Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine

StemCellStem cells act as natural healers. Recent advancements in stem cell therapy have allowed the use of stem cells for orthopedic treatment.

Stem cells are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Stem cells are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing. They are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues and bones.

After an injury, or as a natural result of aging, the amount of stem cells needed in certain areas of the body declines. Stem Cell Therapy solves this problem by delivering a high concentration of stem cells into the injured area promoting natural healing.

Adult stem cells circulate throughout or body and are also found in large numbers in the bone marrow and fat cells.  At Charleston Sports Medicine, Dr. McConnell harnesses the healing power of stems cells using the following therapies:

Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (ADMSC)

ADMSC is a minimally invasive procedure where stems cells are collected from fat cells found in the abdomen.

Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate Therapy (BMAC)

BMAC is a minimally invasive procedure where stems cells are collected by aspirating the bone marrow from the back of the patient’s pelvis using a small needle. Performed in an office setting with local anesthesia and with little or no discomfort. The aspirate is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the stem cells from the rest of the bone marrow aspirate. The concentration of stem cells, called bone marrow aspiration concentrate (BMAC), is then injected close to the injured or diseased tissue using diagnostic image guidance.

Stem Cell Therapies and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Frequently and where indicated, Dr. McConnell combines stem cell therapy with PRP treatment. Stem cells need to be directed to the area needing regenerative healing, and the platelets are the directors. Once activated, the stem cells are capable of repairing the damage to an orthopedic injury in an accelerated time with pain relief resulting within 2-3 weeks.

Prevecare Supplements

Supplements can greatly improve the body’s ability to heal following stem cell therapy. The use of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements is recommended. Charleston Sports Medicine offers a customized program of Prevecare Supplements for patients.

Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine FAQ

Is stem cell therapy safe?

Adult stem cell therapy involves the use of a patient’s own cells (autologous) with no possibility of the body rejecting the new tissue formed. Therefore, stem cell therapy is very safe and very effective. This treatment greatly accelerates the patient’s normal rate of healing.

Is stem cell therapy effective?

Dr. McConnell routinely combine stem cell therapies with orthobiologic treatments such as platelet rich plasma (PRP). This is a concentrate of platelets from the patient’s own blood. PRP releases growth factors into diseased or injured tissue. These growth factors stimulate the stem cells to regenerate new tissue. This combination of innovative treatments can be used to regenerate cartilage and collagen in tendons and ligaments.

Combining stem cell therapies with concentrated platelets result in a powerful treatment for ostroarthritis, sports injuries, and spinal disorders. Dr. McConnell is the area’s leading provider of this regenerative medicine technique.