Chronic Pain & Stem Cells
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. While everyone has aches and pains from time to time, a 2010 study estimates that about 30% of Americans have chronic pain. That’s why it’s so important to understand your chronic pain treatment options.
While narcotic medication is commonly used to treat this pain, heavy painkillers can cause addiction. A recent New York Times article described how opioid overdose caused 59,000 deaths in 2017, a 19% increase from the previous year. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and many of these are caused by opioid abuse.
Chronic pain is a huge contributor to opioid drug addiction because so few methods exist for treating it successfully. After spine, back, knee, and hip surgery many patients need opioid pain medications. Sadly, many surgeries are unsuccessful or require further painful and costly procedures—often with little or no successful pain management.
Stem cell therapy may be on the verge of changing that. Stem cell injections are fast, non-invasive, and non-surgical. They also contain no addictive ingredients or dangerous drugs.
That’s why we’re proud to offer regenerative medicine for chronic pain in the form of stem cell therapy. These stem cell injections stimulate your own damaged cells’ regenerative potential to eliminate your pain, reduce your inflammation, and restore your tissue. Ultimately, these injections for chronic pain could reduce the need for opioid medication prescriptions.
Chronic pain can have serious effects on your mental health and quality of life, but regenerative medicine may help.
There are many different conditions that can cause chronic pain, such as:
- injuries like broken bones, sprains, or strains
- diseases that cause inflammation, like arthritis (joint inflammation) and tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons)
- conditions that cause nerve damage, like fibromyalgia (which causes muscle pain)
Overweight or obese people have a higher risk of chronic pain. Besides discomfort, chronic pain may also cause symptoms like fatigue, mood changes, and insomnia.
Since pain is subjective, diagnosing your pain will require asking questions about your pain, using imaging tests like x-rays and CT scans to search for conditions that may be causing the pain, and electrode machines to identify muscle or nerve issues.
Injured cells in your skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective joints send out signals. MSCs respond to those signals, migrate to the injured tissue, and release proteins that stimulate your own cells to begin regenerating.
Common chronic pain regions that are treated with stem cell therapy include the joints, the back, and the neck. Stem cells have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, which may also help reduce pain in conditions like tendinitis.