You’ve probably heard of stem cell treatments, but don’t know much about how they are used. At A Family Chiropractic, we want to ensure our patients have the most current information about emerging forms of treatment. We’re commited to our patients and pass our knowledge of new treatment options on to them. This allows us to make sure we’re always providing the best options for each person. Stem cells are part of the growing field of regenerative medicine. What you actually want to know about is regenerative stem cell therapy as well as treatments with stem cells.
As part of regenerative medicine, stem cells are used to repair damaged or inflamed tissue. Injections into the affected areas with a syringe are how stem cells are introduced for treatment. You may think this is too simple, too straightforward a process. Or you may think “There has to be more to stem cell treatments.” The answer to your questions are both yes and no. While the application of stem cells is a simple process that can be done in a short amount of time, the process of how they work is a wonder of medical science.
How Do Stem Cells Work?
The stem cells used by A Family Chiropractic are harvested from donated umbilical cords taken during cesarean sections. The umbilical cords contain a substance known as Wharton’s Jelly, a gelatinous substance that protects the cord’s blood vessels. Inside this “jelly” is a type of stem cell known as mesenchymal stem cells. The importance of mesenchymal stem cells is that they are fresh. There is no DNA damage from viruses or oxidation with these young stem cells. Why is it important to use mesenchymal stem cells over stem cells harvested from bone marrow? Mesenchymal stem cells can transform themselves (differentiate) into multiple types of cells in the body. They also work faster than any other kind of regenerative medicine.
What Conditions can Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Help?
Some of the more popular treatments with stem cells center around knee injuries and degenerative diseases. This typically includes:
- Trauma to the knee.
- A vitamin D deficiency resulting in cartilage loss.
- Genetic knee conditions.
- Arthritic knees.
- Meniscus tears.
If cartilage in the knee degenerates, it results in bone on bone friction. Not only is this extremely painful, but the discomfort can directly affect the way you live your life. Cartilage acts as a buffer between bones and keeps them separated. These bone on bone conditions are not only painful, but they will also result in additional pain from stress fractures. Stem cell therapy may prevent this painful bone on bone contact.
Joint and Muscle Problems
In addition to knees, stem cell treatments are also useful for the following:
- Inflamed Muscles
- Inflamed Joints
- MCL Tears
- ACL Tears
- Achilles Tendon Tears
- Wrist Sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ankle Sprains
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
The above conditions can all be excruciating, and in some cases debilitating. Regenerative stem cell therapy holds the hope of healing for these conditions.
People suffering with a variety of back problems may also find relief with stem cell treatments. This is because treatment using stem cells is very versitile and effective. Common back injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs.
- Bulging discs.
- Facet joint arthritis.
- Facet joint injury.
- Interspinous ligaments.
- Annular tears.
How Are Stem Cell Treatments Applied?
Stem cell injections are applied to the inflamed or injured area. The procedures are performed in A Family Chiropractic’s outpatient state-of-the-art-facility. Our attentive and experienced staff will make sure you fully understand the procedure ahead of time. We provide a clean, comfortable atmosphere for our patients while they are at our facility. How you feel is of the utmost importance to us.
Once the affected area is sterilized and prepared, stem cells are injected and begin regenerating and strengthening the affected areas of your body.
How Long Does it Take for Treatments with Stem Cells to Work?
There are several factors to take into consideration with regenerative stem cell treatments. Each of these can affect the length of time it takes for the stem cells to work. These factors include:
- Your age.
- The type of Injury or condition.
- Are you physically fit?
- The state of your circulatory system and any diseases you may have.
Everyone is different when it comes to how fast stem cell treatments work. On average it can range from two to six months for stem cells to regenerate the affected area if you follow prescribed treatment. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff can give you an estimate based on your health after careful examination and how long before the treatment will take effect. Stem cell injections heal and strengthen damaged tissue; patients typically experience pain relief within a few weeks of the procedure.
How Many Injections Does it take for Healing to Occur?
Most patients respond very well after just the initial treatment. However, some patients with more severe injuries or inflammation may benefit from additional injections over a twelve-month period. For example, a knee with almost no remaining cartilage will require more treatments than a knee that only has a cartilage tear. In either case, the experts at A Family Chiropractic will make sure that your treatments are as pleasant as possible.
Are Stem Cells Safe?
Yes, our regenerative stem cell therapy complies with all FDA regulations. As with all procedures, there are some slight risks involving stem cell injections. However, complications are exceedingly rare, and at A Family Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on sanitary conditions and seamless injections. The risks with mesenchymal stem cells are non-life threatening. The body does not reject stem cells as it would an organ transplant. The most common complaint among those in clinical trials was a slight headache that went away after a few hours.
What are the Advantages of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Over Surgery?
There are several significant advantages of using mesenchymal stem cells over surgery.
- Stem cell injections are non-invasive.
- There are no scars from stem cell injections.
- There is also almost no risk of a staph infection with stem cell injections.
- Stem cell procedures are quick and occur at an outpatient facility. Where as surgery may require a lengthy and incontinent hospital stay.
- If surgery does not work, you can’t have additional surgery’s right away, but you can get additional stem cell treatments. And if a stem cell injection does not work on the first attempt, additional injections usually work.
Reach out to the experts at A Family Chiropractic Clinic today. We’re here to help you beat your chronic pain and take control of your life once again. Learn about our treatments with stem cells and other therapies designed to help you.