It is estimated that one in five Americans lives life in chronic pain. That’s a staggeringly high number of people who are at risk of associated conditions, including drug abuse, depression or other mental health disorders, which often lead to poor quality of life. To ward off escalating calamities, patients must work with their caregivers to take care of pain quickly, at the first sign of a problem, so that acute pain never progresses to a persistent stage or leads to other issues.
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In addition to traditional treatments for pain, like rest, medication and physical therapy, there is a less well-known option to consider: stem cell therapy. Much research over the past few decades confirms the potential effectiveness of using stem cell therapy for pain management. This is good news because stem cell therapy is the only treatment with the capacity to regenerate healthy tissue, thus eliminating the source of the pain — not merely masking it! Here’s what you need to know about using stem cell therapy for pain management:
First, What is Pain?
Pain is classified in multiple ways. It can be acute, lasting less than six months, or chronic, persisting for more than six months. But regardless of its duration, pain is most commonly attributed to one (or more) of three causes: tissue damage, nerve damage and/or inflammation. Of course, this is greatly simplifying the various variables that contribute to pain sensation — pain, after all, has many physiological, as well as psychological components — but for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll focus on mechanical malfunction as the likely leading contributor to pain. Thus, it makes sense that restoring normal tissue structure and function can help patients manage and even eliminate their overall pain.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy for Pain Management Work?
Doctors are choosing to use stem cell therapy for pain management now because research shows that stem cells have the capacity to regenerate the right type of tissue needed for many painful conditions, especially orthopedic injuries and conditions stemming from natural age-related deterioration (such as osteoarthritis). There have been hundreds (if not thousands) of studies confirming that adult stem cells can be harvested from one area of a patient’s own body, mixed with other biologics and injected back into the patient’s damaged tissue in order to successfully initiate healthy cell growth. Generating healthy cells means the body is able to build normal tissue and restore normal tissue function, thus eliminating the need for any immune response from the body (like painful inflammation) and putting an end to associated pain response(s).
Want to Know More?
Pain can be debilitating. If you or a loved one is experiencing pain and would like to know if stem cell therapy for pain management might be a better option than other traditional treatments, please contact our office for a consultation. Our team thoroughly reviews all our patients’ histories to determine the best type of treatment with the best chances for success.