February 24, 2021

Utah: The Best Place for Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy

Active couple biking in Utah to reduce orthopedic pain

Utah’s main tourist attractions often have to do with the great outdoors and the beautiful mountains that surround it. This often draws active individuals to both come visit and live in this state. Unfortunately one of the main things that go along with an active lifestyle, is orthopedic injuries and pain. If you’re in this position but don’t live in Utah, don’t stress! Doing regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy at The Albano Clinic makes traveling to Utah and getting back to the things you love, fast and easy. 

Orthopedic stem cell therapy is becoming more and more popular for treating orthopedic injuries. This includes, but does not limit the following body parts; neck, shoulders, hands, wrists, back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. The most effective and safe regenerative medicine treatments for orthopedics are derived from an individuals’ OWN body.


What Is Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells?

What does this mean? Autologous (according to the Oxford Dictionary “of cells or tissues, obtained from the same individual”) stem cells are extracted from your body fat and bone marrow. Additionally to these, PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is another form of regenerative medicine but does not contain stem cells. During a PRP extraction, your blood is drawn and then placed into a machine referred to as a centrifuge.  The centrifuge then separates your PRP from the rest of your blood.

A orthopedic Stem Cell patient talking to a physician about PRP.

The guidance tool for these injections is a musculoskeletal ultrasound machine, which can identify muscle and ligament injuries, cysts, tendon issues, bone, joints, nerves, and arthritis. This tool helps guide the physician in placing the stem cells and PRP right into that problem area. In a non-invasive way, all of these methods use needles and syringes. Furthermore, the recovery time of these procedures is about a fourth of the time it usually takes for an individual to heal from traditional orthopedic surgeries. 

Who Do I Go To For This Treatment?

One of the most important factors to consider is who you choose to go to for a regenerative medicine therapy treatment. As it is a cutting-edge medical technique, asking the right questions and doing your research is vital in picking the physician who you feel is the most qualified to perform your treatments. 

A doctor examining a woman's orthopedic hand injury and pain.

The following questions are ones that should be asked to your regenerative medicine physician in order for you to ensure that you’re being treated with the safest and most effective stem cell therapy.

  1. Where do the stem cells that you’re injecting in me come from? (i.e. your own body, someone else, a test tube)
  2. Which methods are utilized to extract these stem cells in order to ensure the best chance for me to get results of healing?
  3. What qualifications does the physician have in order to practice regenerative medicine?
  4. What medical guidance tool is the physician using to make sure they’re injecting the PRP or stem cells in the right place? (i.e. fluoroscopy, musculoskeletal ultrasound)


Why Utah? And Why Dr. Joseph Albano?

As previously mentioned, Utah is a place of outdoor adventure and active families. So naturally, if you live here, it’s important to have a highly recommended and educated amount of physical therapists, chiropractors, wellness physicians, and sports medicine doctors. Luckily, Utah does and one of the best is Dr. Joseph J. Albano, MD

Dr. Joseph Albano using the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound machine during an orthopedic stem cell treatment.

Dr. Albano first brought regenerative medicine practices to Utah in 2007. He’s been actively helping his patients avoid surgery and get back to the activities they love using stem cells and regenerative techniques. His experience background involves time in the U.S. Airforce as a flight surgeon, general family medicine, regenerative orthopedics, sports medicine, and whole-body wellness. Dr. Albano himself has also lived an incredibly active lifestyle. From cycling, hockey, ultra-marathons, hiking, yoga, running, and skiing (of all sorts), he has faced a multitude of orthopedic injuries himself and truly understands what it’s like to be in your shoes! 

Even better? He’s not “surgery hungry”. His practice, The Albano Clinic, revolves around a Whole-Body Approach to medicine. This means they’ll work to find ways to heal your body before even trying the stem cell therapy treatments. Check out their site to learn more about a Whole-Body Wellness Approach.

Many of The Albano Clinic's patients have traveled to Utah from all over the United States to get an evaluation and treatment with regenerative medicine by the best. The clinic makes it easy by providing experienced care, deals with hotels nearby, and guidance on the best places to visit while you’re here. 


So what are you waiting for? Come book a trip to gorgeous Utah to treat your orthopedic injuries and pain, and get back to doing the activities you love! 

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