Stem cell therapy is making a buzz these days. In musculoskeletal pain management practice, a lot of people wonder whether or not they are a good candidate for this therapy. The therapy is carried out by using stem cells to prevent or treat some form of illnesses or injuries like osteoarthritis or a torn ligament respectively.
In the sports world, athletes who depend on their physical health for their livelihood consider regenerative treatments in the earliest stages of their injury. While some factors exempt a candidate from this kind of therapy, every patient has unique situations. This means that there aren’t always solid rules. The right candidates for stem cell treatment come from various walks of life. You are a good candidate for stem cell therapy if any of the following situations is true to yours:
You Lead an Active Lifestyle
Leading an active lifestyle can get yourself hurt at some point. In fact, a number of athletes have already experienced being hurt. Thus, if you tend to be a weekend warrior or an athlete, stem cell therapy can be a treatment you must think about. This therapy has healing and regenerative potential that lets you avoid life-long damages and continue your activities longer than you hope for.
You Suffer from Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage which protects and cushions the joint ends have deteriorated. Cartilage works by helping with joint movement and preventing friction and painful joint mobility. If you are suffering from this disease, stem cell therapy can help in restoring the damaged cartilage because of osteoarthritis. Also, stem cells serve as natural-inflammatory and can help in reducing pain and swelling in the affected area.
Your Doctor Recommended Surgery to You
If you have been recommended to undergo surgery because of painful shoulder, knee, or elbow, stem cell therapy offers a reliable alternative solution. For example, if your osteoarthritis has gone too serious that you are recommended to undergo surgery, stem cells can help in restoring the narrowed joint space and let you avoid total joint replacement. A lot of patients don’t want surgery because of the risks involved and the long recovery period.
The ideal candidates for stem cell therapy are those who want to prevent developing certain conditions and willing to treat anything else which might be impacting their condition. But it is important to note your participation is important to get better with this therapy. Making the decision to try stem cell therapy is usually based on the pain levels. However, as patients know that they can opt for non-surgical therapies, they tend to get the treatment earlier. Earlier treatment allows the delivery of cells to the damaged areas while the tissue is in a better condition to respond to the regeneration treatment.
The arthritic process results in wear and tear which thins the joint space’s protective cartilage lining. Additionally, as inflammation persists, the rate of joint destruction increases. Stem cells can protect the disc segments and joint surfaces, minimize inflammation, and slow down the arthritic process.