Tendon & Ligament Injuries
The regenerative nature of stem cells and the unparalleled growth possibilities allows muscles, tendon and ligaments to be naturally treated with stem cell therapy. It would be able to stimulate blood vessel formation, repair tissue and make cartilage
What are muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
Tendons connect muscles to the bones and injury to these tissues is one of the most common cause of soft-tissue pain. Overuse or damage to the tendon over a long period of time can lead to small tears, a condition called tendonities. When tendonitis occurs, movement in the area of the torn tendon becomes painful. Similarly with muscles, when the muscles are fatigued, overused or not adequately warmed up they’re more susceptible to strain.
Ligaments hold one bone to another, stabilizing the joint and also controlling range of motion of that joint. Ligaments are flexible, but they do not stretch very far, especially as we age. Ligaments are very important in the stabilization of joints, but they are also highly susceptible injury. Ligaments will tear if you overstretch a ligament, twist a knee too much, take a bad fall or even if you lift an object which is too heavy. When a ligament is torn or sprained, it is no longer able to provide support to the joint and so weakens the joint.
Some of the most common muscle, tendon and ligament injuries are:
- Anterior, Posterior, Medial Cruciate Ligament . Ligament injury in the region of the knee
- Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis. Ligament injury in the region of the elbow
- Biceps tendonities
- Rotator Cuff Injury. Muscle and tendon injury in the shoulder
- Ankle sprain. These extra bit of bone, which feel like hard lumps may form around the affected joint
- Generally any pain felt in the joint areas, knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, wrist and hands
Stem Cell Therapy for Muscle, Tendon and Ligament Injuries
Stem cell therapy have been used in sports medicine for the past 5 years and has been used by hundreds of atheletes, especially in the United States of America which is perfectly legal and considered as a medical treatment, recognized by the National Football League (NFL) and various other professional sports leagues. Other illustrious names that have used stem cell therapy includes Rafael Nadal, for his back injury.
Generally the method to treat muscle, tendon and ligament injuries is to extract the stem cell from the athelete’s own body and then inject it in the affected area. Mayo Clinic has developed their own Regenerative Medicine Division and continues to head research in this area.