It’s estimated that at least 54 million Americans are living with the symptoms of arthritis, and the number is growing. Joint pain and stiffness are a part of everyday life for adults with this inflammatory condition. The symptoms make mobility difficult, the pain causes suffering, and the most severe arthritis causes disability, preventing you from working and having a good quality of life.
Today a new treatment option is changing the way doctors treat arthritis and giving patients their lives back. Stem cell therapy for arthritis is more than mere hype -- it’s a cutting-edge therapy. Here’s how it’s changing the treatment of joint conditions.
The importance of cartilageCartilage is a vital tissue that connects your knees, elbows, shoulders, and all other joints in your body. It allows your bones to glide together so that you can bend and move smoothly.
If you have arthritis, your cartilage is worn down, causing the bones of your joints to scrape together. This can cause immense pain when you move. As your cartilage continues to wear down, over time your pain and stiffness may worsen. People suffering from arthritis commonly experience limited mobility and deal with the daily pain of inflamed joints.
A frustrating joint conditionOsteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is by far the most common type of arthritis. Until now medication and surgery have been a mainstay in treating this painful degenerative joint disease. Like other forms of arthritis, OA occurs when you lose the cartilage that connects the ends of your bones. While regenerative medicine can treat many types of arthritis, clinical studies are strongest for the use of stem cell therapy to treat knee arthritis.
Stem cell therapy: changing the face of arthritis treatmentStem cells serve as the very building blocks of all human tissue, and they have an important job to carry out. They replace damaged cells to maintain and heal tissues.
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative treatment that is helping arthritis patients everywhere repair their damaged joints and lead a better quality of life. The stem cells are obtained from amniotic allografts, umbilical cord blood, or from the patient's own tissues, and then they’re injected into the damaged joint. Then the stem cells go to work to replace damaged joint tissue, reduce inflammation, and help maintain new healthy tissue.
The result of stem cell therapy is a joint that doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night with pain. You also regain the ability to move with better mobility than you’ve had in years.
Avoiding the need for surgeryEach year nearly 700,000 Americans undergo knee replacement surgery, and that number is expected to soar over the next 10 years. Until now, patients with arthritis had limited treatment options.
Today, stem cell therapy for arthritis not only repairs damaged cartilage, it can help you avoid the need for surgery to replace the damaged joint. Reducing the need for joint replacement surgery is a medical breakthrough for arthritis treatment. Instead of preparing for surgery and a long recovery, patients can get back to their lives.
Stem cell therapy advantagesWhile surgery treats arthritis, it’s best to avoid surgery if you can. Stem cell therapy has distinct advantages over traditional surgery. Stem cell therapy: