The Basics of Stem Cell Therapy Procedures in Pain Management
Source: Intelligent Pain Solutions
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Videos by Swiss medica and Adistem
Stem cells, as explained in earlier publications on this platform, are used to treat a variety of health related conditions and injuries such as arthritis, tendon or ligament injury.
Stem cells are used to treat many conditions, especially those more serious joint, back, and neck conditions. They are often able to help patients avoid the need for potentially risky surgery which might have a lengthy rehab.
What happens during this process?
The bone marrow contains the natural healing agents of your body. It is within the bone marrow that cells are generated which help to expedite the process of healing. But in some cases, especially with regard to back and neck pain, or joint conditions, these healing elements do not naturally reach the problem area because they are moved throughout the body by blood flow, and some of the more common injuries in these parts of the body may not receive a great deal of blood flow. In these cases, pain management doctors can take some of the stem cells out of the patient’s bone marrow and then inject them into the problem site in order to expedite healing.
During the process, your stem cells will be removed after you have received a local anaesthetic and antiseptic. Stem cells will be taken from your bone marrow and after they have been properly spun/concentrated they will be injected into the problem area where your pain is located. The videos below displays in the details how stem cells are extracted and injected into your system.
Can it be used to treat osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common condition facing many older patients today. In cases of diagnosis, the patient is often given medications to treatment the inflammation. For anti-inflammatory drugs—known as NSAID’s—the most common are aspirin and ibuprofen, however, when used for long-term care they can cause ulcers, heart problems, and possible bleeding. To reduce the swelling in joints, corticosteriods can be used in low doses and only for short time periods.
But many patients prefer more long lasting methods for treatment, methods that do not require harmful medications that cause unwanted side effects. In cases like these, stem cells are a viable alternative treatment method for osteoarthritis.
Can I be considered too old for stem cell therapy?
Many people might question whether they are too old to receive stem cell treatment but while your stem cell growth does slow down with age, you can either have a bone marrow aspirate procedure or an amniotic derived stem cell procedure. With the amniotic stem cells, the benefit is there has not been any age-related decrease in bone marrow stem cell concentration. Also the fluid does not cause any rejection reaction in patients.