Stem cell therapy, a form of regenerative medicine, is changing the trajectory of medical science. It has shown to heal damaged tissue, reduce inflammation, and jumpstart the healing process by delivering substantial, long-term relief for patients who suffer from acute pain or chronic pain, as a result of a sports injury, arthritis, or in wound healing alone.
Stem cells help to create new cells in existing healthy tissues and may help to repair tissues in those structures that are injured or damaged. These undeveloped cells are capable of replicating and/or duplicating themselves into any body cell. This means that if you have a bone, muscle, skin, tendon, or cartilage problem, these cells can rush to the site of injury and begin repairing it immediately. As with any treatment, results will vary from patient to patient. Stem cell therapy is safe and offers the potential to avoid surgery by delivering life changing results by relieving pain and allowing patients to resume the activities they love.
At Foot and Ankle Center of the Rockies, we offer various stem cell therapies dependent on your individual needs. Success in your treatment outcome is contingent upon our physicians ensuring the latest techniques and providing cutting edge treatment in regenerative cell-based therapy.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) provides an innovative modern approach in the treatment of various common orthopedic conditions. It is replacing traditional orthopedic surgery in many instances for conditions ranging from soft tissue injuries (i.e. tendonitis, muscle tears, plantar fasciitis, ligamentous injuries) to various joint afflictions, such as mild to moderate arthritis in the joint as well as numerous chronic conditions. PRP is a concentration of platelet cells taken from your blood, and these platelets have growth factors that signal the body to initiate a healing response. By injecting PRP into areas of an injury, the hope is to stimulate and optimize your body's ability to heal and restore the normal architecture and strength of damaged tissue. It is safe as it utilizes your own blood, thereby providing minimal risk or contraindications. The number of injections is based on the severity of your condition and the response to therapy. The entire process may take about 20 minutes whereas most of the time involves drawing the blood and processing the patient’s blood for the injection. Once the injection is given, the treatment is complete and the patient generally can resume normal activity, unless otherwise specified by their physician. A follow up appointment may involve a second injection to be determined by your physician at that time.
AMNIOTIC STEM CELLS
Amniotic regenerative cells are derived from the fluid that surrounds the fetus during pregnancy. These regenerative cells are in the fluid and the amniotic sac, not the embryo. Through a process called amniocentesis, these specific cells can be safely extracted from the amniotic fluid of a consenting donor for use in medical applications. It has shown promising outcomes in treatments for progressive and degenerative conditions including arthritis, tendonitis, as well as slow-healing wounds. The procedure is also quick as it can be induced in an injection format or may also be formulated within a skin graft to aid in wound healing.