Since 1998 there have been over 1 million sports injuries reported that’s over an estimated $19 billion spent in medical expenses. That’s an increase of 33% in orthopedic and sports therapy treatments and care. When these injuries advance, they can develop into chronic pain conditions.
When patients suffer from debilitating conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee or degenerative arthritis, treatment options may be limited to steroid injections or joint placement surgeries. The research on stem cell injections may offer a new treatment option to these patients with research showing that an over 10,000 injections there has been zero side effects or adverse reactions. This treatment focuses on using the body’s underdeveloped cells successfully to treat patients with cutting-edge technology in restorative treatments taking advantage of the body’s unique ability to heal itself.
Stem cell injections go beyond standard injection therapies. Stem cells have special anti-inflammatory properties which are similar to traditional cortisone steroid shots in some ways. The way they differ are traditional methods only can offer temporary relief of pain.
Stem cell injections restore tissue that has degenerated in addition to long-term pain relief. Amniotic stem cells use growth factors to replace the damaged cells in addition to containing a lubricating compound for joints and tendons called hyaluronic acid, which helps ease pain symptoms while restoring mobility for conditions such as Achilles tendonitis and rotator cuff tendinitis, orthopedic injuries, as well as degenerative arthritis.
How are the Stem cell injection treatments performed?
There are several forms of collecting stem cells to deliver them as an injectable treatment, bone marrow, adipose derived or amniotic derived stem cells.
The first and secondmethod uses self-cells from the patient that will receive the treatment. In this method the cells collected could only be used for the patient the cells are derived from. This method requires the self-cells be extracted from bone marrow or one’s fat.
Amniotic derived stem cell therapy has been increasing exponentially in popularity due to its effectiveness and the fact no harvesting is required. Amniotic stem cell therapy has been used by plastic surgeons and ophthalmologists for over 20 years.
What risk or side effects are there for Stem cell injections?
Stem cell injections are very low risk for side effects or complications as the main component of the injection is derived from the patient receiving the treatment. For patients receiving self-cells, there is almost 0 chance of the body’s rejection of the cells. Any side effects or reaction are the common risks associated with needle injections, redness or soreness at the site of injection. A small risk of infection may be at the puncture site, or if the needle was misguided. All cell donors are put through rigorous FDA (food and drug administration) screening process and of the AATB (Association of tissue banks) to assure the cells are derived from an immunoprivileged site.
How successful are Stem cell injections in the relief of pain?
In a recent study showing the effectiveness of adipose derived stem cells, it was shown to be highly successful in the treatment of degenerative osteoarthritis of the knees and in over 88% of patients reporting an increase in mobility and maintaining pain relief levels even after 24 months.
Colorado Clinic is a leader in stem cell therapy in Colorado. Call today to see if you are a candidate!