Technically, chronic pain is any pain that lasts beyond 12 weeks. It can be the result of surgery, an injury, nerve damage, and serious illness, such as cancer. Over the last several decades, oral pain medications, many of which were addictive, were frequently prescribed to ease many types of persistent pain.
Dr. Phillip Lim has spent his entire career seeking healthy, non-addictive ways to manage pain, and this work couldn’t be more needed, as our country experiences the spasms of a painkiller misuse and abuse crisis that is destroying lives and communities.
Stem cell therapy has been widely and successfully used to treat cancer and blood disorders, but is now expanding into other applications, including chronic pain relief. Dr. Lim has enthusiastically adopted this cutting-edge treatment, and it just may be right for you.
What is a stem cell?
There are myriad types of specific cells from which your organs, blood, and tissues are made. Stem cells, on the other hand, are different because they haven’t been designated for a specific purpose yet.
There are two varieties of stem cells that can replicate in a virtually unlimited way: hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells have the ability to turn into any type of blood cell, while mesenchymal cells can become organ, bone, muscle, and many other types of cells.
Stem cells are harvested in different ways, but Dr. Lim accesses them from your bone marrow, adipose tissue (fat), and from amniotic fluid and umbilical cord donations that we receive after routine, healthy births.
How does stem cell therapy work?
Regenerative medicine is an exciting branch of medicine that has the potential to treat a host of diseases.
Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative treatment whereby stem cells that start out carrying no information actually become cells that will be used for a specific purpose — to heal or replace diseased or degenerated tissue.
Exosomes are key byproducts of stem cells that send information on to other cells and initiate healing in cells near the source of your pain. Dr. Lim injects exosomes from where your pain emanates, and this starts the reparative process and optimizes your body’s own healing mechanisms.
The entire realm of stem cell therapy may sound futuristic to you — and maybe even improbable. Fortunately, Dr. Lim has used it as a pain treatment quite successfully, especially in his work with military patients, a population he’s worked with extensively.
A precise art and a patient-friendly process
Dr. Lim has also had the opportunity to work with professional athletes and their physicians to perfect his stem cell injection techniques with the help of advanced medical technology. This is something most pain specialists can’t claim, but a flawless injection process is essential to successful treatment results for you.
Stem cell therapy is not only a revolutionary alternative to easy-to-abuse prescription painkillers, but it’s also noninvasive, quick, and requires no post-procedure downtime.
Learn whether you’re a stem cell therapy candidate
Dr. Lim and the NuVation Pain Center team create a care plan for you and you alone, and they consider all viable, safe treatment options to offer you relief.
Take the first step toward healing by calling our Buena Park or Los Angeles office today, or make an appointment online. The only thing you have to lose is the burden of chronic pain.