Stem cell therapy is an innovative treatment for chronic pain. Stem cell therapy is a viable alternative to invasive surgery for patients seeking pain relief. Stem cells are cells that have the potential to take on the properties of any cells in their surroundings. Stem cells are obtained directly from the patient’s body, usually the bone marrow. Since the cells come from the patient, there is no risk of an adverse reaction upon injection. Once the stem cells are injected into the injured area, they will help heal damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones.
Most patients receive a series of three stem cell injections, spaced 2-5 days apart. The first injection is a solution of dextrose (simple sugars) to prepare the injured area for stem cells. The next injection is the stem cells, a procedure that is preceded by the extraction of stem cells from the blood and bone marrow. The final injection is a collection of platelet stimulates that help the stem cells proliferate.
An increasing amount of evidence indicates that stem cell therapy is a viable and effective therapeutic solution for most musculoskeletal and orthopedic issues. Stem cell therapy is effective in treating a variety of conditions, including the following:
Degenerative disc disease
Connective tissue injuries
Neuropathy or nerve damage
Wrist, knee, elbow, and ankle pain
Chronic neck and back pain
Foot pain and plantar fasciitis
Torn rotator cuff