If it’s determined that your source of pain may be treatable or manageable with stem cell treatment, the first step in the process is to collect the cells. Stem cell therapy for pain is done with adult stem cells. These are found in sufficient amounts in either bone marrow or fat (adipose) tissue. The hips and back are the two most common harvesting (collection) sites.
The stem cell mixture is prepared in a lab. It is then injected into the area that needs to be treated. A local anesthetic will make the process more comfortable for you. Results won’t be immediate. This is because it will take some time for your body’s naturally healing processes to become fully activated once the stem cells have been injected. Over a period of several weeks, you should notice gradual improvements if you respond well to SCT. Benefits often associated with this treatment include:
- Shorter healing and recovery periods
- Less dependence on pain meds
- Improved or restored athletic capabilities
- A better response to rehab efforts
- The possibility of delaying or avoiding surgery
Stem cell therapy for pain treatment is sometimes coupled with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a similar technique that also enhances your body’s healing and recovery processes. Additionally, if you respond well to SCT, you may be able to benefit more from therapeutic exercises designed to improve the strength of the muscle groups that support your bones and joints.