Choosing stem cell therapy or any other type of regenerative injections to treat your injury is an excellent decision, but you must account for the multiple factors that play a decisive role in the successful outcome of your treatment. Quality and type of injection to be administered is as important as the medical background, technique and technology used by the physician.
There is an ever-increasing demand for quick, non-surgical and efficient treatments to relieve pain and heal injuries. Unfortunately many patients become frustrated as they endure chronic, acute and debilitating pain, while seeking treatment in fly by night clinics which open daily.
Some of these clinics and physicians lack the ability or even the credentials to perform such procedures, in their hands patients not only waste money but risk the worsening of the condition. Yet, in the hands of a competent, experienced, and trained physician regenerative injections could be close to miraculous. This is why when you are looking for a physician to treat you chronic condition these factors should be considered to get the most out of your treatment.
The quality of the injections
Regenerative injections come in many different modalities, the three most popular are: Proloteraphy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem cells. Each one of these injections work using the same principle; to aid your body in the process of regenerating itself.
But let’s back up a bit, what are stem cells? Stem cell is a term that has become increasingly popular to describe many different types of regenerative cells which can become any type of cell in the body.
There are different types of stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells have been studied extensively in the musculoskeletal field and evidenced to be the most helpful when treating athletic injuries, arthritis and regular joint pain among others.
Amniotic allograft, bone marrow, and adipose are just a few kinds of stem cells that can be used depending on your particular situation. Knowing what kind of stem cell to use and under what circumstances is paramount to a successful treatment. Make sure your physician can tell you the origin and the kind of stem cell he or she is providing.
The physician’s background and credentials
A doctor in Osteopathy is often the most qualified physician to administer regenerative Injections. Osteopaths understand the body as a whole entity. Treatments designed by osteopaths take in consideration all the aspects of the individual and the intrinsic relationship of all systems, this vast knowledge of the human body is a powerful tool to resolve difficult or recurring injuries and to pinpoint the exact cause of the pain.
Always make sure you get treated by a licensed, board certified physician. Estheticians and chiropractors are not licensed to administer any type of regenerative injection
Experience and technique
Proper technique is another factor that can make the difference between the number of injections required to heal an injure and the outcome of the treatment. An in-depth knowledge of anatomy and the physician’s unique skills are important factors to maximize the success of your treatment. To develop a less invasive, painless technique requires a set of unique skills learned over years through study, training and hands on experience. To ensure the success of your treatment make sure your physician has enough experience and specific training in the regenerative injection field. Check for continuing education and or certifications and seminars he/ she has attended.
Use of newest diagnostic tools and technology
One of the most important factors in determining if the injection will reach its maximum potential is the correct use of diagnostic and procedure tools. For maximum accuracy a proper injection should be administered with the help of ultrasound.
An ultrasound scan (also referred to as “sonography”) is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body.
Ultrasounds can help diagnose musculoskeletal injuries, as well as tissue and bone abnormalities. Because they are an excellent way to visualize fluids, they also serve as a guide for assisting with the procedure itself. Once the anatomical landmark is identified, the injection is administered while watching the needle with an ultrasound, this process allows the physician to inject the area accurately, and in the ideal location. Delivering the full spectrum of the substance to the affected area. Make sure your doctor practice is aware of the latest technology and is able to offer ways to make your treatment completely successful.
Do you have more questions? We are happy to answer all. If you are looking to have regenerative injections or stem cell therapy make a consultation at the osteopathic center