Whether you’re experiencing back pains or soft tissue injuries, therapy using stem cells has shown a lot of potential as a natural healing intervention. By utilizing stem cells from your own body, Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ can improve mobility and your overall way of life, so stop by our office if you’re tired of the daily struggle of a wound that just won’t heal. Stem cell therapy just might change your life for the better.
What Are Stem Cells?
Before cells get “assigned” certain jobs around your body, they first exist as a sort of blank slate. These beginning cells can develop into any kind of cell, whether it be skin cells, muscle cells, or the many cells that make up your bodily organs and tissues. This beginning “blank” stage is when they are called “stem cells.” The process of becoming a brand new cell in a designated area is called “differentiating.”
Stem cells can be extracted from someone’s blood, bone marrow, fatty tissue, and the umbilical cord. No matter where they came from, the idea remains the same. Stem cells have the ability to self-renew and differentiate into a specialized adult cell type. Everyone has stem cells, but as you get older, they become less plentiful.
The Amazing Potential of Stem Cells
Researchers have found that stem cells can basically be converted into whatever kind of cell you need, which has major implications in the scientific field. Let’s say someone wants some kind of organ transplant: theoretically, by using the patient’s own DNA, a new organ could be grown from stem cells by converting them to the proper tissue cells. The medical applications of stem cells don’t end there, though. That’s where therapy with stem cells comes in.
Simply put, stem cells are the “raw material” of the body. Think of the word “stem” and it’s connection with plants and how things grow from the stem. The cell that grows directly from a stem cell is called a “daughter cell,” which can then become one of two types of cells. It can either “self-renew” into another stem cell, or it can differentiate into a specific cell with a specific function. This is the only type of cell that has the potential to change its own natural ability and become an all-new cell type.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
This is the process of repairing tissue that’s been damaged from disease or injury with the use of stem cells. The idea has been entertained in science fiction for many years but has recently become a viable possibility. These stem cells can come from your own body or the body of a donor, much like an organ transplant.
Unlike an organ transplant, stem cells are manipulated to heal smaller portions of the body. This process has earned stem cell treatments their other name, “regenerative medicine.” So far, this regenerative medicine has shown a lot of potentials. Scientists have even been able to turn adult bone marrow into heart-like cells that were able to repair heart tissue in people who suffer from heart disease.
How Does It Work?
The process of differentiating plays a huge role in stem cell therapy, as it’s critical in the process of making new cells. This is what gives the therapy its healing potential. The fact that it can reproduce and spread means that it can heal large areas that are in need of therapy. Even nerve cells can be healed by transplanting stem cells. The ability to reproduce in such large numbers makes stem cell therapy one of the best methods of natural healing.
Chemotherapy and other similar treatments, as well as various diseases, have a tendency to damage the tissues inside your body. Stem cells can actually be quite effective at repairing and regenerating this lost or damaged tissue, making for an effective and natural treatment process. Stem cells can effectively adapt to your body and properly repair or replace damaged cells.
Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical and minimally invasive outpatient treatment. There isn’t much to expect in terms of the treatment, as it can all be performed in the comfort of our own office. The only thing we will do is give you an injection that will influence your body’s own natural healing and regenerative capabilities. From there, the regenerative process for the damaged tissue will be enhanced, but it’s your own body that will do the work.
How Long Does It Take?
Following your treatment, you can go about your life like any minimally invasive treatment would allow. Depending on the condition you’re treating, physical therapy may be recommended by our in-office specialist. The process could take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
First, stem cells need to be extracted and then prepared. After that, you will be treated, which should take no more than 15 minutes. While there is no discomfort involved during the process, we may recommend that you have someone to drive you home so you can give your body time to rest. After about a day, your life can continue as normal.
Anything that may be considered strenuous should be avoided for about two weeks following treatment. The same goes for exercise and sports, depending on the treatment. Basically, your therapy is to recover from injury or pain, so you don’t want to stretch your body to its limits during the time of recovery. The effects of treatment can last a long time. Studies have shown that stem cell treatment can last as long as ten years in some cases. In the case of arthritis or any related ailment, your condition will likely return, in which case more therapy may be necessary.
What Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Stem cell therapy is actually very versatile in his applications. Not only can it replenish lost cells, but it can bring back feeling that’s been lost in injured nerve cells. On top of that, using stem cells for treatment can help you out in a variety of situations. Studies have shown that this kind of therapy can actually help with autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Crohn’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and COPD.
It has shown very promising results in the treatment of the following:
- Minimizing scar tissue generation
- Promoting soft tissue reconstruction
- Reducing inflammation and pain
- Supporting soft tissue repair
While there is no exact cure for these afflictions, and it’s vital to manage your expectations, using stem cells can greatly increase quality of life in patients who suffer from certain ailments by allowing the body to heal itself. This will allow your body to at least stifle the symptoms for a certain amount of time. Aside from that, therapy using stem cells has demonstrated amazing results overall.
Aiding in Recovery From ACL Injury
An ACL injury is nothing to take likely. If you experienced one, you probably already know that. Your way of life can be seriously disturbed, as the knee is a troublesome area to treat if injured. That’s where stem cell treatments come in. Stem cells have proven to be quite effective at treating an ACL injury.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it can seriously impede your way of life. The affected joints will suffer mobility issues and stiffness as well as mild to severe pain. Treatments for this ailment range from complete changes of lifestyle to medications and surgeries. Stem cells are a less invasive process that can actually work to repair those damaged tissues from the inside.
A muscle tear can cause pretty severe pain and will make work and mobility very difficult. An injury like this can put you out of commission for up to six months, so your best course of action is to nip it in the bud. Stem cell treatment can naturally regenerate the damaged tissue at a rapid rate.
When a tendon becomes inflamed, it can make movement quite unpleasant. Excessive exercise or overworking your joints can cause tendonitis. This condition has led people to experience significant discomfort with some mobility issues. While basic therapies can work to alleviate those symptoms, tendonitis can eventually develop into thyroid disorders or arthritis and can take months to heal without treatment. Luckily, stem cells can speed up the healing process and prevent any further injury or discomfort.
Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury or a ligament sprain happens when your ligaments are stretched or stressed beyond their natural capabilities, causing them to tear. They can cause all sorts of discomfort and problems. They can also take a long time to heal without proper therapeutic treatments. Stem cells can speed up the healing process significantly.
More than most other forms of pain, back pain can put you out for a potentially indefinite time. The worst part about it is that this type of injury or condition is quite common, and many Americans live to suffer through this pain. Meanwhile, stem cells have shown a lot of promise at reducing pain when the neck and back are relieved through the healing processes of stem cells.
Stem Cell Therapy Is a Specific Science
When it comes to the medicinal effects of stem cells, it isn’t exactly one size fits all. In fact, the truth is a bit more complicated than just injecting some stem cells and watching them grow into place. The stem cells that come from umbilical cords are actually used differently from the stem cells that come from fatty tissues or bone marrow. Scientists are currently researching the idea that different stem cells simply do different things.
The limitation is that stem cells from those locations can only produce those area-specific cells. Fatty stem cells create fat cells, and bone marrow stem cells can only regenerate blood cells. In other words, you wouldn’t be able to use neural stem cells to grow new skin tissue. Even with that limitation, however, you can experience relief from most kinds of pain and injuries using these cells. Leave it to the professionals to figure out what is right for you and what kind of stem cell treatment would match your particular kind of ailment or injury.
Where You Will Find the Best Stem Cell Therapy
Whether you suffer from injuries or ailments that cause significant pain or want to minimize scar tissue from a wound, stem cell therapy just might the right fit for you. Be sure to contact us and schedule a consultation at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ and get on your own path towards recovery and pain alleviation.