Stem Cell Therapy & Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. and affects an astonishing one-fifth of the adult population. Despite its prevalence, treatments for chronic pain are often ineffective, only treating the symptoms and not the root cause. Patients are often advised to use over the counter remedies, like NSAIDs or heat therapy, which can temporarily reduce discomfort, only to have it return later. Prescription painkillers are highly addictive and carry a wide range of undesirable side effects. Surgeries are invasive and have their own risks as well…
Understandably, people experiencing chronic pain are seeking an alternative. Recently, researchers have begun exploring stem cell therapy as a more permanent and viable solution for chronic pain to heal the damaged areas instead of simply treating symptoms.
Leveraging the Power of Stem Cells To Eliminate Pain
Stem cells are the foundation for every specialized cell type in the body. They transform into differentiated cells and hold enormous regenerative potential. For instance, following an injury, stem cells aid in the repair process, though they aren’t always as strong or in the quantity needed for a full recovery.
This is where stem cell therapy comes in. By utilizing cutting edge technology, doctors can extract your stem cells, concentrate them, and administer the cells in high concentration to damaged areas, such as compromised joint tissue. The cells can either be extracted from the patient themselves, found in sources such as the bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue, or provided via donors. They are then strategically administered to the area of damaged tissue, where the body accepts the healing agents.
Once stem cells have been administered, they perform their job of minimizing inflammation, as well as regenerating and repairing damaged tissue. This type of treatment doesn’t simply treat pain symptoms, but actually works to heal the underlying damage.
While there are many conditions for which stem cells are being used as a promising treatment, here are just a few of the most common issues related that they can treat:
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- Musculoskeletal injury
- Persistent joint pain
If you’re experiencing an orthopedic, autoimmune, or degenerative condition causing chronic pain, stem cell therapy could hold the key to helping you lead a life with less pain. Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center is a leader in administering stem cell therapy for a variety of issues.