Regenexx Stem Cell Injections – What makes a great candidate?
Pain is basically the way your body tells you that something is wrong. Pain can impact your daily activities and keep you from enjoying your full life. Chronic pain may interfere with your lifestyle, your work, your relationships, and even your independence. Is pain interrupting your life? Would you like to explore alternatives to invasive surgery to address the pain? Stem cell injections may be an option for you.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are cells from which all other cells with specialized functions in our bodies are generated. Think of stem cells as our body’s raw material. The specialized cells that are generated from stem cells have specific functions such as blood cells, brain cells, muscle cells, bone cells, etc. Stem cells are unique in their natural ability to differentiate into many different cell types as they are the ONLY cells in the body that possess this capability. There are many different types of stem cells that have been popularized in the media such as mesenchymal stem cells and embryonic stem cells, to name a few. The stem cells that are primarily used in regenerative medicine procedures are hematopoietic bone marrow-derived stem cells which are also a type of mesenchymal stem cell. Promoting the repair of diseased or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives is known as regnexx stem cell therapy and falls under the broader umbrella of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine takes advantage of our body’s amazing inbuilt ability to heal itself.
How do Stem Cell Injections work?
Stem cell injections also called Regenexx BMAC (bone marrow aspirated concentrate) begin by extracting the bone marrow from our own bodies usually from the pelvic bone of the hip. The stems cells are then prepared using advanced technology within an in-office laboratory by a lab technician. The processing involves separation and centrifugation to transform the bone marrow aspirate into the final product that has basically been purified and can be injected into the target site. Since the stem cells come from the patient’s own body, the risk of rejection is extremely low. The injection itself is performed as an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure usually under light sedation.
What do stem cell injections treat?
Stem cell injections are commonly used to treat:
- Shoulder, knee, back, hip, and joint pain
- Cartilage damage
- Ligament damage
- Degenerative disc disease
It is a viable alternative for those suffering from pain from many types of joint issues. Chronic pain stemming from cartilage, ligament, or tendon issues, could potentially be treated using stem cell injections. The benefits of stem cell injections include reducing chronic inflammation, delaying aging of the body tissues, and helping the body with the natural healing process. The regenerative abilities of stem cells stop the progression of the disease by regenerating healthy tissue that results in pain reduction, improved mobility, and restoration of normal joint function.
Great candidates for stem cell therapy:
- Young Active Individuals
Young people usually have more healthy stem cells than older individuals. This does not necessarily mean that older individuals will not have a response to the procedure, but this reality must be accounted for when planning when to undergo the procedure. If you lead a particularly active lifestyle or are an athlete who has a higher probability of injury, you are a likely candidate for stem cell injections. Many athletes accumulate minor injuries throughout their lives which are often asymptomatic until later in their lives when the injuries start to interfere with their lifestyle. The healing and regenerative benefits of stem cell therapy may help you avoid potential life-long damage from injury.
- People with Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
If you suffer from mild to moderate osteoarthritis, which is the deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the ends of the joints, stem cell therapy can provide relief by restoring the cartilage that has been damaged. Moderate condition of osteoarthritis is an important criterion here, where the complete collapse of the joint is not present. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of stem cell therapy can help to reduce pain and swelling. Stem cell therapy is also recommended for individuals with shoulder pain, meniscal tears, rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, chronic neck or back pain, etc.
- Individuals with Sub-optimal Responses to Other Pain Management Treatments
If you have tried other non-invasive treatments to manage chronic pain, such as physical therapy, medication, or other interventional pain procedures, and have not had the desired results, you may be a great candidate for stem cell therapy.
- Individuals recommended for invasive orthopedic surgery
If you have been recommended for knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, or back surgery and would like to explore options that might help delay or potentially avoid surgery, you may be an ideal candidate for stem cell therapy.
Of note this is article is not medical advice and the best way to figure out if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy is to consult a qualified physician here at Ospina Medical! We all deserve to live a pain-free life. If pain is interrupting the full life that you envision for yourself, please schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, Dr. Maniam or Dr. Kohler, to review your unique case and your options. We also offer telemedicine services.
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Author: Mukund Mahesh
Editor: Ospina Medical Team