Continuous physical exertion is bound to cause some form of injury sooner or later. This is especially true for athletes. Common sports injuries can be categorized into five major branches that include all possible conditions that patients could face:
- Torn Ligaments
- Torn Tendons
- Cartilage damage
- Muscle tears
Regenerative Stem cell therapy—a combination of Regenerative Stem Cell Medicine and Physical Therapy—has been shown to help 80% of all orthopaedic patients to a full recovery, whether injured during sports or otherwise.
The alternatives to stem cell therapy; techniques like bone grafts and other surgeries have been known to cause infection and orthopaedic complications that limit their therapeutic value. Traditional methods of treating injuries have also been found to take longer and are not always capable of helping get the tissues back to full recovery.
The human body cannot always self heal and requires external intervention to allow it resume normal functioning. This is particularly true for orthopaedic injuries because ligament, tendon and cartilage are not as efficient at self healing as other parts of the body. Existing treatments are very intrusive and not always infective. Therefore, stem cell regeneration is a preferred method of treatment for sports injuries. The benefits of regenerative therapy for sports injuries are:
Better Cartilage and Muscle Development
Grafts as a method of treatment for cartilage tears and lesions may treat the condition, but many patients develop osteoarthritis later. The cartilage that is formed after treatment has a different structure and may restrict patient movements.
Similarly, when healing from injuries in the muscles, the treatments are incapable of restoring full muscle functionality because of its physical make up. The body fills in these tears with scar tissue, and while scar tissue can be a positive thing—it does not have the same contractile or elastic properties as the original tissue. Reconstructing the injured muscle and restricting activity for long periods of time does not always lead to full recovery.
On the other hand, cell regeneration reduced the healing time and the resulting cartilage or muscle formed does not limit the patient’s mobility to the extent than other treatments. Regenerative therapy allows the original tissue to re-grow and therefore it retains the original properties of the tissue. With some physiotherapy, patients may develop full use of their arms or legs after the treatment.
Non-Intrusive treatment for Ligaments
Research on the role of stem cells in orthopaedic treatments has pointed towards non-intrusive treatment methods. Stem cells have the ability to maintain and repair ligaments after injury, to the extent that alternative procedures cannot achieve.
The alternative of reconstructing the ligament often limits patient’s mobility. Patients develop soreness and sometime muscle imbalances after the treatment despite undergoing invasive surgery and often times conservative care alone is not sufficient to get to full recovery of the ligament tear.
Effective Tendon Restoration
The use of stem cells to re-grow muscle tendons has been shown to improve healing time and promote better healing of the injury. Tendons allow muscles to act on their attachment to the bone. This allows joints to move. Tendon injuries compromise a person’s movement since the tendons have torn or have become incapable of functioning properly.
The use of stem cell regeneration used in combination with physiotherapy, massage or chiropractics has the potential to allow patients to develop full mobility without discomfort after injury.
Faster Bone Healing
Non-Union fractures are formed when bones do not reconnect over the fracture after the treatment process is completed. Existing methods of treatment involve rest and immobilization that do not guarantee that the fracture will heal completely.
Stem cell therapy is widely used to treat non-union fractures and has shown to achieve full recovery for patients in less time than other treatments.
Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics are greater Toronto area based sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics that offer a wide range of services such as Stem Cell Regeneration, massage therapists and active release techniques, among others.