Because no two patients’ bodies are alike, each patient may respond differently to stem cell therapy. For many of Dr. Meadows’ patients, stem cell therapy has been shown to expedite healing. It is a safe, low-risk procedure that many turn to as a non-surgical alternative to orthopedic surgery.
Stem cell therapy has been shown to help heal soft tissue injuries such as tendon, ligament, or cartilage damage. If you have osteoarthritis that has not responded to other treatments such as prescription medication or physical therapy, and you want to avoid surgery, you may consider treatment with stem cell therapy. For severe injuries that require surgery, such as completely torn ligaments or tendons, stem cell therapy may be used in conjunction with orthopedic surgery to speed up recovery.
If you are concerned about the type of stem cells used, know that we do not use embryonic stem cells. We only use placental matrix-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These stem cells are harvested from a tissue in the placenta called chorion, which comes from the placenta of mothers giving birth by C-section.
Placental mesenchymal stem cells are involved in forming bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles and are easily recognized by the immune system, reducing any potential for problems.
To decide if stem cell therapy is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Meadows. He would be happy to answer all your questions and address your concerns. Call our office in Delray Beach, Florida today: (561) 496-6622.
People of all ages and activity levels can benefit from regenerative medicine treatments such as stem cell therapy and PRP therapy. Anyone with osteoarthritis or tendon or ligament injuries may be a candidate for stem cell therapy. Even if your arthritis is so severe that you have no cartilage left in your joint, stem cell therapy may be able to decrease your pain and postpone your need for joint replacement surgery.
And if you do require eventually need joint replacement surgery, or the nature of your tendon or ligament injury requires orthopedic surgery, stem cell therapy can help accelerate the healing process after surgery.
However, you may not be a good candidate for stem cell therapy if:
- You have a cancer of the blood, such as lymphoma or leukemia, that is not in remission for at least 5 years
- You have certain other cancers or blood diseases
- You have a current infection
- You use Coumadin or blood thinners
- You take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen regularly (you may need to stop taking these for several days prior to treatment)
- You have a chronic illness
Request a consultation online or call South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach, Florida at (561) 496-6622 to find out of you may be a candidate for stem cell therapy.
In an embryo, stem cells contain a genetic code that signals what the cell will become – blood, skin, an organ, an arm or leg, etc. In the field of regenerative medicine, stem cells derived from other sources can be used to help the body heal. When stem cells are placed at the area of injury, they become like the cells that make up the tissue, and they stimulate the body to regenerate healthy tissue.
History of Stem Cell Studies and Treatments
Regenerative medicine was born with the discovery of stem cells in 1981. In recent years, the field of regenerative medicine has exploded, with uses for stem cell therapy and PRP therapy being studied for numerous medical and dental conditions.
1981: British researcher Martin Evans first identified stem cells in mice at the University of Cambridge (now Cardiff University)
Late 1990s: American researchers James Thomason (University of Wisconsin) and John Gearhart (Johns Hopkins University) isolated embryonic stem cells in a lab.
2001: To prevent further destruction of human embryos, President George W. Bush restricted stem cell research.
2007: Evans and two other researchers, Mario Capechi and Oliver Smithies, were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work with genetics and stem cells.
2009: President Obama lifted some stem cell research restrictions. Since then, research and stem cell treatments have made headlines every year.
2009: A study conducted by the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland used stem cells from a woman’s placenta after her baby was born. The study was published in Experimental Biology and Medicine (June 2009).
2010: A trial by Geron of Menlo Park, California, used stem cell therapy to treat a spinal injury.
2011: Peyton Manning and Rick Perry (Governor of Texas) received stem cell treatment for a spine injury.
2012: Stem cell therapy was being used to treat blindness.
2014: Researchers from around the globe had discovered how to turn adult cells back into stem cells so that human embryos were not being destroyed.
Today, as many as 4,500 human clinical trials for regenerative medicine are in progress, studying the use of stem cells in the treatment of heart disease, diabetes, neurological diseases, musculoskeletal conditions, blood cancers, and more.
Future of Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy research is promising. With thousands of human clinical trials in progress, it is a matter of time before studies demonstrate enough positive results to win FDA approval and gain acceptance among insurance companies as an effective non-surgical treatment for a number of orthopedic conditions.