Stem cells are cells that can grow and develop to become many other types of cells. For instance, while a bone cell, or chondrocyte, can only “be” a bone cell, a stem cell can differentiate into lots of different types of cells, which makes them ideal for conditions and applications where multiple cells may be involved – for instance, the healing process.
Stem cells can be derived from many types of tissues, including your own bone marrow, blood and even fatty tissue.
Stem cells work in several ways: First, when injected into an injured or damaged area, the cells can assume the characteristics of the cells that surround them, helping to replace the damaged cells with new, healthy cells. Second, stem cells stimulate communication with surrounding cells in a process called paracrine signaling. This communication is an important part of the healing process. Plus, stem cells can stimulate the formation of new blood vessels that can increase circulation to the injured site, speeding the healing process by providing cells with an increased supply of oxygen and nutrients and reducing inflammation and fluid buildup.
Stem cells can be used to treat arthritis and other degenerative diseases, to treat fractures that are slow to heal, to treat knee injuries like ACL, MCL or meniscal tears, rotator cuff tears, bulging or herniated discs, ankle and hip conditions, and many other musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Miller will be able to determine if stem cell therapy can help you heal faster following an injury, restore damaged tissues or resolve pain and other symptoms.
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