Stem cell therapy is at the forefront of medical research today. Scientists are continuously discovering new healing applications for stem cells, and studies have confirmed promising results in stem cell use for treating knee pain in particular.
Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about stem cell therapy and knee pain. Please note that these answers are specific to the National Stem Cell Centers.
Are Stem Cells Found Only in Embryos?
No – stem cells are cells that everyone has inside them, and these cells have the potential to develop into other types of cells in the body. Once they differentiate (or specialize), they can multiply without limit.
Why Do Adults Have Stem Cells?
Adult stem cells aren’t yet fully understood by scientists, but it is thought that they lie dormant throughout the body and are “activated” when there is a need for a specialized type of cell to be replicated. They can provide new cells which form tissue in the location of the body that needs it.
Where Do Stem Cells for Therapy Come From?
Stem cells are found throughout your body. The stem cells used in therapy for knee pain are extracted from your own adipose, or fat tissue, from your abdomen in a minimally invasive liposuction procedure with a local anesthetic.
What Kind of Stem Cells Are Used?
Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a type of stem cell found in adults. These cells are multipotent, which means they can develop into a few different types of tissue. They can also be genetically engineered to be induced pluripotent stem cells, meaning they have the ability to differentiate into many different types of cells.
How Are the Stem Cells Used to Treat Knee Pain?
The MSCs extracted from your fat tissue are processed and concentrated into a solution. This solution is then injected directly into the site of pain in your knee. You receive the injection of stem cells during the same visit in which they are harvested.
Are There Any Side Effects of Stem Cell Treatment for Knee Pain?
Some people experience temporary swelling at the injection site that subsides in a few days. Any other side effects are the same as with any type of injection, such as soreness or redness at the injection site.
How Long Do the Effects of Stem Cell Treatment for Knee Pain Last?
Because stem cell therapy is such a new area of medicine, there are not enough studies to determine the statistical effects and duration of benefits.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe for My Knee Pain?
Because the MSCs are taken from your own body, there is no risk of rejection of the cells. Injecting your own cells from one portion of your body to another does not pose a significant risk to your knee.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work to Relieve Knee Pain?
Stem cells are integrally involved in the healing process in your body. The mechanism by which tissue is generated and used to repair damage is not fully understood, but stem cells either heal the area themselves or activate a healing process that has not yet been discovered.
Where Can I Have Stem Cell Therapy Treatment?
There are many current applications for regenerative medicine at our practices throughout the country. National Stem Cell Centers are leaders in the field of stem cell therapy, and we are continually exploring new options for therapy.
Our board-certified surgeons at National Stem Cell Centers administer stem cell therapy for many conditions and injuries, and our patients report not only reduced joint pain, but also reduced swelling and other benefits to the treatment.
We have locations in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and Texas to serve you. To find out whether you are a candidate for stem cell therapy, call your nearest location today to make an appointment, or fill out our simple online appointment request form. We look forward to helping you live a more pain-free, active lifestyle.