You’ve just taken your dog for a walk. It’s a beautiful morning, you’ve enjoyed the fresh air, and you even got to chat with your neighbors down the street about their summer plans. No sooner do you get back to your house, though, that your knee begins to ache.
This wouldn’t concern you if this wasn’t a recurring issue. You’ve noticed in the past year or so that your knees feel more stiff, they ache soon after physical activity, and you’ve even noticed some swelling. As your condition has progressed, you’re starting to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to go for walks at all anymore.
A Common Occurrence
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis is a very common condition that affects more than 3 million people per year in the U.S. alone. This condition occurs when cartilage between joints begin to erode and the bones rub against each other. This can cause severe aches, sharp pain, and inflammation. Arthritis develops most often in the hands, neck, lower back, knees, hips, and shoulders, making normal movements uncomfortable or even impossible.
While many treatments exist to combat this health problem — including medication, physical therapy, and surgery — regenerative medicine may offer a solution that is more natural and long-lasting than other types of treatment.
At Senara Health And Healing Center & Spa in Peoria, we offer stem cell therapy as one of our treatments in regenerative medicine. We believe that life shouldn’t come with aches and pains, and that gained experience in life as you age shouldn’t slow you down. Continue reading our blog to learn more about how stem cell therapy can treat arthritis, and contact our office today to schedule a consultation with a physician if you’re interested in treatment.
As we mentioned, arthritis is caused by a deterioration of cartilage between bone joints. While medication can dull the pain, it can lead to drug dependency and addiction. Physical therapy may help, but the discomfort will remain. Surgery is a drastic option and, while it may be a solution, your joint will never be your joint again.
The solution to this problem is to repair the damaged tissue and help the body regenerate new, healthy tissue. We’ve discussed the science of stem cell therapy as well as how stem cell therapy can treat joints, but how can regenerative medicine treat osteoarthritis specifically?
Repairing The Damage
The first step to treating arthritis using regenerative medicine is to repair the damage that has been done. There are a variety of cells that become damaged as arthritis starts to develop — not just the cartilage.
Stem cells, thankfully, are the building blocks for all other cells within the body. They are able to differentiate into any specialized cell to repair damaged tissue. Through PRP injections to the affected joint, stem cells have the potential to repair damaged nerve cells, skin cells, muscle cells, bone cells, and cartilage cells.
This should cause a decrease in pain and inflammation as the cartilage builds back up and creates a buffer between bone joints.
The treatment isn’t quite over once the damage has been repaired, though. In order to keep joints healthy, the body needs to continue creating healthy cells that the joints need to function properly.
With continued PRP injections, the stem cells and growth factors stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism to continue regenerating cells. Stem cell therapy doesn’t just reverse the effects of arthritis — it can help you feel like you have a brand-new joint (without surgery)!
Preventing Future Deterioration
Ultimately, it’s your decision whether or not to continue stem cell treatment after seeing improvement from arthritis. With the aging process, though, comes the slowing of cell reproduction. You may see results now, but in five or ten years you could be experiencing the same pain and discomfort again.
The best way to prevent this is to continue treatment to help with cell regeneration. Your physician can help you decide what the best plan is moving forward, what you can be doing outside of your stem cell treatment, and how often you should be coming in for injections.
Helping The Body Heal Itself
At Senara, we believe in the body’s own ability to heal itself, which is why we offer treatments in regenerative medicine to stimulate these processes. If you suffer from osteoarthritis or another joint condition, get in touch with us to see if stem cell therapy could help you.