Regenerative medicine is the science of using biologically native (i.e., your own) healing processes in the application of treating pain, injury, or other damage to structures or systems inside the body. In other words, regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s own powers of healing to treat damage to tissues or organs.
An alternative treatment to synthetic drugs and surgery, stem cell therapy can help relieve joint pain by reducing inflammation and promoting the growth of new, healthy tissue inside the joint.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they have not yet developed into a specialized cell that may make up one of any type of cell found in the body. Some stem cells are limited to a few different types of bodily organs, and these are called multipotent.
More versatile stem cells that can become one of many different types of organs and tissues – and potentially anything in the body – are called pluripotent. Embryonic stem cells are the only stem cells that are naturally pluripotent; these cells are present only in the first several days after conception.
However, scientists have had some success in taking adult stem cells and reverting them to becoming pluripotent, or induced pluripotent stem cells.
Stem cell therapy that is autologous (i.e., from your own body) uses your own stem cells as medicine to fight pain, damage, inflammation, and disease. Those are the only cells used at National Stem Cell Centers.
Stem cells from a donor are called heterologous. Because they are from a different person, there is a possibility that your immune system could reject them as a foreign invader.
What Is Adult Stem Cell Therapy?
When there is an injury, that organ’s stem cells are naturally involved in healing the injury – though their exact role is not thoroughly understood by scientists. Something awakens these mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from their dormant state when healing is necessary, and they replicate to replace injured cells or activate the healing process in some way.
Adult MSCs are found in high concentrations in bone marrow as well as in adipose, or fat tissue. MSCs are now being aggressively used in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, and they are also being researched for application in other health conditions.
Why Is Stem Cell Therapy Great for the Treatment of Joint Pain?
There are many treatment options available for joint pain. Some of the conservative treatments, such as cold or heat application, stretching, or wrapping the injured joint work for some people but not others.
Treatment options become more invasive as a person’s condition becomes more severe. A patient can try steroid injections or surgery – but regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy offer a promising alternative.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Help Joint Pain?
Using a minimally invasive procedure, stem cells are harvested from your own abdominal fat tissue using a local anesthetic. Then, in a lab, the stem cells are isolated. This concentration of stem cells is then injected into the painful joint for an intensive self-healing procedure.
Because adult stem cells are from your own body, the treatment is incredibly safe. Stem cell therapy has shown enormous potential in the field of medicine, and studies continue to present evidence for its beneficial effects.
Contact a Stem Cell Center Near You
The surgeons at National Stem Cell Centers are experienced professionals who are dedicated to finding the right solution for your pain or other health condition. Our therapies are safe and effective for patients who have been determined to be good candidates. According to patients who have had the treatment, joint pain has shown significant improvement when treated with MSC stem cells.
There are many current applications for regenerative medicine at our practices throughout the country, and we are continually exploring new options for therapy.
National Stem Cell Centers are leaders in the field of stem cell therapy, and we have locations in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and Texas. To find out if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy, call us at the location nearest you, or fill out our simple online appointment request form. We look forward to exploring the possibilities of helping you get back to the active lifestyle you love.