Most people experience aches and pains now and then, but the problem usually goes away with an over-the-counter pain reliever and some rest. Chronic pain is much more severe and doesn’t go away on its own, and can last for weeks or even years.
Regardless of the source of your chronic pain, it can be debilitating and make it hard for you to get through your day. The team at South Texas Spinal Clinic has a number of treatment options for your chronic pain. Among them is stem cell therapy, a cutting-edge option for treating chronic pain that provides amazing results. Dr. David Hirsch is a stem cell therapy specialist who can help alleviate your chronic pain.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is a distressing condition marked by intense physical discomfort that persists for weeks, months, or years. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 Americans suffers from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours.
Although it’s often triggered by a traumatic injury or a persistent condition, chronic pain sometimes afflicts people for unknown reasons. Some of the most common types of chronic pain are lower back pain, headaches, and nerve pain.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are special cells that your body produces that can turn into any specific kind of cell that your body needs, such as brain cells, muscle cells, or red blood cells. They repair damaged areas in your body, and are able to replicate themselves as much as necessary. Stem cells are used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including chronic pain.
What is stem cell therapy?
In stem cell therapy, cells are taken from your own body and then reinjected into the targeted areas where you’re experiencing chronic pain. The stem cells work their magic by transforming into cells that your body needs to repair your damaged tissues.
To begin the therapy, you’re lightly sedated and given a local anesthesia on your hip. Dr. Hirsch then extracts bone marrow from your hip bone, from which he harvests stem cells. He may also take a blood sample to extract extra platelets that can help you heal more quickly and support the stem cells’ effectiveness.
To complete the therapy, Dr. Hirsch uses ultrasound to precisely inject the stem cells into the targeted areas of your body. The entire process takes about 60 minutes, and you can return home shortly after the procedure is complete.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, you may have tried a number of treatments that have given you limited relief. Stem cell therapy is an innovative new treatment that just might be the answer to your chronic pain, allowing you to live a more comfortable and full life.
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