Non-Surgical Alternatives: Stem Cells
Non-surgical procedures to treat sports-related injuries are becoming more requested now because of the unlikelihood of complications along the way. Surgical procedures always come with a risk, which is why many are turning to alternative methods such as stem cell treatments. But there are still those who are unaware of the benefits of such a treatment. Continue reading below to know what this treatment is and how it works.
From diseases of the blood such as leukemia to sports-related injuries that involve the tissues and the bones, the possibilities of stem cells are endless. These complicated conditions can be difficult to deal with, especially for those who rely so much on making full recoveries so that they can get back in the game. Even though there are critics, there is so much potential for such a treatment.
This type of treatment makes use of adult stem cells and there are times when umbilical cord blood is used as well. Once there is a supply of it ready, the next process is called conditioning. Once the bone marrow is ready, healthy adult stem cells will then replace the ones in the marrow as a form of transfusion. This is done through injections so there won’t be any surgical procedures during the process.
Ideally, the newly-transplanted stem cells will then replace the damaged ones so that certain diseases and conditions will be treated. But one of the most important effects that this type of treatment can do is reduce inflammation. This is especially important for sports-related injuries where inflammation is an issue for the tissues as well as the bones.
Now that you know a bit more about how stem cell treatments work, you may want to consider giving it a try. But make sure that you go to a professional who is reliable and trained in such practices. Contact 417 Sports Medicine and Orthopedics: Eric M Gifford, MD at (417) 771-3147 for more information about our treatments. We provide non-surgical options to our patients in Springfield, MO.