Stem cell therapy has evolved over the years to become a viable alternative treatment for people suffering from joint pain, ligament and tendon damage, and back injuries. Stem cells applied directly to an affected area divide overtime to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissue.
So what’s preventing some patients from taking advantage of this revolutionary therapy? A lot of misinformation.
It’s time to set the record straight. Here are some common misconceptions about stem cell therapy, along with the facts you ought to know:
Myth: Stem cell therapy is illegal
Fact: Adult stem cell therapies are legal so long as they are used as part of a same-day procedure and the cells have not been culture-expanded (for example, not grown or multiplied in a lab).
Myth: Stem cells are strictly harvested from embryos, which raises ethical concerns
Fact: Embryonic stem cell research has been all but replaced by adult stem cells – which exist in adult adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow tissue and every organ of the human body. These are the stem cells widely used in the treatment of joints, ligaments, tendons, and the spine and they are creating a host of recent medical breakthroughs.
Myth: Stem cell therapy is not safe
Fact: Not only are the risks of adult stem cell therapy minimal but when adult stem cells from your own fat tissue and bone marrow are used exclusively, there is no problem with your body accepting the new tissue as its own. This also eliminates the risk of contracting a disease from a donor. As with any procedure, there is the smallest risk of infection that is minimized by providing stem cell patients with antibiotics and performing the process under strict sterile conditions.
Myth: There’s no proof that stem cell therapy works
Fact: There are numerous, published case studies demonstrating positive results from stem cell therapies as a minimally invasive alternative to invasive surgery, which is why it is rapidly becoming a first-line treatment for degenerative joint disease and low back pain, providing a minimally invasive option to avoid invasive surgical repair.
Myth: Recovery from stem cell therapy is just as difficult as recovering from invasive surgery
Fact: Recovery from stem cell therapy is much easier than recovering from invasive surgery. For one thing, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting. It only takes a few hours and no general anesthesia is required. Plus, most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Not only can they resume physical activity faster than after invasive surgery, but they typically return to work within two days – tops.
Myth: You need to travel abroad to get stem cell treatments
Fact: Although stem cell therapy differs from one country to another, the FDA provides guidelines for the use of human stem cells in the United States, allowing Americans access to stem cell treatments for various conditions including joint pain, ligament tears, tendon injuries, low back pain, and facet joint pain.
The fact that stem cells from one’s own body can be used safely to minimize pain, heal soft tissue damage, and improve cartilage, lumbar disc and facet joint health, is nothing short of a medical miracle – guaranteeing that in years to come, stem cell therapy will continue to revolutionize health care.
STAR Spine & Sport specializes in a variety of noninvasive treatments for both chronic and acute back pain – including stem cell therapy – and can help you to become mobile, faster. From back braces and medication to massage and physical therapy, there is a treatment that can work for your back pain. For more information and to schedule a consultation, call (303) 238-4277.