Cell therapy is a cutting-edge breakthrough in medical care. Cell therapy is changing the way we treat acute and chronic pain because these therapies can eliminate the need for major surgery. Instead of masking the pain with injection blocks or medication, cell therapy can help heal the damaged tissue at its source.
Therapy cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to replace dying cells and regenerate damaged tissue. A high concentration of these cells is obtained from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat tissues (adipose) or from a purified amnionic tissue. Our practice uses a sterile closed surgical process to obtain the cells. Once obtained, the cells are isolated with a specialized centrifuge and then injected into the painful area on the same day using special imaging to make sure the cells are placed exactly where they are needed.
Adult cells usually remain dormant unless they detect some kind of tissue injury. Then the ‘undifferentiated’ cells are called to areas of injury where they are capable of regenerating healthy cells. Sometimes our body’s own healing response is not enough. That’s when a concentrated source of cells is needed. Cell therapy obtains high concentrations of cells to create an environment for the body to heal itself without the need for medications or steroid injections. When cells are injected into an area of injury, they enable the body’s natural healing processes to be dramatically accelerated. The cells can stimulate the formation of many different types of tissue including cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissues.
Our physician at Pain Consultants of Michigan strongly believes that no one should have to live in pain. Our physician will take the time to educate patients about their conditions and their available treatment options so they can make the best decisions about their care. Patients will receive individualized treatment based on their specific needs to ensure the best possible outcome.
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If you have a painful injury that is not healing and would like to avoid major surgery or if you are currently only masking pain through injection therapy or medication, cell therapy may be right for you. Because these procedures are relatively new, they’re still not covered by most insurances. Our physician can meet with you to review your specific situation.
Each procedure usually takes less than one hour and is performed safely in our medical office. These therapies can relieve and heal the cause of pain without the risks or inconvenience of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays. Although vigorous activities such as running should be avoided for several weeks, most people return to their jobs the next day.