New cutting-edge treatment options like stem cell injections are being used to treat patients with osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tendonitis, degenerative arthritis and more. These treatments work by using your body’s own repair mechanisms and growth factors to help itself heal.
What Are Stem Cells?
When hearing the term “stem cells” many people think about controversial news stories. But there’s nothing controversial about using your body’s own stem cells to help rebuild and regenerate joint damage in the body.
Stem cells are the foundation cells for every organ and tissue in our bodies. The highly specialized cells that make up these tissues originally came from an initial pool of stem cells formed shortly after fertilization. Throughout our lives, we continue to rely on stem cells to replace injured tissues and cells that are lost every day, such as those in our skin, hair, blood and the lining of our gut. Stem cells have two key properties: 1) the ability to self-renew, dividing in a way that makes copies of themselves, and 2) the ability to differentiate, or develop, into more specialized cells that make up
our organs and tissues.
How Are My Stem Cells Collected?
The procedure is performed in an office and does not require hospitalization. Using advancements in medical technology we can withdraw stem cells from the bone marrow. Once collected it is placed in a centrifuge to separate the stem cells and create a concentrated sample to inject into the damaged area. When the stem cells are re-injected, they enhance the natural repair process of degenerated and injured tendons, ligaments, and arthritic joints.
Patients may feel some soreness after the procedure, but are typically able to return to normal activity right away. Stem cell injections are beneficial to patients because they are non-invasive, have very little recovery time, as opposed to surgeries, and the results are long-lasting.
What To Expect From Stem Cell Injections
Non-surgical conditions (except arthritis) are expected to heal and reduce symptoms by 75% within 8 weeks. Those with less severe tissue damage will heal faster. Patients that do not experience a 75% improvement at 8 weeks may require a second injection to reactivate the healing response.
Patients with arthritis are also expected to have 75% symptom reduction by 8 weeks, although there are some reports where x-rays show improvement can take up to a year.
How Much Do Stem Cell Injections Cost?
While extremely beneficial to patients, relatively few orthopedic surgeons offer stem cell injections. Many people travel to large cities like Miami or New York for the treatment and can expect to pay $5,000 or more, not including the cost of the travel. In Central Virginia, Dr. Goradia with G2 offers stem cell injections for less than half the cost.
Most insurance plans don’t cover the cost of stem cell injections, but you can use FSA funds or CareCredit which provides flexible payment options for procedures not covered by insurance plans.
Am I A Candidate For Stem Cell Injections?
Patients suffering from any kind of joint, tendon, or ligament pain may be considered a candidate for stem cell therapy. If you have one of the treatment conditions listed below stem cell injections might work for you.
- Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative arthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, wrist, thumb or ankle
- Cartilage damage (chondromalcia) or an osteochondral defect in any joint
- Small rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder labral injuries
If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these conditions, or are tired of living with knee and shoulder pain and want to find out what is causing it, make an appointment with Dr. Goradia. He is a knee and shoulder specialist who continually develops new methods of treating patients in the least invasive way possible.
Why G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
Whether working with recreational athletes, injured workers, or any other individuals, Dr. Goradia provides each patient with the quality of care given to professional athletes.
Dr. Goradia is a leading knee and shoulder specialist and one of the first U.S. orthopedic surgeons to be certified in sports medicine as a subspecialty.
When you come to Dr. Goradia you don’t get shuffled among various doctors or PA’s. You are personally treated by Dr. Goradia whose expertise and orthopedic success is extensive.