Am I a Candidate for Stem Cell Treatment?
It seems like almost every week, we’re hearing more and more about advancements in stem cell treatment for conditions throughout the body. Most recently, sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis and COPD are in the beginning stages of quality of life improvements after undergoing stem cell treatment.
More commonly, however, specialists in stem cell therapy for back conditions, osteoarthritis and other types of joint pain are successfully treating thousands of patients per year. Today, stem cell treatment is a viable alternative to back surgery along with knee and hip replacement surgery.
At Twin Cities Pain & Regenerative Medicine, we are a leader in providing stem cell treatments in the Midwest. We treat hundreds of patients annually. One of the most common questions we receive is “Am I a candidate for stem cell treatment?,” and in the following paragraphs we hope to be able to answer the question of who is the ideal candidate.
Back Pain Patients
It’s essential that a physician complete a thorough examination to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy. However, there are a few basic indicators. If you suffer from painful disc or facet injury from overuse, trauma, or debilitating conditions like degenerative disc disease or spinal facet disease, you are likely an ideal candidate.
Much of the early work in stem cell treatment for back pain has been devoted to chronic injuries. Dramatic improvement in recovery times for acute and sub-acute injuries are becoming commonplace. Use of stem cell treatments for back pain in the acute stages of an injury has patients returning to activity much more quickly.
Knee Pain Patients
Knee osteoarthritis occurs in older adults when cartilage in the knee begins to deteriorate, causing the padding between the knee and joints to break down. Arthroplasty, or knee replacement, can include partial or full knee replacement and involves one to two hour invasive surgery in which patients receive anesthesia followed by a three to four day stay in the hospital and months of physical therapy to return to full mobility.
Stem cell treatment for knee conditions is an increasingly popular procedure in the U.S. and results continue to improve. Ideal candidates for stem cell treatment are patients with a breakdown of cartilage in the knee that’s painful enough to affect their everyday activity such as walking and standing up.
Patients who want to avoid the potential complications of knee replacement surgery and the months of ensuing physical therapy may also make perfect candidates. The recommendation from your doctor regarding knee replacement surgery may not be your only alternative.
Hip Pain Patients
Over 300,000 Americans undergo hip replacement surgery every year. That’s a pretty staggering number given the invasiveness of this surgery. During hip replacement surgery, patients are put all the way under, an 8-inch incision is made in the upper thigh, muscles moved and a saw is used to cut away the ball joint of the hip.
Following hip replacement surgery, patients can expect a four to six day hospital stay. Physical therapy can last up to several months, and some patients are asked to avoid certain activities for up to a year, making quickly returning to normal activity difficult and prolonged.
Stem cell treatment for hip pain has shown to be effective in helping to regrow the joint tissue that deteriorates around the hip, leading to hip replacement surgery. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the hip joint, and you want the possibility of returning to your normal level of activity without invasive hip replacement surgery, you may be a candidate for stem cell treatment.
About Twin Cities Pain & Regenerative Medicine
Whether you’re a weekend warrior, competitive athlete or just love being able to walk without pain, Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine can perform the stem cell treatment that can get you back to a normal lifestyle.
Each patient receives a physical examination and gives a complete medical history at our facility. A thorough review of appropriate imaging (x-ray and/or MRI) to determine whether your condition is suitable for stem cell therapy is also performed.
If you are experiencing back, knee or hip pain, there are alternatives to surgery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.