Stem Cells Specialist

Kelly Cunningham, MD -  - Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Austin Ortho + Biologics

Kelly Cunningham, MD

Regenerative Medicine Specialist & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Austin, TX

Kelly Cunningham, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who also specializes in regenerative sports medicine. He leads the team at Austin Ortho + Biologics in Austin, Texas, and is well-known for his expertise in innovative treatments for joint injuries and disease, including adult stem cell therapy. This therapy uses your body’s own stem cells to speed healing, decrease pain, and get you moving again. Call today for your appointment or book your visit online.

Stem Cells

What is adult stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s natural healing mechanism to treat various conditions by renewing or repairing diseased and damaged tissues. The goal of stem cell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is to amplify your natural repair system with substances taken from your own cell line via bone marrow or fat cells.

This innovative therapy is showing great promise in the treatment of cardiovascular, autoimmune, and musculoskeletal conditions. Research is currently underway to judge its efficacy in treating neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Cunningham often recommends stem cell therapy or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to treat painful joints that have been damaged by disease or injury.

How does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cells can replicate into cells that form your musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones as well as your tendons, ligaments, and articular cartilage.

To obtain your stem cells, Dr. Cunningham uses a simple, in-office procedure to recover the cells from your bone marrow. Many patients opt to be sedated during this process. The stem cells are then introduced into the injured area to promote healing in ways never before possible.

Stem cell treatment supplies your own regenerative cells and growth factors into the damaged joint, muscle, or tendon, which provides powerful anti-inflammatory and healing results. The therapy is performed in a day surgery setting, and you can expect minimal downtime afterward.

What can stem cell therapy treat?

As a type of regenerative and restorative sports medicine for your musculoskeletal system, Dr. Cunningham uses stem cell therapy to treat:

  • Joint arthritis symptoms of the knee, hip, and shoulder so that you can delay or avoid joint replacement surgery
  • Acute and chronic injuries of cartilage, allowing joint repair and joint healing in both nonsurgical or noninvasive as well as surgical settings.

When will I see results?

For recreational athletes, one treatment often allows you to return to activities such as golf, tennis, snow and water skiing, swimming, running, and walking within a matter of weeks.