Stem cell therapy is a promising field of medicine that offers hope for curing disease and reversing the damage of prolonged illness. However, it’s also a very politically charged field of study that’s largely shrouded in mystery.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative therapy that uses specialized cells – stem cells – that your body already produces and that have a capacity to heal tissues throughout your body.
It can also be used to prevent certain diseases and conditions that you may be prone to, either genetically or through environmental factors.
Performing Stem Cell Treatments
Most stem cell treatments are performed via a bone marrow transplant. This procedure involves harvesting stem cells from one’s bone marrow and injecting it into their body to treat a certain condition or disease.
There are, however, other ways to harvest stem cells and research is uncovering whether cells can be created via somatic cell nuclear transfer and from embryonic stem cells. These methods are currently quite hotly debated.
How are Stem Cells Used?
Stem cells are used in medical settings to provide prevention and relief from myriad illnesses. While bone marrow transplants have been used for decades to cure leukemia, it’s only recently that doctors have begun to perform bone marrow and stem cell therapies to address other illnesses. Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical treatment that is performed during a simple outpatient visit, making it an appealing non-invasive treatment method.
Additionally, stem cell treatments are natural, making them an ideal fit for individuals who are looking to avoid chemicals and traditional treatments and pharmaceuticals. For those in need of orthopedic treatment, this is a particularly appealing option because it sidesteps some of the ethical issues of using steroidal treatments.
Breakthroughs in Orthopedic Treatments Using Stem Cells
Athletes, in particular, can benefit from stem cell treatments in treating sports injuries sustained through overwork or other activity. Stem cell therapy differs from other traditional methods of treating issues involving scarring and tears in ligaments and joints, and that makes it an attractive option for athletes from every sport.
Many traditional treatment options address the issue, without finding a suitable way to treat or reverse the damage. Even natural healing methods come short in adequately treating tendon issues since they can exacerbate areas with scar tissue or deepen the tissue scarring. Neither of these effects is beneficial for regaining strength and movement in the impacted area.
Cell Repair Themselves
On the other hand, stem cell therapy is a regenerative therapy, meaning that it causes cells to actually repair themselves and regenerate to help you achieve full and complete healing from injury. When used correctly, stem cell therapy can return affected areas to their original range of motion, giving you improved ability on the field and off.
Conditions That Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat
There are many conditions that you can treat with stem cell therapy, but in the realm of orthopedic medicine, the applications are many and include:
- Joint injuries due to overuse (hip, shoulder, ankles)
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries related to overuse
- Arthritis of the joints
- Arthritis of the spine
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Pain and limited range of motion due to degenerative disc disease
Additionally, stem cell therapy has been used effectively to treat specific injuries, including:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Shin splints
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Partial thickness rotator cuff tears
- Knee ligament tears
- Patellar tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hip bursitis
For these, and many other conditions, stem cell therapy is becoming a more widely recommended natural treatment option.
Who Benefits From Stem Cell Therapy?
If you think that stem cell therapy could help you overcome a physical problem that’s been plaguing you, you may be wondering whether you’re a good candidate for this type of treatment. Obviously, those suffering from physical ailments may benefit from stem cell therapy however, there are some stipulations. First, if you’ve been suffering from long-term pain or a chronic injury, you may be a good candidate for this type of therapy. If you’re looking for a long term natural solution to your health problem, then stem cell therapy could be the answer.
Certain patients should avoid stem cell therapy, including those who are being treated for cancer or have been previously treated for certain types of cancer, like lymphoma. Additionally, if you have an active infection or otherwise compromised immune system, stem cell therapy may not be for you.
If you fit the qualifications and do not have any of the pre-existing conditions, then set up an appointment. Take time to learn more about how our regenerative stem cell therapy might be able to help you.
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