Stem Cell Therapies & Regenerative Medicine
Stem cells are unique from other cells in several key ways. Stem cells can renew themselves via cell division, even after extended periods of inactivity. This proliferation can occur over many months, yielding millions of new cells. Stem cells can also be encouraged to regenerate as different cells. Stem cell therapy offers encouraging treatment options for many people suffering from various activity-related injuries. Kinetic Sports Medicine offers innovative non-surgical treatments that include the use of stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Overview of Stem Cell Therapy
The study of regenerative stem cell therapy has been underway in the medical community for over 50 years. The unspecialized nature of stem cells is an important characteristic. A stem cell does not possess tissue-specific structures that give it a specific job in the body. Thus, these generalized cells can generate specialized cells, such as nerve cells. Scientists call this process "differentiation," and it involves multiple stages of development. Researchers studying stem cell therapy are trying to find answers to explain how differentiation occurs and how it might be possible to replicate the process in a laboratory setting. Answering these questions could open the door to many new possibilities in a variety of different stem cell therapies. Mesenchymal stem cells make up a very small percentage of stem cells in bone marrow. These cells have the ability to differentiate to become cartilage cells, bone cells, and fat cells.
Stem Cell Injections
Stem cell injections have shown promise in the treatment of various diseases and activity-related injuries. People with traumatic injuries, such as fractures, sprains, strains, and cartilage tears are potential candidates for this type of treatment. Injuries to the rotator cuff in the shoulder, the Achilles tendon at the back of the foot, or the anterior cruciate ligament or medial collateral ligament in the knee are examples of treatment areas for this procedure. Overuse injuries, such as tendonitis in the knee, elbow, wrist, or shoulder can also be treated with regenerative medicine. When examined after treatment, the tendons are often stronger with better alignment of collagen fibers.
Another promising innovation is known as platelet-rich plasma or "PRP." Stem cell injection is similar to platelet-rich plasma injection, because both procedures involve harvesting cells from a patient. With PRP, a nurse trained in regenerative medicine draws a patient's blood and separates out the platelets to enhance their concentration. Then, the resulting platelet-rich plasma is injected into the site of the injury.
Kinetic Sports Medicine
The medical team with Kinetic Sports Medicine is headed by Dr. Richard Kim. Dr. Kim is a primary care sports medicine physician who has chosen to dedicate his medical practice to healing with non-operative solutions. Kinetic Sports Medicine offers comprehensive non-surgical care and management of activity-related concussions. If you are suffering inflammation, pain, or issues related to range-of-motion due to overuse or an activity-related injury, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Kim. We welcome your questions to help you learn more about our services. Our goal is to help you reclaim your healthy and active lifestyle.