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Can You Strengthen Meniscal Cartilage With Stem Cells
Yes: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more
It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No: At this point, there is no evidence that stem cells can revert the cartilage cell death that results in arthritis of the knee. There are cartilage restoring procedures ("filling pot holes") that theoretically uses your own cells to grow cartilage or cartilage like substances, but the function of this cartilage is still inferior to your own native one. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
I have delaminated cartilage in my hip. Can injecting stem cells help re-attach cartilage to the bone?
Uncertain: I'm not sure about the term delaminated cartilage but it sounds like there may be some Cartlidge damage. If it has detached from the bone it's not clear whether it will reattach with stem cells. This is a field where there is a lot research and it may be best for you to have your physician help you contact one of those who is involved with stem cell research ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can chronic dehydration have something to do with cartilage damage, specifically triangular fibrocomplex cartilage? Tfcc degenerative tear.
What are glucosamine and chondroitin? Can they help my tfcc injury by building the torn cartilage?
No: No. They haven't been shown to repair ACL tears. The tear involves complete disruption of the collagen fibers of the ligament. The ACL goes from a rope-like structure to a disorganized bunch of mop-like endings. They are in complete disarray. Even if the stem cells could reform the acl, you would need some sort of scaffold to direct the new ligament to bridge from the femur to the tibia. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: You may want to consider stem cell therapy for your meniscal tear. So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy are the Regenexx Physicians Network. They have over 10,000 patients in their registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but!: Many types of stem cells have been made to form cartilage (including stem cells from fat, marrow, amnion, blood). I have even personally done much research on this. However, the problem is that we have no good way of placing the cartilage back into the knee (or other joint) and keep it in place while the body heals. There are encouraging trials, but no definitive solutions yet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Still researching: There is a possibility that fat cells may be able to stimulate regeneration of damaged nerve cells. This research, however, is still in its infancy, and is not ready for clinical use. Several academic centers are doing basic laboratory research to see if this may be a potential treatment option. ...Read more
Will prp plus stem cell therapy to injured/ strained si ligaments work? Will it cause scar tissue or normal tissue? Is it better than prolotherapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma: There is not much good data that I am aware of showing that prolotherapy is effective. PRP or platelet rich plasma is showing effectiveness in small studies for several indications. These include: Facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, sexual rejuvenation, arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries, and more. Based on my experience, I recommend PRP therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stem cell apheresis for bone marrow transplant? How does this work and is it safe? I thought bone marrow stem cells were inside your bones, so how can you collect them from your blood? Also, can your body make more bone marrow without the stem cells?
Most : Most bone marrow stem cells are inside you bones, some are floating around. When given a medication/natural substance called gcsf or Neupogen more stem cells are found in the peripheral blood. These can be removed by a machine that filters your blood. An IV is placed in two places, your blood is removed, filtered and returned. You are left with stem cells so you too continue to make blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help: Motion of effected joint and nonimpact activity appear to be valuable for cartilage nutrition and recovery from restoration procedures. By nonimpact I am referring to activities like swimming, cycling, walking which are safe in intermediate stages( 3 mos to 6-8 mos) after such procedures. Higher impact activites probably shouldn't even be considered until 10-12 mos post operatively. ...Read more
How many times can you safely go into a knee joint surgically w/o doing permanent damage that would effect rom and function of the joint?
No: Enjoy and develop whatever Nature gave you. Photo Guy isn't complaining about 'having narrow shoulders.' ...Read more
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