Stem Cell Therapy
Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Therapy +
What causes osteoarthritis?
It’s unclear why some people get osteoarthritis while others don’t, but there are many different factors involved. It can run in families, for instance. It may also relate to a job or previous injury. It’s also more common among women and is influenced by weight and physical fitness level.
The condition is caused by stiffness of the cartilage that protects the joint. For example, your hip joint has cartilage between the ball and socket to keep your bones from rubbing together. As the cartilage loses its elasticity with age, it breaks down exposing the ends of your bones. It’s the rubbing of the bones that leads to inflammation.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
The condition develops gradually, but specific symptoms include:
- Aching or soreness in the joints that increase with activity
- Stiffness after long periods of rest
- Obvious swelling of visible joints like the on the fingers or knee
How is osteoarthritis treated?
The treatment plan will depend on the location of the inflammation and the patient. Your occupation, age, and fitness level also come into play as Dr. Quinn develops a care plan. Generally, treatment will involve a combination of medical therapies and lifestyle changes. Weight and exercise levels have a dramatic impact on this condition, especially when it affects weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips. Dr. Quinn may suggest low-impact exercises and a weight-loss plan as part of the treatment.
Stem cell therapy is also part of most care plans. Dr. Quinn works to harvest adipose stem cells directly from the patient. Injecting these cells into problem areas triggers the natural healing process to reduce inflammation and allow tissue regeneration.
Back And Neck Pain +
Are back and neck pain signs of a serious problem?
This pain is disabling for some, but it really depends on what’s causing the problem. Pain in this region is common as you age. Years of use lead to tears in the discs that cushion your spine. The weakening of the structure of your disc can lead to herniation, or bulge, of that disc. Often, the pain is simply muscular stress that will recover with physical therapy.
How is the pain in the neck and back diagnosed?
It takes a combination of physical exam and imaging to diagnose specific problems with the back and neck. An X-ray will show the narrowing of the space between the spinal bones that may indicate arthritis, for example. In some cases, Dr. Quinn may try rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles to see if that relieves the pain. Other lifestyle changes can help, as well, such as weight loss and increased physical activity.
How can stem cell therapy help with neck and back pain?
Certain conditions that cause neck and back pain may respond to stem cell treatments. Stem cells are undifferentiated units, meaning they haven’t decided what to be just yet. They might evolve into a nerve or muscle cell, for example. By introducing the patient’s own stem cells into problem areas like the lower back or cervical spine, the cells differentiate appropriately based on need. Since Dr. Quinn uses your own cells, she reduce the risk of complications while increasing the odds of success.
Hip Pain +
What is the most likely cause of hip joint pain?
The hip joints are prone to osteoarthritis. This condition generally causes persistent pain that tends to worsen with activity. Other possible causes include:
- Muscle or tendon strain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Hip pain that comes on suddenly is usually caused by an accident or injury. Chronic pain is more likely to be arthritis.
What is the treatment for arthritis in the hip?
Dr. Quinn will take a multifaceted approach to healing your hip joints. Physical therapy and lifestyle changes are certainly part of that equation. Being overweight puts added stress on these joints leading to inflammation, for example.
Stem cell therapy is another practical choice. Dr. Quinn harvests adipose stem cells from your body and injects them into sore joints. Since stem cells can change into any type of cell, they can stimulate healing in many different elements of this large, complex joint. In conjunction with other treatment modalities designed to strengthen the joint, stem cell therapy can decrease hip pain.
Knee Pain +
What problems involve the knee?
Many knee problems are the result of an injury, often sports related. When the knee is hit just right, it can bend or twist in an abnormal fashion. Injuries like this lead to:
- Sprains or strains
- Tears in the joint cushions
- Tears in the key ligaments such as the ACL or MCL
- Fractures of the bones including the kneecap
- Dislocation of the kneecap or joint
Most knee injuries, including those resulting from overuse, require medical care.
What is an overuse injury?
Knee joints are especially prone to overuse injuries, which occur due to repetitive movement. For example, a woman who jogs every morning creates prolonged pressure on her knee joints. That leads to irritation, inflammation, and eventually pain. Common overuse injuries of the knee include:
- Plica syndrome
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Iliotibial band syndrome
Overuse injuries are often chronic problems that continue unless treated.
How can stem cell therapy help with knee pain?
Stem cell treatments work in conjunction with traditional care plans to help many different orthopedic injuries including damage to the knee. Stem cells have both regenerative and anti-inflammatory benefits, meaning they aid in healing. Stem cells serve as natural healing agents when introduced into an injury site. That’s especially beneficial for joint injuries where different tissues need to heal, such as:
Just one injury can have a long-lasting impact on many different tissue types, but stem cells help heal them all.
Shoulder Pain +
How is a diagnosis made of a shoulder injury?
The diagnosis will require a physical exam and possibly imaging studies. Dr. Quinn will make a diagnosis after looking at your symptoms as well as any mobility changes and limitations to determine what is happening with the joint.
How is shoulder pain treated?
The treatment plan depends on a number of factors including the underlying cause of the pain. The most likely cause of shoulder pain is tissue damage, such as a partial rotator cuff tear. Connective tissue conditions are often degenerative: They get worse over time and result from excessive use or repeated injury.
After assessing the injury, Dr. Quinn may try nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication, to allow for proper healing. Home treatments are a large part of the care plan, too.
Self-care recommendations will include:
- Resting whenever possible
- Icing your shoulder
- Immobilizing your shoulder if necessary
- How does stem cell therapy fit into shoulder pain treatment?
Orthopedic injuries can benefit from stem cell therapies, especially if other nonsurgical treatment options fail to provide relief. Stem cells promote cell regeneration. The shoulder bone uses a variety of connective tissues, and stem cells can strengthen and enhance the natural healing of the joint.
Dr. Quinn takes adipose stem cells from the patient and inject them into the shoulder. The new stem cells stimulate tissue growth in tendons, muscles, and ligaments, allowing the body to heal itself. Since the cells come from right from the patient, there is no risk of disease or rejection.
QM Natural Facelift® +
The QM Natural Facelift® is a revolutionary new procedure that offers facial rejuvenation without surgery. Using your own adult stem cells, we inject a combination of the stem cells with growth factors that are released over time to continuously stimulate your cells. The process restores a youthful contour to your face while improving skin quality, color irregularities due to aging or the sun, and firmness.
The procedure concludes with a resurfacing of the skin to remove fine lines while stimulating the underlying stem cells to continue the regenerative process.
Payment Options: Due to the recent advances in stem cell technology, stem cell therapy is not yet covered by most insurance companies. However, we offer financing through Care Credit to help provide the therapy you need at the time you need it.
Care Credit offers affordable payment options including interest-free monthly payments for up to 60 months, depending on the plan you choose. You can apply online, by phone, or ask our experienced staff to help you through the process. We’re here to learn about you, your needs, your goals, and your desires and to teach you about your best options.