For decades, the use of stem cells for pain and other conditions has been met with much controversy. The stem cells in question were those that were sourced from animal and human embryos. Fortunately, clinical use of embryonic stem cells is against the law. At our clinic, we use stem cell products from new born C-section babies whose mothers agree to donate the tissue. We can also draw a patient’s own stem cells, usually from an area of the body where there is a significant quantity and then inject those into the injury or joint. In some cases, these stem cells might be combined with platelet-rich-plasma therapy for even further benefit. Once the stem cells are injected, patients usually report considerable relief in just a few days. For many patients, one treatment of regenerative medicine is enough but depending on the severity of the injury or pain, multiple treatments may be required.
Treating Pain with Stem Cells: Does it Work?
While research is limited, the current available evidence on stem cell therapy for pain shows promising results. In one study of regenerative medicine, patients with knee osteoarthritis had an estimated 70% improvement after only 3 treatments. This is incredible news as conventional treatment for osteoarthritis focuses only the management of pain and not reversing the condition itself. Furthermore, osteoarthritis patients often report significant pain levels – usually worsened over time.
Are Stem Cells an Alternative to Dangerous Opioid Drugs?
It’s currently estimated that between 26.4 to 36 million people around the world are abusing opioids, with the risk of addiction leading to the potential use of illegal drugs, the need for an alternative solution is now more important than ever. And, when it comes to nerve pain, opioid drugs usually only provide minimal to no relief. Yet, physicians continue to prescribe these harmful drugs to patients suffering from nerve pain and other conditions. As the opioid epidemic in American continues to grow, patients suffering from chronic pain are looking for other solutions to managing pain.
Regenerative Medicine Brings Hope for Sufferers of Chronic Pain
New treatments like stem cell injections and PRP therapy are showing significant promise when it comes to managing pain effectively. Not only have these therapies shown to be effective in reducing pain, they may even have the potential to eliminate the cause of the pain permanently. Though results will vary according to the individual, regenerative medicine has potentially therapeutic benefits to reduce pain and improve movement following an injury.
Stem Cells Shown to Reduce Inflammation
In multiple studies, stem cells were shown to reduce inflammation – a common factor in conditions involving pain. By reducing bodily inflammation, stem cells may have the potential to treat a variety of issues.
Stem Cells Do More Than Just Help with Pain
Patients often want to have stem cell therapy for pain relief. And while the current clinical evidence regarding regenerative medicine does suggest that stem cells may help ease the pain associated with numerous conditions, they do much more than that. You see, most medical treatments in western medicine are focused on treating just the symptoms of a condition. For example, patients with diabetes may be prescribed pharmaceuticals or those with arthritis may undergo a knee replacement. Neither of these treatments are focused on the condition.