Stem cell therapy is a big topic of discussion in the media right now, and many people come to me with the same basic questions before they feel ready to dive in. In this blog post, I will be answering some of your most frequently asked questions about stem cell therapy.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body that have not yet differentiated themselves. This means that they do not yet have a specific purpose, so they can become any type of cell in the body. We can use this to help heal tissue from an injury, or fight the effects of aging. The most common sources of stem cells are bone marrow, adipose, umbilical allografts, and amniotic fluid.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cell therapy promotes natural healing of the body to alleviate pain and restore function. It can help regenerate damaged tissue, muscles, tendons, and more. Because it actually helps the body heal, stem cell therapy provides long-lasting results. During treatment, the doctor will extract stem cells from the body and transfer them to the afflicted area.
What Can Stem Cells Be Used For?
In general, stem cells are used to treat pain and promote healing for a variety of conditions:
- Knee pain
- Joint pain
- Back & shoulder pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Hip pain
- Regenerating the synovial fluid in joints
- Neuropathy treatment
- Herniated discs
- Torn discs
- Fibromyalgia treatment
- Neck injuries
- Sexual Dysfunction
Is Stem Cell Therapy Approved by the FDA?
I wrote a separate blog post on this topic, but since I get asked this question so much, I wanted to go over the basics here, too. The FDA regulates human tissue products to make sure they are clean, safe, and meet the basic requirements. It is up to the individual doctor to conduct due diligence to ensure that their patients are getting high-quality stem cells.
How Much Does Stem Cell Therapy Cost?
The cost of stem cell therapy depends on your condition and how much tissue you need to achieve your treatment goals. It is priced per injection or cc of tissue, and can range from around $5,000-$8,000.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Because stem cell therapy is an elective treatment, it is not covered by insurance.
What Can I Expect in Terms of Recovery Time?
Recovery time from stem cell therapy is very brief, and can even be as short as 1-2 days. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, the steep recovery required from surgery is eliminated.