Monday, May 29, 2017

How Weight Loss Can Ease Joint Pain

No one wants to live with joint pain. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will experience pain in their knees, hips, or lower back at some point during their lives. There are many causes of joint pain, but obesity is one of the most common. Excess weight can also worsen existing conditions. The result is pain, low energy, and discomfort that can affect every aspect of your life.

The good news is, losing even a small amount of weight can go a long way. If you have arthritis or another condition causing chronic joint pain, your doctor will likely have recommended weight loss to aid your treatment. Among a myriad of other health benefits, maintaining a healthy weight looks after your joints and can significantly relieve joint pain. 

Reducing pressure on your joints
Your weight-bearing joints (your ankles, knees, and hips) have to support your full weight. When you walk, even more pressure is placed on these joints. In fact, the pressure put on your knees during activities like walking up or down stairs is two to three times that of your body weight. That’s a lot to ask of your knees!

Over time, joints can become worn down and damaged by overuse. Carrying around extra weight increases the pressure put on your joints, wearing them down quicker and causing pain. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can ease up the pressure on your weight-bearing joints, making your knees, hips, and ankles happy.

Relieving inflammation
Obesity is a key risk factor in the development of arthritis, a condition that causes joints to become painful, stiff, and inflamed. But excess weight can actually promote inflammation, increasing a person’s risk of developing arthritis, and making symptoms worse in those who have it.

Studies have shown that a weight loss of just 10% can greatly reduce inflammation in the body. This is just one reason that doctors recommend weight loss to patients with arthritis.

Healthier lifestyle, healthier joints
Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. But with even a few small lifestyle changes like healthier eating and more exercise, you can achieve a healthy weight that relieves your joint pain and gives you more energy throughout the day.

Patients with joint pain often worry that exercise will make their pain worse. While this is true of some activities, there are plenty of fun, low-impact exercises that are easy on the joints. Swimming, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, and cycling are all great options. If you enjoy the atmosphere of the gym, avoid the treadmill and opt for the rowing machine or elliptical instead.

Tired of joint pain and arthritis ruling your life? If you’re ready for a fresh start, it’s time to consider whether alternative therapies might be right for you. Stem Cell Therapy is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that uses your body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate tissue repair in your affected joints. Combined with healthy lifestyle changes, the treatment has proven effective for many patients.

To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, contact us today. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Achieving Younger-Looking Skin with Stem Cell Treatments

Aging is a fact of life, but the signs of aging can leave many people feeling self-conscious and unhappy with the way they look. Going under the knife is a drastic solution, and can be daunting or unfeasible.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery to reverse the signs of aging, there are alternative procedures that may be right for you. Stem cell treatments are safe, natural, and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and even sun damage. Performed under local anesthesia, the treatment requires minimal recovery time, and has helped many patients achieve younger, healthier-looking skin.

How does aging affect the appearance of skin?
As the years go on, we gain memories, wisdom, and life experience, but in exchange, our skin loses its elasticity. This manifests as fine lines and wrinkles that grow more pronounced over time—a development that may make it difficult to embrace all of the gifts that come with aging.

Age and time spent in the sun can also lead to blemishes forming on the skin, known as age or liver spots. These appear as darker spots on the skin, and are most common on exposed areas such as the hands and face. While harmless, they can leave you frowning at the face you see in the mirror.
How can stem cell treatments help?
Like the aging process itself, stem cell treatments are natural, utilizing the restorative qualities of the human body to rejuvenate the appearance of skin. These treatments are less risky than Botox injections or plastic surgery, and can produce long-lasting and highly effective results.

The procedure begins with a small liposuction to remove fat from an area of the patient’s own body, usually the lower belly. During liposuction, the patient is under local anesthesia, making it a comfortable process that can be performed within the office.

Stem cells are harvested and isolated from the fat for a fixed period of time. Once the isolation process is complete, the stem cells are once again mixed with the fat and injected into the patient's face, hands, or breasts. This process promotes the formation of new blood vessels and encourages skin rejuvenation at the cellular level for long-lasting skin tone, texture, and fullness reminiscent of youth.

Are stem cell injections right for you?
When you look good, you feel good, too. It’s no surprise that patients often leave our offices with more confidence and a new lease on life after a session of stem cell treatment.

If you’re uncertain whether stem cell injections are the right approach for you, or if you have any questions about the treatment, the medical professionals at Stem Cell Therapy can help. Call us, request more information, or schedule an appointment today.