Anyone who keeps up with current events can tell the world is in the midst of a scientific revolution. Because of media attention to consumer technology advances, many people overlook the huge advancements being made in biological and medical science, but these changes may be the most significant. One of the more important new treatments to emerge in recent decades is stem cell therapy.
Stem cells offer unique options for the treatment of a variety of diseases, including arthritis and chronic joint pain. But what exactly are stem cells and what is stem cell therapy?
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
What are Stem Cells?
The human body is made up of a variety of different kinds of cells, each of which has different characteristics and a unique purpose. Skin cells, nerve cells, blood cells, and fat cells are just a few of the kinds of pieces that make up the human body.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can become other kinds of cells. These stem cells are like blank slates, able to take on the characteristics of cells around them, giving the body a way to heal itself.
One benefit of stem cell therapy is that the cells are able to be easily taken from your body and replace themselves.
What Are Some Uses for Stem Cells?
Since the discovery and isolation of the first stem cells, medical scientists have been working hard to come up with medical applications. With their medical use still in early stages, we’re likely to discover hundreds of potential uses.
Most current treatments have stem cells being used to replace and repair damaged tissue. For example, stem cells from bone marrow are currently used in the treatment of leukemia.
Another more recent use has been stem cell therapy for arthritis, injury-related pain, and other forms of chronic pain in joints like the knees or elbows.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
This brings us to our original question: What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the relocation of stem cells to damaged or arthritic joints. By relocating these cells, we’re able to treat damaged cartilage and eliminate pain.
Joints get poor circulation compared to other parts of the body, making it difficult for stem cells to reach the area on their own. At Dynamic Health & Pain Management, our doctors extract stem cells from your body and inject them into the joints that are experiencing pain. There, they repair and replace damaged cartilage, and in many cases, build the cartilage back up. After one to three weeks the pain will be significantly decreased.
Check out our recent infographic for more information on how stem cell therapy works.
Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy
An innovative new treatment option, stem cell therapy has several key advantages over other joint pain treatments like surgery, cortisone, and hyaluronic acid:
- It is non-surgical
- It is entirely natural
- Recovery is less than seven days
- Treatment lasts one to two years
- Less risk for complications compared to surgery.
One of stem cell therapy’s most significant innovations is its unique ability to restore cartilage in the treated joint.