Arthritis affects approximately 350 million people around the world. While there are many treatments, one of the most promising is regenerative therapy.
Arthritis In A Nutshell
Arthritis is a condition causing inflammation and pain in the bone joints of the body. Actually, there are over 100 types of arthritis, with symptoms including inflammation and pain and markedly less flexibility.
Osteoarthritis (OA), a very common form of the disease, can derive from an infection or injury that accelerates the natural breakdown of the cartilage tissue that acts as a buffer against bones rubbing against one another.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), another common ailment, causes the body’s own immune system to attack tissue (known as autoimmune disease).
Enter Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine works to establish or restore normal bodily functions by replacing or regenerating cells, tissues, or organs. Cells can be damaged or lost due to a variety of reasons, such as aging, disease, injury, or congenital defects.
The type of condition or symptoms a person develops due to a loss of healthy cells depends on the quantity and type of cells lost. When damaged or missing tissue is the underlying cause of adverse health symptoms (such as pain), medications that simply mask the symptoms are not enough.
Therefore, instead of just treating the symptoms, regenerative medicine is a way to actually heal the body by addressing the underlying cause.
Regenerative therapy, a rapidly developing area of medicine, is being used to treat a variety of conditions such as heart, lung and urological and neurological disease, erectile dysfunction, and many other conditions. Regenerative therapy is also being used to treat various forms of arthritis with promising results.
Regenerative therapy has been able to reduce arthritis pain in places like the neck, knees, spine, lower back, elbows, hips and shoulders.
Stem Cell Therapy
One of the most popular regenerative therapies used today is stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy involves extracting stem cells from the patient for later reinsertion.
To treat arthritis pain using stem cell therapy, the doctor first extracts stem cells from the patient. Then, laboratory technicians multiply the stem cells and transform them into the type of cell the patient needs to heal the problem. The type of cells the stem cells are transformed into depends on the area being treated.
Once these stem cells are prepared, the stem cells are then re-injected back into the patient in the area that needs healing.
This can be any area in the body that is experiencing pain. The newly placed cells begin to perform their functions and heal the underlying issue, which helps relieve unwanted symptoms such as arthritis pain.