Most of the common treatments for chronic pain, inflammation, or pain relief just involve masking the pain or reducing the symptoms rather than working to fix the underlying problem.
But by targeting the cause of that pain, you can work toward pain relief that actually fixes the problem instead of covering it up. That’s what stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine aim to do. Currently, stem cells have become an increasingly popular treatment for pain relief and at Beyer Stem Cell Institute in Tinley Park, we specialize in stem cell therapy.
If you’re in the Tinley Park or surrounding areas, make sure you sign up for one of our free stem cell therapy seminars. Through our seminar, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how stem cell therapy works and what pain it could help treat. Please reach out to us with any questions or to get started!
Using Stem Cell Therapy for Pain Relief
Before we get into the ways that stem cell therapy can help provide pain relief, it’s important to understand what stem cells are and what type of stem cells we use at our stem cell clinic.
Most simply, stem cells are the most basic type of cells found in our body. When they are younger, either in the embryonic stage or when we are still growing, stem cells are able to divide to form more stem cells or other specialized cells. Their ability to divide is what helps them aid with cell regrowth and repair in the body.
When we become adults, the role of stem cells shifts to help to repair and replenish our adult tissues. But as we age, the number of stem cells in our body becomes limited.
Right now, scientists are interested in researching stem cells for a variety of reasons, including:
- An increased understanding of how diseases occur
- Knowledge regarding how to generate healthy cells to replace other diseased cells (called regenerative medicine)
- The ability to test new drugs for safety and effectiveness by seeing how the drugs affect stem cells
Studying these different areas of stem cells could help us better understand how our body repairs itself and how our body ages.
Where Stem Cells Come from
Stem cells have been at the center of some contention over the past years due in part to their presence in the embryo. But stem cells can come from several sources:
- Embryonic stem cells that are found in embryos that are three to five days old
- Adult stem cells that are found in small numbers in most adult tissues
- Adult stem cells that have been altered to have the same properties as embryonic stem cells (called induced pluripotent stem cells)
- Perinatal stem cells that are present in the amniotic fluid and the blood from the umbilical cord (also known as mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs)
While embryonic stem cells have caused the largest controversy, we use MSCs that comply with FDA regulations and are donated by new mothers for our stem cell therapy at Beyer Stem Cell Institute.
How Regenerative Medicine Works
Regenerative medicine uses stem cell therapy to help heal diseased or injured stem cells. This is important because, as we mentioned earlier, the number of stem cells in the body decreases significantly as we get older. So through stem cell therapy, we can add new and young MSCs into the body. These MSCs contain three important properties, which are:
- Reducing inflammation
- Encouraging tissues in the body to regenerate
- Controlling the immune system
These MSCs are so effective because the body does not recognize these cells as foreign since they are so new and young. This means that the body will accept these stem cells.
As the MSCs move around the body, their goal is to act as a messenger for the other cells, working to promote healing and self-growth of the other existing cells. Since the number of stem cells in the adult body has decreased, these new MSCs can work to promote the healing that has slowed down as the body aged and there were fewer stem cells to help the body heal.
This ability to help cells regrow and duplicate is what makes stem cell therapy more effective than other treatments that help the body deal with pain. As the new cells are created or old cells are healed, the source of the original pain is being repaired, working to reduce the amount of pain the body is actually feeling.
Benefits of this Pain Relief
We’ve talked about how MSCs, stem cell therapy, and regenerative medicine works. But we haven’t talked about the benefits of choosing this method to reduce your pain. The way these cells are obtained and processed is FDA-regulated. Since you’re injecting these MSCs into your body, there is no need for an invasive surgery that would require a long recovery time and rehab, depending on the area of the body that is operated on. Also, there is no downtime with stem cell therapy.
The most important part of stem cell therapy is finding a clinic you can trust. At Beyer Stem Cell Institute, Dr. Beyer has been practicing functional neurology and medicine for more than 30 years. During that time, he has dedicated his practice to helping manage chronic conditions that were not being successfully treated using traditional therapies. Through that experience, Dr. Beyer is committed to using stem cell therapy to help patients find the relief they need.
Find Pain Relief in Tinley Park
Are you ready to find the right kind of pain relief for whatever pain you’re experiencing? If you experience chronic pain or someone you know is dealing with chronic pain, the best way to see if stem cell therapy will help is to try it for yourself.
But, before you have to commit to anything, our team at Beyer Stem Cell Institute in Tinley Park offers a free stem cell therapy seminar. Sign up for a seminar and learn more about the science behind stem cells and what they could do to help.