You’ve probably been hearing a lot lately about the amazing advancements taking place in the area of stem cell therapy. But did you know that the amazing regenerative capabilities of stem cells can actually be used to speed up and improve recovery as part of an ankle sprain treatment? At Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ, we use stem cells to help our patients recover faster and better from ankle sprains with stem cells.
Stem Cell Therapy: How Can It Help Your Ankle Sprain Treatment?
In order to understand how stem cells can be used to enhance a treatment regimen for sprained ankles, it first is important to know a little bit more about stem cells themselves.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are a type of cell with amazing capabilities. What makes stem cells so unique is that they are capable of producing “daughter” cells of any cell type in the human body. What this means is that, unlike other cells that can only replicate into cells of their own type, a stem cell can become any type of cell.
For example, a normal cardiac cell can only replicate into more cardiac cells. However, a stem cell is capable of producing cardiac cells, or nerve cells, or liver cells, or any other type of human cell. This gives stem cells amazing regenerative capabilities. Broadly speaking, stem cells come in two forms: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. As their names indicate, these stem cells are found in humans at vastly different ends of the development spectrum.
Embryonic Stem Cells
Embryonic stem cells are found in extremely young human embryos that are only three to five days old. At this stage, the embryo consists only of a cluster of roughly 120 embryonic stem cells. These stem cells are capable of becoming any type of cell found in the human body. Stem cells also are found in the amniotic fluid in which an unborn fetus is suspended in the womb as well as in the umbilical cord.
Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells are found in small concentrations in tissues throughout the adult human body, such as in bone marrow and the organs. Until recently, it was believed that adult stem cells may not have the same regenerative capabilities as embryonic stem cells, but new research has demonstrated that this is not the case, and adult stem cells do have the same ability to transform into other cell types as embryonic stem cells.
Further, scientists have devised a method for genetically reprogramming adult stem cells to give them the same regenerative capabilities of embryonic stem cells. At Phoenix Regenerative Medicine, our stem cell therapy utilizes a special combination of adult stem cells and allograft amniotic tissue to produce amazing regenerative results in our patients.
How Can Stem Cells Help My Ankle Sprain?
Because any given stem cell is capable of producing cells of any type found in the human body, stem cells possess amazing regenerative potential. When stem cells are injected into damaged tissue, they promote the body’s own natural healing processes, helping the body to regenerate damaged tissue faster, speeding up your recovery time. This makes stem cell therapy a valuable addition to any joint recovery regimen, including ankle sprain treatment.
When it comes to recovering from your sprained ankle, treatments involving the use of stem cells have a number of specific benefits that not only help speed recovery times but also help you to recover more fully in the long run. In fact, the potential benefits of stem cell therapy go far beyond promoting tissue regeneration. The positive effects of our stem cell injections include:
Limiting the Formation of Scar Tissue
One of the biggest impediments to a full recovery from any joint injury, including ankle sprains, is the formation of scar tissue. Made of the protein known as collagen, scar tissue forms in areas where an injury has occurred.
While scar tissue is a natural part of the body’s healing process, it can have negative consequences on the post-injury recovery of the joint. Some joints will be unable to return to their previous functionality due to the growth of scar tissue following an injury, for example by limiting the joint’s range of motion. By limiting the formation of scar tissue in the first place, stem cell therapy can improve recovery time and results as well as help to avoid further treatments or even surgical procedures to remove offending scar tissue down the road.
Encouraging Reconstruction of Soft Tissues / Supporting Soft Tissue Repair
Encouraging the reconstruction of soft tissues is perhaps the capability for which stem cells are best known. Their amazing regenerative qualities make them ideal for aiding in soft tissue reconstruction during recovery from an injury such as an ankle sprain.
Lowering Inflammation Levels
As with the formation of scar tissue, inflammation is a natural part of the body’s healing process. However, also like scar tissue, inflammation can actually have some negative consequences for the recovery process.
In essence, inflammation occurs when the body’s immune cells rush to the site of an injury or intruder, whether it be a sprained ankle, a splinter in the finger, or an intruding bacteria. However, the resulting swelling of the injured area can result in stiffness and pain. By lowering inflammation levels, stem cell therapy can help relieve the immediate symptoms of an injury while promoting recovery.
In many instances, the most debilitating part of an ankle sprain is the pain itself. By reducing inflammation and promoting recovery, stem cell injections can help reduce pain, thereby helping the injured patient to regain important quality of life, which is our primary goal. Reducing pain can also aid in the recovery process, as it allows for faster advancements in physical therapy, for example.
Stem Cells In Conjunction With Other Treatments
Our stem cell therapy for ankle sprains can be used in conjunction with other treatment options to decrease recovery time and improve overall results. For example, some patients obtain a stem cell injection while continuing to undergo physical therapy in order to strengthen the joint and improve range of motion.
What Is the Process Like for Undergoing Stem Cell Therapy?
Despite the cutting-edge nature of stem cell therapies, they are nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatments performed during a relatively brief visit to an outpatient health center. Our trained practitioners strive to make your visit as relaxing and effort-free as possible.
Our stem cell treatment involves a targeted injection of our combination of stem cells and amniotic tissue. It is a fast and easy treatment option capable of yielding amazing results.
Is There Significant Recovery Time Following Stem Cell Therapy?
While it may take some time for the stem cells’ regenerative power to produce the full desired effect, most patients experience no recovery time following their stem cell therapy. They simply receive the injection in our comfortable outpatient setting and go on with their day.
In some cases, we may recommend limited activity with the injured joint for up to six weeks following treatment, though this often coincides with a period of relative inactivity due to the injury anyway.
Who Qualifies for Stem Cell Therapy?
Because our stem cell treatment uses only biological materials found naturally in the human body, it tends to be a safe and effective treatment for individuals of all ages and health levels. Similarly, the treatment is nonsurgical and minimally invasive, further minimizing the risk to patients.
However, every patient’s situation is different, and a one-on-one consultation with our trained staff will help you determine whether or not stem cell therapy is right for you.
Can Stem Cells Be Used to Treat Joint Injuries Other than Sprained Ankles?
Because stem cells can literally promote the regeneration of any type of cell found in the human body, their amazing effects are not limited merely to ankle sprain treatments. In fact, our stem cell injections can be used to treat a wide range of joint conditions, including:
- Knee injuries, including ACL injuries
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Back and neck injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle tears
- Osteoarthritis (knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, or spine)
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
- Soft tissue injuries
- Tennis elbow
Let Us Show You What Stem Cells Can Do for You
At Phoenix Regenerative Medicine, we have been able to harness the power of stem cells to amazing effect, vastly improving our patients’ quality of life. Are you tired of not feeling like your “old self” due to an ankle sprain or other joint pain? Our stem cell therapies can help you not only relieve that debilitating pain but also address the underlying cause thanks to the regenerative power of stem cells.
Phoenix Regenerative Medicine was founded by Dr. Angelo J. Mattalino, a renowned orthopedic surgeon who is associated with several professional sports organizations and who performed one of his two medical residencies under the mentorship of the world-famous Dr. James Andrews, perhaps the medical expert most sought after by top professional athletes facing potentially career-altering injuries. This gives Dr. Mattalino, who also founded Mattalino Orthopaedics Sports Surgical Specialists, a world-class medical pedigree, which he brings to his interactions with each and every patient.
The Latest Technology
One thing that has helped define Dr. Mattalino professionally, and which has helped keep him at the forefront of his field for three decades, is his constant willingness to embrace new information and new treatment methods. Whereas some practitioners can become stale in their ways, Dr. Mattalino has demonstrated an ability to continually refine his treatments to incorporate the latest research and technology.
Combining decades of experience at the top of his profession with the latest in medical science, Dr. Mattalino brings together the best of both worlds to deliver optimal results for his patients, whether they are weekend warriors or professional athletes.
Avoiding Surgery Wherever Possible
Despite being a renowned orthopedic surgeon himself, Dr. Mattalino views surgery as a last resort to be avoided wherever possible. Too often, doctors will rush a patient into surgery before having exhausted all other treatment options. While Dr. Mattalino understands that some injuries can only be effectively repaired through surgical intervention, he also knows the inherent risks of invasive treatments and seeks alternatives–such as those utilizing stem cells–wherever he believes it is in the best interest of his patients.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in harnessing the regenerative power of stem cells in recovering from your ankle sprain or other join injury, contact Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ today to find out more about what we can do for you!