If you suffer from pain and stiffness in your joints, whether due to an injury or simply as a result of the ageing process, you may be suffering from osteoarthritis (OA).

And you’re not alone. OA is the most common type of arthritis, and affects more than 1.3 million Australians. A statistic that is on the rise with an ageing population. This is why Macquarie Stem Cells provide stem cell treatment to help you get back to your energetic self.

Diagnosing Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can present itself in a number of ways. And although more specific diagnosis may be needed to definitively determine the presence of OA, some of the tell-tale symptoms include:
• Stiffness
• Tenderness
• Pain
• Limited movement
• A crunching or grating feeling in the joints
• Occasional swelling

Prevention

Not only does OA affect a person physically, it can also have a large impact on their mental health and quality of life. Unfortunately, it is a degenerative disease and tends to worsen over time, particularly if not properly addressed. The best ways to help prevent the emergence of OA and deterioration of the joints is through:

• A healthy diet
• Exercise
• Avoiding repetitive movements and stress on the joints
• Actively addressing joint misalignment and rehabilitating weakened muscles

The most common areas that are affected are the knees, hips, hands, feet, spine and neck. When it comes to the sufferers of this disease, it is much more likely to be seen in those who are older, and tends to affect females more than males.

Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, however its impact can be reduced, and without serious downtime. Surgery can often take three to six months to recover from, which can be expensive and time consuming. Thanks to the emergence of stem cell research, we have now found a revolutionary new way to effectively treat OA. The process involves cells being injected into the affected joint to rehabilitate the tissue and cartilage.

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How can Stem Cell Treatment Help?

While osteoarthritis can be kept under control with physical therapy, medication, surgery and diet, stem cell therapy is still a leading treatment that delivers substantial results. The constant use of pain medication really only masks the pain, and can have adverse effects on the body over a long period of time. Stem cell therapy actually treats the tissue which is causing discomfort.

Macquarie Stem Cells in Liverpool NSW have treated well over 500 patients suffering from osteoarthritis. The process involves retrieving cells from adipose (fat) tissues with our ultrasonic cavitation technique, which are then reinjected into the affected area. Stem cells are the only cells in the body that are able to differentiate themselves into other types of specialised cells, and once a person’s own cells are reinjected into the damaged joint, they intensify the body’s ability to heal and work to produce fresh cartilage, reduce inflammation and prevent scarring and loss of function.

How Successful is Stem Cell Treatment?

Of the 500 patients that Macquarie Stem Cells have treated who suffer from osteoarthritis, 90% responded to treatment, and experienced a 75% improvement. This substantial result is even more exciting since the treatment injections are far less invasive than traditional surgeries and also require less down time and have a quicker recovery time.

Osteoarthritis affects so many Australians, and thanks to advanced developments in stem cell research, it is no longer a degenerative disease that you need to suffer from. If you are looking to find a solution for your osteoarthritis, and don’t want to undergo a seriously invasive surgical procedures, consider stem cell treatment.

For more information, visit our osteoarthritis treatment page, or contact us to arrange an appointment.

References

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Riordan et al, Autologous Stromal Vascular Fraction Cells: A Tool for Facilitating Tolerance in Rheumatic Disease, DOI. 10.1016/j.cellimm.2010.04.002

Caplan et al, The MSC: An Injury Drugstore, DOI 10.1016/j.stem.2011.06.008

Lu et al, Activation and promotion of adipose stem cells by tumour necrosis factor-α preconditioning for bone regeneration. J Cell Physiol. 2013 Aug;228(8):1737-44. doi: 10.1002/jcp.24330