Stem Cell Therapy for Hips

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Los Angeles

Limited mobility of the hips shouldn’t be something you simply live with. The doctors of The Stem Cell Therapy of Los Angeles are dedicated to providing non-surgical pain-relief and getting patients moving again. Contact our Encino location today to request a stem cell consultation.

About Hip Stem Cell Therapy

The hips are a major part of mobility, so when hip range of motion is limited it can be frustrating, let alone uncomfortable or painful. But many people aren’t comfortable with the idea of undergoing hip surgery or hip replacement. That is why the doctors of the Stem Cell Institute of Los Angeles offer non-surgical stem cell treatment for hip injuries.

Hip stem cell treatment is a quick three-part procedure. First, liposuction is performed to obtain adult stem cells. 40 cc’s of adipose tissue (fat), roughly the amount suctioned per treatment, is home to about 40,000,000 unspecialized stem cells. To separate the stem cells from the graft, it is placed in a special centrifugation system which spins at a high velocity. The spinning motion successfully separates the stem cells from the fatty tissue and blood. The stem cells are extracted with a special syringe and then skillfully injected into specific points on the hip for maximum effect.

Men and women interested in a hip replacement or hip surgery alternative should contact our office today to request a stem cell treatment consultation.

Hip Injuries Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as degenerative joint disease, occurs when the articular cartilage, the cartilage covering the top of the bones, degenerates or wears down causing swelling, joint pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Damages that are caused by mechanical stress with inadequate self-repair of the joints is said to be one of the main causes of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in people who are over the age of 50. Among younger people, osteoarthritis can result from a previous injury or trauma, for example, a fractured or dislocated joint. Rarely, osteoarthritis may also be a hereditary condition.

The development of hip osteoarthritis is correlated with obesity and the history of any joint injuries that have previously occurred. Changes to the sex hormone levels may also be a cause of the maturation of osteoarthritis, as it is more common in postmenopausal women rather than men who are around the similar age. Diagnosis is made with reasonable certainty based on medical history and a physical examination, as well as the x-rays in order to confirm the proper diagnosis. X-ray findings include joint space narrowing, subchondral sclerosis (increased bone information on the joint), formation of subchondral cysts, with the development of osteophytes (bone spurs).

Joint injections of a steroid lead to short term pain relief that may last between a few weeks and a few months. Injections of hyaluronic acid may also be indicated and undertaken. Many dietary supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are sold as treatment for osteoarthritis. The effectiveness of these supplements is controversial, and its effect on osteoarthritis progression is unclear. Its use as therapy for osteoarthritis, however, is usually safe.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis with disease of the knee and hip, affecting about 3.8% of people.

If the impact of symptomatic hip osteoarthritis on the quality of one’s life is significant, and more conservative management has been ineffective, total hip arthroplasty or resurfacing may be recommended and considered.

Trochanteric Bursitis

Greater trochanteric bursitis, also known as greater trochanteric pain syndrome, is inflammation of the trochanteric bursa, a part of the hip. This bursa is at the top outer portion of the femur, between the gluteus muscles attachment into the greater trochanter of the femur.

Its function, in common with other bursa, acts as a shock absorber and a lubricant for the movement of the of the hip muscles adjacent to it. Occasionally, this bursa can become inflamed and clinically painful and tender to touch. Although this condition can be due to an injury, such as twisting motions or from overuse, it can sometimes arise for no obvious cause.

The symptoms include hip pain on walking, and the tenderness over the upper part of the femur, with the inability to lie in comfort on the affected side. Other causes of trochanteric bursitis include uneven leg length, iliotibial band syndrome, and weakness of the hip abductor muscles. The primary symptom is hip pain, especially on the outer side of the hip joint. This pain may appear when the person is walking or lying down on that site. X-rays, ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging may reveal tears or swelling.

Tendonitis/Tendinosis

Tendinitis refers to inflammation of a tendon, a flexible band of tissue that connects the muscles to the bones. The pull of the muscles is transmitted to the bone by the tendons which allow movement. When the tendons are inflamed and irritated, the pulling action of the muscle is impaired with loss of function of the joint. Symptoms can vary from aches or pains and local joint stiffness to a burning that surrounds the whole joint around the inflamed tendon.

In some cases, swelling occurs along with heat and redness, and there may be visible knots surrounding the joint.

With this condition, the pain is usually worse during and after activity, and a tendon and joint area can become stiff the following day, as muscles tighten from the movement of the tendon. Tendinosis, however, is a chronic injury caused by an accumulation of small tears in the tendon that have failed to heal properly over time. Patients commonly find it almost impossible to keep from restraining the tendon, because even when the pain is gone, the tendon still hasn’t fully healed.

Tendinitis about the hip is usually caused by disease of the gluteal tendons that attach to the lateral hip, as well as inflammation of the iliopsoas tendon which can cause snapping hip syndrome. Diagnosis is usually ascertained by physical examination, including palpating the hip and leg region, as well as ultrasound and occasionally Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Labral Injury

The acetabular labrum is the cartilage that encloses the socket of the hip, known as acetabulum. The anterior portion is most vulnerable to labral tears. It is estimated that 75% of acetabulum-labral tears have no known cause. Labral tears occur from a single event or from recurring trauma. Activities requiring frequent lateral rotation or pivoting on a loaded femur is a known cause of labral tear. Falling on one’s side causes a blunt trauma to the greater trochanter of the femur. Since there is very little soft tissue to diminish the force of the impact of the greater trochanter, the entire blow is transferred to the surface of the hip joint. This may instigate a labral tear. Anatomical modifications of the femur or hip socket cause a slow buildup of damage to the cartilage, resulting in a condition known as femoral-acetabular impingement (FAI).

Candidates

Hip stem cell treatment candidates include men and women of any age who experience hip mobility limitations or pain. Ideal candidates should:

  • Be in good overall health.
  • Experience one of the aforementioned hip conditions, general hip pain, or limited mobility.
  • Have reasonable expectations for the treatment.

These patients often do not want to undergo surgery or surgical intervention has failed to provide results.

How to Treat the Hip with Stem Cell Therapy

Adult adipose derived stem cells that are harvested are carefully injected into the hip joint under fluoroscopic guidance with local anesthesia. Once inside the hip joint, the stem cells have the ability to repair the cartilage in many ways as they can multiply and generate into cartilage cell lines. Stem cells secrete soluble factors which manipulate the tissue microenvironment. This includes controlling joint inflammation and providing important growth factors which stimulate cartilage repair.

Patients are free to return home after the one to two-hour long procedure.

Recovery

Mild swelling and discomfort of the liposuction sites is normal but dissipates very quickly. Any initial hip soreness can be alleviated with an ice pack, but the doctor will gladly prescribe pain medication. Over the counter pain relief will work as well. Normal activities can be resumed within a week, but do not push your body. More strenuous activities can be partaken in about four weeks. Results continue to improve the 6 months following the procedure as the stem cells reach their heightened regenerative potential.

Cost of Hip Stem Cell Therapy

No two patients are alike, just as no two injuries or conditions are alike. With this, there isn’t a set cost for hip stem cell therapy. The treatment and price are customized to the individual. After the consultation examination, the doctor will create a custom treatment plan which the price will reflect. Contact our Los Angeles office today to request an appointment.

Schedule Your Consultation

The initial consultation is the most important part of your stem cell therapy journey. This is the time to explain the discomfort and limitations you experience. Dr. Sean Younai or Dr. Bruce Fishman will then complete a physical examination. Taking into consideration their findings, your medical history, and your concerns, they will create a custom treatment plan to provide you with lasting pain relief. The procedure process will be shared with you so you understand every part. Preparations and recovery instructions will be given to you at the end of the consultation, as well as a quote.