Stem cell injections are an increasingly common treatment for pain and reduced function in joints. These injections use stem cells obtained from a person’s own body to promote healing in damaged tissue. Stem cells are used because of their unique ability to become other types of cells, including bone, cartilage, muscle, and tendon. They can also attract other stem cells to help repair the damaged joint.
As an orthopaedic physician and surgeon who utilizes a broad array of advanced procedures, Dr. Ira Guttentag at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine will incorporate stem cell injections into treatment plans when the injections are appropriate for a patient’s condition. Important information to know about stem cell therapy includes:
- The stem cells that will be used for this procedure will normally be obtained from a patient’s own pelvic bone marrow. The use of anesthesia allows these procedures to be completed with minimal pain.
- The injections are often administered using fluoroscopy and an ultrasound to ensure that they are applied at the exact right location within the damaged joint.
- The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to resume normal activity the same day.
With stem cell therapy, it’s extremely important to have the injections properly applied. That’s why so many patients turn to Dr. Guttentag. He’s highly experienced in performing stem cell treatments and other forms of regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
If you want to determine whether you could benefit from stem cell injections, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guttentag at the location nearest you.