According to the CDC, nearly 60% of Americans are coping with a chronic illness, and around 40% are managing several chronic diseases. Chronic conditions are enduring and, for the most part, incurable by nature. Even when there are treatments, they frequently are ineffective at relieving symptoms, leaving millions of people searching for answers.
In the expanding field of regenerative medicine, EC Medical Group provides Southern California with cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment. We provide stem cell therapy as an alternative to medications and invasive procedures, which have historically been the cornerstones of treatment for patients with chronic diseases.
Adult stem cells are used in stem cell therapy to treat chronic joints, soft tissue, disc degeneration, and acute sports injuries. Your body can cure itself spontaneously due to the treatment, negating the need for surgery, steroid injections, or painkillers.
So what exactly are stem cells?
The building blocks of the body’s repair system are stem cells. Stem cells’ primary function is to maintain, start the healing process for injured tissue, and replace dead or damaged cells. Stem cells can locate damaged tissue and start its repair or regeneration.
Early stem cell research extracted embryonic stem cells from donated embryos. But these days, medical professionals and researchers may take these cells out of bone marrow and adipose tissue, among other areas.
Your body’s cells are removed for stem cell treatment, cleaned up, and then reinjected back into your body. Once in your circulation, the cells go to the locations of injury and grow into the new tissue your body requires to mend and restore itself.
Why are stem cells attracting so much attention?
Researchers are hoping that stem cell research will contribute to a better understanding of how illnesses develop. Researchers may better understand the progression of diseases and ailments by observing stem cells evolve into cells found in bones, heart muscle, neurons, and other organs and tissue.
Directing stem cells to differentiate into specific cells employed in individuals to regenerate and restore tissues damaged or impacted by illness is possible. But which diseases can stem cells be used for?
Stem cells for sports injury
There are several medical uses for stem cells. Stem cell treatment can be utilized for sports injuries to repair strained tendons, torn ligaments, and other impairments to muscles, bones, and cartilage. Depending on the damage, a doctor may use direct surgery, stem cell-bearing sutures, or injection to administer stem cells.
The majority of the time, the patient’s stem cells are employed for treatment. These may be taken from their bone marrow or fat.
There aren’t any established standards for using stem cell therapy to treat sports injuries until now. We will carefully decide whether to choose this treatment and whether its process is best for you.
Let’s discuss the benefits of stem cell treatment for sports injuries.
- A stem cell has more effective results, and the healing process is faster.
The most complex and time-consuming phase of any operation is typically the recovery. Restoring athletes to the court or field is one of the main objectives of sports medicine. They must get well and build up their stamina to play again.
The healing and recovery process is much quicker with stem cell therapy than with surgery. Instead of taking months, patients usually return to regular activities within a week.
- It reduces the inflammation caused by the injury.
The remarkable potential of stem cells to lessen inflammation is one of these capabilities. Stem cell treatment not only decreases joint inflammation but also relieves pain.
With stem cell treatment, benefits can be seen in a matter of weeks. It has been demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory effects can endure for up to two years.
- Damaged tissues can regenerate.
Some sports injuries can harm the tissue severely, possibly permanently. Damaged tissues can gradually regenerate with stem cell treatment. Some studies show that adult stem cells are multipotent and capable of self-renewal, which makes them essential for tissue regeneration.
Because of this, stem cells are beneficial for healing tendon tears and creating new cartilage, which is crucial for sports injuries.
Stem cells to treat arthritis
Stem cell treatments are actively promoted for various medical conditions, including arthritis. The cartilage that covers the ends of the bones that make up the joint is damaged in the degenerative or inflammatory disease of arthritis.
To aid cartilage regeneration, stem cells are tested as experimental treatments. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may go to injury sites or inflamed areas of the body and produce a variety of therapeutic factors, including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), and platelet-derived growth factor.
According to research, stem cell treatment can benefit people of all ages. However, it works best for those who are younger and have joint degeneration that is still in its early stages. Mesenchymal stem cells are injected into the painful joint in early-stage clinical studies, and this reduces pain while protecting or mending the cartilage.
Stem cells to relieve back pain.
The disc degeneration that causes lower back pain can be treated with a specific procedure called intradiscal mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation, often known as intradiscal stem cell injections.
Your spine’s discs might degrade for several causes, but in every case, it results in lower back problems. Lumbar degenerative disc disease is often treated by:
- OTC Medications
- Medicines that reduce inflammation
- Physical Therapy
- Spinal Mobilization
Stem cells could be a promising therapy choice for some people. The cells can be helpful in the healing process since they can differentiate into any cell in the body. When injected into intervertebral discs, the stem cells have an anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effect. Your discomfort will then be substantially reduced, and the degenerative process may even be slowed down.
Other types of diseases that stem cell therapy can treat are:
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Kidney disease
You may be able to resume an active, healthy lifestyle with a stem cell treatment!
Is stem cell the right therapy for you?
The use of stem cells to cure illnesses is the subject of extensive research. Stem cell therapies are anticipated to be developed for various diseases. Suppose you have been held back by diseases such as a sports injury, arthritis, or back pain. In that case, it is time for you to experience the benefits of stem cell therapy. Please make an appointment with us today!