Stem Cell Therapy: A Breakthrough in Treating Arthritis and Other Joint Issues

Arthritis, Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine

Stem cell therapy has been around for a number of years, and during that time it has generated significant controversy. But new breakthroughs in the area of arthritis treatment are showing great promise.

The importance of stem cells

A stem cell is something like a blank cell template. They are sometimes called “master cells.” There are two main distinguishing characteristics of stem cells:

You have, essentially, an endless supply of stem cells, and they can become skin, muscle, nerve, or several other types of cells as you need them to.

The controversy

When scientists first started harvesting stem cells, they were embryonic stem cells — meaning they were harvested from embryos. This, clearly, presented an ethical dilemma for some.

But new discoveries have quieted that original debate. Now, the vast majority of stem cell treatments use cells from your own body.

Stem cells are produced in your:

They are collectively called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Once your stem cells are harvested, your doctor injects them where they are needed.

Stem cells and arthritis

The theory is that when stem cells are injected into an arthritic joint, they transform into cartilage tissue cells. One application currently in use is to inject iPSCs directly into joints during surgical repair.

One area of intense study currently is which of these three types of stem cells are likely to be most effective in treating a given condition.

For example, might autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis respond more to one type of iPSC than another? Are iPSCs harvested from your bone marrow more likely to transform into cartilage cells and produce positive results for osteoarthritis patients?

Benefits of treatment

Currently, there are few medical guidelines for who should or should not get stem cell therapy. It’s largely up to you and your doctor. If you’re interested in stem cell therapy, book an appointment for a consultation with one of our experts at Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine.

Even though there aren’t official guidelines for the use of stem cell therapy, there are some good reasons you may want to try it.

Some people have had very good results — even going from being reliant on crutches due to rheumatoid arthritis pain to being able to walk nearly pain-free. Similar anecdotal stories are enough for some people to try this new therapy.

Along with the potential for reducing your pain, stem cell therapy is extremely unlikely to trigger an allergic or other adverse reaction. That’s because the stem cells are taken from your own body.

You may not be comfortable with pharmaceutical approaches to treating your joint pain, either because you have concerns about addiction or you don’t like the side effects. You simply may not be able to tolerate the drugs used to treat arthritis pain. If that’s the case, stem cell therapy may be an appropriate and effective treatment for you.

If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy, or if you have questions about it, book an appointment online or by phone at Advantage Spinal Dynamics & Innovative Medicine. Our staff is happy to discuss your individual needs and goals and suggest a treatment plan.

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