Stem cell injections are a form of regenerative medicine. They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, but at ThriveMD, we use stem cell injections to regenerate and repair cells, most specifically in the orthopedic realm, so that a patient’s body is able to establish normal cellular functioning in tissues that have decayed or become damaged in some way. Whether a patient has an acute sports injury, normal joint problems stemming from chronic overuse or other age-related issues, stem cell injections can be prescribed as a way to initiate cellular regeneration within a patient’s own body using his or her own stem cell reserves. It’s an amazing option for many patients, as it has the potential to offer quick, long-lasting pain relief, as well as potentially remedying the pain’s root cause. But just how long do stem cell injections last? Here’s what you need to know:
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Stem Cell Injections Can Last a Long Time
Studies indicate that the positive results of stem cell injections can last for a considerable amount of time, providing pain relief in as little as a few days post treatment and extending for months and even years!
Take this study from Iran where eighteen patients received stem cell injections to help their osteoarthritis in their knees, ankles and hips. They were followed for 30 months and given clinical examinations, MRI and laboratory tests at 2, 6, 12 and 30 months post-treatment. All patients exhibited therapeutic benefits such as increased walking distance, decreased visual analog scale (VAS), and total Western Ontario and McMaster Universities OA Index (WOMAC) scores which were confirmed by MRI.
The University of Paris has also run an interesting study where they followed 534 patients for up to 18 years after a bone marrow stem cell injection to help with avascular necrosis of the hip. Only 15.7% of patients in this study needed a total hip replacement after treatment. Many of the patients saw their hips stabilize which were confirmed by MRI & X-Rays.
Testimonials from our own patients corroborate these findings. In fact, approximately 65% of our new patients come to us after talking to our existing patients, meaning the stem cell injections we offer here are working for the people who receive them. If not, they wouldn’t be sharing their positive experience and referring patients.
Why Stem Cell Injections Last a Long Time
Stem cell injections last a long time because they utilize special cells called stem cells. All adult bodies have limited stores of stem cells, which have the ability to “transform” into the exact type of cell our bodies need at certain times of our lives. They work as part of normal physiological processes over the course of our lifetime, replacing old, injured or deteriorated cells so that homeostasis can be maintained. When intentionally harvested from the body, however, stem cells can then be strategically placed back into it in areas that might not otherwise have access to them naturally (due to low blood supply, for example), allowing them to render even more positive bodily effects.
The ThriveMD Difference
To learn more about regenerative medicine and stem cells, including additional information on how long stem cell injections last for your own set of symptoms and condition(s), please contact one of our ThriveMD offices. Our medical director, Dr. Scott Brandt, is a leading expert in the field of pain management; he is board certified and remains active in research and publications, working in tandem with our staff to ensure that all our patients receive only the most appropriate treatments with the best potential for long-lasting success!