Using Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapy to Treat Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) that is not properly managed can be a very debilitating and frustrating condition.
It can make once-simple tasks painful or impossible, rob you of your mobility and curtail physical activity that you need to stay healthy.
OA is a degenerative form of arthritis that involves degradation of the joints including the articular cartilage and subchondral bone (just below the cartilage). When bone surfaces become less cushioned and protected by cartilage, the interior of the bone becomes exposed and more prone to damage.
Stem Cells to the Rescue
Stem cells are the body’s building blocks. Your body has been healing itself with stem cells for as long as you’ve been alive.
Sometimes, your stem cells need a little additional help, particularly as you age.
Our regenerative medicine treatment uses mesenchymal growth factors and stem cells from the umbilical cord matrix to help the body heal faster, regenerate tissue, and decrease pain allowing us to see better and faster results.
How We Treat Osteoarthritis
Your process will start with a thorough evaluation by one of our medical providers in order to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition and determine if stem cell therapy is an appropriate treatment.
For patients that are a good fit for stem cell therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and an injection of mesenchymal stems cells (MSC) and growth factors are generally used in tandem. PRP is a concentration of your own platelets with high amounts of healing growth factors. While these treatments may be used independently, the combination of the two often produces better clinical outcomes. The medical staff uses fluoroscopic imaging for stem cell and PRP injections in order to pinpoint treatment to specific problem areas.
For severe cases, some patients elect for a second round of PRP, which can be administered three months after the initial treatment to further increase the chance of a positive outcome.
How Soon Will You Experience Relief?
Most patients start feeling significant improvements within a month or two of their first treatment. Continued improvement is common for the first three to six months after the procedure. Some evidence even suggests the treatment promotes rebuilding for up to a year.
Want to see if stem cell therapy is right for you? Call (865) 769-9685 and schedule an evaluation today!
You could save up to 20% off the cost of your treatment if you book an evaluation before February 28, 2019 (ask for details when you call).