Stem cell therapy is also known as regenerative medicine, and focuses on replacing diseased or damaged cells in the body with healthy new ones.
Stem cell therapy refers to one of several forms of treatment utilizing stem cells or derivatives of stem cells to promote a repair response in the body.
Stem cells act as the raw materials of the body’s cell generation process, producing specialized cells like blood cells.
Stem Cell Therapy & Pain
Stem cell therapy has implications across hundreds or even thousands of diseases, disorders, injuries, and other ailments.
For example, introducing new stem cells to a patient can help repair the damage of cancer treatments and degenerative diseases. Some forms of stem cell therapy emphasize bolstering the immune system, allowing it to more effectively fight off disease—especially those cancers and conditions associated with blood and soft tissues.
On a smaller scale, injections of stem cells can help targeted areas heal more quickly, reduce inflammation, and encourage recovery.
Both have serious implications for short-term and long-term pain management, especially with new methods of differentiation opening up new opportunities for targeted tissue healing.
What to Expect
Because stem cell therapy encompasses a wide variety of treatments, it’s difficult to describe a single ‘ideal candidate’ for therapies. Some treatments utilize stem cells from external sources, such as umbilical cord blood or bone marrow donors, while other treatments such as pain injections or autologous transplants may use the patient’s own marrow as a source.
The likelihood of long-term vs. short-term benefits in pain management will vary with the source of your pain, as stem cell therapies cannot yet rejuvenate any and all damaged tissues in the body; some level of pain relief will be inevitable due to the anti-inflammatory and healing responses triggered by most stem cell treatments, but long-term healing will vary by patient.
Because stem cell therapy utilizes a natural process to encourage and strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself, doing what you can to support natural healing is key to success. Safe exercise, a healthy diet, and weight loss to reduce pressure on painful areas can improve the effects you see from stem cell therapies, even if you’ve previously seen minimal benefit from such habits and methods.
This means working carefully with your doctors for disease management and pain management alongside your stem cell treatments.
Stem cell therapies remain one of the most exciting fields in medicine, offering solutions to pain, long-term damage from disease or injury, and other unsolved challenges in medicine.