Stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions

Man with osteoarthritis

Stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions

Arthritis belongs to orthopedics conditions typically including hip and knee problems, dislocated bones, torn cartilages, but also other disorder, such as fibromyalgia. Arthritis is inflammatory disease of the joints and is the most often responsible for the swelling, pain, stiffness and impaired movement of the body. The most prevalent type of arthritis represents osteoarthritis usually observed in middle aged and older adults. This condition gets worse as the person ages and causes lot of pain, bone overgrowth and destruction of the cartilage. In the other hand rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder caused by severe inflammation of the joints. Lumps can also be formed on joints and affect the movement. If not treated, this condition can even affect other organs including the lungs and heart of the patient.

Typical symptoms of arthritis include persistent pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, redness and warmth felt in the joints and difficulty in moving the joints in a normal manner. Typically the older you are the more the chances of developing this condition. Obese people tend to have a greater chance for osteoarthritis, females are more prone to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

There is no permanent cure for arthritis however different treatments are given to alleviate the pain, help with movement and reduce the inflammation present in the body. Some common treatments include medications especially by non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), massage, weight loss, acupuncture, physical therapies and joint replacement surgery.
Scientist and stem cells

Appropriate strategy for the treatment of orthopedic conditions represents stem cell therapy. Stem cells are unspecialized cells found in various parts of the body which can divide and develop into various specialized cell types to reverse the joint damage caused in arthritis. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are especially capable of producing cartilage, bone and tendon tissue. Hence stem cells are natural healing source of the patient´s body used to repair damaged bones, joints, cartilages, ligaments and other soft tissues. Stem cells are injected into the affected painful or swelled joints to help reverse the damage and inflammation present and to restore joint functions. Autologous stem cells do not cause rejection issues and are easily obtained from fat. In previous trials conducted stem cell injections given in the affected area helped to heal the most stubborn injuries, reduce the most persistent pain and returned the patients to their normal active routine.

The most common benefits of stem cell therapy represent reduction of chronic pain, increased functionality and range of motion in joints, reduced inflammation and swelling. It is safe, minimally invasive, and painless treatment procedure.