Hip and Thigh Pain
Stem Cells Are An Alternative To Hip Replacement & Surgery
Many patients have turned to Stem Cell Therapy as a better alternative to hip replacement and hip surgery, with an easier and faster recovery and with significantly less complications.
Hip surgery is often recommended as a treatment for several hip arthritis pain conditions. Hip replacement is also often recommended to individuals with severe joint mobility problems who often experience pain during movement or weight bearing. Frequently, these difficulties are due to osteoarthritis, the diagnosis given when the cartilage in a joint has worn away. However, as with most surgeries, hip surgery has some risks, including pain, blood clots, reactions to anesthesia, infections or muscle loss. Also, it requires hospitalization for a few days.
In addition, the recovery from hip replacement may be relatively slow, often requiring many months when patients cannot stand or walk without assisting devices, and a period of around three months when hip movements such as bending and twisting must be avoided. Hip replacement is also followed by several months of physical therapy.
HIP / THIGH CONDITIONS
- Hip Joint Arthritis, Hip Osteoarthritis
- Hamstring Strain
- Hip Degeneration
- Hip Greater Trochanteric Bursitis, Pain on the side of the hips
- Hip Ischial Tuberosity Bursitis, Pain at the base of the hips
- Hip Labral Tears
- Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head /Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
- Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome)
After undergoing hip replacement surgery, patients may have to give up certain physical activities such as jogging and high-impact sports, possibly for the rest of their lives. Moreover, hip replacements last only for approximately 10-15 years, so it’s likely that patients will require a second hip replacement surgery, which is usually far more complex, requiring longer recovery than the initial hip replacement surgery .
How Does Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain Work?
At the Boston Stem Cell Center, we utilize a patient’s stem cells to repair the hip joint naturally. Stem cells exist in high concentrations in bone marrow and fat, which can be aspirated with minimal discomfort, and then injected back into the hip along with concentrated platelet rich plasma. Platelet rich plasma is a portion of the patient’s own blood that is obtained by a simple method of centrifugation of a blood sample. Platelet rich plasma has a high concentration of growth factors that activate the stem cells and that prompt them to produce additional growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Consequently, not only can stem cells provide the precursor cells for repair, but they can also change the environment in the hip from inflammatory to regenerating.
Stem cells can heal the hip by stimulating cellular proliferation and local repair processes, creating cartilage and other tissues that are needed and reducing inflammation, resulting in pain relief and improved function.
Typically, a single stem cell injection should be sufficient for most hip problems. We do all our stem cell procedures under ultrasound or X-Ray fluoroscopic guidance to increase accuracy and decrease the likelihood of complications. Typically, a single stem cell injection should be sufficient to yield good results and to repair most hip injuries. Frequently, we combine stem cell injections with platelet rich plasma injections to reinforce the activity of stem cells.
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STEM CELL THERAPY ALLOWS A QUICK RECOVERY
One of the main reasons why Stem Cell Therapy has become a popular alternative to hip surgery and knee replacement is the quick and simple recovery. Stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure. After harvesting the stem cells, the procedure takes only a few hours to complete.
After the injection of stem cells, the recovery time may differ from patient to patient. In general, the majority of patients are able to walk within 24 hours. There may be soreness in treated tissues and joints for a few days. Excessive stress on the treated area due to high-impact activities such as running, jumping or squatting, for example, should be avoided for two to three months. Patients should begin to notice improvements within a few weeks after the injection. Stem cells will then gradually heal the damaged areas, allowing patients to return to their normal activities within two to three months.
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Is Stem Cell Treatment Right For You?
Although Stem Cell Treatment is considered by some people to be experimental, various research studies show that regenerative stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma injections can provide excellent relief from joint and musculoskeletal pain and ongoing inflammation.