Mild to severe hip pain can have a large impact on your standard of living. From getting out of bed in the morning, to taking part in any sort of exercise; hip pain can put a significant strain on your day-to-day life. If this sounds all too familiar to you, or someone you know, surgery might seem like your only option. However, at the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we specialize in highly advanced and innovative non-surgical procedures to effectively treat a wide spectrum of hip, and other joint, conditions and injuries. Unlike an invasive surgery, stem cell therapy is quick, efficient, and often times does not require the need for long-term postoperative rehabilitation – giving you your life back.
Commonly Treated Hip Conditions & Injuries Using Stem Cell Therapy
Hip pain and injuries are most commonly found in children and those over the age of 45 – with an estimated 1 in 4 people developing hip arthritis by the age of 85. However, hip issues are becoming increasingly more common in patients that want to maintain an active lifestyle. For those who are especially active, such as professional and amateur athletes, putting consistent and severe strain on your hips can lead to bursitis, tendonitis, or even hip labral tears. These conditions may arise through rigorous activity, which inflames the cushion between the muscle and the hip bone and can lead to severe pain that limits ones ability to maintain their active lifestyle.
At Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we have seen incredible success in the treatment of common hip conditions by harnessing the healing power of your own body’s stem cells.
Everyone is unique, and so are each individual’s injuries and conditions. However, when it comes to matters of the hip, a majority of issues can be improved through the use of non-surgical procedures such as PRP therapy and stem cell therapy.
If you have been told you need surgery, there may be another option. At Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, our doctors pride themselves on returning our patients to normal daily activity as quickly and safely as possible. With stem cell therapy, an intrusive surgery may no longer necessary.
Common hip conditions and injuries treated with stem cell therapy:
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain
Unlike surgery, there is very little risk involved when dealing with stem cell therapy, which is one of the primary reasons why an increasing number of athletes are turning to this line of treatment to relieve their pain from injury. Furthermore, recovery time is far quicker than typical surgery, meaning you can get back to the things in life that matter most. Usually patients are able to return to normal daily activities almost immediately after their procedure. Most patients see an improvement in their hip pain within 2 to 4 weeks.
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.