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Understanding Stem Cell Rejuvenation Therapy

By Steven Cook

Suffering any kind of illness or impairment to your skeletal system can be devastating to your everyday normal routine. You may struggle with getting out of bed, taking a shower, or even putting on your own clothing without needing pain relief or help from someone else. Even more, your physician until recently might have had few options for treating your pain and stiffness. You may have become almost entirely reliant on over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers. Now, however, doctors in orthopedic medicine can relieve pain and help patients more with treatments like stem cell rejuvenation therapy.

This therapeutic approach to improving one's range of mobility and physical functions involves the use of cells that are harvested from a patient's own blood or bone marrow. Before the procedure begins, the doctor will take a sample of blood or marrow directly from the patient. This sample will then go through a centrifugal process to separate the cells.

Once the cells are removed from the marrow or blood sample, they are then combined with other ingredients like saline solution or steroids before they are injected directly into your body. The area where the doctor injects them will correlate with your impairment or illness. Some of the most common areas are the knees, ankles, shoulders, neck, and lower back.

Before the injections are put in, the physician may use a numbing agent to prevent you from feeling any sensation. Without this agent, the injections could be painful. When the last injection is finished, your nurse will observe you for a few hours to watch for signs of distress like bleeding or pain. You could be discharged and permitted to go home to rest within a few hours after your treatment is finished.

Most patients go on to recover quickly and without any complications at all. Still, their success depends greatly on their overall physical condition and the absence of illnesses that could impede their recuperation. Despite being taken from your own body, the cells cannot be given to women who are expecting or nursing a baby, for instance.

Likewise, patients are required not to suffer from underlying conditions that could complicate their recoveries. These conditions range from high blood pressure to heart disease and diabetes as well as bleeding disorders like hemophilia. If you have these illnesses, you may be denied for treatment and instead advised to consider other procedures.

This overall good health extends to your mental and emotional capacities as well. It is likely that you will be totally cured with the injections. You may notice rapid improvement in the range of motion you have as well as the amount of pain you experience each day. Still, you will continue to suffer from conditions like MS or osteoarthritis despite the procedure. Your physician will expect you to acknowledge this fact before approving you for treatment.

Even so, stem cell therapy might provide a way for you to regain your former youthful vigor and movement. You will be required to meet certain candidacy criteria weeks or months prior to the treatment. These qualifications ensure the best chances of your recovery with fewer complications.

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