Stem Cell Therapy

Osteopathic Center for Healing

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians located in Rockville, MD

When you’re suffering from the pain that comes from joint degeneration or tendon tears, regenerative treatments like stem cell therapy can offer relief. At Osteopathic Center for Healing in Rockville, Maryland, Neil Spiegel, DO, offers modern medical procedures like stem cell therapy that heal your body and restore its function. To find out more about regenerative therapy treatments, call Osteopathic Center for Healing or schedule an appointment online today.

Stem Cell Therapy Q & A

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a regenerative form of medicine that repairs damage, disease, or injury to your body by leveraging your natural ability to heal.

Stems cells are the biological repairmen in your body. Under the right conditions, they have the ability generate new cells or become new cells with specialized functions. When used to treat medical conditions, stem cell therapy can trigger healing within your body by generating new cells to replace those that have been dysfunctional.

How does stem cell therapy work?

Your stem cells are your body’s raw building blocks. There are several types of stem cell sources, including:

  • Embryonic stem cells, which are found in three- to five-day-old embryos
  • Perinatal stem cells, which are found in amniotic fluid with umbilical cord blood stem cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells, which are adult stem cells altered through genetic reprogramming

At Osteopathic Center for Healing, Dr. Spiegel typically uses adult stem cells located in tissues like bone marrow and fat. These stem cells can create different types of cells. This means that stem cells harvested from your bone marrow, for example, can create new cells in your heart muscle.

What conditions does stem cell therapy treat?

Stem cell therapy can treat a variety of dysfunction in your entire body, including your shoulders, elbows, and wrists or weight-bearing areas like your hips, knees, and ankles. Common issues that Dr. Spiegel treats using stem cell therapy include:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Meniscal tears
  • Partial tendon tears
  • Glenoid or hip labral tears
  • Achilles tendon and rotator cuff injuries

In addition to tendon tears and injuries, stem cell therapy is also an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis associated with aging and joint degeneration.

What can I expect during my appointment?

During your appointment, Dr. Spiegel extracts healthy adult stem cells from your body and then introduces them to the site of your pain. This precise procedure is guided by ultrasound technology to ensure your healthy stem cells are delivered to the area that has damaged cells.

With the healthy, new stem cells at the site of your injury, your damaged cells begin to regenerate. This regeneration restores the function of the muscle, joint, or tendon while also relieving your pain. Initial results typically are noticeable three weeks after your treatment with continued improvement over six months.

To see if stem cell therapy can reduce your pain and restore your health, call Osteopathic Center for Healing or schedule an appointment online today.