Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain Versus Invasive Surgery in Ohio?
If you have been struggling with osteoarthritis of the knee and have not found relief through medication, you will be happy to know that there is another treatment that has been proven to be nearly as effective as surgery, stem cell therapy. The noninvasive procedure not only relieves pain but also restores mobility and, best of all, it requires minimal downtime. As it stands, stem cell therapy has only been approved by the FDA in the treatment of blood and bone marrow cancer. Nonetheless, stem cell therapy for knee pain is gaining acceptance throughout the medical community and amongst patients looking for an alternative to surgery. In this article, we will take a closer look at what stem cell therapy entails and the success rate amongst those who have undergone the procedure.
WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
Before detailing how stem cells work to resolve knee pain, let’s get a better understanding of what they are and their role in the human body. In layman’s terms, stem cells are considered the “building blocks” of the human body, primarily due to their role in regenerating tissue and organs in the body. Stem cells are found in fat tissue, blood, and bone marrow and are commonly used to repair damaged joints caused by sports injuries or arthritis. Of course, this is only the beginning. The process of using the body’s own cells to heal and repair itself is still in its infancy. That said, more research will be needed before we can fully understand what is possible through stem cell therapy.
WHY IS STEM CELL THERAPY PREFERRED OVER SURGERY?
Because stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure, it doesn’t present the same level of risks commonly associated with surgery, which makes very appealing to physicians and patients alike. To help put this into context, there is always a possibility that a patient may have an adverse reaction to anesthesia, not to mention blood clots and infections. As far as knee surgery involving a prosthesis, there is always a possibility that the device may be rejected by the body following surgery.
Even if everything goes according to plan, patients will still have to endure long healing times before they can resume their normal activities. So what is the biggest difference between traditional knee surgery and stem cell therapy? Basically, instead of being fitted with a prosthesis, the patient’s own stem cells are injected into the knee to help resolve pain, regrow healthy tissue, and improve mobility.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
When compared to traditional knee surgery, the risks associated with stem cell therapy for knees is minimal. It is worth noting, however, that there is a possibility of developing an infection at the injection site, which is not common. Beyond that, the procedure is quick and relatively painless. Stem cell therapy for knees is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and completed in just a few minutes for the injection and the entire appointment is less than an hour. Also, most patients can resume their normal daily activities the same day.
Stem cell therapy is becoming so common that mainstream celebrities like NFL player Jarvis Green had the procedure done. In fact, he has credited stem cell therapy with allowing him to once again enjoy many of his favorite activities like swimming, running, and training with his NFL teammates. If you’re ready for improved mobility and a better quality of life, you encouraged to contact Swetlic Chiropractic & Physical Therapy and JAS Medical today for your Free Stem Cell Therapy Consultation.