It can be difficult to understand what exactly stem cells are. After all, they are brought up in so many medical conversations and have the potential for beneficial results in a vast array of conditions. Consider this, each of the cells in your body functions and performs a specific task. Liver cells function with the common goal of ensuring the integrity of your liver, heart cells perform their collective function to keep your heart pumping, and so on.
Stem cells are cells that have not yet been assigned a task, they have the means to be programmed into a heart or liver cell once introduced to other like cells, where the surrounding cells indicate the function it is supposed to perform.
There are different kinds of stem cells, which are extracted from different sources and offer their own uses. The experts at Stem Cellutions have specialized in stem cell therapy as regenerative medicine for pain and injury. We are happy to offer our patients a non-invasive alternative to costly and risky surgical procedures.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells: These kinds of stem cells are often extracted from bone marrow samples or adipose extractions (fat tissue). This form of stem cell is what’s known as an adult stem cell (ASC) and can only be programmed into cells of specific types, such as bone, cartilage, and fat. This makes MSC’s potentially useful for repairing joint injuries.
Embryonic Stem Cells: This form of stem cell is a form of cultured stem cell that originates in fertilized embryo eggs. In the earliest stages, cells are what is called pluripotent, meaning they are capable of specializing in any cell in the human body. This is incredibly useful for development, and in this case, allows this form of stem cell to potentially benefit any injured or damaged tissue anywhere within the body
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Depending on the injury you are seeking treatment for, the stem cells will be extracted from their respective sources and prepared for your treatment session. There may be some dull aches or minor swelling around the extraction site, but the process is minimally invasive and requires little to no downtime. The entire process takes no more than 3 hours.
Once the stem cells are ready for injection, the process is as simple as pinpointing the source of your pain and introducing the stem cells to the site. After that, you need to care for the injury in the same way you normally would, with plenty of rest, and no overstimulation. You should start to notice pain relief in two weeks and can continue to see improvements as far as six months after the procedure. Remember, there is no instant fix. The goal is to fix the condition at its source and that may take some time.
If you have more questions about stem cell therapy or if it is right for you, reach out to the specialists at Stem Cellutions. We have years of experience diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems. Call or book a consultation online to speak with a specialist today and get started on your pain relief journey!