Numerous people in the United States seek treatment every year for chronic pain in their knees, shoulders, hips or back. The number of orthopedic surgeries is on the rise, which may not be an ideal solution for people with certain medical conditions. Stem cell therapy offers an alternative solution for treating chronic pain. Here are three main reasons to consider choosing stem cell therapy over orthopedic surgery.
Stem Cell Therapy is Less Invasive
Orthopedic surgery can involve extensive repairs or removing the joint and replacing it with an implant. This invasiveness into the body can cause swelling that can affect mobility during recovery. There is also the risk of serious health complications during the surgical procedure. After surgery, you may be required to engage in regular physiotherapy sessions to help regain your mobility. Stem cell therapy can help your body regenerate healthy cells through injections with less physical trauma and greater mobility after treatment.
Fewer Potential Complications with Stem Cell Therapy
Orthopedic surgical incisions put the body at risk of potential complications and infections to develop. There is also a risk of damage to a nerve or blood vessel. One of the most serious complications with orthopedic surgery is deep vein thrombosis. This can create blood clots that may create blockages anywhere in your body, resulting in serious health conditions or death. These risks are rare for stem cell therapy treatment.
Stem Cell Therapy is More Cost Effective
Orthopedic surgery and stem cell therapy are both expensive treatments. Many people choose surgery because insurance covers the costs. However, you may end up with higher out-of-pocket expenses due to insurance deductibles and missed wages due to recovery and therapy. Stem cell therapy can be more cost effective in the long run, depending on the extent of your injuries.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?
Stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option for chronic pain for individuals desiring to avoid orthopedic surgery. While results may not be immediate, you can see long-lasting improvements over time. To learn more about this treatment option and see if you are an ideal candidate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Struhl here at Regenerative Orthopaedics today.