When it comes to Stem Cell Therapy the phrase “Stem Cell” seems to throw up a huge red flag for a lot of people. This is completely understandable. Stem Cell research is fairly new and a lot of people have never even heard of Stem Cell Therapy.
Stem Cell Treatments
Before one decides on stem cell therapy they should research the treatment they are considering, then research some more. Stem cell treatments are exciting and show much promise in the healthcare world, but it is not a magic cure for everything. In fact, many conditions are not considered viable conditions for the procedure at the present time, but overly optimistic and wishful patients suffering from many diseases are desperate to find a magic cure. Match this with clinics (mostly in other countries) looking to make a fortune at the expense of naive patients and it makes for a terrible outcome. To fully understand, one must first understand what stem cells are and what they aren’t.
Stem cells are new, immature cells the body creates to enable the body to grow, repair, and heal. These cells are able to convert into almost any type of cell, determined by the bodies need. They can be put into many categories, but for our purpose to simplify things they are divided into two main types, adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are stem cells of a grown person, and embryonic stem cells are cells of an undeveloped embryo that has yet to develop into a person as we know one to be. Stem cells being used in the US are adult stem cells taken from the fat or bone marrow of the patient being treated. This can be very painful and has limitations due to the amount that is able to be extracted. The viability of the cells can also be questioned due to the health and age of the patient. Many patients are over 60 years old and have less viable stem cells than that of a healthy 25 year old. The other treatment being used in the US is amniotic stem cell therapy. In this treatment, stem cells are extracted from the amniotic fluid donated by healthy cesarian child births. The amount of stem cells are typically much higher, and it is much less invasive for the patient. Both stem cell treatments have benefits and draw backs, but amniotic stem cells have shown to have higher value in treating specific conditions.
Fully understanding that stem cells have limitations, and they can only do so much is crucial to getting expected results. Degenerative joint conditions have been very successful treatments if the patient exhibits mild to moderate osteo-arthritis. Some soft tissue conditions such as tendonitis and bursitis have been treated successfully along with mild tears in tenons and ligaments with stem cell therapy. Many professional athletes are getting stem cells during surgery to improve healing, and dermatologists are utilizing stem cells to rejuvenate the skin. More serious and systemic conditions such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus, stroke, and many more are yet to be determined successful.
Another key to positive results is proper placement of the cells into the damaged area so they can interact with damaged or degenerative cells. Ultrasonic imaging and x-rays are typically used during the injection at most recommended clinics to ensure the cells are placed properly.
Many countries around the world are experimenting using stem cells for a wide range of things, but the laws in the U.S. are much more strict. Many people are traveling abroad to get stem cell injections for many conditions not treated in the U.S. It’s too often not beneficial and many times un-safe to travel to undeveloped countries for medical services.
The future is now and stem cell therapy has changed my life a few moths ago. I was skeptic, but I was also looking for an answer rather than getting a knee replacement. As technology improves the cost of the procedure has come down significantly, so I decided to get the injection. It was relatively painless and I felt some improvement within 48 hours. After two weeks there was a noticeable improvement in my range of motion and much less pain. It has been 3 months, and I am very happy with the results and very glad I went ahead with the procedure. But I didn’t have unreal expectations.
Stem Cell treatments have been around for decades in one form or another. Bone marrow transplants are a form of stem cell therapy, and it first started in the late fifties for the treatment of cancer patients. Stem cells from donor’s bone marrow is transplanted into cancer patients. It has saved thousands of cancer patients over the last 50 plus years.
Until late, stem cell therapy was not studied or explored for minor aliments such as arthritis or joint pain. In the last few years, many professional athletes have had stem cell treatments instead of getting surgery. Many received stem cells during surgery to increase the recover period. Wealthy individuals have also been receiving stem cell treatments for conditions such as: joint degeneration, bursitis, tendonitis, and many other aliments. With the influx of interest and continued research, the cost of stem cell therapy has been going down more and more. Treatments that were initially over $50,000 have been reduced to less than $5000. In 2010 less than 100 clinics were offering stem cell treatments in the United States, now more that 1000 are performing stem cell therapy.
Stem Cell Professionals in York, PA is now making it affordable and convenient for local residents to receive stem cell therapy for degenerative joint conditions. Dr. Susan Arnoult, MD is the medical director of Stem Cell Professionals, and she is very excited at the endless possibilities stem cell therapy brings. Patients needing knee, shoulder, or hip replacement surgery now have a viable alternative to surgery. Many elderly patients are not eligible for joint replacement surgery due to medical risks, but now they may be perfect candidates for the stem cell therapy. Patients are examined and screened to determine if they may be viable candidates for the procedure. It is much more affordable and with no down time compared to joint replacement surgery. Rather than traveling across the county to California or to another country, stem cell therapy is now made affordable in York, PA.
Stem Cell Professionals in York, PA is the first medical center in York, Pennsylvania to offer the nation’s most advanced, non-surgical stem cell treatments for knee conditions, including injuries to the knee meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament, MCL, knee cartilage and degenerative arthritis. Surgery has been the only option in York, PA until now for most conditions related to the knee. Stem Cell therapy may eliminate most invasive procedures, ranging from arthroscopic knee surgery to total knee joint replacement. Surgery is very costly and has associated risks such as infection, anesthesia reactions, and more. Surgeries typically requires months of rehabilitation, time off work, and surgery is very costly. Stem Cell Therapy is minimally invasive regenerative treatments, and it may help resolve knee pain with a same day procedures. Avoid lengthy downtime and rehabilitation typically associated with invasive surgeries. If you are considering knee surgery and you live in York, Harrisburg, or Lancaster Pa, please give us a call. It’s your choice and your body.
Stem Cell therapy procedures are becoming more and more common in the United States. Many people do not realize many forms of stem cell treatments has been used in cancer treatments for decades (bone marrow transplants), and even burn victim treatments have used forms of stem cells in their treatments.
As our population ages, we degenerate. Our joints are typically the first to become worn. Hips, knees and even the spine wear and degenerate with age. Modern medicine has accomplished very little at preventing it, and not a lot more at treating degenerative joint disease. Costly surgeries are the most popular choice, but with lengthy rehab and risks associated with any surgery, most people want an alternative. The average annual medical deductible is now over $1000 per year, and time off work adds to the price of any surgery.
Stem Cell treatments are replacing traditional orthopaedic surgeries in many cases. Once a trained medical doctor determine you are a viable candidate for treatment, it is quite simple. One injection into the area is typically all that is needed. No anesthesia is used, so the risk associated with anesthesia is completely eliminated. There is no down time, and no repeat visits to the doctor or hospital.
If you suffer from arthritis, chronic joint pain, chronic tendonitis or bursitis, and you are tired of harmful cortisone injections give Stem Cell Professionals a call. If you are considering joint replacement surgery, PLEASE call us or schedule a FREE consultation. Our medical staff is honest and will determine if you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy is NOT for everyone, and it is not a magic cure. It’s an exciting new treatment option for specific conditions and does not completely eliminate the need for all surgeries. Call us and find out if stem cell treatments are right for you.
One of the main reasons a person has painful joints and why people are at risk of needing costly surgery for their joints is because of years of wear and tear. Like anything else in life, if proper maintenance and care are not provided the lifespan of the neglected object greatly decreases and degenerates. Athletes are no exception to this rule. In fact Athletes endure some of the worst damage to their bodies, particularly their bones and joints. This is why it’s very common for a retired athlete to have chronic knee pain due to injuries that have degenerated the joint.
Athletes taking advantage of Stem Cell Therapy is becoming increasingly common everyday. In fact one of the most famous examples of a pro athlete using stem cell therapy is Peyton Manning. Peyton was put through a number of serious hits and the constant trauma eventually led to him not being able to throw. In fact Peyton had to sit out for an entire season to try and rehabilitate his injured neck.
Attempt after attempt with traditional medicine and therapy didn’t help the quarterback so Peyton tried stem cell therapy. He had Stem Cells injected into his neck to heal his nerves and the disc. Soon after the treatment he began to feel better and his career was back on track. In no time Peyton Manning was throwing again!
Stories like this are appearing all over the United States. Football players aren’t the only people who take advantage of Stem Cell therapy. Soccer players, hockey players, baseball players and many other athletes, as well as many other people, males and females alike, are starting to see the positive results that can take place through Stem Cell Therapy.
Relatively Speaking, Stem Cell Research and particularly the use of Stem Cell Therapy is a new advancement in the Medical Industry. Like many new subjects there are naysayers who don’t understand the process who created a stigma to the term “Stem Cell”. Here’s some common myths regarding Stem Cells that have been busted!
Myth#1. Stem Cells can only come from Embryos.
FALSE. In fact stem cells can be taken from amniotic fluid, adult tissues, bone marrow, the placenta, umbilical cords, regions of the nose and even fat from liposuctions treatment. At Stem Cell Professionals, we use only stem cells obtained from donated amniotic fluid drained prior to C-section childbirths.
Myth #2. Religions are against Stem Cell Research.
Ture/False. There are many sectors of Stem Cell Research which include, but are not limited to, umbilical cord stem cell research, amniotic fluid stem cell research, stem cell research from adults, stem cell research from miscarriages, and embryonic stem cell research. The church only disapproves of one form of research, specifically embryonic stem cell research, and Stem Cell Professionals do NOT use embryonic stem cells.
Myth#3. Embryonic stem cell research uses aborted fetuses.
False. There is no connection between human embryonic stem cells and abortion. It’s conclusive that embryonic stem cell research is impossible once the human embryo has implanted itself in the uterus.
When it comes to athletes everyone wants to perform at optimum performance. Especially extremely competitive, NFL players like Oakland Raiders, Rolando McClain. In 2010 Al Davis envisioned McClain to be an impact player after he was the No. 8 overall pick that year. However, Rolando wasn’t performing as Al Davis originally imagined. Rolando McClain said a majority of the performance issues were due to his knee that was “killing him”. As an athlete, going under surgery, months of healing and recovery could mean an entire career at stake. It could be the end of the road for years of hard work.
Not seeing surgery as an option Rolando McClain decides to undergo Non Invasive Stem Cell Therapy. He had to address his horrible knee pain in some way and non invasive therapy was his only choice.
After a few treatments Rolando said he can now sprint with little to no pain at all and that he “Feels a lot better”.
For many people like Rolando, surgery isn’t an option. With healthcare becoming increasingly expensive people can’t afford the surgery and can’t afford to take off work for six months. For people who work but don’t have sick leave how can you continue to pay the bills without work? If you are like many people who can’t afford the downtime surgery requires you owe it to yourself to speak with a Stem Cell Professional and to continue your life.