Do you experience joint pain due to aging, a medical condition, or an injury? Are you in pain most days and seeking a simple, restorative treatment to heal your joints and help you regain your former range of movement? If so, you could be an ideal candidate for mesenchymal stem cell treatments, which can directly impact injured or deteriorated joints and deliver natural healing power for long-lasting results. At Advanced Regenerative Therapy in Braselton and Savannah, GA, we’re proud to offer our patients this top-quality service.
What Are Mesenchymal Stem Cell Treatments?
Mesenchymal stem cell treatments have become an increasingly popular way to address common joint pain and deterioration. This is a self-renewing treatment, meaning it is oftentimes the ideal treatment to achieve long-term, regenerative healing in a variety of medical scenarios.
How It Works
To complete this treatment, stem cells–which exist in the human bone marrow–are harvested from a specified location. This is usually the pelvic bone, which is larger and therefore has more bone marrow readily available. The harvesting process is called bone marrow aspiration and typically takes just 10 minutes.
Once the bone marrow is collected, it is used to collect the stem cells and inject them into the target joint. This is often the hip joint or knee joint, but this treatment is able to effectively treat most joints that experience chronic pain or inflammation. A typical appointment takes less than 1 hour, is relatively painless, and requires zero downtime.
Most patients are good candidates thanks to the natural origins of the bone marrow. Treatment can help relieve long-term, debilitating joint pain in just a few weeks. Best of all, treatments may prevent you from needing expensive joint replacement surgery down the road.
Why Are Stem Cells So Effective?
Within the human body, there is only one kind of cell that can transform itself into any other type of cell. Stem cells work to repair, rejuvenate, and reinforce the body’s many systems by providing new cell types to areas experiencing injury, pain, or disease. By becoming muscle cells, red or white blood cells, brain cells, or tissue cells, stem cells improve your body’s overall health and keep everything running smoothly, which in turn helps you feel your best.
As we age, the regeneration process slows and areas like the joints can develop chronic pain. Mesenchymal stem cell treatments can directly address this issue. While stem cells exist throughout the body, mesenchymal stem cells are the most plentiful thanks to their location in the bone marrow. They can be easily harvested and injected into affected joints to deliver fresh cells that can divide and transform into any type of cell needed to bring about healing.
This process reduces inflammation and speeds the healing process while simultaneously lowering your risk of developing long-term functional issues. Thanks to their unique nature, stem cells have been successfully trialed in treating metabolic, degenerative, and inflammatory diseases as well as some cancers.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
While the healing process takes a short time to get started, most patients report seeing some improvement between 4-8 weeks after treatment. Their results will continue to improve for the next 6 months as the joint is repaired and regains its mobility and function. Once your final results have developed, they tend to last at least 1 year and up to 3-5 years for most patients.
One of our experienced doctors will meet with you before treatment to determine your candidacy. This involves reviewing your medical history, examining your affected joints, and discussing your ideal results.
Your treatment will involve two steps: bone marrow aspiration and stem cell injections. During your bone marrow aspiration, you will be given a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Your doctor will harvest the necessary bone marrow, then use this marrow to inject the stem cells directly into your joints. This process typically takes less than an hour in total and allows you to return to your normal schedule immediately.
As your joints begin to heal, you may feel some mild tenderness for 5-7 days after your appointment. You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 1 week and avoid anti-inflammatory medications for at least 2 weeks to aid in the healing process.
You should expect your final results to develop within 6 months of your treatment. Once this happens, you should notice easier movement, less pain, and more flexibility in your treated joints. This will last between 1-5 years, depending on your unique situation and health factors.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate?
If you are an adult man or woman of any age who experiences joint pain, you could be an ideal candidate. A good candidate is healthy and has mild to moderate joint degeneration or injury. Most patients are able to pursue treatment due to its use of harvested bone marrow and its natural, regenerative nature. If you are unsure of your candidacy for treatments, one of our doctors can answer any questions you may have during your initial consultation.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let joint pain keep you from living your life to the fullest! Discover how mesenchymal stem cell treatments can provide restorative healing in one simple treatment. To learn more, contact our team of experts at Advanced Regenerative Therapy in Braselton and Savannah, GA, to schedule an initial consultation today. We look forward to serving you!