Board Certified, New York City Based, Osteopath Specializing in Spine, Pain and Sports Medicine
Stem Cell Injection
Stem Cell Injection Q & A
Where do Stem Cells Come From?
Unlike what was told in the past, stem cells that are used in stem cell injections are harvested from the patient’s own body. The body has many deposits of stem cells throughout the body. They can be found in the heart, blood, bone marrow, kidney, liver, skin, or any of the organs. The doctor harvests, however, many stem cells they need and create a matrix that is then injected into the injured or damaged part of the body. The stem cells begin to take on the DNA of the host cells creating new cells to replace the damaged ones. As the new cells begin to grow, the damaged cells will begin to die off.
How do Stem Cell Injections Work?
Stem cell injections work by implanting the blank stems cells in or near the injured area of the body. Stem cells are basically blank cells with no identifying DNA. Once they are implanted into an area where damage has occurred, the stem cells begin to take on the characteristics or identifying factors of the damaged cells. Once they have the DNA, they can begin to replicate the damaged cells in their healthiest state. This allows new, healthy cells to be created that will eventually take the place of the cells that were damaged by the illness or injury. When used in conjunction with physical therapy, stem cell injections can encourage a healing response that hastens the recovery period, allowing the person to get back on their feet much quicker.
What Types of Conditions Will Stem Cell Injections Help?
Doctors believe they can use stem cell injections, along with other treatment options to provide effective results for individuals who have been diagnosed with migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, spinal stenosis, and sciatica. The benefits of stem cell injections are only now being realized. Doctors can now use stem cell injections along with PRP injections, and a host of other treatment options to help relieve pain and inflammation, restore range of motion and actually regenerate damaged tissues. With all of the treatment options at their disposal, doctors can help their patients get back on the road to recovery in a fraction of the time it would have taken a few years ago.