In orthopedics, stem cell treatments can help promote tissue regeneration and healing. Stem cell treatments combined with more traditional grafting methods for joint injuries (tendons, cartilage, and ligaments), arthritic joints, and bone fractures help the body heal itself more efficiently. At Marin Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Novato, CA, stem cells may be a part of your overall treatment plan to reduce recovery time and produce excellent results.
Stem cells used in orthopedic treatments are usually adult stem cells (also known as mesenchymal stem cells). Adult stem cells are almost always taken from tissue in your body, reducing any risks of complications from donor cells.
How Stem Cell Treatments Work
Once the stem cells are placed into a new environment, such as around bone or cartilage, they will divide and create progenitor cells, which can develop into whatever tissue requires regeneration or healing.
Bone, cartilage, and other treatments often require a tissue graft, which involves taking some of the healthy tissue from your body and placing it in the area that is lacking in healthy tissue. Because stem cells react to the environment around them, they are often added to the bone graft material that is used when treating fractures, cartilage, or ligament issues. The stem cells combined with the bone graft material or cartilage will help promote new tissue growth or healing.
Stem Cell Treatment at Marin Orthopedics
Marin Orthopedics is always looking into the most advanced and reliable treatment options to help our patients live active and healthy lives. Stem cell treatments are already being used to treat athletes and other individuals for a variety of different injuries and conditions, and research keeps unveiling additional uses for these unique cells. Our practice serves Marin County and the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including Sonoma and Napa Counties, from our office in Novato, CA. To learn more about stem cell treatments at our practice, contact us at (415) 492-1600. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.