Stem Cells For Joint Pain In Knoxville

Joint pain need not be the scourge of growing older or having led an athletic lifestyle. With new developments in the tried-and-true method of stem cell therapy, joint pain can be not only resolved but the injury itself can be healed from within, all by using the body’s own mechanisms with a little help from modern regenerative medicine.

Joint pain complaints are increasingly common in our society, even in populations that continue to be active and healthy as in the case of Knoxville, Tennessee. When back and joint pain show up, it leads to a marked decrease in the quality of life. This kind of pain can be intermittent or constant, and it hinders your ability to move and enjoy exercise or any recreational activity. It can be debilitative to the point that heavy pain medication is necessary – a lot of Americans unwittingly have become addicted to opioids as they attempt to manage their pain.

What if our goal isn’t to simply manage the pain, but to do away with the source of the pain? 

When cartilage is damaged in a joint, either due to arthritis or possibly because of an injury, pain is often the direct result. It typically doesn’t resolve on its own and anti-inflammatory medications only mask the issue temporarily. The joint must be treated. A medical doctor will frequently suggest medications or even surgery, but it’s been proven that these treatment options rarely alleviate all the pain the patient is experiencing, and in some cases can exacerbate or even create additional side effects due to the medications used. In extreme cases like Dean’s testimonial (video below), the pain and damage can be so debilitating it can completely incapacitate the patient.

In cases like this, is it possible to alleviate or even reverse the damage without resorting to even more surgery? In the ongoing search for better ways to treat this kind of pain, mesenchymal stem cell regenerative therapy was developed. Stem cell therapy isn’t a new concept; it’s been around since the late 1960s when this technology was pioneered and found to be effective. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s when stem cells were discovered to occur in human adipose (fat) tissue, and soon later in all body tissues, that they became more widely used. More recently, the we gained the ability to more simply harvest these cells.

Stem cells are able to stimulate the creation of healthy cells and provide relief and repair to old and damaged tissue. Since these cells use the same functions as the body’s healing mechanisms, they’re able to use the body’s own intelligence to work on the injury, speeding recovery times and alleviating pain.

This treatment is called a same-day procedure. This is possible because the stem cells can be harvested and re-injected on the same day – no down time for the patient. In most situations, stem cell treatments entail a series of injections that will take place over the course of a week – depending on the unique needs of each patient. In Linda’s case (video below), stem cell therapy was effective on treating not only plantar fasciitis, but a series of other joint and muscular disorders successfully. 

Key to this treatment is the ability of the doctor to deliver the therapeutic cells directly to the area of injury, and in much greater numbers than even a healthy body would be able to do by itself. Using a combination of stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP), we are able to administer the injection directly into the area in need of repair. This is done using real-time fluoroscopy or musculoskeletal ultrasound, which enables precise guidance of the injection as well as dispersion of the cells into the tissues.

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Rebecca Mcmichael

Rebecca is an experienced RN with the most recent experience in infusion therapy. She has degrees in Nursing, Marketing, and Management. Rebecca’s goals is to show kindness and compassion to every patient and to seek excellence in all patient care.

Alee Johnson

After a 30-year career as a District Manager for AT&T, Alee decided she wasn’t ready to retire just yet. So, she dove into a new career in the medical field, which has lasted 14 years. She enjoys the people contact and always strives to make the patient feel welcome while projecting a professional presence. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and is “Mom” to Pickles the dog and Winky the cat.

Erin Levinger

Erin has her bachelor’s in nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 12 years. Primarily in emergency medicine. She I always striving to learn new things and finds integrative and regenerative medicine very intriguing. She loves to hear the success stories and to see the benefits that patients reap from all the services that the Osteopathic Center offers. She is passionate about helping people so they can look, feel, and perform at their best. Erin performs well under pressure and is very organized. She is a team player willing to lend a hand to wherever help is needed.

Adriana

Adriana has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently working towards her MSN. She recently found an interest in regenerative and integrative medicine and loves hearing from patients how these therapies changed their lives. She is always excited to learn new things and strives to provide the best care to patients.

Lawrence Kennard

Lawrence Kennard is a family nurse practitioner with almost 20 years experience in various aspects of healthcare. His career started as a volunteer EMT in North Carolina where he eventually became a paramedic with certifications in critical care and flight paramedicine. He then furthered his training earning a BSN from the University of Tennessee and his MSN from Vanderbilt University. He is board certified through both AANP and ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked in various urgent care and primary care settings including remote locations. He gained an interest in holistic medicine after seeing patients successfully treat themselves with traditional methods. Through coming to The Osteopathic Center, he has incorporated IV vitamins, chelation, UBI, and Ozone therapy into his practice.

Kayla Wolfe

Kayla is a fully licensed Radiologic Technologist with a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. With over ten years in the medical field, she strives to ensure quality patient care and education. As a member of management, she focuses on providing a positive organizational and workplace culture to support the healthcare professional-patient relationship.

Maribel Rodriguez

Maribel has been in the field as a medical assistant and phlebotomist for over 20 years. Her experience in integrative medicine treatments speaks for itself. She treats her patients as a family, but she makes sure all of their needs are the number one priority. Maribel has a down to earth personality; hardly anything can upset her. She is always upbeat and happy to help anyone!

Iryna Drach

Iryna has a Master’s in Finance; she is multi-disciplined and wears many hats. When she is not working on creative projects and answering media requests, she is connecting with patients. She can speak to you in Ukrainian, Russian, English, Polish, and maybe Spanish.

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