Stem Cell Injections involve the use of unspecialized cells or blank cells in your body. When needed, these cells divide and differentiate into specialized cells, such as muscle, bone, or brain cells, to repair or replace those that are damaged or diseased. These injections can support your body’s healing powers to alleviate pain and regenerate skin, hair, tissue, and more.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are capable of giving rise to more cells of the same type. Adult stem cells were once thought to be more limited than embryonic stem cells. The belief was that adult cells could only give rise to the same type of tissue from which they originated. But research has found that adult stem cells may have the potential to generate other types of cells (a process known as transdifferentiation or plasticity). For example, liver cells could be made to produce insulin, which is normally created by the pancreas.
Adult stem cells can help to create new cells in existing, healthy tissues to help with the repair tissue structures that are damaged or injured. When stem cells divide, they create progenitor cells. Progenitor cells are capable of becoming cells with specialized functions (e.g., brain cells, red blood cells). Remarkably, they can also become components of specialized tissue, such as cartilage or bone.
How Stem Cell Injections Work
Stem Cell Injections are a form of regenerative medicine, which is a new area of medical care focused on treatments that support your body’s regenerative healing. During this treatment, your provider will extract blank cells from your body and inject them directly into the application site to initiate and accelerate the repair process.
What Conditions May Benefit from Stem Cell Injections?
Stem cell injections find their primary application in addressing medical conditions that have proven resistant or only partially responsive to conventional treatments. These conditions encompass a range of ailments, including but not not limited to:
- Chronic partial Rotator Cuff Tears
- Persistent partial tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps, and patellar tendon tears.
- Partial muscle tears
- Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
What are the Risks?
Injections carry the potential risks of infection, bleeding, or nerve damage, which can vary depending on the specific area being injected. However, since we are utilizing your own cells, the likelihood of experiencing an allergic reaction or tissue rejection is exceedingly low. Additionally, the use of ultrasound guidance significantly reduces the risk of unintentional damage to surrounding structures or incorrect injection placement. Our medical professionals will thoroughly discuss the comprehensive risks associated with the treatment with you. In summary, these treatments are associated with an overall very low level of risk.
Am I a Candidate?
While there are no strict criteria to definitively identify candidates, several general guidelines can help in the evaluation process, including:
- When physical therapy has proven ineffective in enhancing function and reducing pain.
- When injury-related pain significantly hampers your daily activities.
- When you exhibit sensitivity or resistance to medications like ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- When non-surgical approaches have yielded unsatisfactory results.
- When both you and your physician agree that surgery may not be the optimal choice for your situation.
Stem Cell Injections In Thousand Oaks, CA
If you are interested in this innovative treatment option, contact us here in Thousand Oaks. Dr. Cohen is here to provide you with the expert care and treatment you need to restore your mobility and ensure your well-being. To schedule an appointment, please call (805) 449-8781 or fill out the form below.