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Joint Pain & Other Chronic Pain Conditions
Seeing your pet in pain can be difficult. If your pet suffers from pain due to osteoarthritis, connective tissue injuries or other chronic pain conditions, stem cell therapy might be a viable option. Stem cell therapy for pets is a noninvasive method and an alternative to subjecting your pet to a traumatic major surgical procedure. This treatment can use the power of your pet's own stem cells to promote dramatic tissue repair and pain relief and any holistic veterinarian on our skilled four-practitioner team can provide this form of high-tech healing here at Veterans Memorial Animal Hospital.
Stem cells can be considered "blank slate" cells because they are undifferentiated, meaning that they haven't yet become any particular type of cell (muscle, brain, nerve et cetera). When they're placed in proximity to a particular type of cell, biochemical reactions trigger them to transform into that cell. This is good news for animals who are struggling with tissue damage or joint pain. For example, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in a joint wears out, resulting in pain and inflammation. If stem cells are injected into an arthritic joint in need of cartilage, they will become cartilage cells. Stem cells injected into damaged tendons become tendon cells. Whatever type of cell a part of the body needs to repair itself, the stem cells will become.
Stem cells don't just supply "replacement parts “for ailing or injured tissues. They also provide growth factors and other substances that actively speed cellular reproduction and repair.
Stem cell therapy provides safe, lasting relief because it simply facilitates and enhances your pet's own natural healing processes. We get the stem cells by anesthetizing your pet and removing a small amount of body fat (a rich source of adult stem cells). While your pet is recovering in our surgery suite, the fat is processed in the lab to separate the stem cells. Your Houston veterinarian then injects the stem cells into the body part in need of treatment.
Acute joint pain from injured tendons or ligaments may require only one stem cell therapy session to produce remarkable results. Chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis may require multiple or periodic sessions to maintain consistent benefits. But the fact that it's so safe and actually treats the underlying problem (instead of just dulling the symptoms briefly) makes stem cell therapy a great alternative to painkillers for many pets.
Don't let your best friend suffer when there's a good chance he can enjoy pain-free function once again. Contact our animal hospital in Houston Texas today at 281-440-4441 to learn more about stem cell therapy and schedule an appointment with your holistic veterinarian!