The ability to regenerate cartilage may seem far-fetched, but it is a reality. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can naturally change into various tissue types like bone, cartilage, and other fibrous tissue. Supporting research that confirms the ability of cells to help repair cartilage is documented at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Determining which stem cell source to apply to an injury relies on several factors, but two popular choices to regenerate cartilage are bone marrow and fat sources.
Osteoarthritis is often treated by focusing on relieving the symptoms of pain with a combination of physical therapy, opioids and anti-inflammatory medications–all of which have some unwelcome side effects.
Injection therapy with hyaluronic acid provides the next line of treatment for knee cartilage repair, with surgical treatments (like arthroscopy, subchondral bone drilling and microfracture) come into play after the other two methods are utilized.
What this approach doesn’t prevent is eventual knee joint replacement because the degeneration of cartilage is not stopped or reversed.
Enter stem cell therapy for knees which offers a minimally invasive approach that can not only address the pain and inflammation without addicting medications, but it can also halt the progression of the disease, regenerate cartilage and prevent surgery from coming into the picture.
A quick science lesson about cartilage….Joint cartilage is tasked with supporting the smooth gliding of joint surfaces while safeguarding the surrounding bone from stress. Sports that require knee stress/repetitive action–such as skiing, running, tennis, basketball, and soccer–cause your knee to absorb shock and loads upwards to 20x your body weight.
Articular cartilage is what allows the knee to comfortably absorb the loads put on it through activities such as these. When cartilage wears down, the protection is no longer there resulting in pain, inflammation, dysfunction and arthritic symptoms.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common term among certain populations since it is the most common form of arthritis, afflicting millions of people around the world. It describes a process where the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones diminishes with over time.
OA is not restricted to certain joints of your body, but most is typically responsible for issues with the joints of the hands, knees, hips and spine.
A key way to reverse or halt the progress of the disease with regenerative therapy that actually can regenerate cartilage. Studies show that MSCs can treat mild to moderate OA in different ways without the risks and costs of surgery.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells provide a less invasive treatment option and the option to start early during the progression of OA to regenerate cartilage before things go from bad to worse.
“These findings have further empowered researchers to investigate the potentials of MSCs for tissue engineering and a number of clinical trials are now underway. Most of the emphasis on minimally invasive therapeutic alternatives including intra-articular injections of MSCs, aim to cut out cost and risks of major surgeries,” the National Institutes of Health reported.
Injections of Mesenchymal Stem Cells have been shown to increase cartilage volume while reducing pain offering a concrete method for treating those afflicted with OA. MSCs are also coming forth as a possible substitute for cellular materials needed for long-lasting treatment of cartilage defects.
Regenerative treatment can restore vitality and relieve pain of those suffering from a myriad of diseases and conditions. Learn about candidates for stem cell therapy by scheduling an appointment and visiting with our physicians on the applications for amniotic stem cell therapy with your current injury. Call Stem Cell Centers today at (877) 808-0016 and see what stem cell therapy can do for!