Our experience is that most patients will have significant relief of pain around 1-2 months post injection. They will often continue to improve for the first 3-6 months after the stem cell procedure. Like any procedure, it does not work for every one and some people will not see any significant benefit. This is still a very new treatment, and there have not been a lot of long term outcomes studies or data as yet. However, early results are very encouraging.
Studies suggest an improvement rate as high as 80-85%, though some arthritic joints, like the hip and ankle, do not respond as well. Results of treatment do vary. Some patients experience complete relief of their pain. Others see some improvement while a few may not report any benefit at all. In the case of tendon and ligament injuries the improved results are likely to be permanent. In the case of joint arthritis, how long the treatment benefit lasts may depend on the severity of the condition. Mild arthritis may not need another round of treatments. More advanced arthritis, on the other hand, may require a repeat course of treatment.