Stem cells are one of the very exciting aspects of regenerative medicine. Like platelet-rich plasma injections, stem cell therapy may stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself and repair damaged tissue. For certain people, stem cell therapy can be an effective way to help your body heal injuries, reduce or eliminate pain, and restore injured tissue. Arrange a consultation and exam to learn more.
Why Are Stem Cells So Important?
One of the most interesting and valuable characteristics of certain types of stem cells is that they are “undifferentiated.” In layman’s terms, that means stem cells can self-replicate and develop into any kind of cell involved in many different body functions. The adult stem cells used for regenerative medicine ca be taken from the patient’s own tissues in a minimally invasive procedure.
Most of the cells already in your body serve very specific functions, and are therefore “differentiated.” For example, your fat cells, white blood cells and nerve cells all have their own specialized functions – i.e. jobs they perform – in your body. Stem cells have the potential to become any kind of cell and to repair tissue, which is why they have therapeutic benefits. Your body, even as an adult, contains stem cells in certain locations.
Here’s why stem cells can be important to your ailments, symptoms or injuries: In the field of regenerative medicine, we are interested in stem cells because of their capacity to replace, heal or repair damaged or diseased cells and tissue in your body. Stem cell therapy can be an effective way to address:
- Joint pain or injury
- Muscle/ligament/tendon pain or injury
- Certain cases of arthritis
- Orthopedic conditions
- Disc degeneration and herniation
- SI joint pain
- Tears in the rotator cuff
- Torn muscles
- Torn knee cartilage
- Pinched nerves
- Sports and athletic injuries
- Other injuries
As a result of stem cell treatment, patients experience relief from pain in the knees, hips, back, spine, ankles, hands and elsewhere. The only way to know if it will work for you is to arrange a consultation and exam.
Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy
So why consider stem cell therapy? Here are some of the observed benefits:
- Addresses the underlying cause of injury, pain and degeneration
- May make it possible to avoid surgery
- Outpatient procedure – return home the same day as your injections
- No anesthesia or prolonged surgical recovery
- Harnesses the power of your cells to heal your body
- May reduce or eliminate dependence on pain medications
- May speed up the healing process following an injury
- Decreases inflammation
- Reduces pain
- May improve range of motion of the treatment area
Medical science continues to learn more about the benefits of stem cell therapy. With even more promises of healing benefits on the horizon, stem cells are a treatment you can utilize right now to get back to feeling normal, and to hopefully increase your activity level and quality of life.
The Stem Cell Treatment Process
Stem cells are injected directly into the treatment area via a thin needle. Patients experience minimal discomfort during this appointment.
Ultrasound or fluoroscopy may be used to guide the injections and find the exact location we want to inject them. A numbing solution will be used on the surface of the skin to make you more comfortable. Results take a little while to begin to manifest, as the stem cell injections need time to stimulate the healing response of your body. Over time, the injured tissue should begin to regenerate and strengthen. The initial results begin to take shape 1-3 months after the treatment protocol is completed. The results may continue to get better for up to 12 months.
Where do the Stem Cells Come From?
Adult stem cells are used in your therapeutic injections. Most often, the cells will be taken from your bone marrow or your fat. Those cells are then re-injected into your body, at precise locations in the area of injury or degeneration.
Learn More About Stem Cells
The next step in the process is to schedule an exam and consultation. You need full, complete information before deciding if stem cell therapy is right for you. Plus, your condition, symptoms and pain must be evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.