Tendons are the soft connective tissues that link the joints. Sudden, intense wrenching movements can cause tears, often referred to as “blowing out” the joint. Chronic partial tendon tears can also develop from an insufficiently healed injury or a small tear that progressively worsens over time. The pain and limited mobility that occur with such a condition can make it difficult or even impossible to get around on a daily basis. Even orthopedic surgery may not adequately heal a tear.
Repairing a Partial Tendon Tear with Stem Cell Therapy
The Institute of Regenerative & Molecular Orthopaedics has developed innovative therapeutic approaches utilizing this novel approach to help patients with a range of orthopedic conditions.
All cells within the human body are specialized—brain cells operate differently than blood cells, for example. Before they become specialized, however, all cells are stem cells—essentially, the building blocks of the human body. Stem cells exist are present in some areas of the human body all the time and can be withdrawn and programmed to become the type of cells needed for regenerative therapy. The Institute has pioneered the use of stem cells from bone marrow and fat for regenerative medicine. The marrow and fat are harvested, separated and isolated for stem cells that can then be used to effectively treat a variety of joint and tendon injuries. Joints and tendons are generally incapable of totally healing themselves; however, applying harvested cells through injection or arthroscopic surgery can help patients avoid having to undergo more intensive surgical procedures.
The Institute of Regenerative and Molecular Orthopedics has helped thousands of patients heal injuries using innovative stem cell technology, leading to improved quality of life and mobility.