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Our bodies are composed of billions of different, specialized cells. Each one has its own role to fill in our organs, tendons, joints, muscles, etc. Stem cells are unspecialized. They will divide to produce more stem cells but do not take on a specialized task. Under certain conditions, however, stem cells can be induced into becoming a tissue-specific, specialized cell.

Somatic stem cells, or adult stem cells, are unspecialized cells that are found throughout the body, inside tissue and organs. These cells exist to produce more cells. They aid your body by regenerating damaged tissue and replenishing dying cells.

WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY?

Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical option for repairing internal damage by replenishing or replacing old tissue. A patient has a sample of their adult stem cells extracted, cleansed in a laboratory, and then injected back into the impacted area of their body. The injection process usually takes less than one hour.

As the stem cells come from your body, there is no risk of rejection. They have always belonged in your body so your immune system does not take issue with them, despite their new placement.

HOW DO STEM CELLS HELP WITH MY ARTHRITIS PAIN?

When tissues are worn down over time or suddenly traumatized, your natural configuration of stem cells isn’t enough to match the breakdown of injured tissue. The regeneration process is slower than the degenerative process. An ineffectual recovery may result in weaker internal structures, decreased function or chronic pain.

Injecting stem cells into the impacted area advances your body’s natural healing process by greatly increasing the regenerative abilities that specific location. Depending on your condition, improvement appears between 2 to 4 weeks.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN STEM CELL THERAPY TREAT?

Stem cell therapy can aid with:

  1. Osteoarthritis
  2. Hip Pain
  3. Knee Pain
  4. Degenerative Disc Disease
  5. Rotator Cuff Tear/Tendinosis

Is there a long recovery time?

Unlike surgical options, stem cell therapy has minimal recovery time. It is an outpatient procedure and most patients walk out of the clinic without assistance. Low impact activities are encouraged immediately after the treatment. In 4 to 6 weeks, full impact activities are allowed.

Still not sure about stem cell therapy? Listen to our Patient Stories and see how treatment improved the lives of our patients.

This Article Originally Appeared on stemcellorthopedicinstituteoftexas.com