One of the most intriguing options for arthritis treatment today is stem cell therapy, a regenerative medicine therapy.
Benefits of Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell injections are non-surgical procedures that can be accomplished in a single day. Unlike with surgery or joint replacement, patients who receive stem cell treatment for arthritis are usually able to return to their normal daily routines within a day of the procedure.
There is no painful surgery or lengthy recovery or rehabilitation appointments to attend. Patients can also avoid the typical loss of mobility, strength, or range of motion that tends to occur after an invasive surgery. Plus, the risk of infection is greatly reduced, as are other risks of surgery like blood clots, infections, etc.
Why Are Stem Cells So Effective?
Stem cells are the “repairmen” of the body. They are in bone, blood and fat, but are found in greatest concentration in your bone marrow, where blood cells are made. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can be mobilized to repair body tissues.
However, the stem cells alone are not able to make the repairs needed. They must have direction, which is provided by mixing it with platelet rich plasma taken from the patient’s blood. The platelets tell the stem cells what to repair, in the way a construction supervisor would direct a construction worker. Once the stem cells know what to do, they can perform a myriad of important functions, including repairing damaged tissue.
How Stem Cell Therapy is Done
A simple blood draw is done to get platelet rich plasma. Then stem cells are withdrawn from the patient’s pelvic bone marrow. The plasma and bone marrow are processed together in an onsite lab, and is then re-injected into the patient’s injured tissue area—whether it be a joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon. This is done using advanced ultrasound imaging technology for precise guidance of the injection.
Who is a Candidate For Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy may be a great choice for a patient who has:
- Wrist and hand pain
- Joint pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Elbow pain
- Back pain
- Foot and ankle pain
Studies have shown that regenerative stem cell therapy also provides relief from pain and inflammation in cases of plantar faciitis or difficult to treat Morton’s neuroma. However, many insurance companies, slow to cover new therapies, consider this stem cell injection to be experimental, and don’t usually cover this treatment. Therefore, regenerative stem cell therapy is usually only offered to patients who can afford to pay for it out of pocket.
To find out if you are a good candidate for stem cell treatment for arthritis, contact a clinic like Complete Pain Care, which is experienced in this low-risk, less invasive treatment. In addition to offering many advanced options for pain relief, Complete Pain Care can help you assess your needs and decide if stem cell therapy is right for you.
For more information on stem cell therapy or other innovative treatments for pain relief, go to https://www.completepaincare.com/patient-education/services-provided/stem-cell-therapy/