Some people are using stem cell treatments, but many have misconceptions about what that stem cell treatment involves. Here are the top ten stem cell treatment facts that everyone should know.
1. Stem Cell Treatment Has Been Used for Many Years
Stem cell treatment might seem like a new treatment concept for many diseases and injuries, but patients with Leukemia or Lymphoma have been treated with stem cells from bone marrow for the past 30 years.
2. Stem Cell Treatment Has Been Used to Treat Many Conditions
Chronic pain, cancer, brain and spinal cord injury, blindness, deafness, and diabetes are just a few medical conditions that have been treated with stem cell therapy.
3. Stem Cell Treatment Has Changed
The term stem cell can stir up controversy and high emotions, but when looking at the facts these are often misplaced. While embryonic stem cells were used initially in the past, the common stem cell treatments of today use adult stem cells directly from the affected patient.
4. Stem Cell Treatment Uses Stem Cells from the Patient’s Body
Stem cell treatment involves drawing out stem cells from a bone in the patient’s body like the iliac crest (hip bone). This is combined with an FDA approved platelet rich plasma solution. Then this solution (platelet and stem cells) is injected into the affected pain area (such as the lower back).
5. Stem Cell Treatment Can Be Used In Conjunction with Other Treatments
Stem cell treatment can be used after or during other chronic pain treatment plans, like physiotherapy, acupuncture, and medications. A pain management specialist will help patients decide what stem cell treatment plan is best for them.
6. Stem Cell Treatment Can Be Done in Office
Many patients like stem cell treatments because the treatment can be done within a doctor’s office, and the patient does not need to go to the hospital or any special facility to benefit.
7. Stem Cell Treatment Is Not Painful To Undergo
While a large needle is used for the treatment, the treatment itself is not painful to undergo. The bone (where the stem cells are taken) is numbed beforehand, while the patient can still feel movement in the area, they will not feel pain.
8. Recovery Time is Minimal
Depending on the severity of the chronic pain, the type of treatment, and how well patients follow their doctor’s order to post-treatment and pain management (for example by taking prescribed medications), most patients are able to return to work within a few days of treatment.
9. Full Results of Stem Cell Treatment Can Be Noticed Within Weeks
How long it takes to see results may vary from patient to patient, but most patients will report results, including a decrease in pain, within a few weeks.
10. Stem Cell Treatment Is Continuing to Grow
Doctors and researchers are continuing to perform clinical trials with stem cells for a variety of medical conditions. The future of stem cell treatment and research is wide open.