According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.1% of all patients with chronic pain point to their hip as the culprit, while the Arthritis Foundation reports around 500,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed each year.
Common causes of hip pain include:
- Hip fractures
- Muscle or tendon strain
- Hip labral tear
Hip surgery, hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing are often the only medical options presented to people dealing with their pain. The good news? There’s another option – stem cell therapy, which works to regenerate healthy tissue and help the body heal on its own.
There are a couple important benefits you should know about:
First, stem cell therapy can help you address your pain without having to undergo surgery. Hip replacement surgery is invasive and involves the surgeon making a long incision to remove the painful hip joint and replace it with an artificial joint. Choosing stem cell therapy over traditional hip surgeries can help you avoid the serious risks associated with that procedure, such as infection and blood clots.
Second, stem cell therapy doesn’t come with the painful and lengthy rehabilitation period that comes along with traditional surgery. Most patients who have hip surgery are required to stay in the hospital for five or 6 days while remaining in bed. They then need physical therapy for several months months and have avoid certain activities for up to a year to restore strength, mobility and range of motion.
Patients who undergo stem cell therapy in their hip, however, are encouraged to walk the same day and typically experience little to no downtime.
How does it work?
So, where do these stem cells come from? Your body keeps a supply of stem cells to help repair injured and degenerated tissues. In many cases, stem cells are harvested from the bone marrow in the iliac bone – which is located on the back of the hip. The harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and is conveniently performed in an outpatient setting under ultrasound or x-ray precision and guidance.
Stem cell therapy results are becoming more exciting by the day. If you’re suffering from hip pain you may be a good candidate for a stem cell procedure.
To learn more about possible hip pain therapies, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.