Injuries are always possible when participating in sports, and all athletes, whether amateur or professional, hope that any sustained injuries are infrequent and minor.
Fortunately, most sports injuries require only some rest and, at most, physical therapy. But when more severe injuries occur, they may cause significant physical and mental strain.
What Are Common Sports Injuries?
Exercise is essential for your overall health, so when sports allow you to find joy in exercising, it positively affects your physical and mental health. However, accidents, poor training, or improper gear can lead to sports-related injuries.
The most common of these include:
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Muscle swelling
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff tears
- Broken bones
Some sports injuries require a lengthy healing time, while others may never heal correctly.
What Kinds of Sports Injuries May Benefit from Stem Cell Therapy?
Research into stem cell therapy’s benefits in treating sports injuries focuses on healing and recovery. Stem cells can divide and duplicate themselves and develop into different types of cells.
The potential of stem cell therapy lies in these unique cells’ ability to repair, restore, replace, and regenerate cells. In addition to that, stem cells may speed healing and recovery from:
- Muscle injuries
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries, especially in the ligaments and tendons
- Overuse injuries
- Head injuries
Sports injuries sometimes heal poorly, which could result in lifelong damage. The use of stem cells in treating and aiding recovery from these injuries is particularly hopeful.
Benefits of Stem Cells for Sports Injuries
While stem cell therapy still isn’t a standard treatment in sports medicine, the potential benefits lead many athletes to pursue the treatment for their injuries. As modern medicine continues to uncover the potential in stem cell therapy, athletes who have received the treatments cite three key benefits.
Many athletes find the recovery process from any injury to be the most frustrating. Stem cells offer promise in improving the speed of healing and recovery, especially when compared to surgery.
Reduced Inflammatory Response
Stem cells may reduce inflammation. Lower inflammation speeds up the healing process and allows muscles to retain their strength and flexibility.
Restoring Injured Tissue
When tissues such as bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments sustain a sports injury, the damage can be permanent. However, stem cell therapy has the potential to restore and regenerate damaged tissue because of its capability to self-renew.
While the benefits of stem cells in treating orthopedic injuries continue to advance, patients who are early adopters to regenerative therapy are already seeing positive outcomes in their healing and recovery.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for Orthopedic also known as Orthopedic Stem cell Therapy. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.