When it comes to pain management, stem cell therapies offer promising benefits for repairing damaged tissue and helping you recover naturally. Here at Gramercy Pain Center, we’re delighted to provide stem cell treatment to anyone who’s looking for long-term relief from chronic pain.
Our team of professional doctors can use stem cell transplant to help manage your specific chronic condition or promote injury rehabilitation without the need for major surgery. By using your healthy stem cells, we can naturally increase your body’s healing properties and improve your pain symptoms so you can reclaim a higher quality of life.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, injuries, and other debilitating conditions, schedule an appointment with our specialist in any of our locations. We can assess your condition and discuss in detail how stem cell therapy can be beneficial for you.
Stem cell based therapies are a popular form of regenerative medicine that uses human stem cells to stimulate the natural healing response of the body to repair damaged tissue. Stem cells have unique features which make them advantageous for therapeutic and reparative treatments.
Some of the reasons why they are widely used in regenerative medicine today are:
When used for interventional pain management and injury treatment, stem cells help reduce inflammation around the affected tissue, improve wound healing, and stimulate regeneration to speed up the recovery of damaged ligaments, bones, cartilages, and tendons.
With the commitment to providing innovative treatments for pain relief, our team at Gramercy Pain Center is also actively involved in stem cell research and how it can help manage chronic pain conditions and other musculoskeletal disorders. We can recommend stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery and use it to address different pain symptoms and enhance your physical wellbeing.
The stem cells used for regenerative medicine can come from different sources in the body. They are typically classified into three common forms:
Also known as somatic stem cells, these unspecialized cells have the ability to renew and replace damaged tissues. They can be found in different tissues in the body such as the umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, liver, teeth, skin, muscle, and brain. Adult stem cell can be further identified into several types such as the hematopoietic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells, skin stem cells, and epithelial stem cells.
In disease treatment and pain management, the most common stem cell type that can be used are hematopoietic stem cells. They’re widely used in bone marrow transplant procedures and can also be used in cancer treatments.
This cell type is derived from unused or early-stage embryos. Embryonic stem cells are usually a result of an in vitro fertilization procedure where the eggs are combined with sperm. They are also identified as pluripotent stem cells which means that they can divide into one or more cells in the body.
Induced pluripotent or IPS cells are created from adult stem cells that have been genetically reprogrammed to become embryonic stem cells. They are the type of cells that are produced in a laboratory and they also have the capacity to develop into any form of cell. IPS cells are still relatively new and require more research and clinical trial uses to support its benefits for cellular therapy, pain management, and regenerative medicine.
With its self-renewing and natural regenerative properties, stem cells are considered a versatile treatment and can be used to complement physical therapy for enhanced recovery and long-term pain relief from various injuries and chronic conditions.
Here at Gramercy Pain Center, we can use stem cell therapies to alleviate your discomfort from different conditions such as:
Any traumatic accident that causes damage to the discs, ligaments, or vertebrae in your spinal column can lead to severe pain and muscle weakness. Having a stem cell transplant may help regulate inflammation and vascularization to improve the supply of nutrients and oxygen which can support spinal cord repair.
A torn rotator cuff is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries that can limit your range of motion and cause persistent shoulder pain. We can use mesenchymal stem cells derived from the bone marrow to induce healing in the injured rotator cuff. This can regenerate new tissue to lessen pain and restore optimal shoulder function.
Stem cell treatment can also help in addressing joint issues such as arthritis and osteoarthritis. We can apply mesenchymal stem cells to the diseased joints to control inflammation, manage pain, and regenerate new and healthy cartilage.
Nerve injuries and disorders can be difficult to reverse and will likely require surgery to improve its symptoms. Stem cell therapy offers a promising outcome in repairing nerve damage and promoting tissue regeneration to restore good function.
This is a chronic disease where the body’s immune system attacks the spinal cord, brain, and optic nerve. This can cause symptoms of numbness, tingling, muscle spasms, and general weakness. Stem cell therapies can potentially manage its symptoms and prevent it from worsening by introducing healthy cells and supporting the immune system.
Anyone who’s interested in having the stem cell treatment should first have a consultation with one of our physicians. It’s important to have a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, and general health to ensure that you are a good fit for the therapy. Once our doctor clears you for the treatment, here’s what you can expect for the procedure:
The treatment session will begin by harvesting the blood stem cells either from your own body or a donor’s body. We can perform a minimally invasive extraction procedure to get the stem cells from your blood or bone marrow. We may also collect the stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood.
In most cases, the blood or bone marrow samples are placed in a centrifuge to separate and get an ideal concentration of stem cells that will be effective for tissue repair and regeneration.
Once the stem cells are ready, we can proceed with the injection to the injured areas. Before the injection, we can apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment sites to minimize your pain and discomfort.
Our doctors will then carefully place the stem cell injections to the damaged joints and tissues. In treating the spine, we may use guided ultrasound imaging or fluoroscopic X-ray to accurately and safely deliver the stem cell injection to the injured areas.
The entire stem cell procedure can take anywhere from two to four hours. After the treatment, you may feel some pain and swelling where the stem cells were collected and injected. You may expect to have a few days of downtime before you can completely return to your normal activities.
The main purpose of stem cell treatment is to restore healthy body functions and slow down degeneration by naturally repairing tissues and regenerating new cells. Additionally, stem cell therapies offer a novel solution to pain relief without relying on medications or surgical intervention.
Stem cell treatment is minimally invasive so there’s no risk for surgical scarring and complications. Most stem cell therapies are also autologous which reduces the possibility of allergic reactions and other adverse effects.
Most stem cell patients report noticing improvements in pain reduction within several weeks from their initial treatment. It can also provide long-lasting relief with minimal need for frequent or follow-up stem cell injections.
While anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers are effective for managing pain, they may not be a safe option for long-term use. These medications can only conceal your pain symptoms for a period of time and may have serious side effects when used excessively. Stem cell treatments can address the root of your chronic pain and reduce your dependence on medications.
Don’t let chronic pain take control of your life when you can get better physically with the help of our professional team at Gramercy Pain Center. Our board-certified physicians are equipped with the best practices in physical therapy and advanced pain management procedures to help reduce your discomfort and improve your overall quality of life.
At Gramercy Pain Center, our friendly staff will make sure to attend to your needs to provide you with the best care and experience in our center. All our treatments can also be customized according to your specific symptoms and disorders. Aside from stem cell therapies, we can treat your pain with any of the following procedures:
A: Since it’s a non-surgical procedure, the common side effects that you can expect from a stem cell procedure are swelling, bruising, tenderness, and localized pain in the injection sites. These are all temporary and will resolve within a few days.
A: The frequency of stem cell injections will depend on the extent of your symptoms. Some patients with minor sports injuries can already experience pain relief in one to two treatments. Meanwhile, individuals with severe joint problems or osteoarthritis damage may require multiple treatments. During the consultation, our doctor will discuss in detail the recommended stem cell treatment plan for your condition.
A: You may need to wait for at least a month before you can feel the effects of stem cell therapy. Most patients can notice improvements in their physical condition after 4 to 6 weeks and it can continue to improve as the injections gradually work to heal and regenerate the damaged tissues. Stem cell treatments can remain effective for about a year or longer. You may inquire about additional injections with our doctor to maintain its positive effects.
From chronic pain management to injury rehabilitation, you can trust our team at Gramercy Pain Center to provide you with the best treatment for your needs. With our effective interventional pain solutions and procedures, we can help you get out of pain in no time so you can continue to enjoy the activities that you love and finish your tasks without difficulty.
Call us today or book an appointment online to know more about stem cell therapies and inquire about other possible treatments for your condition.