Stem Cells for Hip Pain — Houston, Beaumont and Cypress
Many athletes and active people experience hip injuries during their lives. These injuries can limit your movement, cause you pain and affect your ability to do the activities you enjoy. Luckily, treatments for hip injuries do exist.
We offer stem cell procedures for patients with hip pain in Houston, Beaumont and Cypress. Read on to learn more about how this procedure can help you get moving again.
What Injuries and Diseases Affect the Hip?
Hip injuries can be caused by a number of factors such as trauma, overuse and muscle strain. Common hip problems our patients experience include:
- Hip Arthritis
- Labral Tear
- Hip Bursitis
- Dancer's Hip (Snapping Hip)
- Avascular Necrosis
- Inflamed Synovium
How Can Stem Cells Help With Hip Pain?
Stem cells have the potential to become multiple kinds of specialized cells. In some tissues and organs, such as bone marrow, stem cells divide and replace damaged tissue throughout a person's life, allowing them to act as the body's internal repair system.
As you get older, your body may not use stem cells to repair injuries in certain parts of the body. The purpose of a stem cell procedure is to improve the body's ability to heal by moving stem cells to where they're needed.
How Are Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Injections Different?
Stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are both regenerative processes used to heal hip injuries. The difference is PRP injections use blood plasma, not stem cells, to accelerate the healing process.
PRP and stem cell injections can be used separately or together, but they are not the same process.
How Do Stem Cell Injections for Hip Injuries Work?
If you decide to have stem cell treatment for a hip labral tear or another injury, the process is simple.
If your doctor will be using stem cells from your bone marrow, they'll begin the procedure by numbing your hip and inserting a needle into part of the pelvic bone called the iliac crest to retrieve a bone marrow sample.
Next, your doctor will send your bone marrow sample to the laboratory, where it will spin for 10 to 15 minutes until concentrated.
Finally, your doctor will inject the stem cell sample into the injured part of your hip using x-ray images as a guide. The procedure usually takes less than one hour from start to finish, so you'll be able to return to Beaumont or Cypress from Dr. Gombera's Houston office on the day of your procedure.
What Should You Expect During Recovery?
Following the procedure, you can return to most daily activities easily. However, you'll need to rest your body and postpone load-bearing activities for a minimum of two weeks after receiving stem cell injections.
You'll also need to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications while recovering, since these can interfere with your body's healing process.
Looking for Stem Cell Hip Treatment in Texas?
Stem cell injections can effectively treat hip pain without the need for invasive surgery. As always, however, the best treatment for you will depend on your unique condition.
In order to best serve patients like you, we provide personalized care and treatment for people with hip injuries in Houston, Beaumont and Cypress. To learn more about stem cell treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gombera today.