At the Houston Headache Institute, we offer stem cell therapy for joint pain relief, but we realize that many people have questions about this type of therapy. Our hope is to answer some of those questions here.
Our bodies are made up of billions of specialized cells. These cells form our organs and go through a degenerative and regenerative process daily. New cells are born from stem cells that die off.
When tissues in the body are injured, the degenerative process overrides the regenerative process. This means the body becomes weaker, and less able to function.
There are a number of different types of stem cells in our bodies, but the ones that best promote healing of the tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones are found in our bone marrow. These stem cells are called mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs.
How We Obtain Stem Cells
Our bodies keep a supply of stem cells available at all times. These are used to repair injured and degenerated tissues. With this supply on hand within the body, it makes it easy to retrieve stem cells.
We first take a patient’s blood and place it into a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma (PRP). We then take a sample of the patient’s bone marrow through a very minimally invasive procedure, which is not painful. This sample is then centrifuged as well to separate the PRP.
We then mix these two components of platelet rich plasma together and inject the mixture into the injured area to promote the body’s own natural healing process.
A preparation of your concentrated platelets are also gathered at this time for injection into the injury site to release growth factors that “turn on” the stem cells that will later be injected.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
Non-surgical stem cell injections take place in one day and they are often a viable alternative to those facing joint surgery or joint replacement.
After stem cells are injected, patients can usually return to normal activity immediately. A stem cell procedure helps patients avoid the painful and lengthy rehabilitation periods which are generally associated with surgery. With joint surgery, patients are often vulnerable to risks such as infections or blood clots.
We withdraw stem cells from the bone marrow through a lab process, and then we re-inject them into the injured tissue of the body using imaging guidance. When the stem cells are re-injected, they enhance the body’s repair process. This helps to slow the natural breakdown process that occur from aging, injury or overuse.
Stem cells do not contain steroids, but they do contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates cartilage and promotes new cartilage growth. Stem cells also help stimulate new tissue growth.
Headaches and Stem Cells
Stem cell therapy, also known as bio-cellular therapy, can help treat a variety of conditions. It can help treat painful joints, back pain and even chronic headaches. At the Houston Headache Institute, we have developed ways to treat these debilitating headaches with stem cells.
Diagnosing the underlying condition or disorder that causes headaches is crucial. Contact the Houston Headache Institute today to see how we can help you.