How to Determine if Stem Cell Treatment is Right for You

Stem cell treatment has been around for over 20 years and has been used to treat a wide range of problems. However, this method isn’t suitable for all patients. This article will look at how stem cell treatment can help patients that suffer from certain ailments, provide information on stem cell treatment, and detail how you can determine if this unique therapy is right for you.

 About Stem Cell Treatment

There are three main types of stem cell treatment therapies currently on offer in Australia: body fat (adipose tissue), bone marrow and blood. These stem cell treatment therapies can be used to help patients who suffer from a range of ailments, including osteoarthritis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, ligament tears, rotator cuff syndrome and cartilage tears. Each type of treatment has its own set of benefits, so one type may be more suitable than another for certain patients. Stem cell treatment that takes cells from adipose tissues is capable of treating multiple joints, providing relief from joint pain and stiffness, while bone marrow derived stem cells are typically used for patients who only need to treat a single joint or for patients who lack body fat.

 Why You May Not Be Suitable

While stem cell treatment can be of great benefit to many people, others may suffer from conditions that unfortunately render them unsuitable for stem cell therapy. If a patient has been suffering from a medical condition that has left their body in a weakened state, or if they have a track record of illness, they may not be suitable for stem cell treatment.

While decisions are made on a case by case basis by a medical professional, some illnesses or conditions that may prevent you from receiving stem cell treatment include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Blood disorders
  • Low BMI
  • Insufficient fat reserves
  • Infection
  • Unstable illness
  • Cancer
  • Dementia

There are also certain medications that should be avoided. Medications such as blood thinning tablets and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can thin the blood and will need to be abstained from for at a least a week prior to stem cell treatment, as not doing so could compromise the patient’s safety.

Another barrier to effective stem cell treatment is Gout. If a patient has a Gout or Pseudogout flare-up that causes inflammation and swelling, this can kill the newly transplanted cells, so if you suffer from these conditions, you’ll need to discuss this with your doctor.

In regards to stem cell therapy and cancer, the reason that stem cell treatment is not performed is due to the lack of information on the effects it can have. Until further studies have been conducted, it’s not known whether it could be dangerous or effective.

 In Summary

Stem cell treatment can be a great way to treat a number of ailments, but it’s not suitable for everyone. It’s recommended that you consult with your medical provider to learn more about your suitability for this type of therapy.