We often joke about neck pain, but the truth is, it is very serious. Neck pain can disrupt your day-to-day life. It can lead to pain in your extremities and back. It can even cause migraines.
Common techniques for managing neck pain include pain killers, smelly creams, hot and cold therapy and massage. While these techniques work to relieve pain, some better than others, they are often just short-term solutions to a long-term problem.
If you go through physical therapy and still experience neck pain, you may seek something more permanent. Stem cell therapy could be the best option for you.
All adults have stem cells in their bodies. These cells regenerate, helping you to heal. Unfortunately, as you age, your stem cells stop producing the results you need. Stem cell therapy is then required to take the place of that naturally occurring process. Stem cell therapy for neck pain usually involves the use of IPSCs, or Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. These cells are harvested from your body, and then exposed to chemicals that allow them to differentiate into the type of cell you need. The cells are then injected directly into the neck, usually with the aid of an ultrasound in order to ensure the exact root of the pain is receiving the treatment.
In most clinics, stem cell therapy for neck pain is an outpatient procedure. Once you receive the injection, you can carry on with your daily life with the stem cells beginning to heal your body. You should start to see results in less than a month, with improvements occurring nearly every day. Most patients never need stem cell therapy again after the initial procedure.
Unfortunately, not all patients are good candidates for stem cell therapy. Your neck pain may be caused by a disorder or injury that can only be treated with surgery. However, stem cells may still be helpful to you during or post-surgery. Scientists have recently begun growing neck vertebra using stem cells. By using stem cells during surgery, you can have a shorter healing time. Likewise, once your surgery is complete, a single stem cell injection can speed the healing process and lessen pain.
If you’d like more information on stem cell therapy and to find out if you might be a good candidate for the treatment, please contact the Spine Institute Northwest at (206) 496-0630 to schedule an appointment with one of our patient advocates.