Hip Injuries & Stem Cells
Repetitive use. Abrupt falls. Autoimmune disorders. Menopause induced bone density loss. The causes of hip injuries are many, but the pain they cause in our body’s largest ball-and-socket joint effects every patient’s mobility and quality of life.
We provide one of the most potent regenerative treatments known to science: stem cell therapy. When injected directly into injured areas, these stem cells may stimulate your own damaged cells’ regenerative potential to restore your tissue, eliminate your pain, and revive your hip’s range of movement. Depending on factors like age and genetics, the live-nucleated cells we introduce may continue producing human growth factors for weeks, sometimes even months.
The most common hip injuries are caused by osteoarthritis, a chronic degenerative condition that destroys the cartilage that cushions joints, causing weak and brittle aging bones to break more easily.
Other conditions that can cause hip injuries include:
- overuse of the tendons and hip joints often during manual labor or excessive exercise
- hip labral tear: damage of cartilage surrounding the bony edge of the pelvic socket
- bursitis: swelling and inflammation of fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints
- tendinitis: inflammation or irritation of tendons from repetitive stress
- rheumatoid arthritis: a chronic inflammatory joint disease that attacks healthy tissue
- lupus: a chronic autoimmune disease that damages tissue (can cause the death of bone cells due to decreased blood flow)
Hip injuries can be diagnosed in the following ways:
- physical exam and medical history review
- X-rays to reveal the condition of the bones and hip joints
- CT and MRI scans to analyze soft tissues like tendons and muscles
- blood test to detect levels of antibodies that indicate rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- arthrocentesis or joint aspiration: hip-joint fluid is extracted for laboratory study
Hip surgery often requires patients to stay in a hospital overnight for several days and is followed by several months of physical therapy. Patients may not be able to perform certain movements like bending or twisting for up to a year and may no longer be able to enjoy activities like sports, jogging, and dancing.
Stem cells may be able to bypass these issues. While it may take several weeks for your hips to return to full functionality, stem cell therapy does not take away tissue, but rather encourages the growth of new tissue. Stem cells can be used to treat hip arthritis by reducing inflammation and repairing and regenerating the cartilage around the hip joints. Stem cells also have the potential to alleviate debilitating pain and even repair damage caused by conditions like bursitis and osteonecrosis.
In the case of a hip injury, stem cell therapy may help relieve pain and repair damage caused by common injuries and conditions like bursitis, osteoarthritis, hip arthritis, labral tears, and avascular necrosis. Injured tissue cells send out signals. Stem cells respond to those signals and migrate to the injured tissue, releasing proteins that nourish and stimulate your own cells to begin regenerating.
Your specialist will begin by cleaning and numbing the area and using x-rays to guide the needle into the precise injury spot. Once your practitioner injects the cells, they dock next to your damaged cells and release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines which then may:
- activate T-cells to secrete proteins
- open up your blood vessels and form new ones
- move cells out of your blood vessels and into the tissues surrounding them
- stimulate your cells to regenerate your tissue
- inhibit your inflammation
- regulate your immune system
The whole procedure usually takes less than an hour, and you can return home the same day. You should rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours after your stem cell hip injection. You will need to avoid anti-inflammatory medications and any load-bearing activities for at least two weeks. You can walk and perform cardio usually after about 3-4 weeks and can run and weightlift after about four weeks (once your healthcare provider gives the okay).
As with all medical procedures, success rates will depend on your age, body type, genetics, injury severity, and follow up care.