By: Coco Ang, PT
As the field of stem cell therapy continues to grow, the treatment is extending into providing solutions for severe as well as milder conditions. Popular for the treatment of musculoskeletal issues and injuries, stem cell therapy has so far shown promising results. As the therapy branches out into helping doctors and physicians treat challenging conditions, there are several questions that come to the mind of a patient.
As is with any medical treatment, the journey to a successful procedure starts with asking the right questions and learning all you can about the procedure and how it affects you. Those looking to opt for this method of treatment for musculoskeletal issues should ask their injection physicians the following questions prior to receiving the treatment to get the most out of their experience.
Ask Your Physician About Their Experience
Experience is the foundation of medical expertise. The more experience a physician has, the better they will be equipped to avoid and handle complications, should they arise.
Ask Them About The Data They Collect And Report
Since stem cell therapy and treatments are relatively new for musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis, we still need lots of data to assess our results. Although that should not scare you as a receiver of the treatment, it’s always a good idea to verify the kind of data that the clinic you’re choosing reports. This data should not just be limited to a simple phone call to ask the patient how they are recovering, though this is also very important. Additionally, your results should be tracked by a validated questionnaire (each body part has at least one such questionnaire, such as the ‘KOOS’ (Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis and Outcome Score) that assesses pre and post injection pain and function, thus providing a much more objective assessment of your response.
Ask Them About Their Physician Speciality
The speciality of your physician also helps determine their expertise with a method of treatment. For example, a musculoskeletal specialist may use Botox for the treatment of dystonia. But just because the physician knows how to use the Botox treatment for a musculoskeletal issue does not mean that they should also offer Botox treatment for cosmetic purposes, since it’s not their specialty or in their ‘scope of practice’.
In short, specific training means better results. A sports medicine physician, orthopedic surgeon or physiatrist, therefore, will be better equipped and trained to treat musculoskeletal issues and perform and administer injections into joints, muscles and tendons.
If you’re looking for sports medicine doctors and physicians for stem cell therapy, reach out to us at SEMI.
Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics are greater Toronto area based sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics that offer a wide range of services such as stem cell transplant, sports medicine physicians, sports podiatry and active release techniques, among others.