How do stem cells work to treat osteoarthritis?
When it comes to treating patients with osteoarthritis, their symptoms is the initial target and improvement. This specifically relates to the level of pain, stiffness and strength you have lost in your joint which is causing you to struggle with your daily activities.
The stem cells have the ability to:
- Target and fight off inflammation
- Increase the productivity of synovial fluid (lubrication of your joints)
- Repair damaged layer of cartilage as well as connective tissue
When it comes to the treatment of arthritis, there are 2 categories of patients.
- Patients who have grade 1 through to grade 3 – these patients have the potential for a preventative type of treatment, where the stem cells can potentially repair the damage which the cartilage has already taken and ultimately reverse, stop or slow down the degeneration process as well as removing the inflammation and increasing synovial fluid productivity so you have significantly reduced pain and increased movement range.
- Patients who are grade 4 (bone on bone/no cartilage) – in this scenario the stem cells will aid in removing the inflammation and increasing synovial fluid productivity so you will see great improvements to the pain, stiffness and strength in your joints but you will not able to grow back the cartilage since it’s no longer there. It has been almost 7 years since we have treated patients who have been bone on bone and these patients are still going strong with either no pain or minimal pain for their daily activities.
The whole idea behind this treatment is to stop or delay the need for a joint replacement in the future whilst improving your daily pain both short and long term.
Stem cell therapy is the first treatment for osteoarthritis that positively improves tissue and does not destroy joint tissue. The other three popular treatments listed below have been the only option available until stem cell therapy became available. Stem cell therapy has a safety record demonstrated in both animals and in humans for many years.