Introduction to Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a common form of joint pain caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. As the protective cartilage wears down, bone rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion in the joint. Stem cell therapy is emerging as a promising treatment option for osteoarthritis.
What are Stem Cells and How Do They Work?
Stem cells possess powerful anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties that can help repair damaged cartilage. Mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord tissue are often used in stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis. When injected into the joint, these stem cells can reduce inflammation, stimulate the body’s own stem cells to repair cartilage, prevent cell death, and modulate the immune system.
The treatment involves a simple injection into the affected joint, such as the knee, shoulder, or hip. Stem cells can be injected directly into the joint capsule to provide growth factors and signals to the inner two-thirds of cartilage. They can also be injected intravenously to reach the outer third of the cartilage through the blood supply. This two-pronged approach allows comprehensive healing of the entire cartilage surface.
Patients may experience mild swelling or stiffness for 1-3 days after the injection as the body mounts an inflammatory response to boost healing. It’s important to avoid high-impact activities during the 4-6 week period when new cartilage tissue is growing and still fragile. With time, patients can often resume normal activities without joint pain.
Research Evidence on Effectiveness
A study followed 30 patients with knee osteonecrosis resulting from steroid use. For each patient, one knee received stem cell injections while the other underwent total knee replacement. After 12 years, only 1 of the 30 knees treated with stem cells required replacement surgery, compared to 6 knees in the surgery group.
In summary, stem cell therapy provides a minimally invasive approach to treating osteoarthritis and helping patients avoid joint replacement surgery. By harnessing the body’s own healing abilities, stem cells offer hope for regrowing cartilage and restoring joint function. If you suffer from osteoarthritis and are looking for an effective, non-surgical treatment option, the Stem Cell Medical Center may be able to help.
Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis and Pain Relief
At the Stem Cell Medical Center, we use ethically-sourced, potent mesenchymal stem cells cultured from umbilical cord tissue to harness the body’s innate healing abilities. Our state-of-the-art facility was designed with your comfort, safety, and optimal treatment in mind.
Our expert medical team is dedicated to providing personalized regenerative medicine treatments to reduce inflammation, repair cartilage damage, prevent cell death, and restore joint function. Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive approach that helps patients avoid joint replacement surgery.
To learn more about how stem cell therapy can help treat your osteoarthritis, contact the Stem Cell Medical Center today to schedule a consultation. Discover how our ultra-potent stem cells and compassionate care can get you back to living pain-free.
Contact us and schedule a consultation to see if you may benefit from regenerative treatments. Stem cell therapy could alleviate your pain and help you regain mobility.