The most powerful regenerative medicine known to science already exists within the human body in the form of stem cells. At Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado in Littleton, Colorado, Ron Spallone, DC, uses stem cell therapy to treat a wide range of painful injuries and conditions. To find out how stem cell therapy can help you, call or book an appointment online today.
Stem cells are the only cells with the ability to regenerate a wide variety of cells, tissues, and organs. One stem cell can either form more stem cells, or it can develop (differentiate) into different types of cells.
When the team at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado injects stem cells into an injured or damaged part of your body, they can differentiate to repair or replace many tissues, including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bone.
This helps your body rebuild healthy tissue, which relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and restores normal function.
There are different types of stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells naturally occur in different tissues of your body, including fat (adipose) and bone marrow. The placenta, amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord of a developing fetus are also rich in mesenchymal stem cells.
Because stem cells can become many different cells, regenerative stem cell therapy has a broad range of applications.
The team at Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado may recommend stem cell injections to help your body heal from a variety of injuries and medical conditions, including:
In some cases, the team may use stem cell therapy to help you recover more quickly after a surgical procedure, such as rotator cuff repair.
First, your Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado provider carefully reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for stem cell injections. They make sure you’ve already tried more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy.
Your provider may give you a topical or local anesthetic before they inject mesenchymal stem cells into the treatment area, but general anesthesia isn’t necessary. They may use ultrasound imaging technology to guide an injection to the precise area of tissue damage.
Some patients notice improvement within a week after their stem cell injection, but optimal results usually take about 12 weeks.
To learn more about stem cell therapy, call Alternative Physical Medicine of Colorado or book an appointment online today.