Here's How Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat Your ACL Issues

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, helps stabilize your knee by holding the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shinbone) together. It’s prone to injury, especially in men and women who play sports with sudden direction changes or stops like basketball, soccer, and tennis. The most common ACL injuries are sprains, strains, or partial or full tears. Treatment includes rest, physical therapy, or surgery, and recovery can take up to a year for some people.

Dr. Daniel E. Fox and the expert team at The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.A. is an expert on foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries in Toms River, NJ. From world-class athletes to the everyday Joe, Dr. Fox has experience treating a wide variety of people’s ACL injuries. So, if you get hurt, trust him to provide cutting-edge treatments like stem cell therapy for your ACL.

Signs your ACL is injured

If you heard a loud popping sound in your knee and are now experiencing any of these conditions, you may have an ACL injury.

Dr. Fox may be able to confirm the diagnosis just by feeling and moving your knee. Or, you may need X-rays or an MRI (images of the inside of your knee created by magnets and a computer), so he knows how badly you’re injured. Depending on the extent of your injury, he may recommend stem cell therapy, a promising, noninvasive treatment that helps wounds heal faster.

What are stem cells?

These cells are undifferentiated, meaning they don’t have a specific job to do like muscle cells or nerve cells. But the amazing thing is stem cells divide, duplicate, and grow into different types of cells depending on where they are placed.

Where are they found?

Sports injuries are usually treated with the patient’s stem cells, which can be collected from fat cells, a blood sample, or bone marrow from the pelvic bone. These harvested stem cells are injected into your injured ACL to start the healing process.

Stem cell therapy for ACL

Stem cell therapy is being used to get people off the sidelines and back into the game as soon as possible. Whether that game is a sport or just your daily routine doesn’t matter. The end goal is the same — to help you get better and avoid surgery.

When injected into your ACL, stem cells may:

This procedure is considered safe. You may have minimal side effects like pain or swelling at the injection site, but that’s normal with any type of injection.

If you’d like to learn more about stem cell treatment for ACL with Dr. Fox, contact our office by calling 732-242-7827 or request an appointment using our online booking tool.

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