You have creaky knees, swollen shoulders, a stiff back and joint pain all over. Most people would go to their doctor and immediately expect a prescription for painkillers. After all, over 52 million people in the United States over 12 years old have used prescription drugs non-medically at one point in their lives. If you were experiencing severe pain from arthritis why wouldn’t you take prescription painkillers? Taking a pill every day is so simple! However, the side effects don’t make it worth it! Some side effects may include:
- Dry Mouth
- Respiratory Depression
I know most people don’t want to experience those side effects. In fact some side effects aren’t even as bad as the conditions they’re supposed to treat. I’d rather have mild knee pain than experience respiratory depression. What other options are there for people with arthritis?
Getting a massage from your favorite chiropractor can be a great alternative to taking expensive painkillers. We’ve all heard the negatives of painkillers and their ability to be destructive. The health benefits of massage therapy are varied but it’s still a great option for people who want to pitch the painkillers and take a more natural, almost regenerative route.
According to arthritis.org:
“Regular massage of muscles and joints, whether by a licensed therapist at a spa or by self-massage at home, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis, according to Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who’s conducted a number of studies on the benefits of massage, including on people with arthritis. In Field’s research and other recent studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms, regular use of the simple therapy led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.”
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According to the news clip above by CNN, massage therapy has helped many patients including Sandra. Sandra woke up one day with chronic pain in her hands and as it turns out she developed arthritis. She said the pain was so bad it changed her life in a negative way. She started receiving massage therapy and now her arthritis and her flare-ups are under control. Besides reducing the pain from arthritis, the massage also did a great job reducing stress for Sandra.
Massage therapy is a great alternative to painkillers because there are no negative side effects. Massage therapy will never cause you to have respiratory problems and will never cause you to become nauseous. However, massage therapy isn’t the only way to avoid painkillers and reduce arthritis pain.
Stem Cell Therapy
Another great alternative to painkillers is stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is the process of rebuilding your joint cartilage naturally with amniotic stem cells. For example, let’s say you have developed arthritis in your knees because you are 65 years old and your job for the past 30 years required you to use your knees. You have arthritis because you have worn away a lot of the cartilage in your knees. When you take advantage of stem cell therapy you inject new amniotic stem cells into your knee joint and the stem cells rebuild the cartilage in your knee. Since the cartilage in your knee is rebuilt you can now do all of the things you used to do when you had healthy knees. It almost sounds too good to be true. This is called regenerative medicine, or using your body to heal itself compared to joint replacement therapy such as knee replacement surgery.
Now, I’m sure you have a bunch of questions about this. Feel free to visit out FAQ page if you are looking for more in depth knowledge on stem cell therapy. Here are a few questions we get asked the most:
Where are the Stem Cells From?
The stem cells are donated from healthy mothers after a scheduled C-section. The stem cells themselves come from the amniotic sac or more specifically, the amniotic fluid. The stem cells are then taken to a FDA approved lab for inspection and are kept cold until needed.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for stem cell therapy?
If you have moderate degenerative joint pain you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the ability to transform into whatever cells they come in contact with and then they can multiply themselves. This is the process of rebuilding your joints. You need to have cartilage in your joints in order for stem cells to build off of.
What’s to be expected during the procedure?
The procedure itself is very simple. It is performed with the use of ultrasound guidance to precisely inject the stem cells in an exact location within the joint capsule. The area is disinfected and the stem cells are inserted with a special needle. A topical numbing agent is used to numb the area to support continued comfort during the injection. However, the injection is quick and relatively painless. You can expect to be in and out of the our facility within an hour
What is to be expected after the treatment?
One of the most important parts of Stem Cell Therapy is to follow the post-treatment guidelines. If you want to see the best results with the longest lasting benefit you will need to follow these recommendations:
- Rest as much as possible for the first 48 hours. You may work, but limit activity of affected area.
- You may experience increased pain for up to a week due to ceasing medications and the procedure itself.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatories for 48 hours after the procedure, but herbal supplements will be supplied to aid in proper joint nourishment after your treatment.
- You will want to be restricted to basic use of the joint for the first week.
- Range of Motion stretches will be given and can be performed daily (24 hours after procedure).
- After 1 week you may start walking (up to one mile) but NO jogging for 4 weeks.
- After 4 weeks you may resume light weightlifting at your local gym and light jogging (up to 1 mile).
- After 6 weeks, resume previous activities.
- Pay attention to your joints as you resume a normal lifestyle.
To learn more about stem cell therapy please contact the Stem Cell Professionals in York, Pa. We believe that quality of life comes first before all else. We may be able to help you avoid painful surgery and resume life before you experienced pain. Call a stem cell representative today!
- Susan Bernstein . Benefits of Massage [Blog Post] Retrieved from http:// http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/massage/massage-benefits.php