Stem Cells… Fountain of Youth For Osteoarthritis

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Stem Cells… Fountain of Youth For Osteoarthritis



Imagine this… What if there was a real Fountain of Youth for arthritis sufferers? Well… perhaps there is. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is one of the most disabling conditions in developed countries according to the World Health Organization. While many other types of arthritis can be controlled and symptoms alleviated, there are no treatments available that can reverse the wear and tear that causes osteoarthritis!Couple these sobering statistics and the lack of effective treatments with the ever-growing population of Baby Boomers and something has to give! According to statistics compiled by the Healthcare Research and Quality agency of the federal government, there were 288,471 total hip replacements in 2009, nearly half of them in people under the age of 65. Knee replacements soared from 264,311 in 1997 to 621, 029 in 2009… and more than tripled in the 45-to-64 year-old age group.So what can be done other than to subject people to having metal and plastic hammered into their joints? And possibly suffer from the complications and side effects associated with these procedures…Recently, there has been interest in the use mesenchymal, stem cells to help reverse arthritis damage. Stem cells (SCs) are cells that have not yet differentiated into a specific tissue type. They are “blank slate” cells. SCs have the ability to multiply and divide, given the proper environment. This property makes them attractive for treatment of degenerative diseases like arthritis. SCs are obtained from bone marrow, fat, or blood, and they are concentrated to provide a maximum number of cells in the smallest possible volume. These cells are capable of repair as well as regeneration. Adult SCs are often referred to as “repair SCs.”The results of SC therapy appear to be dependent on the following factors: age of the patient, body mass index (BMI), extent of cartilage loss, and the technical expertise of the center performing the procedure. A SC procedure for arthritis is more than just injecting them into a joint. Special guidance using arthroscopy- a small telescope inside the joint- and diagnostic ultrasound is mandatory. There is also need for inducing a targeted acute injury in the area of arthritis to stimulate the stem cells to multiply and divide.In the proper hands autologous SC treatment can be successful. Early data indicating an improvement in cartilage thickness in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee has been published by our center.
I invite you to contact us for a free portfolio of information on how stem cells can help you if you have osteoarthritis. You’ll discover more details about the procedure and most importantly, the results. Thanks for watching.
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