What Is Stem Cell Therapy? “Stem cell therapy is the concept of harnessing your body’s own healing potential to reverse some of the effects of different degenerative diseases and possibly injuries,” says Dallas Pain Management Specialists Drs Pablo Zeballos and Mark LeDoux. “The idea is that you can utilize something called stem cell therapy to reverse some of the effects that are caused by disease.” Every single one of us has stem cells in our body, and the main purpose of these cells is to repair and maintain the tissue in which they reside. So as an example, if you have an injury in your body, stem cells are responsible for coming over to the area that’s been injured and repairing that by creating new tissue. Stem cells can be bound to one location and enrich the population to get them in much higher numbers, then relocated to areas of disease. There, the stem cells can help reverse the effects of that specific disease. “The idea is to take something that is naturally occurring in your body and make it occur at a much faster rate and also allow you to heal more appropriately.”
Can Stem Cell Therapy Work For Me?
Patients suffering from any kind of joint, tendon, or ligament pain may be considered as candidates for stem cell therapy. Upon evaluation, your physician may be able to provide you with recommendations for other types of treatment for your pain.
When Will I See Results?
The initial response is often referred to as an immunomodulatory or paracrine effect. What this means is the cells send signals to the rest of the body to call other cells to the area to help promote healing. This can occur almost immediately or within weeks of introducing the stem cells back into the patient. The secondary response is often called a trophic effect, and this is where you can actually get the formation of new tissue. The cells can help promote the formation of new blood vessels, which can help bring additional blood, supply to the damaged tissue to help promote healing. This can often take a longer period of time, sometimes 3-6 months to build the new tissue, which will actually help to reverse some of the effects of the degenerative disease that you are suffering from.
How Is Recovery From Stem Cell Therapy?
The recovery time from the procedure is minimal. It’s considered a minimally invasive procedure, a walkout procedure. You can expect to spend about two hours in the clinic, receiving the therapies and then go home and oftentimes are sore for a couple of days up to about a week. It is a very minimally invasive procedure that does not require a long recovery period and no restrictions on what you can do.