Stem cell treatments administered by the orthopaedic experts at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group offer the possibility of a non-surgical path to relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint injuries for patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding Florida areas. Following a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes autologous transplantation (a technique used to harvest stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow), a patient might find enough improvement to return to a formerly active lifestyle – without having to take on the risks and extended rehabilitation period typically associated with more invasive treatment options, such as joint replacement surgery.
The stem cell treatments offered at Tampa Orthopaedic in Tampa, FL, may help reduce joint pain associated with injury, aging, or osteoarthritis. That’s because stem cells are unique in that, under certain conditions, they have the potential to develop into the cell types of the tissue in which they reside. As such, when a patient’s own stem cells are injected into a damaged joint, the stem cells may differentiate into the types of cells that can provide relief from symptoms like:
- Chronic pain
- Fluid build-up
Stem cell treatments may harness the body’s natural healing power and enhance its repair mechanisms to treat injuries like rotator cuff tears, labral tears, meniscal tears, tendonitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, and other conditions of the shoulder, knee, and hip. At this time, there are no scientific studies that prove stem cell treatment is effective in treating joint pain or restoring damaged tissue.
While the term “stem cell treatments” can sometimes spark controversy, in this context, it shouldn’t. That’s because the treatments offered by Tampa Orthopaedic never involve the use of embryonic stem cells. Instead, mesenchymal stem cells are derived from a patient’s own bone marrow. This also minimizes the risk of rejection and infection.
If you are interested in stem cell treatments and would like further information, please contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group to schedule a consultation. Our Board-certified physicians have provided innovative treatments, such as stem cell therapy for arthritis, to patients throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and other nearby FL communities. We also serve as team physicians for some of the area’s most renowned sports teams – Dr. Daniel Murphy for the New York Yankees, and Dr. Arnold Ramirez for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.