Integrated Pain Consultants offers several stem cell therapies. These treatments are performed as an outpatient by several Phoenix Top Doc Specialists, and maintain minimal risks.
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Conventional pain treatments for ligament injury, degenerative arthritis, sprains and strains, and tendonitis all have one thing in common. They usually mask pain and decrease inflammation well, but they do not change the course of the condition or speed up healing. They do not FIX the problem!
Regenerative Medicine with stem cell therapy is quickly changing the landscape of injury treatments. The therapies offer the potential to repair and regenerate damaged tissue, while offering pain relief simultaneously.
Here is an example. When an athlete twists his ankle and sustains a severe ligament injury, it may take 6-12 weeks to heal. The athlete can then return to competition, which may be half a season later.
There are two issues with this scenario that stem cell therapy may be able to fix. The first is the time frame of six to twelve weeks. Stem cell therapy may cut the time necessary to heal these injuries significantly, allowing the athlete to return to competition without missing so much of a season.
The second issue is that ligament and tendon injuries, when allowed to heal naturally, do not return back to one hundred percent. When stem cell therapy is used, the injury may be able to heal back to 100%.
Regenerative treatments may allow individuals to avoid or delay the need for surgery when it comes to plantar fasciitis, instability, Achilles tears, degenerative arthritis and more. Surgery requires considerable postoperative PT along with the risks of the procedure.
With such a low risk, outpatient stem cell procedures offer a tremendous upside. Make your appointment at Integrated Pain Consultants today!
Amniotic stem cell therapy for joint and soft tissue conditions is showing a ton of promise for indviduals who suffer from tendonitis, arthritis and ligament injuries. Since the amniotic derived stem cell material is not derived from embryonic stem cells or fetal tissue, there are no ethical issues with the treatment.
The amniotic stem cell treatment consists of an injection directly into the painful area. The therapy has the potential to actually alter the course of the condition and not simply mask the pain. This therapy has significant potential for those in pain, and could actually repair structural problems while treating pain and inflammation simultaneously.
Amniotic derived stem cell material offers three properties that are beneficial to the injured area:
1) A very high concentration of stem cells
2) Hyaluronic acid which is a great lubricating factor for joints
3) Anti-inflammatory cytokines and growth factors
When the amniotic stem cell material is obtained, it comes from consenting donors who have undergone elective c-sections. The fluid is processed at an FDA regulated lab, and is checked for a full slate of diseases per FDA guidelines. The amniotic material has been used over 20,000 times in the US with no adverse events reported. It acts as an immunologically privileged material, meaning it has NOT been shown to cause a rejection reaction in the body. This means there is no graft versus host problem.
During therapy, the stem cell doctor will inject the fluid after proper sterilization of the skin. Along with the amniotic material, numbing medicine is included.
Initial small studies are showing that amniotic stem cell injections work well for the following indications:
1) Cartilage Defects
3) Ligament Injury
5) Sports Medicine Injuries
Dr. Nikesh Seth at Integrated Pain Consultants is an expert in regenerative medicine procedures. Call the practice today for an appointment!
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Injections for Degenerative Conditions
There are many types of stem cell injections that are currently being researched. One type used for many types of degenerative conditions is the bone marrow derived stem cell injection. This type of stem cell treatment is excellent for degenerative disc disease, joint arthritis, ligament injuries, spinal arthritis, and tendonitis. To date, small studies have shown that therapy using regenerative treatment, such as bone marrow stem cell injections, works well for degenerative conditions.
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell Collection and Injection
A bone marrow derived stem cell injection is an outpatient procedure where a patient’s bone marrow is harvested, processed, and injected into the area of concern in the same setting. Bone marrow transplants are very different. With this procedure, the damaged or diseased stem cells are replaced intravenously with healthy stem cells, such as bone marrow. Bone marrow derived stem cell transplants are given when a patient’s bone marrow has stopped working, and the marrow does not produce enough healthy stem cells. This is not what R3 Stem Cell offers. R3 offers treatment with bone marrow derived stem cells into a focal area of degeneration such as for knee, hip, shoulder or ankle arthritis.
The bone marrow derived stem cells are removed from the body via a minor outpatient procedure using sedation. The bone marrow is aspirated from the hip, and then immediately spun down to concentrate the stem cells and growth factors. The resulting concentrate is then injected during the same setting into the problem area.
How do Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells Help Degenerative Disease
To date, small studies have shown excellent results for bone marrow derived stem cell therapy. This includes the ability to help with meniscal tears, degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the knees, shoulders, ankles, hips and soft tissue injury such as rotator cuff tendonitis or tennis elbow.
The treatment can help patients delay or avoid the need for invasive surgeries, and get patients back to increased activities and enjoying life!
Dr. Nikesh Seth is at the forefront of regenerative medicine treatments with stem cells. You will be in good hands!
PRP, also known as platelet-rich plasma, is a newer form of therapy used to treat different types of pain, mainly those involved in the musculoskeletal system. The therapy works, not only to provide pain relief, but to help heal the areas that are damaged, which leads to long-lasting relief and healing. This treatment is one of the few, non-advanced therapies available for long-term relief today, and your physician can work with you to determine if this type of treatment will be the right choice for your needs.
How PRP Therapy Works
When the soft tissue within your body is damaged, the body works to deliver platelet cells to the area, which helps the area to heal. While it can take a while for the natural process to heal the body, with the use of PRP, the process can be expedited, and the body may be able to heal at a much faster rate. This process basically encourages your body to complete the natural process, and can help those who are unable to get the supply of platelet cells to the area.
PRP therapy is done by taking a sample of your own blood, which is used for the therapy. Once the blood is taken, it spins within a device called a centrifuge, which works to separate the platelets from the other parts of your blood. The platelets that are taken from the sample are collected together, and this allows them to be supplied to the area in highly concentrated amounts.
The pieces collected are injected into the area where treatment is needed with the use of a small syringe. The injections are made directly to the damaged tendon or ligament, and also to the area around the damaged tissue. This method is a safe alternative to other forms of treatment involving blood because your own blood is used for the injections, which reduces the risk of any infection or an allergic reaction.
Conditions Treated with PRP
While many issues cause pain within your body to occur, your doctor can determine if using PRP is the right choice for your needs. At times, this treatment may be used as the first option, while it can be used by others after other methods of treatment, such as physical therapy and over-the-counter pain relievers have been used. It is a common method for treatment before resorting to more intrusive methods of treatment, such as surgery.
PRP Procedure and Duration of Effectiveness
PRP treatment doesn’t take long to complete, as it is generally done within an outpatient facility. Typically, it takes less than an hour, which includes the prepping and recovery time. Once the treatment is completed, you can go back to your normal routine, as the side-effects experienced are generally only a small amount of irritation or soreness in the area where the injection was made. Due to the spark up of inflammation generated, you may experience increased pain for about 48 hours. This will subside so do not fret.
The amount of time the PRP injections work to treat pain can vary between each patient, but they generally last up to six months. Then, the treatments can be used again to provide further pain relief. While some people experience immediate relief from the shots, others will not experience relief for a few days, but the success rate for the treatment is generally high. Prior to having the treatment done, your Phoenix stem cell doctor can answer any questions you may have, and help you to prepare for the upcoming treatment by telling you what to expect prior to treatment, as well as give you any information about the treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy at Integrated Pain Consultants is provided by the top pain doctor in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale, Dr. Nikesh Seth. He has extensive experience with regenerative medicine including PRP therapy, make your appointment today!