Stem cell therapy is an innovative treatment for joint pain offered at Precision Pain Care and Rehabilitation. For many patients, stem cell therapy is a viable alternative to invasive surgery for pain relief. There is a lot of misleading information in the public sphere about what exactly stem cell therapy is, so make sure you get the facts before you decide whether or not this treatment is for you.
Stem cell therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for many conditions, including:
- Non-Healing Fractures
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Wrist, Knee, Elbow, and Ankle Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
- Torn Rotator Cuff
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are cells that take on the properties of whatever cells they are surrounded by. For instance, if a patient has osteoarthritis caused by worn-down cartilage, supplying the affected joint with stem cells can help the cartilage regrow.
Stem cells are obtained from your own body – usually bone marrow. Since the cells come from you, there is no risk of an adverse reaction when they are injected somewhere else. Once the stem cells are in the injured area, they will get to work healing damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones.
What Should I Expect?
Most patients will require a series of 2-3 stem cell injections spaced out between two to three months. The first injection is a stem cell injection. This procedure is an extraction of stem cells from the bone marrow. The final injection is a collection of platelets and growth factors (PRP) that will help the stem cells do their work.
Pain relief from stem cell therapy usually occurs very quickly and continues to improve over time. Many patients have been able to prevent or delay the need for surgery with this treatment.
Precision Pain Care and Rehabilitation has two convenient locations in Richmond Hill – Queens and New Hyde Park – Long Island. Call the Richmond Hill office at (718) 215-1888, or (516) 419-4480 for the Long Island office, to arrange an appointment with our Interventional Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Chacko.