Stem Cell Therapy for Pain Relief
Pain is an uphill battle, and many who suffer may wonder if they will ever find relief., causing many people to choose their pain over other risks. Many people decide to live in pain because the two most well-known options for pain relief have many risks. Pain pills may lead to addiction and surgery often has serious side effects
However, there is a pain management option that is better than picking the lesser of two or three evils. Stem cell therapy for pain has proven to be widely successful, but many people still do not know enough about what it is and how it works to give it a chance. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Mayo Clinic describes stem cell therapy as regenerative medicine and goes so far as to hail it as the future of organ transplants. This is because doctors can use stem cell therapy to regenerate dysfunctional or diseased tissue, such as blood cells or heart muscle cells. These cells are grown in labs and can be transplanted into a person. Perhaps the most well-known form of stem cell transplants is bone marrow transplants.
How Do Doctors Source Stem Cells?
Human embryos are the favored source of stem cells. These embryos are usually just a few days old and provide pluripotent cells that scientists can multiply exponentially and indefinitely. However, due to the controversy around using cells from this source, more often than not, therapeutic cells come from adults.
Adult stem cells provide fewer opportunities than embryonic stem cells, but they work. Doctors are able to source stem cells from adults without surgery and possibly, light bruising. So, why are embryonic stem cells preferred? As the body develops its own central nervous system, it begins to lose its natural regenerative capabilities.
Even so, in order to further reduce the need for embryonic stem cells, doctors use the following methods:
- Harvesting mesenchymal stem cells from adult bone marrow.
- Harvesting stem cells from babies’ umbilical cords after their birth.
- Harvesting skin and blood stem cells from adult patients and then reprogramming them in labs to have characteristics of embryonic cells.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Alleviate Pain?
Pain is not a disease or condition, but a symptom of something else. In instances where stem cell therapy can cure the source of the problem, it may also cure the pain associated with that problem. Here are some common examples:
- Severe burns
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Currently, there are specific areas of the body where stem cell therapy is thought to be most effective for treating pain. This is because these are the key areas where stem cell therapy has been studied and proven effective. Some of these areas include the following:
Of all the above locations, stem cell therapy is most commonly used in the knees to treat everything from a cartilage tear to a meniscus injury. One of the main ways stem cell therapy helps to reduce chronic pain is by reducing inflammation. Many joints not listed above are also successfully treated with stem cells; however, the effectiveness has not been as extensively studied.
Is This Covered Under Insurance?
Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not currently cover certain types of stem cell therapy. Common exceptions include bone marrow transplants and some trials approved by the FDA.
Are you tired of a life of pain? Are you ready to try breakthrough technologies to bring you the long-term relief that might allow you to reclaim your life? Contact National Stem Cell Clinic to schedule an appointment today.