For an active individual, a hip injury can disrupt a normal lifestyle and routine. Hip injuries and related pain can cause joint instability, limited range of motion, and a diminished overall quality of life.
In the past, the treatment options for hip pain were limited to oral medications, steroid injections, and in severe cases, surgical intervention. However, that is no longer the case.
Many are exploring the option of regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy, to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions, including hip pain. Below, we’ll outline how this treatment option could potentially help you overcome hip pain and improve your quality of life.
What Are Common Causes of Hip Pain?
Hip pain can be linked to a wide variety of chronic conditions and injuries. Some of the most common causes of hip pain include:
- Inflamed synovium
- Necrosis of the hip
- Snapping hip
- Labral tear
- Bursitis of the hip
Regardless of the source of your hip pain, stem cell therapy has the potential to mitigate your symptoms.
How Can Stem Cells Be Used to Treat Hip Pain?
Stem cells are unique because they have the ability to become specialized cells. Stem cells can divide into daughter cells and replace your damaged tissue. Stem cells naturally target inflammation, which further increases their effectiveness.
The application of stem cells is typically an administration of a large concentration of these specialized cells directly to the hip joint. The cells will begin to divide and help activate the body’s healing capabilities.
Where are Stem Cells Found?
There are different sources of mesenchymal stem cells to help manage orthopedic hip conditions. These mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be obtained from either autologous or allogeneic tissues. Autologous MSCs are harvested from either bone marrow aspirate or adipose (fat) tissues. Allogeneic MSCs are donated from healthy C-section births that have followed an FDA-guided process and comes from Wharton’s Jelly, which lines the vessels of umbilical cords.
Recovering from Stem Cell Treatment
You should be able to resume most normal activities the day after your treatment. However, you should avoid any sports activities or load-bearing exercise for at least two weeks after your procedure. Following post-treatment instructions increases the effectiveness of the treatment and helps you avoid the risk of complications.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.