How to Know If You Are a Good Candidate For Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative medicine is one of the most exciting fields of development in health care treatment today. In essence, regenerative techniques support and bolster your body’s remarkable natural healing systems to supercharge their ability to repair damage that might otherwise overtake the ordinary speed of repair.

Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, injuries to constantly used joints, and chronic pain of unknown origin may all benefit from more efficient body repair mechanisms.

How stem cells aid healing

Stem cell therapy is emerging as a regenerative technique that assists your body’s healing efforts by providing additional resources beyond those normally available. Stem cells can convert into differentiated cells as needed for repair of body tissue, as well as the ability to divide and grow, making copies of themselves.

Everyone has different types of stem cells throughout their body, standing by until needed for a healing process. Stem cells may be harvested through aspiration of your hip bone, for example, then processed for re-injection at the site of an injury or joint deterioration.

Conditions that benefit from stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy often provides benefits for symptoms caused by damage to tissue that your body can actively repair. If that sounds wide-ranging, that’s because it is. Stem cell therapy is still in the early stages of research and development, so there’s much to learn.

One of the big advantages of stem cell treatment is that it can originate from your own tissue or other biocompatible sources. Therefore, the potential for side effects or tissue rejection is extremely low. It’s this safety characteristic that makes stem cell therapy worth a try for patients who see no results from other treatments.

At Joyce Family Chiropractic & Wellness, we focus on stem cell treatment of hip and knee joint problems, but other targets of stem cell therapy can include:

Candidates for stem cell treatment

While stem cell therapy is not yet a cure-all for these conditions, there are many situations that may make stem cell treatments a good fit for certain patients. Some of these reasons, particularly with joint problems, arise from the realities of surgery and its complications.

Joint replacement surgery may be a problem for some. Elderly patients, for example, may have difficulty recovering from the procedure, while younger people may worry that replacement surgery too soon means more surgery later, as the prosthetic joint wears out. There are even some patients who can’t have surgery due to other health conditions or risks.

Hip or knee replacement surgery means downtime for recovery. By contrast, stem cell therapy is a series of injections. You can return to your regular routine immediately after treatment. Instead of a surgeon, your own body is making the repairs naturally, aided by the additional resources that stem cell treatment provides. You don’t have to plan for time away from work or other responsibilities.

Your pain and the conditions behind it may be your own unique combination. If you want to know more about the capabilities of stem cell treatment, particularly in the knee and hip regions, contact Joyce Family Chiropractic & Wellness for a consultation with Dr. John Joyce. You can call the office or book an appointment online. Don’t put off your pain any longer.

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