When your joints are healthy and in perfect working order, they move like a well-oiled machine that makes it possible to play a game of tennis or weed your garden with complete mobility and range of motion.
But even though your joints are built to be strong, reliable, and resilient, their complex structure also makes them prone to traumatic injury as well as the kind of everyday wear-and-tear that contributes to chronic joint conditions, such as arthritis.
An injury or condition that affects any part of a joint, including its bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or muscles, can lead to chronic joint pain. Common problems like osteoarthritis, ligament tears, tendinitis, and bursitis can cause mild discomfort only when you use the affected joint, or they may result in severe pain that prevents normal joint use.
While conservative treatment options like anti-inflammatory pain medication, physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic care can do wonders for mild-to-moderate joint pain, many adults affected by severe or persistent joint pain find themselves seriously considering steroids or surgery.
Here at Midwest Integrated Medical Center in Hudson, WI, our physical and regenerative medicine specialists have helped men and women with all types of joint pain find long-term relief with stem cell therapy, a groundbreaking solution that helps restore joint function from the inside out. Here’s what you need to know.
Stem cell basics
Before you learn how stem cell therapy works, it’s important to understand what stem cells are. Stem cells can be found in many of your body’s organs and tissues, ranging from your brain and heart to your bone marrow, blood vessels, muscles, and skin. In some areas, such as in the bone marrow and in the gut, these cells divide continuously to help maintain the tissues they’re in.
When you sustain any type of tissue damage, some of these versatile and regenerative cells can transform themselves into the same type of tissue that’s in need of repair. By increasing the presence of new, fresh cells within tissue damage, stem cells speed up the healing process exponentially.
Some stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they can take on virtually any form and perform a wide range of healing functions. Undifferentiated stem cells can transform into tendon tissue, for example, and help heal tendinitis. They can also change into (and help heal) bone, cartilage, ligament, and muscle tissue.
Advancing the tissue repair cycle
During your body’s natural tissue repair cycle, blood vessels within the lining of an irritated, inflamed, or damaged joint swell and trigger the release of repair cells.
Besides helping to sweep away any irritants, these corrective cells immerse the area in breakdown enzymes, growth factors, and stem cells to encourage removal of wastes, protein production, collagen renewal, and the formation of new tissue.
Stem cell therapy aims to alleviate pain and promote rapid healing by stimulating and enhancing this natural tissue repair cycle. So how does it work?
Stem cell therapy involves an injection to deliver a high concentration of stem cells into an injured or damaged joint. There are various types of stem cells. We use umbilical cord Wharton’s Jelly, which is a gelatinous substance in the umbilical cord that provides cushioning and support to the umbilical vein and arteries. It’s also a rich source of cytokines, growth factors, proteins, and mesenchymal stem cells. We believe Wharton’s Jelly offers unparalleled healing benefits. You can read more about the regenerative benefits of Wharton’s Jelly here.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of stem cell therapy, call our office in Hudson, WI. You can also use our easy online booking feature to schedule a consultation with one of our regenerative medicine specialists.