In Utah, we are blessed with “the greatest snow on earth” and plenty of ski areas where we can enjoy the white stuff. Unfortunately, sometimes carving a path down the slopes can lead to injuries, and after years of skiing, you may have painful arthritis.
Of course, even if you’re not a skier, you may wind up with injuries and arthritis. Osteoarthritis is extremely common, affecting more than 27 million Americans.
The good news is we have some promising new treatments for people with joint pain. One we’re particularly excited about is stem cell therapy.
Although the treatment is not usually covered by insurance because it is relatively new and the kind of studies required for FDA approval take a long time to complete, some studies have shown good results. We’ve had patients at our clinics report dramatic reductions in pain and improved function after the treatments.
How stem cell treatment works
In this treatment we use the human body's stem cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. When stem cells are injected into areas of pain, they produce more cells, promoting healing and tissue repair.
We can use stem cells from two sources—from your own bone marrow or fat tissue or from allograft tissue. Allograft tissue means donated stem cells that come from placental tissue following a full-term pregnancy and scheduled Caesarean section. We do not use embryonic stem cells.
Stem cell therapy is a relatively simple outpatient procedure. If we’re using your own bone marrow cells, they will be harvested from your hip, prepared for reinjection, and then administered into the area to be treated.
We may recommend a follow-up treatment of platelet-rich plasma therapy to further aid in healing and pain relief.
What conditions does stem cell therapy treat?
Stem cell therapy has shown the most benefit for people with chronic pain from musculoskeletal conditions like degenerative disc disease, ACL tears, tennis elbow, golf elbow, and arthritis.
If you think you might benefit from stem cell therapy, please reach out to us at Southwest Spine and Pain Center.
Southwest Spine & Pain Centers is the leading spine and pain management group in Utah. The physicians of this multi-location practice are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions using leading minimally invasive techniques and procedures. For more information, or to schedule an appointment click here, or call 435-656-2424.