Repetitive use. Abrupt falls. Autoimmune disorders. Menopause induced bone density loss. The causes of hip injuries are many, but the pain they cause in our body’s largest ball-and-socket joint effects every patient’s mobility and quality of life.
At Liveyon, we provide one of the most potent regenerative treatments known to science: stem cell therapy. When injected directly into injured areas, these stem cells may stimulate your own damaged cells’ regenerative potential to restore your tissue, eliminate your pain, and revive your hip’s range of movement. Depending on factors like age and genetics, the live-nucleated cells we introduce may continue producing human growth factors for weeks, sometimes even months.
The most common hip injuries are caused by osteoarthritis, a chronic degenerative condition that destroys the cartilage that cushions joints, causing weak and brittle aging bones to break more easily.
Other conditions that can cause hip injuries include:
Hip injuries can be diagnosed in the following ways:
Hip surgery often requires patients to stay in a hospital overnight for several days and is followed by several months of physical therapy. Patients may not be able to perform certain movements like bending or twisting for up to a year and may no longer be able to enjoy activities like sports, jogging, and dancing.
Stem cells may be able to bypass these issues. While it may take several weeks for your hips to return to full functionality, stem cell therapy does not take away tissue, but rather encourages the growth of new tissue. Stem cells can be used to treat hip arthritis by reducing inflammation and repairing and regenerating the cartilage around the hip joints. Stem cells also have the potential to alleviate debilitating pain and even repair damage caused by conditions like bursitis and osteonecrosis.
In the case of a hip injury, stem cell therapy may help relieve pain and repair damage caused by common injuries and conditions like bursitis, osteoarthritis, hip arthritis, labral tears, and avascular necrosis. Injured tissue cells send out signals. Stem cells respond to those signals and migrate to the injured tissue, releasing proteins that nourish and stimulate your own cells to begin regenerating.
Your Liveyon specialist will begin by cleaning and numbing the area and using x-rays to guide the needle into the precise injury spot. Once your practitioner injects the cells, they dock next to your damaged cells and release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines which then may:
The whole procedure usually takes less than an hour, and you can return home the same day. You should rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours after your stem cell hip injection. You will need to avoid anti-inflammatory medications and any load-bearing activities for at least two weeks. You can walk and perform cardio usually after about 3-4 weeks and can run and weightlift after about four weeks (once your healthcare provider gives the okay).
As with all medical procedures, success rates will depend on your age, body type, genetics, injury severity, and follow up care.
Liveyon processes the umbilical cord blood of healthy newborns. If a pregnant woman scheduled for cesarean section decides she does not want to keep and store her unborn child’s umbilical cord, her OB/GYN will ask if she wants to donate it. After she signs an informed consent form, a medical and social history review is conducted, as well as a blood test. If the new mother meets all donor eligibility requirements, she is accepted as a donor.
After her baby is born, the umbilical cord blood is collected in a sterile collection bag and sent to a lab. The cord blood is processed within 48 hours using proprietary methods. A sample of the finished product is tested by an independent third-party lab for sterility. Only after all lab reports have passed the regulatory requirements can the umbilical cord stem cells be distributed.
The FDA recently confirmed there is only one registered and approved stem cell product on the market: umbilical cord blood-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells (blood-forming stem cells) used for certain indications. While there is enormous promise in stem cell therapies, and thousands of ongoing experiments trying to establish efficacy, stem cell treatments do not yet meet the FDA’s scientific approval standard.
Practitioners tapping into this enormous promise of stem cells for any therapeutic use must exercise their professional judgment and expertise. We urge anyone embarking on the use of stem cell therapies to consult the national health databases to evaluate current clinical trial information, and the FDA’s website on human tissue, to get its current therapy evaluations.
In 2018, the FDA’s commissioner and research director reported that the agency will be incorporating some “new concepts for how small investigators and firms can seek and meet the approval standard for products through efficient expedited pathways.” You can keep up with the latest developments on the FDA’s website.
As with any other injection procedure, there is a small risk of bacterial infection (not associated with the product) and nerve damage. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or swelling at your injection site, or experience symptoms like fever, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting, seek emergency medical care right away.
A hip injury can greatly affect your quality of life, but regenerative stem cell therapy may be able to treat it and restore your freedom of movement. To learn more about stem cell therapy for hip joints, please call our Newton, MA clinic at (617) 315-2908 or contact us online.