Unless you frequently read a medical dictionary, you’ve most likely never come across the term “mesenchymal.” The term has Greek origins and is used to describe the multipotent adult stem cells that can be found in a person’s bone marrow. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into ligaments, tendons, bone, and cartilage cells, which is what makes them an optimal choice for orthopedic stem cell therapy and treatment. Dr. Kenneth Pettine and his team have conducted extensive research into MSCs and how they can benefit those suffering from shoulder, hip, knee, and other orthopedic problems. Instead of needing surgery, a person who receives an injection of MSCs can provide their body with the resources it needs to repair an injury.

Gathering Mesenchymal Cells

There are many questions surrounding the use of stem cells and their efficacy in treating orthopedic injuries, and that’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced doctor who understands regenerative cells and their capabilities. It’s also important to visit a specialist who can explain how MSCs are gathered. While the FDA has placed restrictions and guidelines on stem cells taken from fat tissue due to issues with sterilization and integration, cells gathered from the patient’s bone marrow have been deemed safe to be reinjected into the patient’s body. Since the MSCs are from your own bone marrow, there can be a greater chance of improved healing and quicker recovery.

Bone marrow aspiration is a relatively painless procedure, and local anesthetic is often the only method needed to numb the aspiration site. A small volume of MSCs are gathered from the pelvis (a healthy reservoir of regenerative cells), and are then concentrated so they can be injected into the injured site. There can be lingering pain at the aspiration and injection sites, but an ice pack and/or over-the-counter pain medicine should suffice to relieve any discomfort. Dr. Pettine will advise you on the best method for treating your pain following the aspiration and injection.

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If, for example, you’ve damaged cartilage in your knee or partially torn your ACL, chances are you’re thinking surgery is your only option. If you opt for surgery, the recovery time can be lengthy, and you may experience limited mobility and range of movement for the rest of your life. With MSCs, you can let your body heal itself from within, and by letting the cells do their job, you can give the cartilage and tissue the materials they need to rebuild and repair themselves. The severity of the injury or tear will determine what course of stem cell treatment is best, and our staff will advise you on the best approach.

If you’re suffering from discomfort in your hips, knees, back, or other area of your body, stem cells may be the answer. The cost difference between regenerative cells and traditional orthopedic surgery can be thousands of dollars, and recovery time can be a few weeks as compared to a few months. When you’re searching for a stem cell expert who understands the benefits of mesenchymal stem cells, contact Dr. Kenneth Pettine in Northern Colorado today.