When is the Best Time for Regenerative Therapy Treatment?
Keep in mind that there are many forms of regenerative therapy that are not specifically stem cell as regulated by the FDA.
Whether a patient has neuropathy, degenerative arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition, such as back pain, we can help with regenerative therapy treatment. But a question that may arise is, when is the best time to start treatment?
Plenty of factors may influence the best time to start treatment. Generally, we advise that the best time for regenerative therapy is when you need it least and when you’re ready to take care of yourself. What we mean to say is that prevention is worth more than a cure and that you should be ready to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle when choosing regenerative therapy. Keep in mind that there are many forms of regenerative therapy that are not specifically stem cell as regulated by the FDA.
I Was Diagnosed/Injured Years Ago – is it too Late for Regenerative Therapy Treatment?
If you have just been recently diagnosed with a condition, or have been recently injured, now is the time to start thinking about regenerative therapy treatments. Waiting may only prolong unnecessary pain symptoms and increase the severity of the injury or damage. However, if you’ve had an injury or were diagnosed with a condition more than 5, 10, or 15 years ago, it’s still not too late. The duration of the disease is not relevant to how effective stem cell therapy can be.
In respect to regenerative medicine, we focus more on the severity of the disease rather than the duration. We describe severity in the sense of how painful the condition is, how much structural damage there is, or if the condition is affecting multiple areas on the body (a patient may come in with a complaint about hip pain, but knee pain and joint motion may be affecting the patient’s overall condition as well).
Like many other treatments, regenerative therapy is likely to be more effective when the disease or injury is less severe. However, that does not mean we haven’t seen great results in patients who have had more severe symptoms. Each case is unique and dependent on how the patient responds to treatment – both physically and mentally. As mentioned above, regenerative therapy should be performed when you’re ready to take care of your body and nurse it back to optimal health.
Will I Need Time off Work for Regenerative Therapy?
The simplest answer is no – at least not more than a day if your job is not physically demanding. Depending on what procedure is performed, the patient may walk out of our office immediately after the procedure and carry on with their daily activities.
Other factors that patients do not need to consider when planning for a regenerative therapy treatment include:
- Being the appropriate age (there are no limitations)
- Recovering from full anesthesia
- Taking heavy pain killers
- Long rest and recovery periods
However, there are a couple of things to consider before proceeding with regenerative therapy. First, although regenerative therapy may be the right choice for you, it is not covered by insurance. And second, an MRI, X-Ray, imaging study like musculoskeletal ultrasound or other diagnostic assessment may need to be obtained prior to any intervention. Like any other condition, your medical doctor will want to make sure he has assessed your condition prior to treatment.