Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts longer than twelve weeks. This pain can be as a result of injuries such as auto injuries, surgery, nerve damage, or even serious illnesses like cancer. Most of the time, this pain is managed using medication which has led to pain medication addictions after long-term use.
Stem cells are the building blocks of other cells with most of them being found in the bone marrow, blood, or adipose fat. Any time you suffer any injury, these cells jump into action to help the body heal. In the recent past, there has been significant progress made in the use of stem cell therapy for pain management.
Stem cell therapy for chronic pain
At NexGen Medical Center for Regenerative Medicine Atlanta, the Stem cells are harvested under local anesthesia. The stem cells can also be harvested from a donated umbilical cord from successful live births. The most effective stem cells for chronic pain management are those harvested from the bone marrow. The harvested cells are then injected into the area with the damaged tissue. Once injected, they immediately begin regenerating and repairing the affected tissues.
You will start feeling some form of relief after three to eight weeks post-treatment. Since the use of stem cell therapy relies on your body to repair and heal itself, continued improvement can go on for a period of six or more months. You might need several stem cell treatments depending on your medical issue and your physician will guide you on the same.
Stem cell treatment has proven to be effective for the treatment of chronic pain for the following conditions and injuries:
- Degenerative disc diseases
- Arthritis both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Connective tissue injuries
- Neuropathy, or nerve damage
- Joint pain
- Broken bones
- Back pain
- Torn Meniscus
- Achilles tendonitis