Using Stem Cell in Curing ACL
Back in the day, I watched one of my favorite NBA players, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, play a playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers. In that game, Rose tore his ACL in the left knee and he was out for more than a year.
ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tears are quite common in sports, especially for competitive ones that require the person to run most of the time. However, there are some sports like Skiing, for example, where an ACL tear can also happen as well.
ACL tears or injuries are really painful and they cause swelling in the ligaments that connect your shinbone to your thigh bone (and also in the knee).
A person who suffers such will experience excruciating pain and its treatment and recovery can last for more than a year (similar to what Derrick Rose had to go through).
People who suffer from ACL tears in their knees will be required to undergo surgery.
What the doctors usually do is replace the damaged ligaments with artificial ones so that the new ones can assimilate to the knee, thus giving the person the ability to use their knees once again.
After surgery, they will have to undergo physical therapy sessions for months until they are nursed back to health.
Although surgeries that help treat ACL tears have been proven to work most of the time, there are some cases where the people who have taken the surgery will experience significant arthritis and pains a few years later.
One reason why that is true is due to the artificial ligament not being the same size to that of the original ligament in the knee. This, in turn, will change the way how the person normally walks and it could lead to more swelling which equates to more pain the process.
However, doctors have now come up with a way to more effectively treat ACL tears in the knee and it is actually a non-invasive procedure.
In this procedure, instead of replacing the torn ligaments, stem cells are infused so that the ligaments will be restored back to full health.
The stem cells are acquired from the fat tissue that is predominantly found in the stomach of the patient. Doctors will use a specialized liposuction machine that will extract stem cells from the adipose tissue in the body.
Once they’ve acquired enough, they will then inject the stem cells in the affected area and after a few months, you can start walking again!
Do note that the procedure can only be done to patients who only have a partial tear in their ACL. If the ACL tear is too significant, a stem cell therapy might not be the best solution.
Be that as it may, there are many people who have undergone this procedure and they’ve felt so much better. One skier actually said that after the stem cell therapy, he was able to start walking just 3 weeks after the procedure! And take note, he didn’t have to go under the knife at all as the stem cells were just injected in the affected area.
So, if you’re suffering from an ACL tear, ask your doctor if you’re eligible for a stem cell treatment. Who knows, this procedure might work wonders for you!