What to Expect During and After Stem Cell Therapy

Osteoarthritis, tendonitis, torn ligaments, and sports injuries can slow you down or stop you in your tracks. Surgery to fix them can sideline you even longer. Fortunately, there’s an alternative to dealing with the pain of worn out or injured joints and ligaments — stem cell therapy.

Our experienced team at Balance Wellspace in Roanoke, Virginia, is here to offer you this minimally invasive, FDA-approved procedure to enhance your natural healing process, reduce your pain, and repair damaged tissue. Dr. Jennifer Walker and Dr. Stephen Hussey are committed to helping you achieve health and wellness in all areas of your life. 

Through stem cell therapy, we can help you overcome your injury, but our care doesn’t stop there. We want you to feel completely comfortable with your treatment plan and know what to expect during and after stem cell therapy.

A word about stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is the process of injecting biological tissue, either from your own body or a donor’s, into your site of injury to help your body regenerate tissue faster and more efficiently. Introducing stem cells to your torn ligaments, damaged tissues, or arthritic joints can reduce swelling and pain and amp up your body’s healing process.

Stem cells come from a few different sources. They can come from your own bone marrow, specifically, extracted from your hip bone. Or they could come from another donor who matches your blood type. 

The extracted sample is placed into a centrifuge, which is a machine that spins at a high speed to separate the stem cells from other elements in the mix. 

Once the stem cells are isolated, they’re ready to be injected into your site of injury or degenerated joint. These cells are essentially blank slates that can turn into the type of cell you need for healing. 

Prepping for stem cell therapy

Since we use stem cells from yourself or a donor, there is no need to concern yourself with the harvesting phase of the transplant. We make sure you’re comfortable when you come to our office, and Dr. Walker and Dr. Hussey are ready to answer any questions you might have. 

Before starting treatment, we prepare the site for injection by making sure it’s sterile, and then we administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable for the procedure.

During stem cell therapy

Our team may use a live X-ray or ultrasound to guide the injection the right spot. Depending on your precise needs, we inject the stem cells directly into your torn ligament, arthritic joint, tennis elbow, or other injury. 

The procedure is fairly quick and painless. You can leave the office as soon as we have bandaged the area.

After stem cell therapy

Much of what happens next depends on what you’ve been treated for, your age, your overall health, and your activity level. In general, you can expect to feel noticeable pain relief in about two weeks, but it may take longer. 

Once the treatment kicks in, you can expect it to keep improving your situation by reducing pain and swelling and speeding up your healing.

Again, depending on the severity of your injury, you may be able to resume normal activity within a couple of days of your stem cell injection. Our team will monitor your progress closely and let you know when it’s safe to get back to doing the things you love. 

If you have an injury, osteoarthritis, or a torn ligament, stem cell therapy may be able to help. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to find out if you’re a good candidate for this ethical, safe, and effective procedure. 

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