The Highlighter

Stem Cell Therapy for Athletes

Madisyn Seidel, Madisyn Seidel

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The last thing any athlete wants to hear is that they can’t play, but there’s a new medical treatment known as “stem cell therapy” that athletes are starting to turn towards for sports related injuries because of its quick recovery.

 

Stem cell therapy can treat multiple injuries, such as inflamed joints, ligament sprains, muscle strains, early osteoarthritis, and more. One of the major benefits to this treatment is the recovery time, which is the most important thing for athletes who have been injured.

 

Stem cell therapy is believed to regenerate new cells and replace damaged cells. Stem cell therapy enables the patient’s body to use its own stem cells to heal and repair. Some patients may experience pain and soreness after the procedure. Since the patient’s own bone marrow is used, there are no chances of rejection.

 

The recovery time for this procedure varies depending on the patient and the treatment type, but it usually takes 2-6 weeks. Patients who have tried stem cell therapy have noticed improvement soon after their procedure. Another benefit to this type of treatment is avoiding surgery which has a longer recovery process.

 

Although there are a some benefits to this treatment, there are also a few down sides. Stem cell therapy is so new that there aren’t a lot of studies to prove it is fully effective and the long term side effects are still unknown. Stem cell therapy is still undergoing research and there’s still a lot that needs to be done for it to be used as a front line treatment.

 

The way stem cell therapy works is by taking the patient’s own bone marrow from an area in the body like the lower back and then injecting it into the patient’s injured site. The entire procedure takes up to 45-minutes and requires no anesthesia. Patients will feel some pain and may experience swelling and soreness for up to a week after the procedure.

 

“As a fairly new, rather expensive procedure and insurance not covering it, but with promising results, we felt it necessary to try anything possible to help get the knees to become as healthy as possible. This procedure could possibly take away the need for much more invasive surgeries,” Lynn Seidel said. 

2 Comments

2 Responses to “Stem Cell Therapy for Athletes”

  1. Zak L. on May 16th, 2018 12:36 pm

    Funny to see more and more research being developed about stem cells, it’s definitely abated over the years. Unfortunate that stem cell research isn’t available for a large part of the penury population.

    [Reply]

  2. Tristan Laborde on May 16th, 2018 12:39 pm

    Speaking from personal experience and knowledge of regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy is not for those who possess squeamish tendencies. Personally, I have a high pain tolerance and still found it to be the most excruciating experience to date. Blatantly speaking, there are better treatments now available. Many long-term OCR doctors are reluctant to make the change to more conventional therapies. This is not a bizarre treatment, although many are nervous to make the switch because surgeries are what keeps them in business. Although much of the hype is around stem cells, treatments such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) provides a more specific, targeted approach to treating injuries. Please further your research into other available treatment options compared to the stereotypical treatment.

    [Reply]

Comments containing obscene, suggestive, vulgar, profane (including letters followed by dashes or symbols), threatening, disrespectful, or defamatory language will not be published and will be reported to the administration. Attacks on groups or individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or creed will be rejected. The Highlighter does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. The Highlighter is open to strong opinions and criticism of its work, but The Highlighter does not publish comments discussing its policies and practices. However, personal attacks on reporters will not be published. View full comment policy under the about tab.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




The Community Experience of Rocky Mountain High School
Stem Cell Therapy for Athletes