What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the most advanced treatment for osteoarthritis available in medicine today. This non-surgical procedure harnesses the regenerative power of your own body to heal and repair in a natural way.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the “seeds” for new growth in almost any area of the body. Once introduced to a differentiated group of cells, (like bone, muscle, or cartilage cells) stem cells will multiply as new healthy cells of the same lineage.
What to Expect in the Procedure:
- The Blood Draw- Your blood will be drawn and separated into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) using a centrifuge. Platelets are cell fragments that contain specialized proteins called growth factors. Your body uses these growth factors to heal.
- The Harvest-Dr. Riggs harvests stem cells from your adipose (fat) tissue in your lower back. This adipose tissue contains the stem cells that we will combine with the PRP to make up the necessary ingredients for cartilage growth and healing in the joint.
- The Delivery- The PRP and stem cells collected from your own body will then be processed and combined to create a highly concentrated dose that will be injected into the affected joint. All injections at ActiJoint are performed under ultrasound guidance. This ensures 100% accuracy of the injection.
After the Procedure
Most patients return to work or their daily activities immediately after the procedure. However, it is expected to feel soreness and discomfort for 2-5 days following treatment. Dr. Riggs will discuss the options available to make you comfortable during and following stem cell therapy.
How Soon Will I Feel the Results?
You may experience a subtle difference within 10 days of the injection. However, it is expected to experience the majority of the pain relief six weeks after the injection, with continued improvement over the next two years.
What are the Potential Risks?
Because stem cells are derived from your own adipose tissue, there is no chance of having an allergy or immune reaction. The risks associated with this procedure are those associated with all injections or other invasive procedures. These include local infection (less than 1% chance) and pain at the sites of injection and harvest.
Will My Insurance Cover it?
Currently, stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance. Because stem cell therapy has not yet been standardized, it is important to keep in mind that not all procedures offered are created equal. At ActiJoint you will receive the latest, most advanced method in medicine today. We provide the highest quality care while remaining the most affordable.
Why Should I Choose Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is effective at relieving pain, slowing deterioration, and regenerating tissue. In the setting of Osteoarthritis, definitive tissue repair and cartilage growth occurs as a result of the procedure-evidence confirmed by MRI imaging. Stem Cell Treatment has been proven to protect, cushion, and lubricate the joint. It has also been proven to decrease inflammation, diminish pain, and improve function. In fact, stem cell therapy has the most significant effect on pain associated with osteoarthritis than any other existing treatment modality, including surgery, even two years later.
Call today to schedule a consultation with Ryan Riggs, M.D.