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!

osteoarthritis, OsteoarthritisAround 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:

  • Hereditary
  • Obesity
  • Injury
  • 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:

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?

osteoarthritis, OsteoarthritisThe 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).

osteoarthritis, OsteoarthritisIt 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.

osteoarthritis, OsteoarthritisOver 6 months following the treatment and possibly after more than one treatment session, improvements are slowly noticed with build-up of healthy tissue and slowing down of the inflammatory process resulting in symptoms being decreased or reversed, this is only possible with Regenerative therapy.

Benefit is most achieved with early treatment and strictly following instructions given by the physician, with consideration of individual cases, patient’s state, his or hers analysis and disease history.

Orthobiologic Regenerative Therapy for Osteoarthritis is being studied for efficacy in improving the complications in patients through the use of their own cells. These procedures may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking to try Regenerative therapy before starting drug treatment.


osteoarthritis, OsteoarthritisResearch theories (1) are, when stem cells are injected into an arthritic joint, they might:

  • Develop into much needed cartilage cells to replace damaged cartilage
  • Suppress inflammation that can make arthritis and associated pain worse
  • Release proteins (cytokines) that slow down cartilage degeneration and/or decrease pain

In a  most recent study by the Mayo Clinic  (2) , published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, findings showed that  patients not only had a dramatic improvement in the knee that received stem cells, but also in their other knee, which also had painful arthritis but received only a saline control injection. Each of the 25 patients enrolled in the study had two bad knees, but did not know which knee received the stem cells.

The musculoskeletal system is a single complex consisting of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, which provide support to the human body, and movement of its individual parts. The symptomatic therapy for inflammation and pain consists of non-steroidal and steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs temporarily relieve the pain and eliminates inflammation in the joints, but in no way does it contribute or initiate recovery of the affected cartilage tissue. Long term use of such drugs might result in compromising the kidney functions and contribute to developing osteoporosis.

Regenerative therapies are proving more and more successful in alleviating symptoms by promoting cartilage cell growth as well as suppressing the inflammation resulting in pain relief. Regenerative therapy is a powerful tool which can eliminate the cause of the condition and its consequences. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system of both degenerative and inflammatory nature can equally benefit from stem cell therapy.

Degenerative changes of the articular surfaces, cartilage and surrounding tissues as in osteoarthrosis is followed by sclerosis of joint surfaces with the growth of osteophytes, which ultimately leads to the development of strains, sprains and joint dysfunction. Therapy by Regenerative treatments can help all of these problems. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease, affecting around 70-80% of all the joint pathology patients. Over the years stem cells therapy has revolutionized treatment of osteochondrosis, a family of orthopaedic diseases of the joint that occur in children and adolescents.

Regenerative therapies can slow down the disease progression and help relief associated pain hence improve the patient’s quality of life. In addition to being a source of inflammation in the body, progression of arthritis brings on complete destruction of the joint possibly resulting in impaired patient mobility and worsening in the quality of life. It is imperative that treatment of arthritis with Regenerative therapy is started as early as possible.

Regenerative therapy procedures are quickly becoming a first line of treatment for chronic pain, degenerative joint disease, like arthritis or osteoarthritis, providing a minimally invasive option to avoid invasive surgical repair, and other various conditions. There are many Medica Stem Cell patient testimonials on our website who have experienced significant improvements on their condition for You to view.



  1. Burke J, Hunter M, Kolhe R, Isales C, Hamrick M, Fulzele S. Therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cell based therapy for osteoarthritis. Clin Transl Med. 2016; 5(1):27.
  2. Shapiro SA, Kazmerchak SE, Heckman MG, Zubair AC, O’Connor MI. A Prospective, Single-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate for Knee Osteoarthritis. Am J Sports Med 2017 Jan; 45 (1):82-90 Epub 2016 Sept 30. View PubMed
What are the top Benefits of Non-surgical Regenerative Treatments?

There are so many options available for osteoarthritis treatment.Sowhat are the benefits that make Regenerative Treatment a better choice for you? In general, Regenerative therapies are minimally invasive, non-surgical same day procedures with no risk of rejection, minimal recovery time and minimum worry. You are fully awake and ready to go home very soon after after the injection in the affected area.

Here are the top benefits to be aware of:


Avoid surgery and its risks and many complications


Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure, which gives patients an alternative to painful surgery and a lengthy recovery. The procedure is performed in an out-patient setting and only takes 1-2 hours. No general anaesthesia is required, and most patients don’t need post-operative pain medication. Also, patients typically return to work within a day or two, and they resume physical activity much faster than after invasive surgery.


Minimal post-procedural recovery time

One of the most time-consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but the recovery time. With Regenerative therapies, there is far less risk involved than surgery and recovery time is much shorter compared to surgery.


No use of general anaesthesia


Do you not like the way general anaesthesia makes you feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Regenerative Therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anaesthesia. It provides a safe, increasingly effective non-surgical alternative for arthritis in hands treatment using the body’s own natural ability to repair itself without the use of medication.


Same day procedure


The best part, after comprehensive examination and review of your case, blood tests & radio-imaging scans are done to establish a baseline for your pre-existing condition. Regenerative Medica Stem Cells Therapies are an out-patient same-day procedure, where the Consultant decides the line of treatment most suited to your case. In some instances, it may be 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.


Safe procedures with No risk of rejection and No communicable disease transmission


The procedure involves autologous transplant cells; hence your immune system has no reason to attack them and is in turn much safer than other outside sources. Being an autologous transplant there no risk of cross-transmission of disease.

Likewith  anyinjection, there is a little risk of infection at the sample collection and the injection site. We carry out the procedure is carried out under strict sterile conditions to reduce that risk.

Am I a candidate for the Medica Stem Cells therapies?

Regenerative Medica Stem Cells Therapies can be utilised by anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. To determine if you are the right candidate and will benefit the most from Regenerative treatment, you need to schedule an appointment with our Clinic. Once our Consultant reviews your medical records,  he will determine if you are a suitable candidate for our Therapy. However, the choice of treatment is at the discretion of the Consultant based on your unique case.

Do Regenerative treatments or therapies work?

Regenerative therapies are now clinically used to treat degenerative knees, hips, shoulders and other joints. Patients who underwent Regenerative Treatment at our Clinic have testified seeing a marked reduction in pain along with improvement in cartilage quality. The trials concerning Regenerative therapies are widely published online (ex. on PubMed) and readily available for all to access. Regenerative therapies are both safe and effective. Stem Cell Treatments allow the body to heal and regenerate in ways that were impossible before. Regenerative Medicine provides a natural alternative to the use of surgeries and medication, which may be more invasive and harmful.

Regenerative Medicines are quickly becoming a first-line treatment for chronic pain, degenerative joint disease, like arthritis or Osteoarthritis and provide a minimally invasive option to avoid invasive surgical repair.and other various conditions.There are many Medica Stem Cell patient testimonials on our website for You to view, outlining that these patients experienced significant improvements in their health.

When do I See Results? What can I expect after Regenerative treatment?

The treatment usually is finished within 1-2 hours and is performed in an out-patient setting. Administration of anaesthesia is not required, and the patient can go home after the treatment. Regenerative Therapy is an orthobiological treatment that requires some time for the cells to restore the damaged areas in the affected joint. Patients usually do not feel the effect of the injection immediately. Mostly, patients begin to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within 1-2 months . The strong anti-inflammatory effect of the growth factors associated with adult mesenchymal cells helps manage pain and discomfort in the initial weeks. This anti-inflammatory effect usually lasts from 2-3 months. After 2-3 months, you can see continued gradual improvement as the cells help provide healing to the affected area.

For the first few days after the treatment, you might experience mild discomfort or sometimes mild pain at the injection site. The pain usually is not restrictive and may persist for a few days. The discomfort can be alleviated mostly by rest, and if needed, simple pain killers may be prescribed.

Osteoarthritis conditions may or may not require repeat treatment. Typically, it is best to wait 3-6 months. We perform repeat treatment in cases where there is a chance of some improvement.

The reviews sessions to track your development may extend up to 6 months following the procedure. Reviews can be through clinic visits or, for your ease ,by video/phone call.

During the period of follow up, you need to keep an accurate record of your progress to compare to your starting point.

The outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another. Mostly it depends on the type and severity of the condition, age, etc.

Regenerative Therapy for Osteoarthritis may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking for safe treatment alternatives. Regenerative treatments are not suitable for all conditions and all patients. The consultant will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate.

Your first step to exploring your treatment options for Osteoarthritis is scheduling a consultation with our Consultant. To do so call us on 020 8168 2000 or alternatively book a consultation online or request a call back today!