Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Here at Macquarie Stem Cells, Dr. Bright aims to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis such as pain, stiffness and loss of strength in the joints. After your treatment our goal is to keep in contact with you so we can guide you to achieve the best results and get you moving comfortably again. Patient care and knowledge is what is expected of us and it is exactly what you would expect to gain from our expertise.

Osteoarthritis Treatment at the Source

Though Stem cell therapy is a “new treatment” for osteoarthritis in general it has been around the world for over 20 years and in medicine we have been using this treatment since 2009.

Stem cell therapy is beneficial to your health, we will not specifically compare this treatment against pain killers, anti-inflammatory medications and joint surgery…. since we hope everyone is aware of the health issues which can be associated by them.

Stem Cell Therapy treats the actual damaged tissue which is causing the discomfort.

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How Do These Cells Help Osteoarthritis?

These stromal cells have the potential to carry out repairs as indicated below;

  1. Target and fight off inflammation (reduce the pain you have)
  2. Increase the productivity of synovial fluid (increase lubrication of your joints)
  3. Differentiate into specific tissue types & Repair damaged layer of cartilage as well as connective tissue such as tendons, muscles & ligaments
  4. Resolve nerve related pain such as burning, tingling, numbness etc.

(Wu et al., 2013) (Gibbs et al., 2015) (Jo et al., 2014) , (Michalek, 2015)

I am “Bone on Bone” in my joints – Can it still help?

It is important for you to understand what actually happens in your joints when you become bone on bone. In short, over a period of time your bone surface will become sclerosed. This means the bone surface will have characteristics similar to marble.

As these cells can restore the balance of lubrication and remove the inflammation within your joints, you will be able to get back to walking or moving the joint normally with either minimal or no pain.

We have written a very detailed article explaining this, View the article here

Which Joints Can Stem Cell Therapy Help?

We have used this treatment on right about every joint in the body.
It is extremely common for us to treat multiple joints at the same time. As we progress through life, the aging process unfortunately causes wear and tear “osteoarthritis” in more than 1 joint.

Here are some of the joints we have treated which have shown very good improvements.

  • Fingers & Toes including Thumb joints
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Spine inclusive from the Neck to the Lower Back
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Feet


Weight and Age – Does it make a difference?

Your stem cells obtained from adipose tissue (body fat) will NOT go through the same aging process as your body does.
There has been studies confirming this. Most recently, a study in 2017 conducted by Kokai et al. confirms this. View the study here

We have treated patients who weigh under 50kg and are well in excess of 130kg, this does not appear to change the patients response to their own cells, we see very good improvements.
Whilst your weight may not affect your response to this treatment, you will need to keep in mind weight does impact wear and tear. The correlation with obesity has been observed for knees, hips (and other weight bearing joints) but also for non-weight bearing joints. This means the loss of body fat is more closely related to symptom relief than the loss of actual weight induced physical stress, it has been suggested that there may be a metabolic link to body fat as opposed to just mechanical loading. (Michalek et al,. 2015)

As for age, we have treated patients as young as 18 and as old as 94. We have not seen any correlation in an aged population as opposed to a younger population when using adipose derived SVF.

Success Rate of the Treatment

At Macquarie Stem Cells, we’ve treated well over 700 patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Our high success rate is a result of Dr. Bright’s expertise along with our scientific team. Based on our in-house observations, we have seen approximately a 97% chance of success in relation to patients responding to their own cells.

It is important to remember every patient will respond differently to their own cells. We often notice improvement ranges to vary between 20% to 100% (yes we have seen many patients reach 100% improvement)
Majority of the patients we treat are  reporting an average of 75% improvement in relation to their pain, stiffness and strength of the joint (based on in-house collection of Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index questionnaires)

Publications & Literature Reviews

The link below (in blue) is a publication for treating osteoarthritis with stromal cells from fat.  This study is utilizing patented method of cell seperation by Dr. Ralph Bright, et al.
It has been published in the Journal Of Evidence Based Medicine & Healthcare Oct. 2015
View the publication here!

Literature review for treating osteoarthritis has been published in January 2017. This study is observing multiple countries, multiple clinics and over 1600 patients treated with their own stem cells.
This is a very valuable publication, we suggest it is worth reading.


Treatment of Tears to Cartilage & Ligaments

It can be very common for osteoarthritis sufferers to have comorbidities such as cartilage tears (labrum, meniscus, etc. ) or ligament tears. This does stray away a little from this page however the treatment does work very well.
In our blog and main page about treating tears you can find a lot more information “Treating Tears with Stem Cells”.

Stem Cell Treatment for the Knee Joint

The very first patient we treated in 2009 suffered from arthritic knees. Following the success of this treatment, we have seen very good results for many other patients. The knee joint is the most common joint treated here at Macquarie Stem Cells and it does respond very well.

Stem Cells for the Hip joint

As we had been treating knee joints, we have coincidentally observed significant improvements in patients arthritic hips. Since 2012 we have formally been treating the hip joints. In the early days we used to notice slow improvements however we are now noticing patients results of the hip joints to be as good as the knees.
Of course, you have to keep in mind every patient responds differently.

Stem Cell Treatment for Spine related Arthritis

Osteoarthritis in the spine; inclusive of the neck down to your lower back. We can help.
Our in-house observations indicate the spine does respond to the treatment but patients need to keep in mind in many cases the results will be far greater with multiple treatments. This is where we need to explain the treatment of cryogenically freezing your cells.

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder

Whether it affects one shoulder or both, arthritis of the shoulder can be a particularly painful condition. Stem cell therapy has shown great promise for shoulder arthritis treatment, with the potential to provide relief from shoulder pain. Shoulders have been extremely successful.

Stem Cell Therapy for Fingers, Toes & Thumbs.

Interestingly these smaller joints cause big issues in limiting the patients quality of life. Handling objects, writing, walking even leaning can be debilitating.
The patients we have treated for these smaller joints appear to share similar patterns. That is; they all appear to respond quicker than any other joint in the body.

Want to Learn More about Stem Cell Injections for Osteoarthritis?

If you’ve been considering stem cell therapy as an osteoarthritis treatment, it’s important to know that:

  1. Age makes no difference
  2. The grade of osteoarthritis makes no difference (Mild through to bone on bone)
  3. Body weight makes no difference
  4. If you suffer from Gout or Pseudo Gout, it needs to be well controlled prior to treatment