Each movement you make in your daily life is careful and calculated. You don’t consider yourself an overthinker, but when each step, bend, or even handshake could cause you pain, you take extensive measures to prevent it. This has been your life with osteoarthritis.
You’ve known your treatment options for a long time, but they aren’t exactly optimal. You’ve been trying to relieve the pain with anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and pain killers. Next you’ll need injection therapy with steroids and hyaluronic acid to try and repair the cartilage in your joints.
If these treatments don’t help, you’re looking at more invasive surgeries. It could be arthroscopy, bone drilling, or microfracturing, but with so much time and resources spent, why not just get a knee replacement at that point?
A New Treatment
Joint replacement doesn’t have to be the final stage in your struggle with osteoarthritis. With recent developments in research and treatment with regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy is now an option to treat osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.
Stem cells are the building blocks for all other cells in the body. They are able to turn into other types of cells, giving them the ability to repair, rebuild, and regenerate different tissues throughout the body.
Since stem cells are part of the body’s natural function, they can be used to treat joints that have been damaged from an accident or gradual deterioration. From a sports injury or accident to osteoarthritis, stem cell therapy is an option in regenerative medicine for many.
If stem cells are derived from the human body, where are they taken from for treatment? There are a couple of safe and ethical sources for human stem cells.
One source is the umbilical cord. Mesenchymal stem cells, cytokines, growth factors, proteins, and the structural matrix are all processed and preserved to be administered to the patient. Mesenchymal stem cells are only sourced from umbilical cords of healthy, full-term deliveries to ensure the health of the cells as well as the newborn. All tissues are received from donors and go through extensive FDA testing for infectious diseases.
The other source of stem cells comes from the patient themselves. Through a blood draw, the patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge — a machine that applies centrifugal force to liquids in order to separate content of different densities — to separate platelet-rich plasma from their growth factors. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated into a serum and then administered to the patient.
How It Works
When a part of your body is in pain — like a deteriorating or damaged joint — your brain sends a signal for cells to repair the tissue that is damaged. Unfortunately, as we age, the healing process slows down. This can lead to increased irritation and inflammation, as well as cell aging and exhaustion.
With stem cell therapy, however, the cells are administered to the affected joints and are able to respond to the brain’s signals. These cells are able to turn into specialized cells of human tissue that can help heal and regenerate the damaged tissue.
Treatable Joint Conditions
With stem cells’ incredible ability to transform into other specialized cells, they have the capacity to treat a variety of conditions that may be new or you have struggled to manage for years. The conditions can be caused by cell aging and deterioration, an accident, or from overuse due to repeated movements or sports.
Stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine can treat joint conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Joint inflammation
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
The purpose of using stem cells is to regenerate and restrengthen the tendons and ligaments that have worn away between bone joints. The pain felt with the above conditions is associated with the bones rubbing against each other and causing irritation and inflammation.
When stem cell therapy is successful, the cells have regenerated this tissue and the bones no longer rub against each other. This leads to a decrease in pain and inflammation.
Other Things To Know
When it comes to treatment options for joint conditions and pain, stem cell therapy is one of the best options because it’s minimally invasive compared to other treatments and works to reverse the effects of aging and damage rather than just to mitigate the pain.
The serum is injected into the affected areas of the body, but other than a few needle pricks, the procedure isn’t uncomfortable or painful. Many patients only need one procedure, but your physician will be able to give you more information about your treatment and recovery time based on your unique condition.
Factors that affect your healing time include the extent of damage to joint tissue, your age, and your overall health. Your DNA will most likely not be altered by the procedure, as your body should remove the foreign human cells and tissues over several days.
Stem Cell Therapy At Senara Health And Healing Center & Spa
At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we offer stem cell therapy and treatments in regenerative medicine to help with cell regeneration in your joints. Everyone deserves to live their lives to the absolute fullest without pain or discomfort, which is why we offer a treatment to help you feel healthy and happy again.
You can learn more about regenerative stem cell therapy, along with all of the conditions we are able to treat with it. If you’re ready to reverse the effects of joint damage rather than just try to manage the pain, contact us today to set up a consultation to find out if a regenerative medicine treatment is the right path for you.