Regenerative Medicine Therapy at West Knoxville Chiropractic and Medical
Stem cell therapy, or regenerative therapy, is growing in popularity and for good reason. Our staff at West Knoxville Chiropractic and Medical wants you to know about regenerative therapy and how we decide if stem cell therapy is right for you.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are somatic cells, or essentially "blank" cells that the body hasn't yet decided what type of cells they will be. Stem cells can become any type of tissue, such as blood, bone, nerves, muscle, liver, skin, and more.
What Is Regenerative Therapy?
Regenerative therapy has been a medical treatment for decades, and many treatments fall under this umbrella. For example, blood transfusions and organ transplants are both forms of regenerative therapy. More recently, however, physicians are discovering the benefits of using stem cells in regenerative applications.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
The basis of stem cell therapy involves taking stem cells from an area of the body that has plenty and injecting them into the area where pain, discomfort, and/or a limited range of motion exists. Stem cell therapy can help regenerate tissue around joints like knees, shoulders, and hips, and can be an excellent treatment for injuries and arthritis, among other conditions.
The cells attach themselves to existing cartilage and start to grow new cartilage -- something that no other medical treatment has been able to achieve thus far. When patients are able to grow new cartilage, they can help prevent future surgeries like hip and knee replacements.
Bone marrow and fat stem cells are the most commonly used, although fat stem cells are typically used more frequently. Bone marrow stem cells take longer to harvest and yield just 24,000-80,000 stem cells. Fat stem cells, on the other hand, can be obtained from the body in just 5 minutes, and only three tablespoons of fat contains 100 million stem cells. Additionally, bone marrow stem cells decrease with age whereas fat stem cells do not.
Risks of Stem Cell Therapy
There are few to no side effects of stem cell therapy. Minor irritation at the injection site is common while bruising and discomfort is less common. This type of therapy is a natural treatment, and since the stem cells are taken from your own body, there is no risk of rejection of the organic material. There's no downtime and you can return to work immediately after receiving an injection.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?
Stem cell therapy is a promising new treatment with few side effects. Learn more about stem cell therapy today from the experienced staff at West Knoxville Chiropractic! Call us now at (865) 287-5904 to schedule your appointment with our experienced chiropractor for a stem cell therapy consultation. Serving Knoxville, TN, and surrounding areas.