Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy (MSC) are multipotent cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), and myocytes (muscle cells). Stem cell therapy offers a non-operative treatment option that supports healing by using a patient’s own cells.

As we age or have traumatic injuries, we may not be able to recruit enough of these cells to the site to fully repair the area. Stem cell procedures help overcome this problem by extracting stem cells from an area of high volume, then concentrating the cells and reinjecting them into the damaged area to help the body heal naturally. These cells exist inside all of us in various tissues, and help to repair damage due to a one time injury or overuse.

Stem Cell Therapy Can Help

  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Cartilage

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

The procedure begins with the harvesting of the patient’s own stem cells. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the cells from the other components. The concentrated cells are then injected into the patient’s site of the injury, using ultrasound guidance for precision.


Stem cell therapy ultimately helps repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscles. By injecting a high concentration of stem cells into the damaged area they have the potential to repair, restore, replace, and regenerate the cells needed to heal the injury, naturally, using the body’s own healing mechanism. The procedure may be combined with other therapies for the best possible outcome. Dr. Darling will create a custom treatment plan for you based on your condition.


Shoulder Conditions

  1. Rotator cuff tears
  2. Labral tears
  3. Arthritis
  4. Chronic tendinopathy
  5. Tendonitis
  6. Bursitis
  7. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  8. Osteonecrosis (AVN)
  9. Cartilage conditions

Elbow Conditions

  1. Arthritis
  2. Tennis elbow
  3. Golfer’s elbow
  4. Ligament tears
  5. Bursitis
  6. Cubital tunnel syndrome
  7. Radial tunnel syndrome

Hip Conditions

  1. Arthritis
  2. Labral tears
  3. Bursitis
  4. Tendon pain
  5. AVN (avascular necrosis)

Hand & Wrist Conditions

  1. Arthritis
  2. Tendon inflammation (tenosynovitis)
  3. Tears to areas such as the TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex)
  4. Carpal tunnel syndrome

Knee Conditions

  1. Arthritis
  2. Cartilage conditions
  3. Meniscus tears
  4. Patellofemoral syndrome
  5. Partial ligament tears
  6. Patellar and quadriceps tendon conditions
  7. Bursitis
  8. Baker’s cyst
  9. Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
  10. Chronic tendon conditions

Foot & Ankle

  1. Arthritis
  2. Tendonitis (i.e. Achilles) and tendonosis
  3. Cartilage defects
  4. Ligament tears
  5. Plantar fasciitis
  6. Tarsal tunnel syndrome