Stem Cells Are Growing in Popularity And Proven In Medical Research To Be More Effective Than Surgery At Healing Chronic Joint Pain
Permanent relief from chronic joint pain of the knee, hip, shoulder, and more -even the reversal of joint damage- isn’t the stuff of science fiction anymore. Best of all, it’s being done without the need for invasive surgery or prolonged, painful rehabilitation. Through today’s regenerative medicine, the repair and re-growth of soft tissues, bone, and cartilage can and does happen every day in the U.S.
Clinical research being done by prestigious institutions like the Mayo Clinic continue to support the daily successes being seen by patients who choose this minimally invasive, out-patient procedure. This method of advanced treatment is making the disabling pain of the knee, hip, shoulder, and more a thing of the past.
So why is stem cell therapy for joint pain so effective, and how is it eliminating the need for surgery? Who qualifies as a good candidate for stem cell treatment, and what happens during therapy? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
First Off, The Basics. What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
All repair, healing, and regeneration of the body begins with stem cells
Stem cell therapy is the use of the patient’s own stem cells to heal injuries, fight disease, and treat conditions and disorders whether acute or chronic. All repair, healing, and regeneration of the body begins with these unique cells.
A particularly abundant source of highly potent stem cells is the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin. The tapping of this source has made stem cell therapy for joint pain a very minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. Combined with another regenerative medicine method that uses platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy is a wildly successful alternative to knee, hip, or shoulder surgery.
Top 7 Benefits Of Stem Cells:
- Faster healing time for injuries and wounds
- Significant reduction of pain, no matter how long-standing or chronic.
- Reduction in need for pain medications
- An increase in joint function, flexibility, and range of motion
- Reduction in the risk of future join injury
- Decreases nerve damage
- The return to normal activity much more quickly than surgery
WebMD recently highlighted the story of 55-year-old George Chung who suffered from severe osteoarthritis of the knee for six years. An avid skier, Mr. Chung thought his days enjoying his passion were long gone. “I had been in pain of various degrees for 6 years,” he told WebMD. Within two months after his first stem cell treatment, his knee pain was gone. By the time his treatment regimen ended he was not only back to high-intensity skiing, he has now also taken up long distance cycling.
How Stem Cell Therapy For Knee Pain Works
Stem cell treatment for knee pain literally attacks the problem at the cellular level
There are several reasons for chronic knee pain. Muscle trauma, meniscus tears, and osteoarthritis are among the primary causes. The pain from osteoarthritis of the knee is largely due to the wearing away of cartilage. Cartilage is the firm, rubbery substance covering the ends of bones where they become joints. The function of the cartilage is to reduce friction in the joints and serve as a “shock absorber.” When this natural lining and shock absorber is degraded, the pain can be debilitating.
But, whether the root cause is due to soft tissue injury, muscle trauma, or osteoarthritis, stem cell treatment for knee pain literally attacks the problem at the cellular level: tissue is repaired, muscles healed, cartilage re-grown. Stem cells are the foundation of a highly concentrated injection that targets specific areas of joint pain and damage. Through the utilization of stem cell treatment, often augmented with PRP therapy, the body’s own natural healing processes are kicked into overdrive.
How Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Pain Works
Stem cell therapy for hip pain addresses the core reason for the pain and immobility
As it does in treating chronic knee pain, stem cell therapy for hip pain addresses the core reason for the pain and immobility. Stem cells are essentially little packets of potential, awaiting signals from the body that tell them to travel to areas of injury or illness and become whatever type of cell is needed for repair, healing, and regeneration. Stem cells also have unique anti-inflammatory qualities that the body uses to reduce inflammation.
In the case of chronic hip pain caused by osteoarthritis, stem cell treatments soothe the inflammation caused by the breaking down of cartilage tissue. Simultaneously, stem cells go to work rebuilding the cartilage that has been worn away or degraded. When cartilage is restored, healthy function of the hip returns, mobility improves, and pain is dramatically reduced.
How Stem Cell Therapy For Shoulder Pain Works
Stem cells address damage and tears to the rotator cuff, cartilage, and tendons, and inflammation of the bursa sacs
Just as with knees and hips, shoulder pain can be the result of arthritis, as well. But damage or tears to the rotator cuff, cartilage, and tendons, or inflammation of the bursa sacs can also cause painful conditions, among others. Once again, stem cell therapy is uniquely suited as a treatment for chronic shoulder pain whether the cause is injury, trauma, or the degenerative effects of arthritis.
In medical terms, stem cells have the ability to differentiate. That means stem cells can become whatever type of cell the body needs for the healing of joint tissues, cartilage, and bone. During stem cell therapy for shoulder pain, inflammation is decreased, new blood vessel growth is stimulated, and the body’s own innate healing abilities are kick started. Damaged cartilage is repaired or re-grown, according to the need. Healthy, fresh tissue replaces deteriorated tissues of the muscles and tendons. The result is significant reduction of pain and inflammation, and increased flexibility and mobility without the need for invasive surgery and extensive, painful rehabilitation.
How Nutrition Affects Chronic Joint Pain
What we eat before and after treatment can have a significant impact in helping our bodies
Healing chronic joint pain through safe and effective regenerative methods like stem cell and PRP therapies is essential, but much can be done away from the clinic ensure the healing is given every opportunity to happen as quickly as possible. What we eat before and after treatment, as well as every day of our lives, can have a significant impact in helping our bodies reduce pain and inflammation.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, [LINK http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/foods-to-avoid-limit/food-ingredients-and-inflammation-2.php] you can go a long way in boosting the healing affects of stem cell therapy by eating the right foods and knowing which ones to avoid.
Food additives that cause inflammation and, therefore, aggravate joint pain include:
- Refined sugar, like fructose and sucrose
- Saturated fats, like those found in typical carry-out pizza
- Trans fats, like those found in processed snacks
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids consumed in excess
- Refined carbohydrates, such as in white flour products
- Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG)
- Gluten, for people who are allergic to this protein
- Aspartame, such as in artificial sweeteners
- Alcohol consumed in quantities other than moderate
Qualified Nutritionists And Stem Cell Therapy For Joint Pain Go Together
Experienced, qualified stem cell clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers always pair expert nutritional counseling with their regenerative therapy methods. Doing so is simple, sound common sense. This helps patients take on an active role in their healing and gives them tools to use every day in maintaining their new-found, healthy and pain-free life after stem cell treatment.
A qualified nutritional counselor will advise patients to eat foods that reduce inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system
These foods include:
- Fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and herring
- Soybean foods, such as edamame and tofu
- Heart-healthy oils, such as those found in olives, avocadoes, and walnuts
- Red and purple fruits, such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and blueberries
- Calcium and Vitamin D-rich foods, such as yogurt and green, leafy vegetables
- Green tea
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, and limes
- Whole grain products, such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole grain cereals
- Bean, especially red, kidney, and pinto
- Nuts, especially walnuts, pistachios, and almonds
What To Expect During And After Stem Cell Therapy For Chronic Joint Pain
Whether the joint condition is long standing or the injury is new, the benefits of this 21st century medical advancement are being felt by many thousands of people in the United States and worldwide
First and foremost, regenerative treatments for joint pain in the United States should be FDA guidelines-compliant. Therapies that are stem cell based as well as platelet rich plasma based that follow these guidelines are safe, minimally non-invasive and are done on an outpatient basis. Generally speaking, patients start feeling improvement or relief from pain right from the first injection.
The best stem cell clinics use adipose-derived stem cells. These stem cells are easily harvested from the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin. Since they are particularly abundant, as well a potent, a small sample is all that is needed for a single treatment. The best stem cell clinics, like NSI Stem Cell Centers, do everything in-house: from laboratory processing to the therapy injection. This ensures full quality control, sterile conditions, and that no contamination occurs. These controls coupled with the most advanced regenerative therapy methods mean that stem cell and PRP treatments can be done with the highest quality in a matter of a few hours.
Once the stem cells are harvested and turned into a highly concentrated serum, the joint pain treatment is done through injection. Since the procedure is minimally invasive only local anesthesia is required, and there is no post-procedure downtime required afterward.
The strong right hook in the one-two punch of joint pain treatment
Stem cell therapy for chronic joint pain is frequently paired with PRP treatment. This is the strong right hook in the one-two punch combo of joint pain treatment. PRP therapy boosts the increase and differentiation of stem cells. The stem cell treatment and PRP therapy act together to decrease inflammation, encourage the growth of new blood vessels, and stimulate the body’s own abilities to heal, re-grow, and replace tissues that have deteriorated over the years or have sustained trauma due to injury or overuse. Four weeks following stem cell treatment, another PRP injection is performed. This increases the regenerative process.
As mentioned above, the majority of patients report pain relief very shortly after the first injection. As treatment progresses so does the improvement in function, mobility, and continued pain reduction. Every patient is unique, but most patients notice full results within a few weeks to a few months. Unlike with invasive surgeries, there is no downtime needed for recovery or a need for extensive, painful physical rehabilitation. Most patients return to their regular, daily activities immediately, and increase their activity levels as the benefits of stem cell therapy continue to progress.
Why You Should Consider Stem Cell Treatment Before Joint Replacement
The basic elements of stem cell treatment and its inherently minimally invasive procedure help sufferers avoid the problems and hazards commonly related to joint replacement surgery
It is no surprise that most people avoid joint replacement surgery. It’s invasive and usually involves long and painful rehabilitation and recovery. Still other people put off treatment out of fear of infection or the potential increase for heart attack that may follow joint replacement surgery. Still others avoid it because of concerns about surgical complications and the limited life span of artificial joints.
The basic elements of stem cell treatment and its inherently minimally invasive procedure are precisely what has helped so many sufferers avoid the problems and hazards that are commonly related to joint replacement surgery. More and more people –physicians and chronic joint pain sufferers alike- are turning to stem cell treatment as an alternative “first resort” over surgery.
Stem Cell Treatment: A Viable Option Over Ligament Surgeries
Tears to the rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, and the ACL can all be addressed through stem cell treatment
Osteoarthritis is not the only cause of chronic joint pain. Soft tissue tears and muscle trauma play a large part in joint pain, including those of the shoulder, hip, knee, wrist and ankle. Among these are injuries to the ligaments, including partial tears in the rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). All can be addressed through stem cell treatment.
In particular, injury to the ACL of the knee is an excellent illustration regarding how stem cell therapy can be a valuable option over invasive surgeries. An ACL rupture or tear is most frequently only a partial tear. The outermost sheath usually remains intact, or it may retract slightly. That means the ligament remains mostly in place. Stem cell treatment for ligament repair is particularly well suited to heal such joint pain and injury cases.
Stem cell treatments for soft tissue injury like that to the ACL were once largely the “secret” of professional athletes. For many years now, stem cell injections into injured ligaments has been revolutionizing how both athlete and doctor look at what were once season-ending joint injuries.
This advanced medical therapy enables patients to take back up certain types of exercise several weeks after treatment, and return to full activities in a matter of months. Part of what makes all this possible is that the stem cells used in the procedure are the patient’s own, virtually eliminating rejection risk. Since it is a minimally invasive procedure, risk of infection is also extremely low. And, as with all stem cell and PRP therapies as practiced at NSI Stem Cell Centers, there is no post-procedural recovery time to endure before the benefits from the stem cell treatment are felt.
A viable alternative to invasive surgery for torn ligaments
Tennis players, runners, skiers, mountain bikers, and any other sports enthusiasts whose game depends on strong, healthy knees, elbows, hips, shoulders and more now have a viable alternative to invasive surgery for torn ligaments. Opting for stem cell treatment for joint pain and injuries can return you to the sport you love in a fraction of the time of surgery. Not only that, stem cell treatment for joint injury holds much less long term risk of developing arthritis. The development of arthritic conditions is one of the common, long term complications of surgeries for conditions like ACL tears.
Who Is A Candidate For Stem Cell Treatment?
Many osteoarthritis patients are relieved to learn that they are excellent candidates for regenerative medicine therapies that may very well eliminate the need for surgery; even in bone-on-bone situations. People who suffer from most other acute or chronic joint pain due to soft tissue injuries are also prime candidates for stem cell treatment.
The reason for the injury or pain can range from overuse, trauma to the injured joint or soft tissues, debilitating conditions such as degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, and more. Stem cell treatment is also an excellent therapy for the healing and relief of tendonitis or ligamentous pain and injury.
But sufferers of joint and soft tissue injury aren’t the only people who make good candidates
If you have a bone fracture that is slow-healing (also known as a non-union fracture), stem cell treatment is uniquely suited to such injuries. Dramatic improvement in recovery times for both acute and sub-acute injury types is the norm rather than the exception.
Stem Cell Treatment Has A Long, Established History Of Effectiveness
Today’s regenerative therapy methods have advanced exponentially
Because so much of the early work in stem cell treatment focused on acute and chronic injury, today’s regenerative therapy methods have advanced exponentially. Among the joint pain and injury conditions that fit the model are new, onset partial tears of ligaments, tendons, bones and cartilage. Patients go back to their favorite activities far more quickly, and report a significant decrease in pain and improved mobility.
Joint pain and soft tissue injuries that are regularly healed through stem cell treatment include the following:
What To Expect At NSI Stem Cell Centers
At your first consultation, one of NSI’s medical professionals will sit down with you, devoting as much time as needed to make sure the diagnosis of your condition is sound. Your condition will be fully discussed with you during this consultation and, in some cases, imaging or lab reports may be requested during the consult as well. Your expectations and goals regarding stem cell treatment will also be discussed at this time. NSI will thoroughly go over your medical history and conduct a physical examination. This will include reviews of any appropriate imaging, such as x-rays or MRIs. All of this will help establish that your particular situation is appropriate for stem cell treatment.
The doctors, clinicians, and staff at NSI Stem Cell Centers are experienced and highly educated in the advanced techniques of regenerative medicine
They are passionate in their dedication to patient health and happiness. NSI uses the most advanced technology, equipment, and regenerative medicine techniques available. Every team member works in concert to provide flawless, safe, and effective treatments and therapies. NSI strives for complete perfection in all our regenerative methods, whether stem cell treatment, PRP therapy, or any of our auxiliary programs that complement and enhance regenerative medicine. All of this revolves around the first and foremost priority of patient health and comfort.
You can learn much more about how regenerative medicine is changing the face of an ever-growing list of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions by downloading this FREE brochure.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.