If you suffer from chronic joint pain, degenerative disease, or other soft tissue problems, stem cell injections may be the treatment answer you’ve been hoping for. This therapy can help you avoid surgery and potentially addictive pain medications to repair joint damage.
Stem cell injections use a special type of cell — stem cells — to prompt your body to heal itself. It may sound too good to be true, but stem cells really are a type of miracle cell. Unlike specialized cells in your body that have one job — such as skin cells or heart cells — stem cells are undifferentiated. If you need a muscle cell, cartilage cell, or nerve cell, stem cells can morph and serve the needed purpose.
When stem cells migrate to a place of injury, they proliferate into more stem cells and into the type of cell needed to heal the injury. As an adult, you do have some stem cells in your body lying in wait until needed, but they can be slow to respond. Stem cell treatments help your cells along by injecting additional cells directly into the places you most need them.
At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, we’re excited to offer stem cell therapy to address a wide variety of orthopedic issues.
Issues treatable with stem cells
Researchers believe stem cell therapy has a wide breadth of applications, healing issues from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. At our office, we focus on the effective orthopedic applications of stem cell therapy.
Dr. Keppler might recommend stem cell injections to treat issues such as arthritis, tendinitis, and degenerative joint diseases. If you have muscle damage, fractures, or ligament tears due to trauma, stem cell therapy can also be appropriate.
Stem cell therapy isn’t always the only treatment offered, either. It may be used in combination with conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.
In cases of severe degeneration, such as advanced arthritis and the loss of most or all of the cartilage at a joint, stem cells don’t create an entirely new joint. In these cases, surgery is likely a necessity, but stem cell treatments can help patients heal faster following joint replacement or orthopedic surgery.
Sources of stem cells
Multiple places in the adult human body harbor stem cells. This includes bone marrow and in fat around the abdomen. In some cases, Dr. Keppler uses donor cells.
Benefits of stem cell therapy
Cutting-edge stem cell therapy has numerous advantages over conventional treatments for joint issues. The therapy is minimally invasive and requires little downtime. You don’t have to heal from incisions and blood loss following stem cell injections as you do with surgery.
In addition, stem cell therapy is completely natural. The treatment uses your body to heal itself, which means minimal adverse effects following the procedure.
At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, we want you to benefit from the very latest in effective treatment therapies. If you live in the Independence, Ohio, area and want to learn more about how stem cell therapy, or other therapies, can help heal your joint pain, call the office today.