Are steroid injections and physical Therapy the only options for Osteoarthritis?
Medica Stem Cells offer minimally invasive, non-surgical, safe alternatives for Osteoarthritis treatment to get your life back on track without steroid injections!
Around million people in the UK are said to live with Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degenerative joint disease, including damage to the tissue between bones known as articlar cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage the bone may be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become laxer. While Osteoarthritis is very common in middle-aged and older people, up to two-thirds of people suffering from osteoarthritis are of working age. However the symptoms can range from very mild to very severe. The disorder most often affects hands and weight-bearing joints such as knees, hips, feet and shoulders, but can affect almost any joint in the body.
Causes of Osteoarthritis:
Several factors are commonly associated with increasing the risk of developing osteoarthritis which include:
- Joint overuse
- History of rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:
Mostly the symptoms of Osteoarthritis develop slowly, which include:
- Painful and sore joints. The pain worsens during movement.
- Joints hurt after overuse of joints or after a long period of inactivity. The first step after rest is excruciating.
- Joints get stiff after a period of inactivity or rest.
- Swelling in joints are very prominent.
Conventional osteoarthritis treatment includes
Traditionally, Osteoarthritis is treated by a combination of therapies which includes medication, hot and warm compress, joint injections, muscle strengthening exerciseand more. Sometimes surgery is suggested in extreme cases. At Medica Stem Cells clinics we offer you another choice of treatment method that is minimally invasive and a non-surgical same-day procedure for osteoarthritis knee treatment using Regenerative Medicine under local aesthetics & manipulation of the joint. With our innovative, cutting – edge ADULT mesenchymal cells and Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP therapy, we facilitate faster healing as well as improved functionality. Patients typically experience little to no downtime from our Stem Cell treatmentfor arthritisprocedures.
Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment for arthritis and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) concentrate injections are next-generation regenerative treatments. These Regenerative Medicines help to treat the cause of Osteoarthritis and not just the symptoms. Regenerative Therapy, for osteoarthritis pain relief treatment, utilises biologically material harvested from the patient’s body. Stem cell treatment for Osteoarthritis has become quite popular as it accelerates healing by regenerating new tissue and combating pain. It has reduced the need for prescription medications, steroid injections and surgery, proving to be a helpful tool towards managing and potentially eliminating pain in the body. Regenerative Therapy has helped many people to overcome chronic pain and as a result restoring their function and mobility and improving their quality of life. Regenerative Therapy utilising several protocols will ultimately help initiate the self-healing cycle in the injured part of the body. The result then is pain relief.
Non-surgical Regenerative treatments are a same-day procedure, and the options are:
- Platelet-rich plasma – PRP therapy
- Mesenchymal cell therapy
- SVF (Stromal vascular fraction) therapy
In some cases, the treatment protocol may include a combination of more than one treatment protocol. For some patients, however, the complete protocol is a series of knee injections for arthritis in several treatment sessions. The choice of treatment is at the discretion of the Consultant and based on your unique case.
Please contact us for a consultation and complete assessment to determine whether or not your condition is treatable with these minimally invasive, non-surgical regenerative procedures.
How Regenerative Therapy can be used to treat patients with Osteoarthritis?
The majority of complications in Osteoarthritis patients are related to the deterioration of cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion. In Osteoarthritis, this surface become rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, patients will be left with bone rubbing on bone.
Regenerative Treatments provided by Medica Stem Cells is designed to target these areas within the joints to help with the growth of new cartilage cells. Stem cells are multi-potent and have the ability to differentiate into cartilage cells (Chondrocytes).
It works like this: Under local anaesthesia, a bone marrow and/or adipose tissue sample is collected from the patient and a blood sample is withdrawn and placed into a centrifuge to produce a rich concentrate. Those cells are then injected back into the patient’s damaged joint or given to the patient using a standard IV dip to help kick-start healing. Regenerative therapy induces the production of natural anti-inflammatories which can assist with Osteoarthritis pain and swelling in the joint area.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and only takes a few hours. No general anaesthesia is required and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Also, patients typically return to work within a week or two and they resume physical activity much faster than after invasive surgery. Extracting the cells directly from patients reduces the risk of rejection; many report feeling marked improvement in their joint within one to three months.