It’s the question that everyone wants to know. We’ve all heard about stem cell therapy by now and we’ve all heard mixed reviews. After all, since stem cell treatments came available in the recent years it seems like some clinics will try to treat everything with stem cells, even male baldness.
With stem cells being used for so many different purposes it’s hard to tell exactly if stem cells are working or not.
This blog mentions an article in the Men’s Journal that talks about stem cell treatments exploding in popularity over the recent months.
The article mentions, “The promise of stem cells is nothing new — academics have been studying them in animal models and human trials for more than 20 years. But starting in the last decade, clinical stem cell pioneers like Dr. Christopher Centeno, the founder of the Colorado-headquartered Regenexx (working with bone marrow) and Lander (working with fat) began taking the cells out of the lab and putting them into patients for money — anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000 per procedure — for investigational therapies that insurance wouldn’t cover.”
That’s correct, at this time insurance does not cover this treatment. However, people are willing to pay $12,000 if the treatment works and if the treatment successfully helps them avoid surgery.
Pros and Cons
Let’s talk about surgery. A knee replacement surgery requires a patient to have the top of their shinbone and the bottom of their femur sawn off, removing the entire knee joint. Then a prosthetic joint is put in place. If that doesn’t sound bad enough you’ll also have to take off work for months, go through physical therapy, rehabilitation, and you’ll lose your mobility for up to 6 months.
No, let’s talk about stem cell therapy. If you qualify for stem cell therapy you come to the facility, stem cells are injected into the knee and you walk out that day. In fact, you walk out 30 minutes later. No surgery, no anesthetics, and no pain. Just a simple injection of stem cells.
The Truth About Stem Cells
The article mentions that stem cell therapy for joints had the highest success rate. This means that if you are going to opt for stem cell therapy then you have the best chances of success if you are a patient with knee pain or hip pain.
“To answer stem cell critics, he points to recent well-conducted trials in which patients who received knee arthroscopy and a stem cell injection experienced less pain and better outcomes, two years post surgery, than patients who had the arthroscopy alone. And in a recently published study by Centeno, no major safety issues turned up in more than 2,000 patients.”
This proves that stem cell therapy is an effective treatment alone or as an addition to other treatments. Also, since stem cells are naturally occurring there are know possible side effects.
The article also explains that the best way to manage your pain and to avoid surgery is to talk to a stem cell therapist before it’s too late. Too many people wait until they are immobile and then stem cells won’t be able to help.
Joseph Hooper (Feb 28, 2017). Does Stem Cell Therapy Actually Work?
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