Regenerative Medicine: Fight Joint Pain With Stem Cells
If you or a loved one suffers from pain related to arthritis or joint problems, living a life of pain and/or surgery is not your only option. Regenerative medicines offer a safe and natural alternative to fighting joint pain and damage.
Stem cell treatments are noninvasive and used to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. People suffering from joint pain, joint injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions are often good candidates for these effective treatments.
You may have heard of stem cells without really knowing what they are or how they help treat diseases like arthritis and injuries. Explore the advantages of using your own body’s raw materials to heal yourself.
Joint Pain – What Causes it?
Joints are what form connections between your bones. Joints provide support and help you move with ease. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain within the body including aching and even spasming muscles.
Different conditions that cause painful joints include but are not limited to:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscle strains
- Muscle sprains
- Various sports injuries
Joint pain is widespread, full-blown and surveys have been known to show an excess of one-third of adults surveyed reported experiencing recent joint pain.
The most common joint pain related complaints within the body are:
As we age, joint pain becomes an increasing problem and can greatly affect our mobility. Joint pain levels vary from extremely mild to full-blown debilitation. Joint pain is either acute (temporary and only lasting weeks) or considered chronic (lasting several weeks and even months).
Joint Pain – What Options do we Have to Treat Joint Pain Effectively?
Most people try to manage their joint pain with either over the counter (OTC) or prescription medication, diet changes, or costly physical therapy rather than trying healing through regenerative medicines like stem cell therapy. Medications to manage pain can not only be highly addictive but can also cause further damage to our internal organs with prolonged use.
Common medications used to treat joint pain include but are not limited to:
- Prescription opioids
- Steroid pills and injections
- Muscle relaxers
- Hyaluronic acid injections
A diet change to help reduce inflammation while incorporating anti-inflammatory foods and supplements like turmeric or dragon fruit can certainly help but since joint pain leads to joint damage, likely you will require some “repair work” on your joints to feel significant and lasting relief.
Alternative treatments, like stem cell therapy, are less popular but not because they do not work but instead because this type of regenerative therapy is relatively new and for so long medicating the problem was the common practice. Stem cell therapy has shown drastic improvements in relieving those suffering from joint pain that does not want to take mind-altering medications and costly physical therapy sessions that merely mask the pain and only offer temporary relief.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are specialized human cells that can develop into other types of cells, including muscle cells, brain cells, blood cells, and bone cells. Stem cells are found in most tissues in the body, including your bone marrow as well as in fat.
Stem cells divide to create more cells, called daughter cells. The daughter cells can become new stem cells through self-renewal or they can become specialized cells with a specific function, such as bone cells or blood cells.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Regenerative medicine uses stem cells injected into the affected part of the body like your joints. The treatments rely on adult stem cells to repair diseased or injured tissue.
Stem cell therapy was developed over 30 years ago as a treatment to help people suffering from various types of cancer. Doctors used the stem cells found in the bone marrow to replace cells killed during chemotherapy. Over the years, research has helped find additional uses for the adult stem cells found in the bone marrow. Along with bone marrow, we can now obtain stem cells isolated from adipose tissue (fat).
Most stem cell therapy treatments use stem cells obtained from bone marrow or body fat. The bone marrow is taken from the hip region, which contains adult stem cells. The mesenchymal stem cells taken from adipose tissue are then processed in the lab.
The stem cells are then injected into the body at the site of the injury or disease. For example, if you suffer from knee joint pain, the injection would occur near the knee. A person suffering from heart disease may receive heart cells injected into the heart muscle.
The cells then begin to regenerate more cells, allowing your body to repair itself. Within 10 to 12 weeks, you should feel the maximum effects of the treatment and resume your normal activities.
Keep in mind that results vary from patient to patient and cannot be guaranteed. However, multiple studies have found that regenerative therapy using adult stem cells can treat a wide variety of issues including varying degrees of joint pain.
Who Qualifies for Stem Cell Treatments?
We continue to uncover new ways to utilize the body’s own potential to treat diseases and medical issues.
Stem cell therapy may help the below conditions including but not limited to:
- Arthritis pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Repair bone fractures
- Mobility and joint function
- Joint mobility following trauma or sports injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These are just a few examples of the medical problems and complaints that stem cells may help treat and even heal. Book a free consultation with the staff at Revive to find out if regenerative therapy using stem cells is right for you.
How can Stem Cells Heal the Body?
Stem cells provide an effective regenerative treatment thanks to their ability to repair damaged areas of the body.
Researchers have identified five main mechanisms of this healing process:
- Providing an anti-inflammatory effect
- Homing to damaged cells
- Recruiting other cells to promote tissue growth
- Inhibiting cell death (apoptosis)
- Differentiating into different types of tissue
In some situations, patients may benefit from the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The plasma is obtained directly from the patient, as with the adult stem cells. The PRP helps enrich the supply of blood cells to the damaged parts of the body, increasing tissue regeneration and assisting with pain relief of the joints.
Heel Bone Fractures and Musculoskeletal Injuries
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from adipose tissue are currently used in orthopedics to help repair bone and muscle tissue. Replacing damaged cells with MSCs may help repair cartilage and heal bones or muscles after trauma.
Stem cell therapy provides a natural solution for repairing, restoring, or replacing skeletal elements or tissues affected by various acute injuries or chronic degeneration. It offers an alternative to surgery and is often used in the areas of sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, and rehabilitation.
If you have experienced a sports injury, our stem cell therapy treatments will help to speed up the recovery process. Meniscus tears, rotator cuff tears, ACL tears, and torn ligaments are just a few examples of ailments that regenerative therapy can assist with.
Studies show that stem cell therapy is highly effective in treating bone fractures and other bone injuries. In one review, stem cell injections helped achieve a 75% union of fractured bones. In another case, a patient experienced an 88% union after only four short months of regenerative stem cell therapy.
Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain and Improve Joint Function
Stem cells may also help regenerate tissues to improve the function of joints. Those suffering from arthritis may experience greater mobility and range of motion. Not only does this provide the patient with better mobility and comfortable movement, but patients have reported a decrease in anxiety and depression symptoms. Providing relief from joint pain and increased movement helps people to get back to “living” a more normal life.
MSCs also provide an anti-inflammatory effect. Alleviating inflammation helps reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis. According to a 2011 study, patients with severe osteoarthritis pain were able to walk without discomfort following MSC treatments.
Each year, nearly 600,000 Americans receive a knee replacement, often due to deterioration caused by osteoarthritis. Arthritis affects the cartilage lining the joints. As the cartilage deteriorates, you will experience limited mobility, pain, and an increased risk of needing knee replacement surgery. Stem cell therapy for joint pain helps reduce pain while repairing cartilage. It may even help prevent the need for knee replacement surgery altogether.
Are You a Candidate for Regenerative Therapy Using Stem Cells?
If you suffer from any of the issues discussed, stem cell therapy may be the solution you have been looking for. You may not need to live with joint pain in the hips, knees, or other parts of the body for much longer.
Contact Us today to explore all treatment options for joint pain and so much more! Our goal is to provide a customized and tailored plan for every one of our patients, ensuring that your stem cell therapy addresses your medical issue(s).
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