It’s a common misconception that stem cell therapy is only for older people. Yes, majority of people who are in search of pain relief for musculoskeletal conditions are people that are in their fifties or older. But why is this? People who are in their 50s and older have spend their entire lives slowly wearing away the joints in their body, specifically the cartilage in their joints. Many people spent a lifetime of being overweight. Some people spent 30 plus years abusing their bodies at work. Some people injured themselves when they were younger and are paying the price later in life. However, this isn’t always the case.
We want you to realize that stem cell therapy is a treatment that helps people of all ages, not just people who are older. We’ll take a look at 3 different scenarios of people of different ages who could benefit immensely from stem cell therapy!
The first example is a typical candidate for stem cell therapy. This person’s name is Frank (name changed due to HIPPA) and he’s a slightly overweight, 67 year old, FedEx delivery driver from Manchester, Pa. Frank has been in the trucking industry since he was 24 and has been working with FedEx since 2008. Since Frank has been 62 he’s been experiencing lower back pain and has been taking painkillers ever since. Unfortunately, the painkillers aren’t enough to relieve the lower back pain and Frank is starting to think that surgery is unavoidable. FexEx has medical benefits to cover the surgery but Frank doesn’t want to undergo invasive surgery, he doesn’t want to be out of commission for weeks and doesn’t want to go through rehabilitation. He’s looking for other options.
We see this all the time.People want to relieve their joint pain without surgery and with very little downtime. Frank’s trucker lifestyle has caused the cartilage in the discs of his lower back to wear away and he’s experiencing lower back pain. Surgery isn’t an option for Frank due to his lifestyle, therefore he is considering stem cell therapy. An injection of stem cells into the affected areas could regrow the cartilage that his lifestyle has worn away. Once the stem cells help to heal the cartilage he may be able to sit for long periods of time and to deliver packages to doorsteps without being in pain.
Middle Age People
The second example is s slightly less common scenario of a person that may benefit from stem cell therapy. Rick (name has been changed) is a 33-year-old former athlete from St. Marys, PA who spent years abusing his body playing football. Rick was the star football player in high school and was offered a scholarship to Pennsylvania State University to play on their football team. However, during the second to last home game Rick tore his ACL and had to undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL. The bad part is that Rick is beginning to experience knee pain again, years after the surgery and it’s looking like arthritis is beginning to develop at a young age.
This is a very possible scenario. Most patients wear down their joints and develop arthritis over years of abuse. However, injury can speed up this process of developing arthritis. According to Fox News Health people who undergo surgery for a torn ACL are three times more likely to develop arthritis than someone who doesn’t need surgery for a torn ACL. The scary part is that arthritis can begin only 10-15 years after the initial injury. What can Rick do? An injection of stem cells may help repair the affected knee. Stem cells injected into the part of the knee that is worn down and the process of rebuilding the worn cartilage may allow Rick to run and play football with his friends again, without knee pain.
The final example of a person who may benefit from stem cell therapy is a young person who shouldn’t be experiencing joint pain. This person’s name is Brittany (name changed) and she’s a 21 year old from Stonybrook, Pa. She was heading to Lancaster where she’s a veterinary assistant and a driver came into her lane and collided with her car. Thankfully both parties were driving slow enough that no one was badly hurt. However, Brittany did endure lacerations on her right leg and surgery is unavoidable. Brittany wants to get back to living her normal life as quickly as possible. What should she do?
In many situations car accidents may cause injuries that require surgery. With surgery comes a ton of down time due to the surgery itself, recovery time etc. For many people the downtime is okay. However, if you want a more full recovery, better chances of a successful recovery and a quicker recovery then stem cell therapy may be a great opportunity. An injection of stem cells to the surgically repaired has been shown to decrease recovery time and allow the patient to have a better chance of a successful recovery with much less scare tissue. As we’ve mentioned before, stem cell therapy isn’t just for arthritis or achy joints.