Stem Cells Treat a Variety of Musculoskeletal Joint Disorders

Did you know that musculoskeletal complaints plague about fifty percent of Americans? Injuries and disorders can impact many different components of the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones, and joints, with some of the more common issues being osteoarthritis, tendonitis, fractures, strains, and sprains. The causes vary, from the natural wear and tear of aging to damage caused by repetitive motion, sports, or trauma, but the results are the same: inflammation, fatigue, pain, decreased range of motion and, in some cases, complete loss of function. Probably, none of this is news to you. What you may not realize, however, is that many of these complaints can be addressed through stem cell treatment.

  • The most common sports-related injuries are tendon and ligament injuries. Prone to developing overuse injuries, these soft tissues are also susceptible to sprains, ruptures, strains, tears and bruising, as well as inflammation. These injuries often require long periods of inactivity, and sometimes rehabilitation, steroids or surgery.

  • Arthritis is very common in the knee. Knee joints get a lot of use, and sometimes the cartilage of the knee joint wears away or becomes damaged. Symptoms of arthritis in the knee include pain, swelling, stiffness, difficulty bending or straightening the leg, and sometimes creaking or popping noises. A common treatment for knee joint arthritis is knee replacement, which involves a long period of downtime, and a painful recovery.

  • The hip is another joint that’s susceptible to developing arthritis. Age, activity, excess weight and injury can all contribute to the development of arthritis, and more than twenty-five percent of adults over age 55 develop arthritis in the hip. This is a problem, because it severely limits mobility, making everyday activities like walking and climbing stairs painful and difficult.

  • The shoulder joint can develop arthritis due to wear and tear of aging or overuse. It can also happen because of an injury or trauma, or tears in the rotator cuff. Shoulder arthritis causes pain that is aggravated by activity and worsens over time. The pain can spread throughout the shoulder and neck, and shoulder arthritis sufferers experience limited motion and difficulty in lifting their arms and report clicking and popping noises, along with a grinding feeling.

  • Arthritis in the neck and spine can also with stem cells. When cartilage in these areas degenerates, painful inflammation occurs. Neck arthritis causes pain between the shoulder blades or radiating down the arms, weakness in the arms or legs, and popping or cracking noises with neck movement. Stiffness is another common symptom, and neck and spine arthritis can lead to limited mobility, and in some cases permanent disability.

  • Small joints, like those in the hands, wrists, and feet, can also develop arthritis with age and overuse. This condition can cause swelling, aching, stiffness, pain, and weakness that can make holding objects, turning knobs and using tools difficult.

In all of these cases, traditional treatment involves long periods of rest, painkillers, and often surgery. Stem cells, however, can be used to treat these issues by injection, to reduce inflammation and enhance outcomes, often offering prompt relief. Many patients injected with their own stem cells show improvement within just a day or two after stem cell treatment. The anti-inflammatory results of this procedure last for two to three months, and over time, many patients see a gradual improvement in their overall conditions.

At The Knee Institute of Michigan and Regenerative Medicine, we believe in helping people achieve a higher quality of life by through non-surgical procedures that alleviate pain and promote wellness. The only facility in Michigan accredited with the OsteoArthritis Centers of America, we specialize in relieving the chronic pain of osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, using treatments that are minimally invasive, including stem cell treatments. The doctors at the Knee Institute of Michigan want to help improve not only your knee pain but also your overall quality of life. Call us at (248) 804-7226, to learn how we can help you.

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