Stem cell therapy is a very misunderstood treatment and it’s easy to understand why. Stem cell treatments are relatively new. People are uneducated on the facts. When you ask the average person what stem cell therapy is they’ll either tell you it’s a miracle cure to arthritis, or they’ll tell you it’s a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
So what is stem cell therapy and what exactly does the Stem Cell Professionals in York, Pennsylvania do for their patients?
1) Stem Cell Therapy is Not a Miracle Cure for Everything
Stem cells are amazing. They’re undifferentiated cells that have the ability to transform into other cells. They can literally regrow cartilage, tendons, muscles, skin etc. However, this doesn’t mean that stem cells can solve anyone’s problems.
Until this point in time the only problem that stem cells are proven to solve is orthopedic problems, such as mild arthritis. Stem cells can’t help everyone with arthritis and they aren’t proven at this point to cure any diseases.
2) Amniotic Stem Cells Are Donated
There’s also a lot of confusion with the source of stem cells for stem cell therapy. Stem cells can be found all over your body. They’re in your bones, blood, umbilical cord and even your teeth. However, the Stem Cell Professionals only use stem cells that are DONATED to our facility from a mother during a C-Section birth. No one is harmed or at risk in order to obtain the cells.
3) Amniotic Stem Cells are the MOST Effective
There’s debate on the best source of stem cells for stem cell therapy. At this point in time the best type of stem cells for stem cell therapy is called amniotic stem cells. These stem cells are located in the umbilical cord blood and from the amniotic sac. This is the best source of stem cells for orthopedic conditions because it has an extremely high concentration of vital stem cells.
4) Stem Cell Therapy is Affordable
It’s truly unfortunate that stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance. People are going through joint replacement surgeries, and sometimes unnecessary surgeries, just because it’s covered by insurance. People tend to believe that stem cell therapy is expensive just because you have to pay out of pocket. However, we all know someone who went through Lasik eye surgery. In almost all situations insurance won’t cover Lasik because it’s an elected “cosmetic” surgery, according to the insurance companies. In 2014 the average price per eye for Lasik was $2,118 per eye. If you can afford Lasik surgery in both eyes, then you can afford stem cell therapy.
On top of the affordable price, you won’t have to take off work, you wont have to go through rehabilitation and there’s virtually no pain. Those reasons are more valuable than any out of pocket expense.
5) Stem Cell Therapy Isn’t Just for Athletes
Another reason why people believe there’s a high price tag associated with stem cell therapy is because we always hear about athletes taking advantage of stem cell therapy. If you hear about Payton Manning being treated with stem cell therapy, you’ll probably assume its either not available or not affordable to you. You’ll make these assumptions without even doing the proper research. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Stem cell therapy is available for anyone who will benefit from the treatment. The Stem Cell Professionals believe in results. If we can’t help you, then we’ll point you in the direction of someone who can. However, stem cells have the ability to treat anyone of any age.
6) Stem Cells Can’t Treat Everyone’s Orthopedic Conditions
There have been tens of thousands of stem cell treatments for orthopedic treatments. Out of all of the treatments there has been no reported (serious) side effects. There have also been some AMAZING success stories. However, just like any treatment the results may vary and aren’t guaranteed.
If you have mild arthritis and are just starting to experience joint pain from arthritis, then you have the best chances for success. However, if you have a bone-on-bone condition with little to no cartilage left you have the least chance for success. The stem cells need some cartilage to rebuild from. If no cartilage exists in your knee (for example) how will the stem cells know to rebuild the cartilage?
7) Stem Cell Treatments Are Not ONLY an Alternative to Surgery
Is also a misconception that when you have orthopedic conditions you need to either choose surgery or regenerative medicine, such as stem cell therapy.
In MANY situations stem cell therapy is used to ensure a successful surgery. For example, if you have later stages of arthritis then surgery may be unavoidable. After your surgery you can use stem cell therapy to heal faster and more fully after the surgery.