Stem Cell For Orthopedic Conditions 2023( All You Need To Know)

We have all known someone who has suffered from chronic pain due to an orthopedic condition. You might be one of them too. Conventional medicine can only provide symptomatic relief with painkillers. Or, you have the scary option of undergoing surgery. Fine, you’re not scared. But does surgery guarantee a cure? Let us show you another option—one which is non-surgical, and has very high success rates. It’s called stem cell therapy. Are you ready to learn about it?

By Simran Kaur

Updated on 30th, Dec'22

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Overview of Orthopedic Problems

Orthopedic conditions encompass disorders of muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments. 


So, what causes an orthopedic condition? 


It could be several things, but it all comes down to the following three reasons:

Causes of orthopedic problems

  • Wear and tear due to age
  • Trauma or an injury
  • Overuse of a particular joint

Orthopedic conditions can manifest as:

  • Restricted range of motion
  • Muscle pain or spasms
  • Stiffness or swelling of the affected region
  • Bone pain or joint pain
  • Deformity in affected area

The two main types of orthopedic conditions are acute and chronic. 


Usually, acute conditions are a result of an injury, while chronic conditions are related to aging. 


Some specific orthopedic conditions are:


Common orthopedic conditions

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Knee pain and problems
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament injuries to the knee
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis Elbow

Are you or your loved one diagnosed with any of the above orthopedic conditions? 


Then Stem Cell Therapy is the answer to all your orthopedic problems. 



Stem Cell Therapy

Now that we have some idea about orthopedic conditions, are you ready to know more about stem cell therapy? 


Let’s start with understanding stem cells.

Stem cell therapy


Stem cells are unspecialized cells found in our bodies, which can differentiate into any tissue. Adult stem cells are found in several regions of our bodies including the bone marrow, fatty tissue, and our circulating blood.


They release growth factors, which repair damaged cells. They also form new cells and reduce our body’s inflammatory response.


How does this help treat orthopedic conditions? 


Well, researchers realized that stem cells could repair the worn-out parts of joints.


For orthopedic stem cell therapy, bone marrow-derived autologous mesenchymal cells are used. It should be noted that this treatment is still undergoing clinical trials and is not FDA approved.


So, how do you find out if you’re eligible for orthopedic stem cell treatment?


Each clinical trial has its own stringent set of rules. But a few general criteria to help you get started are:

  • The injury or disorder should be recent
  • You should not be on blood thinners or have an extensive medical history
  • Being younger is an advantage when getting this treatment

How are Stem Cells used in Orthopedics?

How do stem cells make their way to the correct part of your body? We have detailed the entire procedure for you, so you know what to expect going in.

Orthopedic stem cell therapy procedure

  • The very first step is the harvesting of stem cells. In almost all clinical trials, the patient’s stem cells are preferred over donor stem cells. These stem cells are extracted from the bone marrow of the hip bone. This step is performed under local anesthesia to ensure you feel no pain, and it is completed in under two hours.


  • The next step is preparing a stem cell-rich solution for transplantation. This is done in a stem cell laboratory and takes three to four hours.


  • The final step is transplantation. The prepared solution is directly injected into the affected part using an imaging technique like ultrasound or CT scan. This step is also done under local anesthesia and takes about an hour.


For most cases, a three-day hospital stay is enough to complete this treatment.


Stem Cells for Orthopedic Conditions

As we have already seen, there are several orthopedic conditions. But which ones can be treated with advanced orthopedic stem cell therapy? 


We’ve made a list of some orthopedic applications of stem cell therapy.



Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries


Stem cell therapy for orthopedic injuries


Stem cell therapy can be used in multiple ways to treat orthopedic injuries. Many doctors are now using stem cell treatment in conjunction with surgery, and they have been getting amazing results.


Of course, orthopedic stem cell treatment can also be done without resorting to surgery. It’s an excellent choice of treatment for acute injuries. However, it is advisable to start stem cell treatment within the first six months of sustaining the injury.


Stem Cell Therapy for Joints


Stem cell therapy for joints


We are sure you’re wondering—can stem cells repair joints? 


The short answer is yes, they can. 


We have already talked about the repair and regenerative properties of stem cells.


But now, there is another exciting new development in the world of stem cells. Researchers have created artificial tissue from stem cells in the lab by using the process of tissue engineering.


They insert this tissue into the damaged joint, which then repairs and rebuilds damaged bone, ligaments, and cartilage.


Stem Cell Therapy for Knees


Stem cell therapy for knees


The most common orthopedic condition of the knees is osteoarthritis. Stem cells have also shown good results in treating acute injuries of the knees. 


Some advantages of orthopedic stem cell injections are that the procedure is safe, effective, and convenient. You can resume your daily activities in 1-2 days after the treatment. However, you will have to avoid strenuous physical activity for four to six weeks.


We are sure you must now be wondering how much does stem cell for knees cost? 

This procedure costs 5,000 to 10,000 USD in India, depending on the number of cycles required.


You can look forward to reduced pain and increased mobility after this procedure.


Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain


Stem cell therapy for back pain


Back pain is usually caused by damaged vertebral discs. 


Does stem cell therapy work for back pain? 


Stem cell therapy does provide relief for back pains. However, it works better if the damaged region is localized.


This means the fewer the number of discs damaged, the better the results will be. An MRI is required to assess the damage to individual discs.


Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

Stem cell therapy for arthritis


Stem cell therapy is useful in treating both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. 70% of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis reported a significant reduction in pain and inflammation after stem cell treatment.


75% of patients afflicted with osteoarthritis displayed a reduction in pain and improved mobility after undergoing stem cell treatment.


Yes, you read that right!


Stem Cell Therapy for Hips


Stem cell therapy for hips


Stem cell therapy is an excellent alternative to surgery for patients having chronic hip pain. Nearly 76% of patients reported an improvement in mobility and a significant reduction in pain one month after undergoing stem cell therapy.


Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder 


Stem cell therapy for shoulder


Shoulder injuries usually occur due to trauma or sports. A majority of cases see a recurrence of these injuries after surgery.


So, does stem cell therapy work for shoulder pain?


It absolutely does. 


Thanks to their regenerative mechanism, it could offer a permanent solution to shoulder injuries.


However, this treatment is still under clinical trials, so it is necessary to do your homework before selecting your physician.


Stem Cell Therapy for Neck Pain


Stem cell therapy for neck pain


Neck pain is usually caused due to damage to the spine in the cervical area of the vertebrae. Unfortunately, very few effective treatments exist for this issue. 


Stem cell treatment is proving to be a good non-surgical option for treating neck pain. The stem cells are usually injected into the cerebrospinal fluid for neck pain treatment.


In India, each cycle costs 1500 to 2000 USD.


Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Disc


Stem cell therapy for herniated disc


Herniated discs are most commonly seen in the lower back region. It is a painful chronic condition. Stem cells are a good alternative to surgery. 


The stem cells are injected directly into the herniated disc, and pain reduction is observed within four weeks.


Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease


Stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease


Degenerative disc disease is a result of the wear and tear that occurs due to aging. Stem cell treatment has only had partial success in the treatment of this condition.


Patients with just one or two damaged discs have shown excellent improvement. However, when multiple discs are involved, the results haven’t been as satisfactory.


Stem Cell ACL Repair


Stem cell ACL Repair


ACL damage is usually seen in sports athletes. Stem cell repair is a very good non-surgical alternative. This treatment has shown a success rate of 80-95%! 


However, most athletes still require six months to return to their training.


Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff 


Stem cell therapy for rotator cuff


It is a well-known fact that treating a rotator cuff injury surgically provides unsatisfactory results. Stem cells have produced comparatively better results.


However, trials for this condition are still at an initial stage. As a result, data is limited.


Stem Cell Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Stem cell therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome


We live in the age of technology, and we are seeing a rise in related injuries. Wrist pain can be debilitating. Well, new problems require new solutions.


Stem cells are an effective non-surgical option that provides long-term relief. 


Average Cost for Stem Cell Orthopedic

The cost of stem cell treatment depends on many factors like the severity of the disorder, the number of cycles required, the type of stem cells used, and the kind of facility you choose to have your treatment at.


Stem cell orthopedic cost


In India, the cost of stem cell orthopedic is 1500 to 30,000 USD. In comparison, the same treatment costs 30,000 to 50,000 USD for a single cycle in the US.


Risks/Side Effects and Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Issues

Like every medical treatment, stem cell orthopedic also has its own risks and benefits. 


Do the benefits of orthopedic stem cell therapy outweigh the risks? 


Read on and find out for yourself.




Benefits of stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions

  • Very short recovery period
  • Improved mobility of the affected region
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Quick and safe treatment
  • Eliminates the need for surgery
  • No drugs required



Risks of Stem cell for orthopedic conditions

  • Bleeding at the site of transplantation
  • Tissue damage
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage

You will be quite glad to know that no long-term side effects have been reported by any trial to date.


Success Rate of Stem Cell for Orthopedic Conditions

Success rate of stem cell for orthopedic conditions

The success rate of stem cell treatment depends on a variety of factors like the severity of the injury, the age of the patient, the type of stem cells used, and proper physiotherapy after the treatment.


Most trials have a success rate of 80%, with nearly all patients reporting a significant improvement in mobility and alleviation of pain.


Stem Cell and PRP Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions

PRP VS Stem cell for orthopedic conditions

PRP or platelet-rich plasma is also gaining some popularity for the treatment of orthopedic conditions. Some of its properties are similar to stem cells, which can confuse one while selecting a treatment. 


To paint a clearer picture, we have made a comparison table between the two therapies.

PRP TherapyStem Cell Therapy
PRP only repairs damaged tissue.Stem Cells not only repair, but also regenerate. They also have immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties.
PRP is only preferred in young patients with no medical history.Stem cells give more promising results and are used in a wider range of orthopedic conditions.
PRP is a basic treatment.Stem cell therapy is a more advanced treatment.
The benefits of PRP currently last for a short duration.The benefits of stem cell therapy last longer (Up to a few years).


Isn't stem cell therapy quite beneficial? 


So, what are you thinking? 


Call today and get free Consultation!





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Hello sir, my mother is having severe knee joint pain. She can't walk properly, cant stand for long time. In x ray there is gap between bones. In bhopal mp dr told for surgery. Should I go for it Or it may cure by non surgical procedure

Female | 62

from scenario you mentioned it looks like your mother has osteoarthritis of knee and has been advised knee replacement.

difficult to comment without xray and patient.
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Dr. Sunny Dole

I am having neck pain for 1 year 6 months now...i did every scans i did MRI , CT and even XRay found nothing....I did physiotherapy and even excercise for 3 months .... But still there is pain

Female | 21

ok. looks like there could be more to it. can you post your xray photo and MRI report photo.
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Dr. Sunny Dole

Sir I have scoliosis for past 7years is scoliosis surgery safe to do it

Male | 26

depending on degree of curvature, yes it should be done to avoid future problems as you seem young to me

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Dr. Sunny Dole

I am suffering with lower back pain with disc bulge at l5-s1 level..every doctor is suggesti g for surgery. But i am confused with different procedures microdiscectomy endoscopic with matrex, key hole . In confusion with all these procedures . Plz guide me with the details of all these kinds and which one is best for me

Female | 26

trust the surgeon and go ahead. outcome will be good with any mentioned procedure.

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Sir meri age 26 years hai I have shoulder pain neck pain and back pain. Sir ye problems 7 to 8 years se ho rhi h. Eske liye mai altrasound and MRI jach bhi karwaya likin sb normal hi dikha hai Dard kuchh jyada kam karne se suru ho jata hai phir kuchh Dino tk jyada tej dard rhta hai phir dhire dhire automatic thik ho jata h

Female | 26

pl get alternative therapy - Acupuncture and acupressure done you will get permanent relief without medicine without surgery. 
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