• Amniotic Stem Cell Injections: A Game-Changer for Joint Pain

    on May 29th, 2018

Healthy, injury-free joints make it possible for you to enjoy full range of motion and move through your day with ease. While your joints may be built with incredible strength and reliable functionality, they’re also complex, which means they’re susceptible to injury and the kind of degenerative conditions that come from everyday wear and tear.

Although osteoarthritis is the one of the leading reasons for chronic joint pain, any part of a joint — including its cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments, or muscles — can be affected by a condition or injury that causes pain, including ligament tears, nerve impingement, tendonitis, and bursitis, to name a few.

Mild joint pain may cause discomfort only when you use the affected joint, but severe joint pain can prevent you from using your joint altogether. Although physical therapy and anti-inflammatory pain relievers can do wonders for mild-to-moderate joint pain, many adults affected by severe or persistent joint pain find themselves having to choose between steroid injections and surgery.

Fortunately, the future of medicine has arrived, and it’s a game-changer for joint pain. If you suffer from chronic joint pain, read on to find out how amniotic stem cell injections can help.

The lowdown on stem cells

Stem cells can be found in many of the organs and tissues of your body, including your brain, bone marrow, peripheral blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscle, skin, teeth, heart, gut, and liver. They also reside in ovarian tissue and the testis.

At first glance, stem cells may not seem all that amazing — after all, besides helping maintain the tissues they reside in, they usually remain dormant, or nondividing.

All that changes when you sustain some type of injury or trauma, which signals your stem cells and calls them into action. Once they’ve been awakened, they head straight to the damaged area and transform themselves into the same type of cell that’s been injured, to help speed up the healing process.

As undifferentiated cells, stem cells can take on virtually any form and perform a wide range of healing functions. They can transform into ligament tissue, for example, and help heal a ligament tear. They can also heal muscle, tendon, cartilage, and bone tissue.

Amniotic stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is a cutting-edge, noninvasive approach to joint pain that acts to decrease inflammation and promote healing. It’s been successfully used to treat a wide range of painful joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

The treatment involves injecting a high concentration of stem cells into an injured or damaged joint to foster healing. Although stem cells can be harvested from a patient's’ own body, we use amniotic stem cells at Enhanced Medical Centers.  

Amniotic stem cell therapy uses stem cells from amniotic fluid, the protective liquid that surrounds a baby in utero. This fluid, which is normally discarded as medical waste in routine Cesarean births, is rich in stem cells, growth factors, hormones, and signaling molecules that stimulate healing.

It’s also rich in hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricant that helps decrease inflammation. As an anti-inflammatory therapy, amniotic stem cell injections help provide pain relief.

But the real magic lies in how the treatment works with your body’s healing mechanisms to heal and repair your joint in the days and weeks following treatment. As the stem cells work to restore degenerated tissues, you can expect to experience long-term or even permanent pain relief.

A brief word on safety

The amniotic fluid used in amniotic stem cell therapy is provided by consenting, qualified donors who have had C-section births. All amniotic stem cell donations go through a rigorous screening process set up by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Even without this rigorous screening process, amniotic stem cell therapy is fundamentally safe and carries almost no threat of patient rejection. That’s because amniotic stem cells are biologically neutral, meaning they carry no DNA, and it isn’t possible to contract any type of illness from the donor.

If you’d like to find out how amniotic stem cell therapy can help you, call our office in Tempe, Arizona, or use the convenient online tool to schedule an appointment.

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