At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we use cutting-edge nonsurgical procedures such a stem cell therapy to effectively treat a wide range of ankle injuries and conditions. If you, or someone you know, is dealing with ankle pain, you’re aware that everyday activities such as walking, or even resting, can become an uncomfortable task. Using surgery to treat an ankle injury or condition requires an extensive rehabilitation plan and regaining normal form and function is not always guaranteed. When using stem cell therapy as a treatment option, you eliminate the need for long-term therapy, getting you back to the activities you love most in a timely manner.
Commonly Treated Ankle Conditions & Injuries Using Stem Cell Therapy
Ankle injuries are often times associated with sports, but pain or damage to the ankle may occur more often than you think. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each day (9 million annually). Ankle sprains account for almost half of all sports injuries and more than 80 percent of ankle sprains are a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle.
While each injury and condition of the ankle is unique, many issues can be treated using nonsurgical procedures such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy.
Common ankle conditions and injuries treated with stem cell therapy:
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Ankle Pain
Stem cell injections have been used to successfully treat patients with tendon, ligament, and joint issues for many years. Many high-level athletes in the NFL, NBA, and other professional sports associations, have been known to use stem cell therapy to help relieve pain and injury. Many patients choose stem cell therapy for their pain over surgery due to the little risk that is involved, the quick recovery time, and the relief they receive without the need of undergoing an invasive surgery.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in our bodies that have the unique characteristic to self-renew. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and in turn repair damaged or injured tissue. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine we only use your own mesenchymal stem cells, or adult stem cells, to promote healing in the body. We aspirate these cells from your bone marrow found in the pelvis, or iliac crest. We use bone marrow from the iliac crest because research has found that this part of our body contains a very high amount of adult stem cells. When a concentrated source of these adult cells are placed in the proper environment of the body, they are able to differentiate into cells that are a part of the musculoskeletal system, allowing the advancement of healing in bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.
The Stem Cell Therapy Treatment Process
Many patients find stem cell therapy to be a pain-free procedure with little to no downtime, post-procedure. Our center uses advanced, state of the art equipment for each and every procedure performed in our office. Before being considered for a regenerative medicine procedure, such as stem cell therapy, you must have a consultation with our team in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. After being approved for the procedure, you will be provided with a list of medication and supplements that should be avoided pre- and post-procedure. There are some medications, such as anti-inflammatories, that may hinder the healing process for stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The procedure is performed in one of our beautiful treatment rooms under the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The procedure begins by cleaning and numbing the skin and bone around the pelvis area. A special needle is then inserted into the iliac crest in order to harvest stem cells located in the bone marrow blood. This process of aspiration is usually painless and is carefully done by one of our doctors.
Once the proper amount of bone marrow blood has been obtained, the tube of blood is spun in a high-spinning centrifuge in our facility. The machine concentrates the blood mixture so that the highest amounts of stem cells are separated from other cells. There is no other manipulation to these cells other than the simple process of centrification. This concentrated source of powerful stem cells is then re-injected into the area of pain or injury in order to promote healing in the body.
These procedures are considered minimally invasive and are done on an outpatient basis. We ask patients to expect that the procedure will last 90 minutes.