The Colorado Clinic is offering stem cell therapy to those who have suffered sports injuries. This treatment, which is being used by medical professionals who treat NFL, NBA, MLB, and other premium professional athletes, has been found to be effective in promoting fast healing and in strengthening injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. We have provided the following FAQs on stem cell therapy and its use in treating sports-related injuries. Find out how and why it works.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy utilizes bone marrow, fat cells, or embryonic fluid, which are rich in stem cells. It has been found that stem cells, which offer intense regenerative powers, are highly adaptable and multipotent. These adaptable cells can take on the structure of a range of connective tissues and other structural elements, including ligaments, muscles, bones, tendons, and joints.
Stem cell therapy nurtures the body’s natural healing mechanisms. It offers those with sports injuries the possibility of returning to sports-related activities quickly and with little to no rehab time.
Can it be used for sports related injuries?
Yes, at the Colorado Clinic, we are utilizing stem cell therapy, which is often combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, to get athletes back on their feet as quickly as possible. It can be used to treat tennis and golfer’s elbow, meniscus tears, muscle rips, ligament damage, and much more.
How are stem cells used?
Stem cells are most often harvested from either the patient’s bone marrow or fat cells. Which are preferred depends on a few factors. Fat stem cells tend to be more highly concentrated, however those found in bone marrow, although not as plentiful, seem to be more adaptive to injuries involving bones, joints, and connective tissues. Fat stem cells are thought to be better when utilized in wound healing.
Stem cell therapy is often combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy helps to increase the healing and strengthening power of stem cell treatment. PRP, which contains growth factors, is harvested from blood that is drawn from the patient’s arm.
After the fluids are drawn from the patient, both are loaded onto centrifuges and spun in order to isolate the stem cells and PRP. Once the concentrations have been created, they may be used to treat the sports injury.
Why choose stem cell therapy over surgery or drug therapy?
If stem cell therapy is used on its own, without a surgical procedure being involved, it negates the need to have an invasive process that would involve a certain amount of recuperative and physical rehabilitative time. Also, as opposed to surgery, stem cell treatments involve little risk. It’s been found that this type of treatment when combined with PRP therapy speeds up the healing process while reducing inflammation.
Drug therapy may reduce pain and swelling, but it does not promote or accelerate healing. Plus, drug therapy also involves various side effects that can affect the patient in numerous ways.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, it makes sense that stem cell therapy would be used in sports medicine due to the fact people are finding it to be an effective and convenient form of treatment.
What are the benefits for of stem cell treatments for those with sports injuries?
Many of those who suffer from sports injuries prefer stem cell treatment because of its ability to promote faster healing. Also, it is preferred due to the fact that there is far less physical rehabilitation involved than when one undergoes surgical treatment for an injury. There is far less down time with stem cell therapy, making it especially attractive to those who want to get back to their sport of choice.
Is this type of therapy risky?
Stem cell therapy as performed at the Colorado Clinic involves far less risk than surgery. Overall, it is not invasive, offers no side effects, and negates the need to use a general anesthetic. There is very little risk of infection, and treatment is so simple that the entire procedure may be completed in a few hours.
Stem cell treatment is being offered at several locations including Boulder, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont and Fort Morgan, call today!