Stem cells have caught a lot of attention recently for having some encouraging results with minimal pain and almost no risk. While many people have had significant pain relief and healing thanks to stem cell therapy, patients may wonder about the safety of these treatments.
Regenerative medicine (such as stem cell therapy) is constantly being researched and data is being collected in an ongoing process to help predict results and effectiveness. FDA regulations for labs and operations are fairly new and are subject to change, and reports and data continue to develop the latest information and baselines.
The safety and health of patients are of utmost importance to doctors and other healthcare practitioners. Below, we discuss the safety and risk of stem cell therapy for patients.
Stem Cell Therapy Is Low-Risk
At Movement Orthopedics, because the stem cells are collected directly from the patient and not from outside donors, our stem cell therapy treatments are considered safe. The use of the patient’s own cells reduces the risk of an unwanted reaction or rejection.
The most common side effects that are reported by patients are temporary swelling and pain at the injection site. Stem cell therapy is minimally invasive since only a needle is used, so it does carry some basic risks – such as the risk of infection.
Are the Risks of Stem Cell Therapy Worth the Results?
If there are other, more conventional methods of providing a patient with pain relief and healing other than the minimally invasive technique used with stem cell therapy, the doctor may offer that suggestion first. But for many people who want to experience an enjoyable, pain-free lifestyle that allows them to live out their favorite activities, then stem cell therapy is usually worth the low level of risk it brings.
Most people who undergo stem cell therapy to:
- Help regrow needed cartilage cells
- Reduce inflammation in joints and in soft tissue
- Slow down cartilage degeneration
- Decrease pain
Factors That Cause Discrepancies in Stem Cell Therapy Results
There is no standard stem cell therapy treatment because the bodily makeup varies from one patient to the next. Since the treatment comes from the patient’s own body, it can be slightly unpredictable on how long healing may take, if at all.
There are various factors involved in stem cell treatments, such as the harvest site of the stem cells, how the stem cells are processed, how they’re delivered to the desired area, and more.
Stem Cell Center in Michigan
If you are currently living with chronic pain – especially caused by soft tissue damage or joint damage – be sure to contact our caring team at Movement Orthopedics today, and schedule an evaluation with our board-certified orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Carroll’s years of success in helping patients get back to their regular activities have helped the lives of hundreds of patients. Our team also has skilled nurse practitioners who specialize in orthopedic conditions.
To schedule your appointment, call us at (586) 436-3785 or complete our online appointment request form today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you enjoy a more pain-free, active lifestyle.