Sometimes life causes headaches, but what constitutes chronic migraines? The definition for chronic migraine is having 15 or more headache days per month with the headache lasting for over 4 hours. Surprisingly, over 3 million adults in the US suffer from chronic migraines! As a result, people try numerous medications to manage these symptoms. Besides the typical over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, this may include beta blockers, anti-depressants, other neuropathic medications like gabapentin. While these can help reduce or manage the headache symptoms, they tend to come with a lot of side effects. For people who can’t tolerate the medication or have not seen improvement in the symptoms, Botox for migraines can be a great option. It entails injections with a small needle performed every 12 weeks. The data shows 8-9 fewer headache days per month after just 2 treatments. If you have been suffering with chronic migraines, Regenexx Pittsburgh can help determine if Botox injections are right for you.
A recent clinical trial that compares three types of so-called “regenerative” stem cell therapies, as well as corticosteroid injections, on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The results of this study show that Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) containing the patient’s own live stem cells outperforms other injections (including a treatment where stem cells derived from the patient’s own fat tissue, as well as a treatment in which stem cells are derived from a donor’s umbilical cord).