Stem Cell Research
Stem Cells for Degenerative Arthritis
Stem cells have been shown to be very effective in degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) and sports injuries. Arthritis involves the breakdown of articular cartilage as the result of disease and/or damage similar to cartilage damage of sports injuries. Articular cartilage is found particularly in the joints of the body such as hips, knees, shoulders, spine, and pelvis. When the smooth gliding surfaces of the joint are no longer intact, arthritis occurs causing inflammation, pain, swelling and stiffness. More than 37 million Americans are affected by arthritis, a potentially debilitating conditions.
Conventional methods used to treat arthritis and sports injuries (involving damaged joints, tendons, and/or ligaments) include anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, analgesics, and common surgery. Alternative methods are used as well and typically include glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, methysulfonylmethane (MSM) omega-3 fatty acids, and proven herbs such as turmeric. Stem cell therapy is increasingly being used for arthritis and sports injuries and is very effective in not only alleviating pain, but regenerating the damaged cartilage or tendon. Many professional athletes are now turning to stem cell therapy to treat their injuries and see faster results and recovery. Depending on the patient and their needs, we use a combination of stem cell therapy combined with the growth factors in PRP, along with hyaluronic acid (if indicated) to treat their ailments.