Stem Cell Treatment for Joints
The human body has amazing regenerative powers to repair damaged tissues
as they are worn down through injuries or everyday activities. Bone, muscle,
and organ tissues all have some capacity to self-repair using the body’s
natural processes. With tissues like cartilage, however, damage tends
to be more permanent without medical intervention to rebuild or replace
lost tissue. Stem cell treatment offers a solution, as stem cells have
the capacity to divide as various cell types, so they can replicate cartilage
when they are injected into knee, hip, or shoulder joints affected by
osteoarthritis (OA) and other conditions resulting in lost cartilage.
As cartilage is worn down in patients with OA or joint injuries, inflammation
and pain increase as bones and connective tissues sustain damage from
everyday activities. By seeking stem cell treatment at Fidel Integrated
Medical Solutions to replenish cartilage in the joints, you can ensure
better joint health moving forward without constant pain and discomfort.
What are stem cells?
All cells reproduce by dividing into two new cells, but stem cells are
unique, because they are essentially blank cells that can replicate into
more blank cells or into specialized cells like blood cells or nerve cells.
When used for the treatment of damaged knee, hip, or shoulder joints,
stem cells will become chondrocytes, which make up cartilage within the
joint. Stem cells may be derived from many sources, but they often come
from amniotic fluid, which is the fluid that surrounds an embryo as it
develops in the womb.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Because stem cells are derived from natural sources and they are able to
function within the body’s natural healing mechanisms, they are
a safe and effective measure for restoring damaged joint tissues. Working
with the experienced physicians of Fidel Integrated Medicine, you can
rest assured that treatment will be minimally invasive and highly effective
in managing joint pain and discomfort.
Are you a candidate for stem cell treatment?
Stem cell treatment is ideal for patients who have experienced extreme
wear and tear of the cartilage in major joints like the hips, knees, and
shoulders. Because stem cells allow the body to rebuild cartilage, treatment
will help to cushion the joints from further damage and reduce the inflammation
that causes pain in the joints. Often, patients with OA will be the primary
candidates for stem cell treatment, but those who have experienced injuries
to a particular joint resulting in lasting pain and discomfort can also
benefit from it.
I was the first patient at Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions to have a
Stem Cell injection in their knee. In 2016, I was restricted to using
crutches of and on for several months due to pain from degenerative joint
disease (Arthritis). “Bone on bone is how the orthopedic surgeon
described it”. After Cortisone injections, draining of the knee
and Medrol Dosepaks of Prednisone, I was fed up! I scheduled a knee replacement
for September 13, 2016. The Stem Cell injection was performed on June
3, 2016. Generally, tissue repair takes 3-6 months to work. As the date
of the surgery was nearing, I realized the pain was dissipating and cancelled
the Knee replacement. In January or 2017 I was so happy to be able to
join my family and ski BLACK DIAMOND ski runs 7 days in a row!
Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions is a part of the
Stem Cell Institute of America, making our practice one of the few locations to explore this innovative
therapy in Baltimore. To learn more about stem cell therapies and your
candidacy for treatment, call our office (410) 484-5642 (Pikesville) or
(410) 358-0060 (Baltimore) to schedule a consultation.