Regenerative therapies, using the power of stem cells, can relieve the underlying cause of many forms of pain and not simply address symptoms.
One of these types of pain is hip joint pain.
Painful hips can make even the most mundane of daily activities, such as walking, getting up, or bending down, extremely hard for those suffering with this condition.
The Hip Joint: How it Works
The hip joint, located at where the thigh and pelvis meet, is one of the human body’s largest weight-bearing areas. The hip joint joins the pelvis and forms a ball and socket joint. In a healthy person’s hip, the area provides remarkable stability and enables unimpeded movement. The two main parts of the hip joint are the femoral head and the acetabulum. Tissue bands (ligaments) link the ball to the socket, and large muscles all add support.
Any damage to even one of these components in the hip joint can impede mobility and compromise its ability to bear weight. This can cause tremendous pain. People have long struggled to address the discomfort and disability of a damaged hip joint through the use of painkillers or by undergoing surgery to repair or replace the damaged hip joints.
Regenerative therapy now offers a non-invasive and effective alternative to traditional surgery. By using a patient’s own stem cells injected into the joint addresses the damage and possibly stop degeneration, stimulate bone growth and help healing naturally, without the complications and long downtimes normally associated with surgery.
How Stem Cell Therapies Address the Problem
Narcotics and painkillers have been traditionally used as a fix for joint pain (albeit, temporarily). However, as already mentioned, drugs merely treat the symptoms of a much deeper problem. Surgery does provide significant improvements, but is invasive and has a myriad of downsides to it such as complications involving blood clots, infections, or fractures. It comes as no surprise that patients suffering from hip joint pain only consider hip replacement surgery as a last resort.
Stem cell treatments involve injections of materials drawn from the patient’s own body to encourage healing on a cellular level.
Stem cells have the potential to become many different types of cells and are valuable tools for the human body’s natural repair system. When stem cells divide, they can transform into other types of cells to replenish various tissues and repair damaged structures.
How Are Stem Cells Used For Healing and Relieving Pain?
With stem cell therapy, doctors carefully collect stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. After utilizing a centrifuge, the cells are then injected directly into the injured tissues in the hip area. This provides valuable support for the body’s natural efforts to repair the damaged bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and tissues. Repairing the damage helps to restore function and relieve pain.
How Stem Cells Benefit Patients
Regenerative therapies offer a viable alternative to traditional surgery. These procedures are minimally invasive and are far more patient-friendly. Stem cell injections can be done in as little as 30 minutes. Follow-up injections may be required in the days following the initial treatment, but there is usually no downtime. After receiving an injection, the patient can return to their normal daily activities immediately.
If you are tired of struggling with hip joint pain and experiencing stiffness, weakness or limited mobility, you might be a candidate for stem cell therapy. Contact Spine Institute Northwest to schedule a consultation today.