Stem Cell Therapy

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc. -  - Orthopedics

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc.

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Coachella Valley, Rancho Mirage, CA

Sports injuries, osteoarthritis, and other orthopedic concerns can cause chronic pain and interfere with daily activities. Stem cell therapy is an option to treat these conditions without surgery. David Duffner, MD, and his team at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc. have the training and experience to perform stem cell injections safely and effectively. Providing orthopedic health services to the people of Rancho Mirage, California, in Coachella Valley, the team can restore function and relieve your pain with regenerative stem cell treatments. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or use the online booking tool.

Stem Cell Therapy Q & A

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that uses adult stem cells to treat health conditions. Adult stem cells have the ability to continuously self-replicate, and some types of adult stem cells can differentiate into a variety of tissue types. Throughout your life, adult stem cells are responsible for cell regeneration and for repairing damaged tissues in your body.

Stem cell treatments have been used for decades in the treatment of leukemia and other bone/blood cancers. More recently, stem cell therapy has become an advanced treatment for orthopedic conditions.

What are the benefits of stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions uses mesenchymal stem cells, a type of stem cell that can differentiate into tissue structures, such as tendons, muscles, and bone. Mesenchymal stem cells also have a positive effect on your body’s natural healing process, reducing inflammation and promoting cell regeneration.

What conditions can be treated with stem cell injections?

Most injuries and degenerative joint conditions respond well to stem cell therapy. Dr. Duffner has extensive experience performing stem cell injections to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. These include:

  • ACL injuries
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Bone fractures
  • Rotator cuff injuries

In some cases, Dr. Duffner may use a combination of regenerative medicine treatments to address your condition. He may combine stem cell therapy with protein-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for optimal healing and regeneration.

What is involved in stem cell therapy?

Dr. Duffner performs stem cell injection therapy as an outpatient procedure. He gives you a local anesthetic and begins by extracting bone marrow from your hip with a needle. Bone marrow is considered the best donor source for adult stem cells, but blood or fat cells may be used in some cases.

Next, the donor tissue is processed in a centrifuge to separate the mesenchymal stem cells from other types of cells. When separation is complete, Dr. Duffner carefully injects them into the treatment site.

If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell therapy, PRP, and regenerative medicine, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment with Dr. Duffner today.