The topic of using stem cells for medical treatment has been a growing discussion since the early 1990s. Due to their ability to restore and repair tissue, this type of regenerative medicine has become a staple of hope in the medical field, especially in terms of conditions such as arthritis. Stem cell therapy also presents healing possibilities for those with the all too common condition of chronic pain, especially back pain.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells, meaning they have not yet been assigned a specific task or category. This means that unlike other cells in the body, they have the potential to develop into other kinds of cells, called specialized cells. Most importantly, these cells allow the body to heal itself, and have the ability to repair and restore degenerated tissue. In other words, stem cell therapy can provide the possibility to heal and repair tissues, muscles, blood, bones, and organs.
Stem cells can be gathered from several different locations in the body, including blood, bone marrow, and fat. For the purposes of pain management, stem cells extracted from bone marrow are the most common form used. Once they’re collected, they are put into a process called centrifugation, which make the stem cells as effective as possible. Then, they are injected into the injury site, with the hopes of helping to heal the injury, by regenerating healthy tissue. The use of stem cells will speed up healing and recovery processes, and most importantly can reduce the necessity for major surgery.
Using Stem Cells for Pain Management
Stems cells have become a viable solution for conditions such as degenerative disc disease and herniated discs, among others. Degeneration of the discs, which can occur due to aging or injury, causes the discs in your spine to weaken and tear, meaning they no longer provide the proper support the spine needs. This can result in herniation, where a disc can rupture, increasing pressure against the nerves in the spine.
As mentioned before, due to the stem cells ability to restore and regenerate, their role in helping those people suffering from painful conditions, such as arthritis, is a logical move for pain management doctors. Since back pain is extremely common, stem cells are an exciting treatment solution and alternative to medications, especially potentially addictive medications such as opioids, which can pose major threats to both the body and mind.
For those with severe chronic pain, stem cells also work to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions, as well as the main goal, which is to repair and regenerate the damaged tissues causing the pain in the first place.
So far, research into using stem cells and other forms of regenerative medicine for pain has been overwhelmingly positive. At Lynx Healthcare, we believe in these advanced methods that use your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to give you lasting pain relief and improved mobility.