If an injury is interfering with your quality of life or pain is causing you frustration and compromising your mobility, stem cell therapy from Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ could get you back the quality of life you’ve been missing. This therapy can treat a wide variety of conditions without long downtimes and invasive procedures, and it could just be the right therapy for you.
Are You a Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy? 8 Common Ailments
What can stem cell therapy effectively treat? This is the perfect therapy to talk with us about if you have any of the following ailments:
This is the most common form of arthritis and can cause pain and stiffness that limits mobility in the elbow, shoulder, spine, hip, knee and elsewhere. Previously, care for this condition included lifestyle changes and medications. In extreme cases, patients could also be considered for joint fusion or joint replacement surgeries. Stem cells allow patients to avoid more extreme treatments and see better results from their other treatments.
Sprains and Soft Tissue Injuries
Whether it’s an ankle sprain that just doesn’t want to heal or ligament sprains elsewhere, these painful stretches to a ligament, muscle, or tendon can go so far as to tear the tissue in question. They usually happen when you fall or twist in an awkward way, and they can take a frustratingly long time to heal. That healing time can be sped up with stem cells.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Anyone who works at computers, on an assembly line, or who spends a lot of time at a particular sport can experience a repetitive motion injury. These are among the most common injuries in America, and they can come from typing, scrubbing, throwing, or any other everyday activity. These types of injuries also typically come with long healing times, but again, stem cell therapy can speed up that healing.
This inflammation of a tendon can occur anywhere but is most common in the elbow, shoulder, and biceps. These injuries often come from overuse or from doing too much too soon, either with exercise or play. Tendonitis can also develop from certain conditions like thyroid disorders and arthritis. Whatever the cause, it can take weeks or even months for it to go away, making stem cells a welcome way to speed up the healing process.
When overwork or injury causes a muscle to tear, severe pain is usually the immediate result. The resulting muscle weakness and severe tenderness can make it impossible to go about with your day, and depending on the grade of the tear, you could be out of commission for three weeks to six months. With stem cells, you have the potential to greatly reduce that timeframe.
Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain are some of the most frustrating conditions a person can suffer. Millions of Americans suffer regular pain in the back or neck, and many times the cause is hard to pin down. If you’re having trouble getting relief from debilitating back and neck pain, visit us at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine and let us help you find the right treatment, including the possibility of stem cell intervention.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
This painful shoulder injury is often ignored until it severely interferes with daily life. You are likely to first notice a dull ache in your shoulder, and this will get worse if you sleep on that side. While this condition can be the result of a single injury, in many cases it develops gradually over time. If you’re noticing a dull ache in your shoulder, are finding it hard to reach behind your back, are experiencing disturbed sleep when you lie on that shoulder, and especially if you notice any arm weakness, come see us and we’ll discuss how stem cell treatment could help you.
The ACL is one of the major knee ligaments, and when it’s injured, it can severely disturb your life and mobility. This is a common sports injury, but it can happen to anyone. The knee is one of the most complex structures of the body, making this a difficult area to treat. Fortunately, stem cell therapy is also effective in treating the ACL. If you have injured your knee, and especially if you noticed a popping sensation when it happened accompanied by swelling and loss of your range of motion, come see us.
Is This the Right Treatment for Me?
Stem cells are a wonderful treatment for reducing pain and inflammation and speeding up the healing process. If you’re having trouble healing from any of the conditions listed above or any similar sprain, tear, or strain, there is a good chance that stem cell treatment can help you. Come see us for a consultation. Our team of orthopedic experts can evaluate your condition and help you decide if this non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment is the right thing for you.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
About Stem Cells
Stem cells are unique in the human body. They have the power to become any type of tissue depending on what the body needs at the moment. As such, they are constantly and actively involved in rebuilding and repairing our bodies any time we experience damage. They are able to replicate many types of cells and differentiate into whatever tissue is needed for healing.
Stem cells contain receptors that signal to them when they should migrate to an injured site and begin generating healthy new tissue to improve functionality. These receptors secrete a special chemical which attracts even more stem cells and jump-starts the body’s own healing process. That’s what makes this therapy so useful: instead of injecting you with a medication or drug, we’re harnessing the power of your own body to heal itself, but more quickly than normal. Adult stem cells can be found in our fat, organs, bone marrow, and other tissues.
Types of Stem Cells
Many people are familiar with embryonic stem cells. In the early years of stem cell research, it was thought that only embryonic cells were capable of differentiating. Since then, we have learned that adult stem cells are also able to differentiate into bone, cartilage, and most other mesodermal areas of the body. Most people have plenty of these stem cells in their own fat, meaning there is no need to use embryonic stem cells or spend days culturing cells in the lab.
The Treatment Process
Treatment with stem cells simply involves injecting the cells into the site of your injury, where they go to work repairing the tissues and signaling to other stem cells to come do the same. This therapy goes hand-in-hand with physical therapy and lifestyle changes and speeds up the healing process. Some of what this therapy can do includes:
- Supporting the repair of soft tissues
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Promoting the reconstruction of tissues
- Minimizing the formation of any scar tissue
FAQ About the Therapy
How Fast Will My Healing Be?
In general, this therapy speeds up healing, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone heals at their own rate. If your body is prone to slow healing, this therapy can make your healing go more quickly, but it cannot turn you into a “fast healer.” Results vary by the individual, and the best thing to do is come talk to us about this and all your options.
Is This Treatment Safe?
There have been many clinical trials and many thousands of stem cell treatments around the world, and this treatment has been proven both safe and effective. Stem cells aren’t rejected by the body and you will not experience any kind of allergic reaction.
What If I Have More Than One Issue?
It’s possible to treat multiple areas simultaneously, so talk to us if you have several areas you need to have treated.
Am I Too Old or Young for This Treatment?
There is no age where stem cell treatment doesn’t have the potential to help! Whatever your age, stem cells can help. Just remember that they speed up your unique body’s own healing process rather than change it completely. As we age, healing always slows compared to how we would have healed when younger.
Is There Downtime After This Treatment?
There is no downtime after a stem cell treatment, but we will recommend that you stick with light activity for the first few weeks. Depending on what condition you’re being treated for, physical therapy is often an important accompaniment to get the best results.
Who Will Oversee My Treatment?
Our practice is overseen by Dr. Angelo J. Mattalino, the founder and medical director of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Mattalino earned his medical degree from the University of Texas, Galveston and finished his orthopedic surgery residency at Tulane Medical School.
Since then, Dr. Mattalino has completed two fellowships, one in Sports Medicine Knee and Arthroscopic Surgery and the other in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery and Shoulder. With more than 30 years of clinical and surgical experience, and as a leader in the medical world, Dr. Mattalino is the perfect person to oversee your treatment.
Where Will the Stem Cells Come From?
At Phoenix Regenerative Medicine, we use adult stem cells and allograft amniotic tissue. Your body has the stem cells it needs to regenerate tissue. Because your own body has these stem cells, you don’t have to worry about having an allergic reaction to treatment or about your body rejecting the treatment.
Is This Treatment Really Better Than Surgery?
It is always best to avoid surgery whenever possible. Sometimes surgery is the only way to restore quality of life, but stem cell treatment offers a new, exciting option that makes it much less likely you’ll need surgery. Compared to surgery, stem cell treatment has some amazing benefits:
It Prevents Unwanted Complications
Stem cell treatment has a very good track record in orthopedics and is one of the few medical treatments that can boast almost no side effects. It’s healing abilities reduce the risk of any complications or infections by allowing many patients to avoid surgery altogether. When surgery is unavoidable, combing it with stem cell therapy speeds recovery, minimizes the need for additional treatment, and helps prevent scarring.
It Treats Extensive Conditions
Some tissues of the body, especially spinal disks, cannot repair themselves under ordinary circumstances. Spinal disk damage is painful and was previously hard to treat without surgery. Stem cell treatment is an effective therapy and an excellent nonoperative option.
It Promotes Natural Healing
Natural healing is nearly always the best, and new technologies in stem cell treatments are taking advantage of the body’s natural powers. Concentrated, injected stem cells stimulate new tissue growth in the injured area, promoting the healing process by getting healing cells to the area immediately instead of waiting for them to travel to the site of the injury on their own.
Get Back Your Quality of Life
If you’ve been living with pain and limitations due to an orthopedic injury or condition, contact Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ today and let’s get started on helping you recover your quality of life.