Suffering from chronic neck pain is not simply an inconvenience. It is often debilitating and can affect your quality of life significantly. As neck pain is the fourth leading cause of disability, many Americans live with this chronic pain. But even though it is common, you are not resigned to suffer for your entire life.
The scientific medical community consistently researches and develops new regenerative medicine treatments using platelet-rich plasma and stem cells to accelerate the body’s healing process and eliminate chronic pain. These developments include effective treatments for neck pain such as stem cell injections that our pain management institute provides.
Below we have answered some commonly asked questions about Stem Cell Therapy for Neck Pain.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Bones, ligaments, nerves, and muscles make up the neck. Its function is to control your head and connect to many other body parts through the spinal cord. Because of this, it is especially susceptible to injury and can cause severe issues throughout the body.
Many neck issues are due to poor posture, strain, or overuse and are not severe in nature and, therefore, will heal on their own with rest and pain treatment. But on occasions where an incident forces the neck outside its typical range of motion, such as with athletic injuries or whiplash, severe fractures and damage can occur.
No matter the cause of neck pain, you may require treatment from a professional if it occurs for an extended time.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells comprise every part of the body. Brain cells, blood cells, skin cells, and more make up every organ. Stem cells are “blank cells” the body creates to replace damaged cells and repair damaged tissues.
Stem Cell Therapy uses these cells by extracting them from the body or another source, preparing them in the lab for a specific function, and then injecting them back into the area that needs repair or treatment. These cells then take on their new role and allow the body to naturally heal itself using growth factors.
Where Do Stem Cells Come from?
There are various types of stem cells in the human body that are distinct to specific regions.
- Mesenchymal Stem Cells that doctors find in adult connective tissues such as bone marrow.
- Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells come from cells in amniotic fluid, or the protective liquid surrounding embryos.
- Embryonic Stem Cells originate in embryos and umbilical tissues.
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells are extracted from an adult and multiplied in a lab.
Embryonic Stem Cells cause political controversy among the medical community, but we take stem cells from amniotic fluid instead in their stem cell therapy treatments. Using stem cells from this source protects the growing embryo more than directly extracting from it. There is far less controversy among medical researchers surrounding our amniotic fluid stem cells and is an emerging alternative stem cell source.
Are Stem Cell Procedures Painful?
Though every medical procedure comes with some risk, stem cell therapy is a relatively painless procedure that lasts a short amount of time and requires much less recovery time and effort than a surgical procedure.
Stem cell injections are typically not any more painful than any other soft tissue injection. You may experience more discomfort from injections into the cervical spine or discs, but this pain is temporary. All Stem Cell Therapy options are outpatient procedures, and you will return home within a few hours.
In some rare cases, infection or inflammation of the injection site may occur, but the risk is much lower than with an invasive procedure.
Choose Our Stem Cell Therapy Solution for a Pain-Free Neck
If you have suffered from neck pain for an extended time, you are certainly a candidate for stem cell therapy. When combined with physical therapy, Stem Cell therapy is an alternative treatment option that gives you back the elevated quality of life you once had. We believe at Arizona Pain and Spine Institute in the power of new, emerging medical technologies that restore our patient’s pain-free lives.
Our pain management specialists are ready to answer your questions about stem cell therapy and whether it is the right treatment for you. Call one of our Arizona Pain and Spine Institute offices at (480).986.7246, and we will get in touch with you soon.