Why I Don’t Want Stem Cell Therapy For My Knee in the US (& Where I Am Going)

The idea of getting stem cells was one that I had had for a period given and not a decision that was made lightly.

Suppose you have read any of the things that I have posted online. It includes the story about the 14-day water fast that I did or the timeline I have made of autophagy. It shows some of the things you and your body will be experiencing when you are fasting. In that case, it should hopefully be very clear that I seek out a lot of information. I do so before making decisions that could potentially affect my health for years to come.

My first recollection of looking into this was in 2016 and 2017, when I first started looking for reviews from people that had had stem cell therapy for their knees. At that point, I remember that I wasn’t finding much. It wasn’t before 2018 and 2019 that I thought there were credible reviews that came out of people with their experiences. The evidence that came out in 2020 and 2021 convinced me that this could be the right decision.

I knew it was a rather substantial idea, and getting injections in my knee wasn’t exactly a thought I was overly excited by. However, the promise that stem cell therapy did seem to present looked impressive.

I figured that if I got an injection in the knee, I might get the best one: stem cell therapy.

My desire to have the procedure done in the first place is that I managed to have a rather severe injury when I was about 16. It bothered me somewhat.

The more I looked into it, the more I saw how stem cell therapy could help repair and treat a range of different knee issues. It includes:

  • bone on bone knee
  • cell and cartilage regeneration
  • knee pain
  • arthritis
  • meniscus repair
  • shoulder repair
  • hip repair
  • nerve damage

It was often used as an alternative to knee replacement surgery for the elderly and anyone else who may have issues as a way of regenerative therapy.

With many places like Panama and Mexico offering seemingly promising treatment options, there was much to think about. It became obvious that if I looked at stem cell treatment in Panama or Mexico, it costs between $10,000 and $30,000. There was no doubt that this was going to be an expensive treatment.

From everything I was able to look up online, there was no doubt in my mind that stem cell therapy has the potential to work for knee injuries.

At this point, I was still considering whether or not the solution would be to get the treatment done in the US. However, there was a significant reason why I chose not to do it.

I would not be able to get it done the right way. I wouldn’t be able to get the types of cells I would be hoping for, nor would I get them in the quantities where the results show.

Yes, it is due to ancient legislation enacted under Bush that the market for stem cell therapy is limited in the US. It is quite a shame if you ask me. Unfortunately, the mentioned legislation has resulted in the possibilities for treatment being extremely limited in the US.

So, what are the types of stem cells that I would be interested in?

Different types of stem cells

Before I started looking, I didn’t know there are different kinds of stem cells and that they aren’t all equally potent or able to provide the same types of benefits. Even if they provide the foundation for tissue, it’s within the last few decades that it has become obvious MSC are the ones that have the biggest potential. They’re the most likely to make a meaningful improvement on things like the kind of wear and tear and injuries. They’re the ones that the various clinics are using.

Even if all stem cells can self-renew and alter themselves to become other cells, the various types of stem cells still have their various limitations.

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