What are stem cells and stem cell therapy?
When you were first forming in your mother’s womb, stem cells were the first cells formed, which ended up becoming your heart cells, brain cells, hair, muscles, tendons, bones and every other cell in your body. After you are born, you still have stem cells that are left in your body that can be used as a sort of natural medicine to help your body regenerate in areas where it may be breaking down. There are multiple ways to obtain stem cells for therapeutic use. None of these are the controversial embryonic stem cells you may have heard about. Stem cells are stored in your fat and bone marrow. They are also left in the placenta after a baby is born. Regardless of which part of the body they come from, stem cell therapy uses them by placing them in a diseased or damaged area of the body where they become “programmed” into the type of cells your body needs to help heal and regenerate. If you have partially torn muscles or ligaments, arthritis, degenerated discs, bone spurs, herniated discs, torn cartilage or other musculoskeletal conditions, stem cell therapy may be a great option for you to heal without surgery and harmful drugs.
What if I have plantar fasciitis?
Stem cell therapy can treat plantar fasciitis when other therapies have been tried without success. In many cases, prolotherapy or PRP may be all a patient needs. When these treatments have been tried without success, or when the plantar fasciitis is severe, stem cell therapy can be used.
How long will it take me to recover?
The procedure itself takes about an hour in the office. After the procedure, tissue typically takes between one and three months to repair itself, but most patients will notice a change in their symptoms within one to two months. While the total number of injections required may vary depending on age and the type and severity of the condition, most patients require 2-4 sets of injections spaced apart.