The use of stem cells for the treatment of orthopedic injuries and diseases, like osteoarthritis, is an exciting new development being pioneered by regenerative medicine experts in the United States and around the world. Dr. Steven Meier, an orthopedic surgeon and orthopedic stem cell treatment expert at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills is leading the way in the field, and along with his team is bringing this treatment modality to a broad range of patients in the greater Los Angeles area.
Orthopedic Stem Cell Treatment
Known as undifferentiated cells, stem cells have the ability to transform or develop into different types of cells, specifically into the connective tissue found in the knees, elbows, and shoulders. Depending on the injury and the patient, the cartilage and connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, and muscle) that support the joints and keep them functioning properly can deteriorate and erode over time, leading to problematic symptoms like chronic inflammation, pain, and problems with movement and mobility. Once cartilage and connective tissue deteriorate or become irreparably damaged, they do not have the ability to heal or re-grow on their own.
Stem cell therapy and other regenerative medicine techniques in use by Dr. Meier and his team take advantage of the regenerative properties of cells already in the human body to help recreate lost or severely damaged cartilage and connective tissue in order to help the affected joints continue to function properly, and to prevent further damage.
The type of stem cells most commonly used in orthopedic treatments at the moment are known as mesenchymal stem cells, which are already present in adult tissue. Depending on the patient and the extent of injury, stem cell therapy could serve as an alternative to surgery and permanent joint damage and pain.
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