What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are cells that are commonly found in bone marrow. They are progenitor cells meaning they can develop into various type of specialized cells. Stem cell therapy refers to the use of stem cells to treat various conditions. In Orthopedics, stem cells are commonly used to treat arthritis and tendonitis. The procedure requires the use of a bone trocar or needle to aspirate bone marrow. Typically this is harvested from the edge of the pelvis under sedation. The bone marrow is then centrifuged to separate out the stem cell rich portion of the bone marrow. This stem cell rich portion of the bone marrow can then be injected into the affected area.

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