Friday, March 11, 2016

5 Things To Know Before Receiving Stem Cell Therapy

Considering stem cell therapy to treat your joint pain or injury? Here are a few things you should know before going through with the procedure:

1. What Are Stem Cells? 

 Stem cells are human cells that can self renew, multiply and create specialized cells. The stem cells used in this procedure are adult adipose stem cells and bone marrow stem cells, both collected from the patient. These cells have regenerative properties and have the ability to repair and differentiate into ligaments, cartilage and bones.

2. Who Gets Stem Cell Therapy? 

 You are eligible for stem cell treatment if you are experiencing joint pain, whether it is from aging, an injury or a degenerative disease. Individuals with meniscal tears, ligament tears, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow or other sports-related injuries are great candidates. Arthritis or osteoarthritis symptoms can also be comforted with the procedure.

3. Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe? 

 Stem cell therapy is a very low risk procedure. We make sure our patients are well prepared before going through the process. Once the procedure is done, the patient is free to go home and will experience very little side effects. Everyone is different, so it is not uncommon for some individuals to experience some minor soreness following the procedure. Majority of the time, our patients are able to get back to their everyday activity after 2 or 3 days.

4. How Should I Prepare? 

 We encourage our patients to do a simple detox prior to the stem cell therapy procedure. This prepares the body to be in the best condition possible to receive the treatment. We also advise patients to avoid consumption of alcohol and cigarettes a full week before receiving stem cell therapy. Vitamin therapy cleanses your body of toxins and infuses vitamins and minerals into your bloodstream, which will enhance the effects of the stem cell therapy treatment.

5. What Is The Procedure Like? 

 The stem cell therapy procedure is quick, simple and noninvasive. It starts with using a local anesthetic, then extracting adult stem cells from fat cells or bone marrow. These cells are then injected back into the site of pain, where they do their job of boosting the healing process. The patient is awake throughout the entire procedure, which takes less than 2 hours all together. Stem cell therapy is usually done in a series of 15-minute sessions over multiple days.

Now that you know all of the important stem cell therapy facts, you are ready to start the process of receiving the treatment. Contact us directly or in the comments below if you have any questions.