Stem cell therapies have a wide range of issues, injuries, and diseases and they can help treat. However, stem cell therapies are still limited in many ways since they’re still considered a relatively new concept even though they’ve been researched for many years now. Orthopedic injuries are one of the top issues that are effectively treated with stem cell therapies. In fact, it has been one of the most successful areas of stem cell research.
As mentioned in the past, there are various types of stem cells. Most of which are harvested or collected from the patient’s own body. This is because it’s much easier for some areas of the body needing to be treated, to use stem cells that are already “accustomed” to the patient’s body. If the stem cells won’t “take” when introduced into the area needing to be treated, then it will have to be done over again. Many steps are taken to ensure that the right amount of stem cells are harvested and healthy, or ready before the treatment is given. Research and stem cell treatments have come a long way in the past few years and only continue to evolve, especially in the area where orthopedic stem cell treatments are concerned.
The most popular type of stem cell used for orthopedic stem cell treatments is retrieved from the bone marrow. Although other stem cells harvested from other sources can be used, they have not shown to be as effective. Regenexx states that, “It’s been determined that the best stem cell source for treating orthopedic conditions is bone marrow.” They go on to state that stem cells such as those collected from fatty tissue is not as capable of repairing musculoskeletal tissue as the stem cells retrieved from bone marrow. So, if you’re looking for the most effective repair, it’s strongly suggested that the stem cell treatment involves bone marrow stem cells as opposed to other stem cell sources and options.
When a stem cell treatment is used for orthopedic purposes, it is often rejected. A doctor then uses imaging to correctly guide the stem cells to the correct positioning. Although stem cells are amazing, they don’t automatically just adhere to the area they’re needed. Therefore, they’re injected as closely as possible to the treatment area and then imaging is used to ensure they reach their intended destination. Often, a C-arm fluoroscope or ultrasound is used in these treatments. These are commonly used in harvesting and injecting stem cell treatments. A close eye on the area being treated or the area being harvested from, is vital for success at both stages.
Overall, as stated, stem cells have made huge leaps and bounds in many areas of medicine. However, the area of orthopedics has seen some of the largest differences and success when it comes to stem cell treatments. Stem cell treatments have proven to be a viable and effective option for orthopedic injuries.