Who’s the Best Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?

Who’s the Best Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a medical procedure in which stem cells are used to prevent and/or treat a  disease or injury, such as osteoarthritis or a torn ligament.

At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we utilize stem cells harvested from the patient or placental-derived stem cells sourced from an FDA approved lab. All of our treatments are safe, ethical and follow all legal guidelines.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. Under the right conditions, in the body or a laboratory, stem cells can divide to form more cells, called daughter cells.

These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair response of disease, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells.

Bone marrow transplant is the most widely used stem-cell therapy, but some therapies derived from umbilical cord blood are also in use. Research is also underway to develop stem-cell treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, among others.

There are few factors that exempt a candidate from stem cell therapy, but each case is unique, so there are not always strict rules. Candidates for stem cell treatment come from all different walks of life.

Good Candidates for stem cell therapy include:

Active Individuals

When you lead a particularly active lifestyle, you may hurt yourself at some point. Some athletes have already come to terms with this possibility, and understand that they will injure themselves somewhere along the line. If you’re one of these individuals, preparing your body for recovery in advance, stem cell therapy may be a treatment to consider. The healing and regenerative potential of stem cell therapy may help athletes or active individuals avoid potentially life-long damage. It also allows them to continue their activities for a longer period of time.

People Who Suffer From Osteoarthritis

People with osteoarthritis are also good candidates for stem cell therapy. Osteoarthritis describes the deterioration of cartilage that protects and cushions the ends of the joints. Cartilage helps with joint mobility by preventing friction. Stem cell therapy restores the cartilage that has been damaged due to osteoarthritis. It  can also act as natural anti-inflammatory to reduce pain and swelling.

Individuals Recommended for Surgery

Stem cell therapy may be a viable alternative for those who have been recommended to undergo knee, shoulder or elbow surgery.  For instance, in the case of someone with severe osteoarthritis who has been recommended to undergo surgery, stem cell therapy can help restore joint space narrowing and make it possible to avoid surgery altogether.

While stem cell therapy often provides significant results, the technology is not a miracle-worker. Stem cell therapy cannot cure a disorder or disease, it just helps reduce pain and improves functioning.Although stem cell therapy is supported and backed by a tremendous amount of research, study, and evidence; it is still a developing science. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we offer stem cell therapy as a treatment option. If you’re interested in learning how stem cell therapy may help you, contact us today.