cells harvested from the patient’s body.
This method is the most reliable for ensuring you get living, active stem cells. The two main sources of stem cells are adipose (fat) and bone marrow. They contain the richest sources of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) – the ones that organize the healing of your bones, cartilage, spinal discs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Isolation of stem cells in adipose is tightly regulated, so those found in bone marrow are more commonly used. Dr. Flanagan uses a centrifuge to separate your stem cells from your bone marrow, ready to inject them into your damaged tissues.
Stem cell therapy is a safe, effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions, from ligament and tendon damage to chronic disorders like osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.
The effects of your stem cell injection should last for several months or longer, with some patients experiencing significant improvement for a year or more.
Not only that, but stem cell therapy is a safe treatment, especially when compared to alternatives like steroid injections. You can return for additional stem cell injections without worrying about the adverse effects steroids can cause.
Find out how stem cell therapy could help you with your injury or chronic pain by calling Naples Regenerative Institute today or book an appointment online.