Stem Cell Therapy is the future of medicine. It’s taking the orthopedic world by storm which is changing the way we treat knee pain/injury, shoulder injury, osteoarthritis and many more conditions. For simplicity, we are only discussing joints and related musculoskeletal injuries.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the process of injecting stem cells into various symptomatic sites to increase healing. Stem cells work to reduce inflammation, restore movement and reduce stiffness. The exact mechanism is still under research.
The research suggests that when pluripotent mesenchymal stem cells are injected into a joint they will work to replace damaged tissue, heal existing tissue and reduce inflammation. Stem cell therapies often include growth factors and cytokines in the injection which aid in seek and repair as well as recruitment for more of the immune response.
Stem cell therapy is a game changer. People who were once given no hope with osteoarthritis now have hope. Previously, osteoarthritis was “untreatable.” We could only help to supress the aches and pains with prescription medications, gels and surgery. Now, we have the capability to potentially heal the source of pain and inflammation. This is very exciting and multiple universities have research studies in progress.
What is the best type of stem cell therapy?
How long does stem cell therapy last? Will I have to get more than one injection?
Will stem cell help my arthritis?
Do I have to have surgery?