At Remedy Pain Solutions, our pain treatment specialists diagnose the root cause of your chronic pain to recommend the ideal treatment plan. Please schedule an appointment at our offices in Marina del Rey or Manhattan Beach, California, to discuss your candidacy for stem cell therapy.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a procedure wherein stem cells harvested from your body are injected into the injured areas to stimulate natural healing. To understand stem cell therapy, it’s important to understand its primary components — stem cells.
Stem cells are raw materials in the human body from which other stem cells are generated. It has the unique ability to replicate and transform into any other type of tissue. Adult stem cells, also known as “progenitor cells,” are abundantly available in the bone marrow. Whenever you have an injury, the adult stem cells rush to the site of injury to heal the wound and encourage cellular regeneration. As such, when injected into areas with injuries, the stem cells boost the body’s natural healing processes, encouraging the damaged bone, cartilage, or other tissues to repair themselves.
What Does Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Stem cell therapy treats a wide range of orthopedic pains, injuries, and underlying conditions. It was initially formulated for patients who had undergone cancer treatments, following which it gained popularity amongst athletes because of its ability to heal sporting injuries. However, it’s now used to treat most forms of injuries, pains, and underlying conditions.
Generally speaking, stem cell therapy can treat the following problems and conditions:
- Joint pain
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Strains and sprains
- Torn ligaments
- Muscle injuries
- Cartilage problems
- Bone fractures
- Sporting injuries
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
The stem cells used for the injection are harvested from your body, usually from the bone marrow. Some of your blood or bone marrow is harvested, processed in a centrifuge machine, and then injected into the injured areas. The treatment doesn’t rely on injecting external components but rather parts of your body. As such, there’s no risk of adverse allergic reactions, and your body won’t reject the stem cells.
Rather than working against your body, stem cell therapy works with your body’s natural regenerative properties. When you’re a child, most of your injuries and wounds heal within a few days. However, as you grow older, the speed with which your body heals wounds slows down. Stem cell therapy restores your body’s regenerative processes, allowing you to heal and recover from injuries quickly.
Stem cell therapy has an incredibly broad application with minimal limitations. It can be used to treat the root cause of pain caused by sporting injuries, arthritis, joint problems, damaged cartilage, tendonitis, and other conditions. That’s because the stem cells can transform into any kind of cells necessary, making them useful in most scenarios.
Stem cell therapy provides lasting relief from pain and discomfort. That’s because it treats the root cause of the pain rather than just reducing the inflammation or masking the pain. Most interventional treatments reduce the inflammation caused by the damaged joints, providing only temporary relief without addressing the root cause of the inflammation. However, stem cell therapy heals the damaged joints and tissues, providing long-term relief.
Candidates for Stem Cell Therapy
Remedy Pain Solutions is led by nationally-recognized interventional pain specialists who perform comprehensive exams to determine if you’re suitable for stem cell therapy. They review your health history, discuss your symptoms, and run various imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, to identify the true locus of your pain. Based on the examination, they determine if you can benefit from stem cell therapy and curate the ideal treatment plan.
Generally speaking, if you’re experiencing joint pain, chronic pain, back pain, or other forms of pain, you might be a suitable candidate for stem cell therapy.
The Stem Cell Therapy Procedure
- The stem cells are harvested from a sample of your blood or bone marrow. In some cases, the stem cells can also be sourced from a donor.
- If the stem cells are harvested from your body, they’re placed in a centrifugation device for purification. This method separates the stem cells from other components.
- Under fluoroscopic guidance, the stem cells are injected into the injured tissues to activate healing.
Stem cell therapy activates your body’s natural healing processes, but it takes a few weeks for your body to regenerate. However long it takes to work, it’s still a lot faster than recovering from surgeries. Most patients only need one treatment for optimal results, but each patient is unique, and your pain specialist might recommend additional treatments. In some cases, the pain specialist might also combine stem cell therapy with other treatments.