RANDALL F. DRYER, M.D.
TOP RATED U.S. SPINE SURGEON
Benefits Of Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatment
Mar 13, 2017
Why Choose Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatment?
A spinal injury, as most of the population is already aware, is never a good thing. Your spine is responsible for the majority of communication processes handled by your central nervous system and, in the event that an injury occurs, serious issues can occur. At Central Texas Spine Institute, we are keenly aware of the impact that even the smallest of spinal cord injuries can have on an individual’s everyday life. To help people better recover from spinal cord injuries, we work diligently to stay informed to bring our readers the latest in spinal cord treatment techniques. In today’s post, we are going to go over some of the benefits that orthopedic stem cell treatment can bestow upon those individuals who utilize it as a treatment option.
Stem Cells Aren’t Magic
While stem cells are amazing, the mythical status they have received in popular culture is, currently, a bit much. Stem cells as they are currently used cannot regrow your arm, however, they can have a profound effect on certain aspects of healing and recuperation. Below we have listed a few reasons that stem cells are becoming an effective treatment for spinal cord injuries.
- Stem Cells are Natural: Although it doesn’t always seem like it, the human body works as hard as it can to heal itself. Your body wants to be healthy and stem cells take this natural healing ability and crank it up to 11. Stem cells taken from an individual’s body, typically from the fat or bone marrow, have the ability to transform into any other type of cell within the person’s body. When these cells are injected into an injured area of the body, they become concentrated and stimulate healing and growth. This allows the patient to heal much more rapidly than they would normally be able to.
- Few Side Effects: When it comes to any form of medical treatment, side effects are always a cause for concern. What is the point of treating someone if that treatment is only going to serve to harm them further? Because they occur naturally within the body, stem cells have little to no harmful side effects on the body of the person being treated. Additionally, stem cell therapy also helps to prevent infection and significantly reduces the risk of complications during an orthopedic procedure.
- Potential: The most exciting thing about stem cell therapy in relation to orthopedic treatments is the fact that stem cells seem to be able to help with conditions that were once thought to be too extensive to treat. For example, degenerative disk disease is a condition that causes extreme pain due to the degradation of spinal disks. When a disk becomes injured and starts to deteriorate, it does not have the ability to actually heal itself. This condition usually requires surgery and implants to fix, however, stem cell therapy has recently been shown to help treat this condition. If stem cells can be used to help treat a condition that was once thought to be untreatable, what else might they do?
If you are interested in learning more about orthopedic stem cell treatment or you are suffering from a back or neck injury, please contact us today at Central Texas Spine Institute today to set up a consultation. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the care that you need.