17 Apr Can Stem Cell Therapy be the Answer to Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition that produces both pain and stiffness in joints. It is a degenerative disease, and anyone can be affected by it but people who are applying extra pressure to their joints over a prolonged period are more likely to become affected by this painful condition. Athletes or those who have jobs which involve repetitive movements are a prime example. Often, the only hope was surgery and long-term use of painkillers but now, with stem cell therapy, there are exciting breakthroughs which can offer a brand-new method of healing and yet, in a minimally invasive way.
You may be experiencing this type of pain currently and if so, you will understand the frustration that occurs through experiencing stiffness and pain, an especially first thing in the morning. There are secondary causes of osteoarthritis such as being overweight and of course, this adds pressure to weight-bearing joints. It also adds pressure to those joints damaged through trauma. So, it is clear it can affect just about everyone at some point.
- Fractures or breaks
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive joint movements
All these health issues can lead to a type of arthritic pain.
How does stem cell therapy work?
This treatment offers people a real chance of relief without intrusive surgery and so, it suits those that might have been placed on the list for joint replacements. It can also help repair tendons as well as joints and new research is surely going to open more doors to other areas that can be repaired using stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy uses the patient’s own cells to aid repair and pain relief. The cells are harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, from fat cells or from the blood supply. After they have been prepared they are injected back into the problem area. This encourages regeneration and that is the beauty of this treatment as it is using your body to heal itself. This means the body is not going to reject treatment and this is common with traditional surgery or joint replacement. There is also a reduced likelihood of infections and recovery is also faster.
Stem cell injections not only repair the previous damage but also stops or reduce further degeneration. Another positive is that the procedure from start to finish can all be over within a couple of hours.
Older methods of treatment required a cleaning out process of joints and replacement parts which often was not as successful as hoped and patients experienced pain afterward and ongoing problems. This was frustrating for those people involved in sports or relying on getting back to the workplace.
The costs of stem cell treatment are slowly coming down and now this procedure is open to many more people and is gaining traction as the future of joint degeneration. Trusted medical centers are bringing in this forward-thinking treatment for osteoarthritis joint damage. Stem cell therapy appears to be the way forward.