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Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis

There is so much research centered on stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis because doctors have long known that fixing diseased or damaged articular cartilage in patients is still a challenge despite advances in surgery and MRI diagnosis. This is why mesenchymal stem cells (mesenchymal – stem cells that create soft tissue ) are being studied for their regenerative properties and why research like that above is so exciting . In related research not only did injected stem cells begin the healing process, but they also mobilized the “native” stem cells in the knee to start repairing damage – the healing environment of the whole joint was swicthed on.

Traditional treatments for the patient / athlete with osteoarthritis are designed to reduce pain and symptoms. They are not designed to rebuild the natural joint. This is why many of the treatments fail the patient’s expectations. NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or surgical treatments may only temporary relief if not further complication and weakening as outlined in many articles on this blog.

In our practice we specialize in treatments that rebuild, rejuvenate, and strengthen joints effected by osteoarthritis. Not only do Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the potential to stop the degenerative process of Osteoarthritis they have the ability to rebuild articular cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue.

“With an aging population, the prevalence of osteoarthritis has increased. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) have been proposed to be an attractive alternative candidate in the tissue engineering of articular cartilage primarily due to its abundant source, reduced cartilage donor site morbidity, and strong capacity for proliferation and potential to differentiate toward a chondrogenic phenotype (make cartilage).” 1



Adult stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own body and used to create a healing solution containing platelet-rich plasma and stem cells. This is done in accordance with FDA guidelines that prohibit manipulation of the stem cells. Once injected into degenerated joints and ligaments, your own newly activated stem cells go to work causing a dynamic self-repair response on the cellular level.

Adult Stem Cell Therapy has the potential to provide joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle regeneration, and is the next frontier for Prolotherapy and PRP. Treat painful back and joint problems with Adult Stem Cell Therapy. Learn more today!

1.  Tang QO, Carasco CF, Gamie Z, Korres N, Mantalaris A, Tsiridis E. Preclinical and clinical data for the use of mesenchymal stem cells in articular cartilage tissue engineering. Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2012 Oct;12(10):1361-82. Epub 2012 Jul 12.