For many people, the difference between treatment with stem cells or biological treatments and the current treatments available to control pain may go unnoticed. Take osteoarthritis of the knee, a herniated disc, or a ruptured shoulder tendon.
The question we must ask ourselves is: is there a difference in the results achieved with stem cells?
Let’s first talk about medicines to control pain, these are anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and the opioids. The first two help alleviate some of the pain. However, they are not a long-term solution because if taken every day, there is a danger of creating stomach ulcers and affecting the kidney.
On the other hand, opioids improve pain, but their side effects are much more serious; they cause dependence and addiction, that is, when we get used to taking them every day it is very difficult to interrupt them. The patients count the tablets, take more than indicated, and even keep prescriptions from different doctors for the future. This is a normal and classic addiction behavior. The biggest problem is recognizing that it exists.
Another alternative is surgery. This is in charge of mechanically modifying the damaged area, moving the work of the damaged structures to the neighboring ones. The great disadvantage is that, to achieve this, it is necessary to cut healthy structures; in addition, there is the risk of creating scar tissue that can cause pain. In addition, to perform any type of surgery, it is necessary to use general anesthesia, which affects the memory of patients over 65 years old. Finally, surgery requires a long recovery period.
On the other hand, stem cells and biological cells are NOT A MEDICINE and a SURGERY is not required to implant or place them. Starting from this sentence, without starting to compare them, they already take advantage of the previous alternatives in the treatment of pain. They do not cause side effects, since they are not medicines, their active ingredients, such as CFs or growth factors, are common in the body, both autologous and allogenic.
There are number of cases that have reported positive effects unrelated to the disease we were treating after receiving stem or biological cells. For example, improvement in glucose or sugar numbers in diabetics; improvement in blood pressure; improvement in inflammation and fluid retention in the ankle; improvement in the function of liver enzymes and the kidney; improvement in migraines or headaches, increased growth of nails, hair; and disappearance of many gray hairs in several patients.
Alogenic cell implants do not require anesthesia, unless we implant them in the spine. In these cases, we use a light sedation to control the patient’s anxiety and to make them feel comfortable. The procedure never takes more than 20 minutes. The procedures usually become effective in 6 weeks and do not require a long recovery period.
Finally, we leave it up to you to respond to the fact that the cells make a difference. In my modest opinion, the difference is gigantic.