Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Pain Beverly, MA
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. While everyone has aches and pains from time to time, a 2010 study estimates that about 30% of Americans have chronic pain. That’s why it’s so important to understand your chronic pain treatment options and see if regenerative medicine in the form of stem cell therapy is right for you.
While narcotic medication is commonly used to treat this pain, heavy painkillers can cause addiction. A recent New York Times article described how opioid overdose caused 59,000 deaths in 2017, a 19% increase from the previous year. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and many of these are caused by opioid abuse.
Chronic pain is a huge contributor to opioid drug addiction because so few methods exist for treating it successfully. After spine, back, knee, and hip surgery many patients need opioid pain medications. Sadly, many surgeries are unsuccessful or require further painful and costly procedures—often with little or no successful pain management.
Stem cell therapy may be on the verge of changing that. Stem cell injections are fast, non-invasive, and non-surgical. They also contain no addictive ingredients or dangerous drugs.
That’s why we’re proud to offer regenerative medicine for chronic pain in the form of stem cell therapy. These stem cell injections stimulate your own damaged cells’ regenerative potential to eliminate your pain, reduce your inflammation, and restore your tissue. Ultimately, these injections for chronic pain could reduce the need for opioid medication prescriptions.
Chronic pain can have serious effects on your mental health and quality of life, but regenerative medicine may help. To discover how stem cell therapy may be able to reduce or eliminate your chronic pain, speak with a specialist today in Beverly by calling 781-927-7246 or contact North Shore Pain Management online.
What Causes Chronic Pain, and How Is It Diagnosed?
There are many different conditions that can cause chronic pain, such as:
- injuries like broken bones, sprains, or strains
- diseases that cause inflammation, like arthritis (joint inflammation) and tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons)
- conditions that cause nerve damage, like fibromyalgia (which causes muscle pain)
Overweight or obese people have a higher risk of chronic pain. Besides discomfort, chronic pain may also cause symptoms like fatigue, mood changes, and insomnia.
Since pain is subjective, diagnosing your pain will require asking questions about your pain, using imaging tests like x-rays and CT scans to search for conditions that may be causing the pain, and electrode machines to identify muscle or nerve issues.
How Can Mesenchymal Stem Cells Regenerate My Damaged Tissue?
Injured cells in your skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective joints send out signals. MSCs respond to those signals, migrate to the injured tissue, and release proteins that stimulate your own cells to begin regenerating.
Common chronic pain regions that are treated with stem cell therapy include the joints, the back, and the neck. Stem cells have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, which may also help reduce pain in conditions like tendinitis.
How Is Stem Cell Therapy Administered?
Regardless of where your chronic pain is, your regenerative specialist will most likely use x-rays to help pinpoint the regions that require regeneration. He or she will also clean and numb your skin to reduce infection and prevent any discomfort.
Once injected, the stem cells will release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines which then may:
- activate T-cells to secrete proteins
- open up your blood vessels and form new ones
- move cells out of your blood vessels and into the tissues surrounding them
- stimulate your cells to regenerate your tissue
- inhibit your inflammation
- regulate your immune system
As with all medical procedures, success rates of stem cell therapy will vary depending on your age, body type, genetics, injury severity, stress levels, follow up care, and other environmental factors.
Where Do Live Stem Cells Come From?
Processed umbilical cord blood of healthy newborns. If a pregnant woman scheduled for cesarean section decides that she does not want to keep and store her unborn child’s umbilical cord, she can sign an informed consent form and undergo a medical and social history review, along with a blood test. The new mother can be accepted as a donor if she meets all donor eligibility requirements.
The umbilical cord blood is collected in a sterile bag, sent to a lab, then processed within 48 hours using proprietary methods. A sample of the finished product is tested by an independent third-party lab for sterility. Only after all lab reports have passed the regulatory requirements can the umbilical cord stem cells be distributed.
Are Umbilical Cord Stem Cells FDA Approved?
The FDA recently confirmed there is only one registered and approved stem cell product on the market: umbilical cord blood-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells (blood-forming stem cells) used for certain indications. While there is enormous promise in stem cell therapies, and thousands of ongoing experiments trying to establish efficacy, stem cell treatments do not yet meet the FDA’s scientific approval standard.
Practitioners tapping into this enormous promise of stem cells for any therapeutic use must exercise their professional judgment and expertise. We urge anyone embarking on the use of stem cell therapies to consult the national health databases to evaluate current clinical trial information, and the FDA’s website on human tissue to get its current therapy evaluations.
In 2018 the FDA’s commissioner and research director reported that the agency will be incorporating some “new concepts for how small investigators and firms can seek and meet the approval standard for products through efficient expedited pathways.” You can keep up with the latest developments on the FDA’s website.
What Are the Side Effects of Stem Cell Injections?
As with any injection procedure, there is a small risk of bacterial infection (not associated with the product) and nerve damage. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or swelling at your injection site, or experience symptoms like fever, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting, seek emergency medical care right away.
Reserve Your Appointment Now
Chronic pain can cause a lot of stress and agitation, but stem cell therapy may help you regain your wellbeing. To learn more about our chronic pain treatment in Beverly, call 781-927-7246 or contact North Shore Pain Management online.