Month: December 2019

How effective is “stem cell therapy” for joints?

December 16th, 2019
At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics, we only treat joints that are “true” joints. We consider joints that have a synovial capsule and two bones coated with hyaline cartilage (the protective covering over the bones that creates a slick, teflon-like surface) to be “true” joints. Treatment is most effective when it is being used to treat conditions that are affecting joints with this anatomical structure. It is important to understand the source of your pain if you are considering any sort of...

Stem cell therapy vs. joint replacement

December 6th, 2019
It is important to understand what stem cell therapy and joint replacement treat, because theoretically, in orthopedics, it should be the same thing. Say you’re experiencing pain in your knee joint. If you visit a doctor, and they tell you you are “bone on bone”, it means that you’ve worn out your meniscus, which is the leathery pad between the two bones in your knee. If you are told that you “have to have” a knee replacement then the meniscus...

What is stem cell therapy?

December 3rd, 2019
The term “stem cell therapy” means different things to different people; it has many connotations. However, stem cell therapy is actually a specific science. Stem cells, or stem cell “secretomes” are cells that secrete healing factors to change or enhance the local microenvironment around damaged tissue. This can cause proliferation, growth and healing of associated tissue. Note that “stem cell therapy” does not involve stem cells turning into things, as many people misunderstand. These “stem cells” aren’t going to turn...