30 Nov Utilizing Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain
As one of the largest and most powerful joints, the hip withstands the entire body weight while also providing a wide range of motions, second only to the shoulder joint. But while it might exhibit impressive durability qualities, the hip is no less prone to the effects of trauma, medical conditions, or wear and tear.
In truth, adults, especially those that consistently engage in physical activities and the aging population, are more prone to hip pains. And regardless of the risk factor, this condition can have severe consequences.
Medical professionals continue to explore traditional treatment options to address hip pains, from medications to physical therapy and various types of hip surgery, when pains become chronic, or other treatment options fail to yield any change. However, surgeries are invasive procedures that require a significant recovery time.
Thankfully, these traditional treatments are not the only options available today. Comprehensive research on regenerative medicine has identified stem cell therapy for hip pain as a viable and practical treatment option.
Common Conditions That Result In Hip Pains
Hip pain is a general term for pain felt around the hip joints. Typically, there are two significant risk factors for hip pains, trauma, and medical conditions. Different aspects of the hip can witness wear and tear over time or from trauma. This risk factor is peculiar to athletes and other physically active people.
Hip pains can also result from degenerative diseases from hypertension to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. These medical conditions cause the gradual deterioration and breakdown of different body parts, from tissues to bones and, in the case of hip pains, cartilage. Some degenerative disorders are also inflammatory diseases that affect the joints, causing severe pains and immobility. Some other conditions that cause hip pains in both younger and older individuals include;
- Childhood conditions such as dysplasia or Perthes disease
- Systematic wear and tear from overuse
- Inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis
- Muscle strain
These risk factors affect different people and manifest themselves in various forms. Hence, here are some symptoms associated with hip pains.
- Joint pains
- Limited range of motion
- Swelling around the hip
- Loss of mobility
- Tenderness of the hip
How Stem Cell Therapy Address Hip Pain
Research has supported stem cell therapy as an effective treatment for these neurodegenerative diseases. Stem cells can either replace dead cells or support damaged neurons by modulating the immune system. Their regenerating and differentiating properties also make stem cells a practical option for orthopedic injuries in and around the hip.
Stem cell therapy aims to replace invasive hip surgeries by using the body’s healthy cells to repair damaged joint tissues. Patients undergo thorough testing, including imaging, to determine the extent of hip deterioration. Healthy cells are then harvested from the patient and, if need be, activated before being injected into the damaged hip.
Stem cell therapy for the hip triggers cell growth within the damaged tissues. These stem cells typically release paracrine signals that help to reduce inflammation and improve the regeneration of the tissues and damaged cartilage. Platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and stem cells extracted from the bone marrow also foster cellular communication and accelerate healing by either improving blood flow or providing a fibrin-rich clot.
The result of these properties is the regeneration of cartilage within the hip and subsequent reduction in pain and discomfort. Unlike invasive hip surgeries, the recovery period for stem cell therapy usually takes a few weeks, and changes become apparent in a few days. Within these weeks, stem cells address hip pains in three ways;
● Regenerating or Repairing Damaged Tissues
The regenerative property of stem cells offers a safe approach to easing all discomforts in the hip. In most cases, stem cells are paired up with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is very effective in treating torn tendons, tendinitis, muscle injuries, arthritis-related pain, and joint injuries. These substances rapidly trigger the body’s natural healing abilities.
● Treating Severe Muscle Injuries
Hip pains can result from several factors, including muscle injuries. Hence if this is the case, then platelet-poor plasma therapy is harvested from the blood and used to create relief. Platelet-poor plasma (PPP) establishes a fibrin-rich clot in wounds to enhance rapid and natural healing and also helps generate muscle cell regrowth. Combined with unique proteins, this treatment interacts with muscle tissues better than other therapies.
Advanced Stem Cell Institute is a regenerative medicine LA provider experienced in replacing invasive surgical procedures with safer stem cell therapies. Our professionals have extensive training in interventional pain management and stem cell therapy. As such, if you are interested in more information about stem cell therapy for hip pain, you can contact us today and schedule a consultation.