The Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain
Stem cell therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for many different types of injuries. Whether it's a back injury, knee injury, or any other type of ailment, stem cells are showing promising signs in the healing process. In this article, we will cover how stem cells work and what they can do for you if you have chronic back pain. If you're looking for relief from your chronic back pain, make sure to read on!
What is stem cell therapy?
The relatively new medical treatment called stem cell therapy is a way of injecting stem cells into the body to help promote healing. Stem cell therapy is a natural process that your own body uses for tissue repair and regrowth but isn't always enough on its own. Injecting these cells helps supplement this natural recovery process as well as provide more building blocks for rapid recovery from injury or surgery.
Stem cell therapy was invented in the 1980s when it was discovered that stem cells could be extracted from human embryos. It wasn't until more recently, in 2007, when these same types of stem cells were found in adult tissue samples. Allowing for this new process to begin!
How does stem cell therapy work?
The injection is a simple procedure where your physician will remove some muscle or fat cells and then separate them into individual stems cells by spinning the material in an electric field.
The next step after this is another simple one - injecting the mixture back into your body at injury sites throughout the area around pain points. This provides both direct relief through providing building blocks for speeding up healing but also acts as a type of lubricant to reduce inflammation surrounding muscles and joints which can be a major contributor to the pain.
Who can use this treatment for back pain?
One area where patients can see benefit from stem cell injections is with back pain treatment. The most common reason people experience chronic back pain is because of damage done to disks between each vertebra (the bones making up your spine). This damage may be caused by a number of things including trauma or poor posture over time. While it's normal for spinal disks to degenerate as you age, it is possible for these disks to break down too quickly due to injury.
In either case of natural aging or injury-induced damage, stem cells can help create new tissue growth and repair damaged vertebrae allowing them to function properly again without pain. This means that patients with back injuries will see improvement in their condition over time after the procedure.
Any adult who is experiencing chronic back pain may benefit from stem cell therapy for back pain. There are also many other conditions that this treatment has been effective in treating such as: arthritis, osteoarthritis, and tendonitis. While there have not yet been any studies done on pregnant women or children, it's highly recommended that you speak with your doctor before trying stem cells if you fall into either of these two categories and definitely do not try at home without consulting a professional first! If you're interested in learning more about what exactly goes into an injection procedure feel free to read below where we've answered some common questions.
What are the benefits of stem cell therapy over surgery for back pain patients?
In the past, surgery was often the only option to treat chronic back pain. Today, there are other treatments available, including stem cell injections. The main benefit of this treatment is that it's a non-invasive procedure while surgery involves opening up the spinal column and can take weeks or months to recover from.
Even after you've had your first injection, you should start seeing results within days! These immediate benefits include experiencing less inflammation which will reduce pain immediately as well as more long-term effects like new tissue growth over time. This gives patients who receive stem cell therapy not only short but also long-lasting relief, unlike surgeries where once the area has healed there may be no residual effect beyond what was initially causing pain in the first place (which could be anything).
What questions do I need to ask my doctor before having an injection?
Particularly because stem cell therapy is such a new procedure, it is important to find a doctor who has experience in this area. After all, you don't want to undergo a treatment that could potentially have no effect on your condition! Additionally, there are some common questions that should be asked before any injections take place:
- What is the location of the injection? Anesthesia will almost always be used for injections and most patients report feeling pain for several days after an injection procedure. Some doctors choose to use lidocaine while others opt for more expensive blocks like Marcaine or even ultrasound-guided shots (which can help reduce discomfort). While many patients report little to no pain post-injection it's important to ask what type of anesthesia will be used so you know what to expect during recovery time following the injection itself.
- Is there a chance of any side effects? Most patients do not experience negative side effects after stem cells are injected. However, it's important to ask your doctor about the risks involved with this treatment so you can make an informed decision before moving forward. For example, some patients report feeling dizzy or nauseous within minutes of having injections which typically subside over time as their bodies adjust to new tissue growth and development around the injection site (and is nothing that should be cause for concern). Another rare but possible side effect is increased pain at or near the injection area, though oftentimes if this happens it signals that more than just stem cells were used in the procedure. This could increase inflammation around the injured area leading to even greater discomfort.
- Lastly, what follow-up procedures will I need? As mentioned above, stem cell injections often lead to immediate relief of pain and inflammation. However, it's important that you schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor within the first week (or two) after receiving the injection so they can check on how well it worked for you and determine if another round is necessary.
The cost and length of treatment
The cost of stem cell therapy for back pain is often covered by insurance. Additionally, while some patients need repeated injections over time to continue seeing positive effects of stem cells on their condition there are treatments available for up to six months which can help reduce the number of follow-up visits you'll have with your doctor each year!
Why should I consider stem cell therapy for my chronic lower back pain when other treatments haven't worked before
Stem cell therapy is different from other traditional treatments like medications and physical therapy in that it actually targets the source of chronic lower back pain instead of simply masking symptoms. Additionally, stem cells can be used for up to six months which is much longer than other options (such as epidural steroid injections) making them a more effective long-term solution!
If you're struggling with chronic lower back pain and other traditional treatments haven't helped, stem cell therapy may be the solution for you. These injections can target your injury head-on and provide relief from symptoms as well as help heal more deeply than other options like medications or physical therapy. If this sounds good to you but you want some guidance before moving forward, reach out to Denver Regenerative Medicine! Our team of experts is ready and waiting to partner with you in order to create a plan that will lead to long-term success. Which type of stem cells do most patients use? Let us know below so we can continue our discussion about how best to treat your condition!
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