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Frequently Asked Questions about Stem Cell Therapy
Are there any ethical issues with adult stem cell therapy?
No, there are no discussions of ethics revolving around adult stem cell therapy. Adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells differ in some key ways; one being, of course, that adult stem cells do not have the potential to develop into a human being. We also only use your own stem cells for the treatment, so we are not sourcing them from anywhere else.
What are some good reasons to look into adult stem cell therapy?
Adult stem cell therapy is an emerging but effective treatment for everything ranging from neck and back pain, to joint pain or arthritis. Regardless of whether or not your pain is caused by trauma and lifestyle, or if it’s caused by age and degenerative disease, adult stem cell therapy allows the body to heal itself by using nutrient-rich resources it has already created.
How do I decide between Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections?
Depending on the type of injury or pain you are experiencing, we will help guide you to the right decision using the latest cutting-edge research. For example, we know that bone marrow concentrate (BMC) injections are more well-suited for treating age-related joint deterioration, while platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections may help with stress-related damage to tendons, such as tennis elbow.
What are the potential side effects of adult stem cell therapy?
While there may be mild pain or soreness at injection sites for a brief amount of time following the procedure, there are no possible long-term side effects. Since the cells used come directly from your own body, there is also no risk of rejection.
If Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments use my blood instead of stem cells, why is it considered a form of stem cell therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is considered a form of stem cell therapy for a couple of reasons. First, PRP is often directly mixed with bone marrow or fat stem cells before being injected. Second, the high concentration of platelets in PRP have the tendency to attract stem cells to the healing site aid in the repair process.
Do I need to stay overnight after my treatment?
No, you will be able to return home the same day of your treatment, and can go back to work the next day as long as you’re feeling up to it.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies. If you are receiving bone marrow concentrate (BMC) injections, you should only need one. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments, on the other hand, may require a handful of injections over the course of several weeks.
How soon will I notice the results of my adult stem cell therapy?
While the results are not immediate, noticeable changes will usually come within two weeks. Improvements may continue to develop over the course of months.
Does my health insurance cover adult stem cell therapy?
Since adult stem cell therapy is still considered experimental, many insurance companies do not cover it strictly on its own and patients are ultimately responsible for the cost of treatment. It is a good idea to check with both the insurance company and our office to make sure you understand the financial obligations of treatment before undergoing any procedures.
Is adult stem cell therapy FDA approved?
Adult stem cell therapy does not violate any of the FDA’s rules as long as treatment is carried out by certified medical professionals. Our practice falls well within any regulation of the FDA regarding medical procedures.