Repetitive use, repetitive stress, repetitive motion, repetitive strain — no matter what you call these injuries, they can be tough to treat, and they sometimes require surgery. Thanks to regenerative medicine, namely stem cell therapy, we can now rebuild your beleaguered soft tissue from the inside out, on a cellular level, without the need for an invasive surgical solution.
Here at our practice, the goal of Dr. Henry N. Small and our team is to restore pain-free movement in our Houston area patients using the least invasive techniques available. Whether you’ve overdone it at the keyboard and suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or you’ve developed tennis elbow on the courts, we have just the tool you need to recover more quickly and as strong as ever using the amazing power of the human stem cell.
What are stem cells?
Most of the cells in your body are designed for one purpose and work diligently in their assigned lanes — your liver cells ensure that this large organ is functioning optimally and your skin cells keep you in the pink of health.
Human stem cells, on the other hand, really don’t have a specific job description, but they’re the body’s go-to resource as a jack-of-all-trades. This is because many stem cells have the incredible ability to transform themselves into other cells. More amazing still is that not only can stem cells become a specified cell, but they can also then indefinitely multiply as that cell.
Stem cells are strongest during embryonic development, which makes sense given that they’re tasked with forming a human body from the ground up. After you’re born, your body still contains stem cells, but they are less numerous and potent. Still, the stem cells that accompany you throughout your life continue to play a valuable role as they lie in wait in your tissue and come forward when needed to help your body rebuild and repair itself.
What is regenerative medicine?
As the name implies, regenerative medicine is a technique in which we look to the human body’s own resources to help with healing and repair. While we’ve known about the power of stem cells for some time now, the trick has been figuring out ways to harness this power.
Thanks to ongoing science and research, we’re now able to tap some of the most powerful stem cells and redirect them into areas where they can help your body heal faster. To deliver the most beneficial stem cells, we turn to those found in umbilical cord blood. These stem cells are considered pluripotent, meaning they have the versatility attributes we discussed above.
Putting stem cells to work
While the use of stem cells is still evolving, we’ve found great success in using them to treat repetitive stress injuries, which can develop in your soft tissue, including your:
Repetitive stress injuries develop over time as you place more pressure on certain tissue, such as your rotator cuff or Achilles tendon. Just as your socks begin to lose their form after repeated wearing, your connective tissue can break down after too much use. Strains and tiny tears can develop in your soft tissue, which often leads to inflammation, pain, and limited movement.
Traditionally, orthopedists recommend rest, medications, and surgery (when necessary) to repair your tissue. With our stem cell therapy, we give your tissue the healing boost it needs to repair and rebuild itself, without having to resort to surgery. This surgery-free solution means that your body can concentrate all of its resources, plus the reinforcements we provide through cord blood stem cells, on the immediate problem without creating unnecessary ones.
If you’d like to explore how our stem cell therapy can help you heal from repetitive stress injuries without the need for surgery, please give us a call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.