Stem cell injections are used as a form of therapy in regenerative medicine, a branch of medicine that focuses on healing damaged tissues and organs. Stem cells are a special type of cell that can divide and split into nearly any type of cell. For example, stem cells can become liver cells or brain cells. When directly injected into an injury, it’s believed that stem cells can promote healing at the cellular level. This is particularly beneficial for injuries that are difficult to treat using conventional medicine. Issues like joint pain and sport-related injuries may all benefit from the use of stem cell treatment.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
Stem cells can be grown in a laboratory or drawn from a patient’s own supply. Once drawn, stem cells are sometimes combined with platelet-rich-plasma in a centrifugal machine before being injected in injury.
Are They Effective?
While there are only a limited number of clinical studies on the use of stem cells, most of them show promising results for patients suffering from a wide variety of conditions including joint pain, lower back pain, tendon injuries, and more. In most cases, positive results were reported after only just 1 injection.
Who Is Eligible for Stem Cell Treatment?
Stem cells have shown to be beneficial for a wide variety of conditions including joint pain, tendon and ligament injuries, sexual dysfunction, hair loss, and much more. In short, any condition that involves degeneration of tissue, joint, or organ may benefit from the use of injections with stem cells.
Stem Cells, PRP Injections, and Regenerative Medicine
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Do Stem Cell Injections Hurt?
One common question received by patient is “Are stem cell injections painful?”. The answer to this question is often subjective and can vary from person to person. In general, a stem cell injection is no more painful than a normal shot. However, because the treatment usually involves injecting a needle directly into an injured joint or tissue, there can be pain involved. Patients will usually receive a numbing agent that can help alleviate some of the discomfort. In general, patients can expect some soreness lasting for a few days after the treatment as well. It should be noted that the treatment is far less painful and much quicker than joint surgery.
What Conditions Are Stem Cells Used For?
Stem cells are used all throughout the world for a variety of different conditions. So far, stem cells have been used in clinical trials for damaged organs, skin, tissue, nerves, retinal (eyes), and more. The current research suggests that stem cells are promising in the treatment of certain medical issues. More recently, stem cells are injected directly into damaged hearts in hopes of reversing the damage. In addition to medical use, some clinics use these cells for anti-aging purposes.
Is There a Difference Between Stem Cell & PRP Injections?
Yes – PRP and stem cells are very different but do have a similar function. Stem cells are living cells that may be lab-grown or derived from your own bone marrow. The cells have regenerative properties and are usually injected directly into an injury or damaged tissue. Once injected, the cells begin to duplicate and secrete many compounds that result in a healing response. On the other hand, PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma and is not as powerful. Plasma is drawn from a vein in your arm and mostly contains growth factors and numerous nutrients that also help promote a healing response. Both types of treatment have shown effectiveness in a variety of different medical conditions. In some cases, clinics may opt to use both therapies or only one.