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Chronic Ligament Strains
The traditional course of treatment for ligament strains was once limited to the “RICE” method, which is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The RICE method is used to control the swelling, ease pain and encourage the flow of blood to the injured area. While this is generally effective in helping sprains heal within a few weeks, serious and repeated strains will require further intervention.
Chronic ligament strains can be painful and incapacitating. While RICE is relatively limited in its therapeutic benefit for these strains, advancements have allowed orthopedic surgeons to utilize cell-based therapy in conjunction with other treatments.
Treating Damaged Ligaments with Cell-Based Therapy
The Institute of Regenerative Medicine has played a key role in cutting-edge cell-based research. While many types of repair cells can be used in healing, the most prevalent among them are mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells. The mesenchymal stem cells prepare the intra-cellular environment for other stem cells to work. Hematopoietic stem cells utilize the plasticity function of the human body to help regenerate tissue and rebuild tendons and ligaments. Controversial use of embryonic stem cells has fallen out of popularity in favor of the accessible cells found within a patient’s own body.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that which can be treated using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of your condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based therapy.