Are Stem Cells THE Solution to Chronic Pain?
If you suffer from pain, especially chronic pain, then you know the impact it can have on your life and your daily activities.
It is the holiday season, and pain like back pain, joint pain, and arthritis prevents many adults from being able to play with their children and grandchildren. Even to do simple activities like going for a walk or playing hide and seek.
If you or someone you love suffers from pain, then you are going to be very excited about this fascinating new research.
The purpose of this blog is to provide you with the very best information and research about stem cells and how you can use stem cells to improve your health, and this week we are focusing on how you can use stem cells to end your pain, even end your chronic pain.
AND, if you get the very best stem cell treatment to treat your specific type of pain, just one treatment could help regenerate tissue and cartilage and potentially end your pain forever.
3 Ways Stem Cells Are
Eliminating Chronic Pain
To start, knee pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain. Between 15-20% of American men and over 20% of American women suffer from knee pain.
As stated previously in this ebook, it is vitally important to receive stem cell treatments as early on in the injury phase as possible — this is especially true for knee and joint pain sufferers.
After your cells are harvested from your bone marrow or fat, your physician injects the cells precisely into your joint, ligament or tendon.
At that point, the cells will adjust inflammation and/or then divide and duplicate themselves and develop into different types of cells depending on the location into which they have been injected.
…Healing your damaged or problem area in the process.
However, for patients with a severe loss of cartilage or no cartilage at all, a cell-based injection is unlikely to create a new joint.
Renowned stem cell physician Dr. Miniaci reports on this by saying, “Severe loss of cartilage typically leads to bone erosion or bone deformity, so a cell-based injection is highly unlikely to work in terms of reversing those changes,” he says.
On a brighter note, even if there has been excessive degeneration, stem cells can improve your symptoms of pain and swelling.
“The earlier you can treat someone’s joint pain, the better chance this has of working, making it less painful for the patient, less inflamed, and improve their function.”
Because of this, our advice is consider looking to stem cells first before a more intense procedure like a full knee or related joint replacement.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)
Believe it or not, stem cells may even be helpful in treating traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) as well.
A review of the literature shows that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are helpful in treating TBIs because they don’t elicit an immune response when injected, and they are good anti-inflammatory agents at the site of injury.
Whether or not MSCs are effective in regenerating damaged brain tissue after TBIs is yet to be shown in the research.
Based on current research, MSCs can be helpful after brain injury to reduce inflammation. Future research may show that MSCs become new brain tissue or help regenerate tissue.
One researcher, Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D. has been researching cell therapy for neurological disease in pre-clinical and clinical trials for more than two decades.
One of his more recent studies have shown that autologous stem cell therapy after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is safe and reduces the therapeutic intensity requirements of neurocritical care.
His theory is that stem cells will assist to alleviate the body’s inflammatory response to the trauma.
To support this theory, researchers enrolled 25 patients in a dose-escalation format with five controls followed by five patients in each of three different doses followed by five more controls for a total of 25.
The procedure was as follows:
- Bone marrow harvesting,
- Cell processing and
- Re-infusion occurred within 48 hours after injury.
According to Dr. Cox and the researchers conducting this procedure,
“…despite the treatment group having greater injury severity, there was structural preservation of critical regions of interest that correlated with functional outcomes and key inflammatory cytokines were down-regulated after bone marrow cell infusion.”
In conclusion, stem cells assisted in relieving inflammation to help these test subjects decrease overall trauma in the brain and aide in the repair of damaged cells.
Many patients who have suffered with back pain are saying that stem cell treatments were very helpful to them.
For example, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus was plagued with chronic back pain. He would often get cortisone shots, which temporarily relieved pain by reducing inflammation.
Jack Nicklaus happily reports that his stem cell treatment was more effective than anything else he has tried. He had an adipose-derived MSC treatment.
But what does the research show? MSC treatments were shown effective in rabbits with injured discs in their backs.
This area of research is relatively new, and there are not a lot of human trials regarding using stem cells to treat back pain. A review of the back pain literature suggests stem cells could be an effective treatment, but more research is needed.
No research was found to show that stem cell treatments are harmful to back pain. In fact, no research has been found to show stem cell treatments, when done correctly using approved techniques, have any dangers or any long-lasting side-effects.
Though the FDA is “cracking down” on certain stem cell treatments to “protect patients”, the article provided no specific evidence or specific incidences of any dangers or negative side-effects, either short term or long term, of stem cell treatments.
To dive deeper into a specific study supporting this claim, we look at a case where a total of 26 patients (11 male, 15 female, aged 18-61 years) were suffering with chronic lower back pain. Each subject’s Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and VAS pain score average was 56.5 % and 80.1 mm (0-100), respectively.
Patients were evaluated clinically prior to treatment and at three, six, 12 and 24 months.
Here’s what they found…
Of 26 patients, 24 (92 %) avoided surgery through 12 months, while 21 (81 %) avoided surgery through two years.
Of the 21 surviving patients, the average ODI and VAS scores were reduced to 19.9 and 27.0 at three months and sustained to 18.3 and 22.9 at 24 months, respectively (p ≤ 0.001).
Twenty patients had a follow-up MRI at 12 months, of whom eight had improved by at least one Pfirrmann grade, while none of the discs worsened.
Total and rate of pain reduction were linked to mesenchymal stem cell concentration through 12 months. Only five of the 26 patients elected to undergo surgical intervention (fusion or artificial disc replacement) by the two year milestone.
The final conclusion — this study provides evidence of safety and feasibility in the non-surgical treatment of discogenic pain with autologous BMC, with durable pain relief (71 % VAS reduction) and ODI improvements (> 64 %) through two years.
- Stem cells have shown to be safe and effective for treating pain
- Specifically, stem cells can help treat knee pain, back pain, migraines and nerve pain like diabetic nerve pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Adult Stem Cells from bone marrow, fat, and umbilical cord have been used effectively to treat pain
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS YOU ARE PROBABLY ASKING
There are so many treatment options, and so many studies and research about stem cells, you are probably wondering…
- Which stem cell treatment is right for YOU?
- Stem cells from fat or stem cells from bone marrow?
- Stem cells from umbilical cord tissue, or cord blood?
- A local injection to treat your pain, or a systemic treatment for your whole body?
To help you answer these very important questions, we created a brand new eBook,
The Pain Relieving Miracle: The Comprehensive Guide to Using Stem Cells to Treat Pain.
This new eBook is FILLED with cutting-edge research on stem cells, how stem cells are used to treat pain, especially chronic pain, joint pain, and nerve pain, and everything you need to know to get the best stem cell treatment for you so you can end your pain now.
To your health,
The Healing Miracle Team
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