What is Sports and Regenerative Medicine?
Sports and Regenerative Medicine is a catch all term for a variety of different conditions. Sports medicine started with the treatment of the musculoskeletal injuries that occurred while engaging in athletics and active sports. Normally the primary cause of injury was trauma affecting one of the joints: knees, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and wrist. As sports medicine evolved, it also started to include treatment of the neck, back, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Regenerative medicine is the process by which sports medicine works. Many times, the ligaments, cartilage, and tendons wear out. With this new technology, the tissue is actually regrown from stem cells.
The symptoms of a sports injury usually arises as pain in the joints and muscles. For it to count under the umbrella of sports medicine, the injury needs to be some type of an impact, injury, or trauma. There are some joint and muscle pains that would not fall under the treatment of sports medicine such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. The pain caused by a sports injury involves the ligaments and tendons that support the joints, such as the various ligaments in the knee or the Achilles’ tendon in the ankle.
Treatments for sports injuries tend to focus on getting the joint back to its prior shape. This is often done by replacing ligaments and tendons, such as in the knee, but at times, total joint replacements are sometimes necessary for those who have advanced pain, comorbid osteoarthritis, or have failed other treatments. With regenerative medicine, the process of regenerating the tissue is usually carried out by means such as stem cells. With the use of these cells delivered directly into the tissue, the cells can differentiate into the types needed to repair the joint.
Adipose Stem Cell Therapy for Sports & Athletic Injuries
Athletic injuries can be one of the best responders to stem cell therapy. In fact, sports icons, such as Peyton Manning, have used stem cell treatments with much success. The adipose stem cell process is much easier than other stem cell harvesting methods, and this makes it ideal for the common, painful injuries that may occur in sports and regenerative medicine.
If you have a sports/athletic injury, stem cells can:
- Help repair ligaments and tendons
- Help repair cartilage
- Delay the need for joint replacement surgery
- Decrease pain
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Restoration of the joint capsules
- Return of joint function
When used in conjunction with traditional treatments, such as physical therapy and rest, stem cells have a great potential to make athletic injuries heal much quicker than without. Usually, the stem cells are placed directly into the joint, and this helps to heal the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage much more quickly. The regeneration provided by stem cell therapy increases the chance to reverse the problems that are caused by sports/athletic injuries. If you’re interested in starting your journey with adipose stem cell therapy, please give one of our Care Coordinators a call and explore your options today with a free consultation.