Regenerative medicine has become popular around the world thanks to its demonstrated benefits in the regeneration/repair of tissues. In the traumatology and orthopedics areas, treatments such as platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid have been used for several years showing very good results.
Now is the time to take advantage of the versatility of stem cells in the treatment of sports injuries to stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissues, such as cartilage, joints, ligaments and even bones.
Today on the Stem Life Clinic blog we will tell you about the use of stem cells in the treatment of sports injuries, their effectiveness, and benefits.
Stem cells and other regenerative treatments
As a patient, it is very important to understand the characteristics of the different regenerative medicine treatments that exist. For example, by extracting blood from the patient and giving it a centrifugation treatment, growth factors, better known as platelet-rich plasma, are obtained. For their part, stem cells are obtained from various sources such as: bone marrow, placenta, endometrium, adipose tissue, umbilical cord, etc.
The cells obtained go through a rigorous study protocol in order to ensure that they are healthy. Once the health and viability of the cells are confirmed, they proceed to be “seeded” in a specific culture medium and proceed to the multiplication process; After this process, viable cells will be preserved through cryopreservation.
What is the treatment of sports injuries with stem cells?
Once the stem cells are obtained, they are applied with different techniques systemically and/or in the area where the injury occurred. For example, if the damage is muscular, they will be injected into the muscle, tendon, or cartilage. The most common injuries are to the cartilage of the knees, shoulders, ankles, and hips.
Recovery from stem cell treatment is progressive and its extent will depend on the patient’s habits, being mostly faster than without its application and it is recommended to continue with rehabilitation from home or with a physiotherapist to increase the recovery expectations.
Effectiveness of stem cells in the treatment of injuries
Stem cells can differentiate into other types of cells. This characteristic gives them the quality of becoming new cells that recover those that are damaged and stimulate those that are healthy; so they can repair or regenerate tissues such as cartilage, injuries, or ligaments and at the same time work as anti-inflammatory and reduce pain in the treated area.
With this, the recovery from the injury is faster and the athlete can go back to their activity in less time, with fewer risks and with better quality of their physical performance compared to patients who didn´t go through this treatment.
Benefits of stem cell treatments for sports injuries
Reduce the chances of surgery
Faced with an injury to the musculoskeletal system, conventional medicine requires surgical treatments to repair damaged ligaments, tendons, or joints. However, stem cell treatment helps cells self-repair, thus helping to prevent surgery or in cases where this procedure is imminent, helping the patient’s body to recover faster and with better results.
No drug dependency
After an injury, medications are prescribed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation, but these do not repair the cause of the problem, unlike stem cells whose purpose is to regenerate and repair tissues and manage these symptoms at the same time. Its effect is biological, so it repairs tissues such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, and favors bone regeneration.
Increases the effect of other treatments
Stem cell therapy is part of regenerative medicine, so only qualified and specialized doctors can perform these treatments. In addition, they can be performed together with others that the traumatologist or orthopedist has recommended to speed up recovery and obtain better results, such as platelet-rich plasma, ozone therapy, and hyaluronic acid.
Improvement in cases with unfavorable prognosis
Some muscle, tendon, or joint injuries have poor prognoses given their severity. However, stem cell therapy promotes tissue repair processes, helps speed recovery, and may cause surgery to be delayed or not necessary immediately as suggested by some doctors.
Trust Stem Life Clinic
If you suffered a sports injury, or someone you know is resting at home, with an unfavorable or slow recovery prognosis, we invite you to come to Stem Life Clinic. With us you will find regenerative treatments for various diseases and injuries to improve health and quality of life.
Browse our website to find out all the stem cells treatments we have for you. If you need more information or want to schedule an appointment, write to us through the contact form. We will gladly assist you!