Orthopedic injuries or conditions can compromise your mobility as well as your overall quality of life. Until recent years, treatment options for acute or chronic orthopedic conditions in the joints, tendons, muscles and spine have primarily been limited to invasive surgery or temporary relief using medication. Fortunately, regenerative medicine is a promising new treatment practice that works to harness your body’s own sophisticated healing properties to repair, regrow and replace damaged cells or tissues at a highly accelerated rate.
Stem cell therapy is a minimally-invasive and non-operative regenerative treatment that is being utilized today to treat countless medical conditions and injuries with well-documented success. Dr. Zamfirov of All Star Pain Management has been at the forefront of these revolutionary new therapy options that not only effectively alleviate pain for his patients, but regenerate and repair cells and structures from within for long-lasting relief.
Adult stem cells, are present in most adult tissues of the body, such as bone marrow and fat, and play a significant role in the body’s natural reparative process. Stem cells are often considered the raw materials of the body, as they generate all specialized cells with specific functions in the body. While stem cells have no specialized function themselves, they are unique in both their ability to self-renew or differentiate into other specialized cells like bone or muscle cells.
The main job of adult stem cells is to maintain and heal tissues by replenishing damaged or dying specialized cells. However, when extracted from the body and guided into a targeted area of injury, they work to initiate the self-recovery process through differentiation. Over time, healthy stem cells will replace the damaged or dying cells to effectively heal the region and restore its functionality.
When used to treat orthopedic diseases or trauma such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis and sports-related injuries, stem cell therapy can help to reduce pain and inflammation, repair existing damage and delay or prevent surgical intervention. At All Star Pain Management, we have used stem cell therapy to treat the following orthopedic conditions with great success:
Osteoarthritis – A joint is where two bones meet in the body. The ends of bones are covered in a connective tissue called cartilage, which cushions the bones and prevents them from rubbing together. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic joint condition, in which the lining of joint starts to deteriorate, causing pain, stiffness and limiting normal function. OA is most commonly caused by gradual wear and tear due to age, previous joint damage, obesity or genetics. It frequently occurs in the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, hands and fingers.
Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow – Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition where the tissue of the forearm becomes irritated due to general overuse or the repetitive arm motions of racket sports. This condition is incredibly common amongst tennis players due to the force of the racket hitting the ball in the backhand position. It is also common in professions such as construction workers, auto mechanics, electricians, etc. Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a similar condition that frequently occurs in those who play golf frequently or people who repetitively clench their fists. It causes pain where the tendons of the forearm muscle meet the bony bump on your elbow.
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Tears – Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a band that connects bones to muscles. Rotator cuff tendonitis affects the tendons and muscles that work to move your shoulder joint. It is commonly caused by repetitive shoulder movements or activities that require you to raise your arms over your head, such as with swimming or playing tennis. In a rotator cuff tear, the tendon is torn away from the bone either from an acute injury such as from lifting a heavy object, or gradual degeneration of the tendon that occurs with age.
Achilles Tendonitis or Partial Tears – The Achilles tendon lies in the heel region of each foot and is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of your lower legs to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is caused by overuse of this tendon and commonly occurs in runners or athletes. Repetitive or intense strain from walking, running or jumping can cause this tissue to break down or tear and result in mild aches, tenderness and stiffness in the back of the leg after running or sports activities.
Labrum Tears (Hips and Shoulders) – Both your shoulder and your hip have a labrum, which is a thick band of tissue that surrounds the shoulder and hip socket to cushion bones and keep the joints in these regions stable. Hip labral tears are often associated with participation in sports like football, soccer and hockey that frequently use the legs. With shoulder labral tears, throwing athletes or weightlifters are more at risk. A rupture in either of these labrums results in pain, lack of mobility, and joints that lock, pop or grind together.
Discogenic Pain – Discogenic pain is pain or discomfort that originates from a damaged vertebral disc in the spine, often due to degenerative disc disease. Spinal discs are rubber-like pads that sit between the vertebrae and prevent bones from rubbing together. With age and gradual wear and tear, the outer lining of these discs becomes weaker and less efficient, making the spine more prone to injury. Any change to the discs’ structure, integrity or flexibility can result in unmanageable back pain.
Trochanteric Bursitis – The bursa is a fluid-filled sac located on the outside of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When the bursa becomes swollen, irritated or inflamed from an injury or overuse, it causes pain and discomfort to the outside of the hip, thigh or buttock.
Patellar Tendonitis – Patellar tendonitis, or jumper’s knee, is the inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects your kneecap to your shin bone. It is caused by overuse of the knee joint, often by frequently jumping on hard surfaces. It is usually a sports-related injury associated with muscle contractions and the force of hitting the ground. Patellar tendonitis can cause pain, swelling, and loss of mobility.
Meniscus Injuries – The meniscus is a small, C-shaped piece of cartilage that works to protect and cushion your knee joint. Tears in the meniscus can be incredibly painful and are caused either by an injury or a degenerative condition. Many times damage to the meniscus occurs when there is a movement or twisting of the knee while it has weight on it, or is a part of a more considerable ligament injury.
ACL Tears – The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament runs diagonally across the middle of your knee to provide rotational stability to the knee joint, among other things. ACL tears commonly occur after rapid directional changes that occur in sports or everyday activities. A torn ACL may be signaled by a loud popping noise, pain and limited knee mobility.
MCL Tears – The Medial collateral ligament (MCL) is the ligament that connects your thigh bone to your knee bone to keep the knee stable. When the side of the knee is struck, as it may in impact sports, it can stretch or tear this tendon and cause the knee to overextend or bend incorrectly. Pain from a torn MCL can make it difficult to walk or put pressure on the knee.
LCL Tears – The LCL, or lateral collateral ligament, is a ligament that prevents excessive side-to-side movements of the knee and connects the end of the thigh bone to the top of the shin bone. When the knee is bent too far inwards, the LCL can become stretched or torn and result in knee pain, inflammation and loss of mobility.
Stem cell injection therapy is an FDA-approved, nonsurgical and minimally-invasive treatment for those suffering from acute or chronic orthopedic conditions. The injections are performed in-office at the All Star Pain Management medical facility, and will typically take about an hour or less to complete. Using local anesthesia for your comfort, a small sample of your adult stem cells will be collected from the bone marrow in your hip bone, also known as the iliac crest. Once extracted from the body, the stem cells are immediately prepared for injection by processing them in a centrifuge to isolate the cells from other bodily components.
After the processing is complete, the stem cells are strategically injected into the injured region to begin the reparative process. Ultrasound or fluoroscopy is used to guide the injection. Stem cell therapy is an autologous treatment, which means that it comes from your own body and reduces the risk of rejection or allergic reaction that can occur with other treatments. In fact, severe side effects are rare with stem cell injections, though mild irritation at the site of injections, swelling or joint stiffness may be experienced for the first few days following your treatment.
Patients can return home following their procedure and can resume normal activities almost immediately. You should begin to feel improvements to your affected area in about one to three months after your injections as your stem cells work to replenish and repair the injury gradually. Depending on the extent of your pain and severity of your condition, it may be recommended you receive a series of repeat treatments spaced out over three to four weeks for the most optimal results.
Pain caused by orthopedic conditions can be debilitating and harm your quality of life. Stem cell therapy is a ground-breaking new field that can restore the damage your body has endured without surgery and deliver long-lasting relief. If you’d like to discover how stem cell therapy can help to ease your suffering, contact All Star Pain Management at 443-808-1808 today to book your consultation.