Osteoarthritis

Research 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 has been highly 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 orthopedic 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.

During our treatment, patients receive autologous mesenchymal cells (i.e from the patient him/herself). Under local anesthesia, a bone marrow and/or adipose tissue sample is collected from the patient and a blood sample is withdrawn.The cells  are separated, then re-injected locally in the diseased joint or given to the patient using a standard IV dip.

This is all completed within only a matter of few hours in fast, simple, and most importantly safe procedure

Over 6 months following the treatment and possible 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.

therapy for Osteoarthritis
References:
  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.