Hip and Ankle Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive, debilitating disorder that affects a large number of the elderly and middle-aged population.  In 2012, approximately 8 million people in the United Kingdom and 27 million in the United States were affected by OA.
 Although current treatment strategies may decrease symptoms and improve function, they do not affect the continued breakdown of cartilage due to a myriad of factors and often times are temporary interventions on the road to eventual joint replacement or other surgical therapy.
It is well known that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the potential to proliferate and differentiate into cartilage and bone. In addition, MSCs are well recognized for their immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory capabilities.  Several studies have been performed in recent history examining the efficacy of MSCs in joints of animal models with OA with beneficial long term results.  In human studies,  the large majority of patients treated for mild-moderate osteoarthritis of hip and ankle pathology exhibited therapeutic benefit which included increased walking distance without pain, decreased subjective pain scores, and improved cartilage distribution in previously damaged areas confirmed by MRI.
At MetroMD, we are pleased to offer stem cell therapy for a wide variety of joint injuries, including hip and ankle, performed under fluoroscopic guidance, to assist in the natural regenerative capacity of the body to prevent more invasive intervention that may often be further debilitating and requiring a tenuous recovery course.
Injections are performed in office by our highly trained physician team utilizing the highest quality of banked chord blood stem cells derived from verified donors.  Side effects are minimal beyond local irritation of the infection site.
The post-injection therapy course requires a period of minimal weight bearing on the joint ranging from 6-8 weeks followed by a graded return to daily activities.  Follow up visits are then spaced every 8-12 weeks for approximately 12 months to gauge efficacy of therapy and to assess if adjunct treatment may be necessary.
Please contact MetroMD if this therapeutic course is of interest you and you wish to have a consult with one of the members of our physician team!

 

Posted on May 8, 2018 by:

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive, debilitating disorder that affects a large number of the elderly and middle-aged population.  In 2012, approximately 8 million people in the United Kingdom and 27 million in the United States were affected by OA.  Although current treatment strategies may decrease symptoms and improve function, they do not affect the continued

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Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

As society becomes more informed about the chronic and acute healing process of musculoskeletal tissue injuries, the use of biological treatments becomes more widely accepted. One of these biological treatments, called stem cell therapy, is a new and promising treatment that has been found to reduce pain and improve mobility in patients with orthopedic conditions like arthritis without the need for surgery.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is the treatment of illnesses using naturally occurring cells in the body that have the capability to differentiate (turn into different cell types) and promote tissue regeneration. One specific variety of stem cells used in orthopedic stem cell treatments is Mesenchymal, which can produce ligament, bone, cartilage, and tendon tissue. These cells emit chemicals (cytokines and growth factors) that decrease inflammation, inhibit tissue breakdown, and trigger cell repair.

Orthopedic Conditions Treatable with Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy has successfully been used to treat many injuries and diseases. Orthopedic conditions that have been treated with stem cell therapy include acute and chronic injuries of the muscle, tendon, cartilage, bone, and ligament. A few specific conditions that are candidates for stem cell therapy include:

  • Tendon Injuries like partial tears of the shoulder’s rotator cuff
  • Back pain caused by degenerative discs and facet joint
  • Arthritis of joints (like the hip, elbow, and knee) and osteoarthritis

Before you are considered a candidate for stem cell therapy, you will have to undergo an orthopedic evaluation, which often includes getting an x-ray and MRI scan. If you are healthy, you will most likely not need any other special laboratory testing.

Posted on December 27, 2017 by:

As society becomes more informed about the chronic and acute healing process of musculoskeletal tissue injuries, the use of biological treatments becomes more widely accepted. One of these biological treatments, called stem cell therapy, is a new and promising treatment that has been found to reduce pain and improve mobility in patients with orthopedic conditions

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How Stem Cell Injections Can Help with Knee and Joint Pain

Men and women living with knee and joint pain understand the negative toll it can take on their everyday lives. Not only can this pesky pain cause individuals to avoid athletic activities, it can also impact their ability to take part in everyday events. If you are tired of suffering from knee and joint pain, you may be able to benefit from stem cell injections. Read on to learn more about this effective treatment option.

About Stem Cell Injections

When dealing with knee or joint pain, amniotic fluid stem cell therapy can often help. The stem cells used in this therapy are retrieved from the amniotic sac, not the embryo, and have anti-inflammatory properties. These cells work to restore damaged tissues for long-term results, unlike cortisone, which only offers temporary relief. Containing hyaluronic acid, these cells also help to lubricate the joints for easier and more comfortable mobility.

Why Choose Stem Cell Injections?

Amniotic fluid stem cell therapy is a safe and effective treatment, boasting many benefits. Because these types of stem cells come from an immunoprivileged site, patients tolerate this treatment extremely well. The stem cells work to naturally stimulate tissue and cartilage growth for effective and long-term pain relief.

Patients who are located in the Hollywood, CA area and are interested in learning more about stem cell injections can contact MetroMD today to schedule their consultation. MetroMD offers a selection of stem cell therapy treatments to cater to an array of patients.

Posted on June 22, 2017 by:

Men and women living with knee and joint pain understand the negative toll it can take on their everyday lives. Not only can this pesky pain cause individuals to avoid athletic activities, it can also impact their ability to take part in everyday events. If you are tired of suffering from knee and joint pain,

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