Stem Cells for Joints:
Effective Treatment or Hoax?
TYPICAL ARTHRITIS JOINT PAIN JOURNEY
What is Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation of the joint that is usually accompanied with swelling, pain and degeneration.
Osteoarthritis is the degradation of the joint where there is a breakdown of the cartilage, worn or torn meniscus and many times bone spurs.
Arthritis can occur from physical trauma, damage from poor mechanics, overuse and even promoted by internal chemical damage from infections, food allergies or other inflammatory factors.
Osteoarthritis pain can be so severe that moving the joint in simple activities like walking up the stairs or putting on your jacket can become very hard and extremely painful. The pain can interfere with activities that were once part of a normal daily routine.
Conventional Treatment for Joint Pain:
- When you first see a doctor about your joint pain they might start you off with over the counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication (NSAID) like Tylenol/acetaminophen or Motrin/Ibuprofen. (These do have side effects, like possible ulcers.)
- If the pain persists because the cause of the pain was not corrected, the doctor might now give you a prescription medication of the same (NSAID) at a higher dosage.
- As the pain continues and get worse the doctor might now give you a steroids prescription like cortisone or prednisone that will alleviate pain temporarily but comes with side effects like bone thinning, elevated blood sugars, diabetes and osteoporosis. The problem is still not fixed.
- After spending time on those medications and the pain persists, a doctor might give you an x-ray that may show joint space narrowing and some bone spurs. You may not be a candidate for joint replacement surgery so your next option is injections of cortisone into the joint. This is still just to alleviate the pain, it is treating the symptom, and will cause bone thinning and degradation of the joint.
- After some time when the pain still persists your doctor next might order an MRI. This might show more damage so an exploratory, orthoscopic, surgery is scheduled. This may lead to opioid use after surgery like OxyContin, which is highly addictive.
- If you are still not a candidate for joint replacement, the doctor might use Hyaluronic acid injections, which can lubricate and cushion the joint every few months. This may hold off joint replacement surgery so they replace the joint only once in your life time. You live with a yo-yo of chronic pain and pain pills until…
- Once the damage and pain are too severe a doctor will perform joint replacement surgery. Every surgery has risks and there are no guarantees of success. Many patients have come to our office after receiving failed surgical procedures. Surgery is accompanied by pain reducing medications as mentioned above and a lengthy rehabilitation and time off.
- The conventional joint treatment plan is mainly to treat a symptom, which is the pain, with medications until surgery is needed.
REGENERATIVE & HOLISTIC OPTIONS FOR JOINT PAIN:
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are cells that replicate in your body and have the ability to form into any type of tissue.
You may be familiar with stem cells that have been saved and studied from umbilical cord blood.
Stem cells can be found in one’s own bone marrow, fatty tissue and blood. It is important to know that as we age our body produces less and less stem cells. This is one of the reasons that it is more challenging for our bodies to heal and repair as we age.
Stem cells used in regenerative joint procedures are not from fetal cells. The products used are derived from two tissue sources, the Wharton’s Jelly layer of the umbilical cord and the placental tissue. The process takes place in an FDA-registered lab using proprietary methods to capture and preserve growth factors, scaffolding proteins, cytokines and other properties.
Our products are ethically sourced from donated birthing tissues such as umbilical cords and placentas from full-term deliveries. Comprehensive medical and social histories of the donor are obtained and tissues are procured, processed, and tested to exceed standards established by FDA. These pristine and new stem cells target the injured area in the body and go to work repairing.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine is using the body’s own ability to heal itself with growth factors and stem cells. This process can actually REGENERATE TISSUE!
Once the doctors approve you as a good candidate, the process is done in office and the procedure is completed in about an hour.
The provider will inject a mixture of stem cells and growth factors into damaged area. This gets stem cells directly in the site for repair and triggers a healing response in the joint.
This mixture will adopt and develop into the tissue it is surrounded by and in need of repair thereby re-growing your very own cartilage, ligament, tendon, muscle or meniscus.
Your body knows exactly what to do with the stem cells!
Regenerative vs. Conventional Medicine
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN REGENERATIVE MEDICINE HELP?
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Back Pain
- ACL/MCL Tears
- Joint Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Ligament Strains
- Joint Injury
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Degenerative Cartilage
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