What are stem cells?
Stem cells are cells that can be divided and differentiated to serve certain functions in your body. They may be divided into two types: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells, and they can be found in adult tissues. Your doctor can collect these cells and utilize them to mend broken muscles or nerves when you seek stem cell therapy. Stem cells, which are the only cells in the body with the ability to make new cells naturally, have recently gained a lot of attention for their ability to repair damaged tissues. At Align Grapevine, pain management experts use stem cell treatment to provide their patients with a novel and effective therapeutic option.
What is the purpose of stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy, often known as “regenerative medicine,” uses stem cells to trigger a response from diseased, debilitated, or injured tissue. Medical practitioners throughout the world are intrigued by this form of treatment because, rather than relying on rare organ donors, stem cells can benefit many more individuals in a shorter period of time. Pain management experts are starting to use this form of treatment to help individuals with their medical issues. If a patient has heart disease, for example, the cells are injected into the heart muscle, and the new, healthy heart muscle cells help to mend the damaged area. Stem cells can also be used to treat the following illnesses or injuries:
- Pain in the Knee
- tear in the meniscus
- Arthritis of the Hip
- Tears of Labral
- Pain in the Shoulder
- Neck and back pain that continues to get worse
- A Rotator Cuff that has been torn
- Elbow and Wrist Injuries
- Pain in the ankles and feet
- Fracture that does not heal
Is it Possible for Stem Cells to help with Back Pain?
Theoretically, stem cell therapy is unrestricted. Because our stem cells are self-healing, the injections can help you avoid painful rehabilitation and reduce downtime after an injury. Despite the need for additional testing, scientists believe that this form of treatment could one day be used to treat a wide range of illnesses. Degenerative disc disease and the resulting back discomfort are one of them. Disc degeneration in the spine can occur for a variety of causes, but it always results in lower back problems. Treatment for lumbar degenerative disc degeneration usually consists of the following steps:
- Medications available over-the-counter (OTC).
- Medications that are anti-inflammatory.
- Physical therapy
- Mobilization of the spine
Stem cells may be an effective treatment option for some people. The cells can be helpful in the healing process because they have the ability to develop into any type of cell in the body. The stem cells have an anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effect when injected into the intervertebral discs by a pain management specialist. As a result, you’ll feel less discomfort and the degenerative process may be slowed.
Side effects that are common include:
Some patients may develop adverse effects following any treatment technique, although others may not. It’s not surprising, then, that stem cells have a few red flags. The side effects of stem cell therapy, on the other hand, are usually short-term and low-risk. Among them are:
- The affected tissue is causing you pain.
- Nerve inflammation causes pain.
Keep in mind that any other medications you’re taking could weaken your immune system at this period, so double-check. This can result in a bothersome infection.