Suffering From Joint Pain Related To Osteoarthritis? The Latest Findings Are Groundbreaking!
There are many types of arthritis related to joint pain. But new developments in osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are much in the news lately. OA is a painful, degenerative disease that inevitably has a significant impact on the sufferer’s quality of life. Medications and surgeries have been a boon to humanity for centuries, but neither can stop the progression of osteoarthritis, much less reverse it. Even while needing to depend on these methods, the medical field has never stopped its search for a safe, effective, long-term solution for OA’s progressively degenerative effects.
Today, regenerative treatment methods like stem cell therapy are revolutionizing how modern medicine is taking aim at this age-old dilemma. The science behind regenerative medicine is sound. Long established and respected institutions like the National Center for Biotechnology Information continue to publish remarkable findings that back up the practical therapies that advanced medical facilities in the U.S. are using to treat OA joint pain. One such facility, the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), reports consistently positive results in treating osteoarthritis joint pain with stem cells, including:
- Hands and Wrists
One such study in particular appears on the online site of PubMed Central (PMC), a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature available to the public. The PMC journal is maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. What it reveals is nothing short of life-changing for those who suffer from the debilitating joint pain of osteoarthritis. For the first time in human history, chronic and degenerative conditions like OA and rheumatoid arthritis are on the cusp of being reversed.
How Stem Cell Therapy Is Revolutionizing Joint Pain Treatment
As the population of the United States continues to age, the societal burden that results from osteoarthritis will become explosive. Prior to the development of regenerative medicine, no conventional therapies could prevent the progressive, degenerative nature of OA joint pain.
There are lifestyle changes that have, and continue, to help sufferers reduce discomfort to a certain extent. Advanced medical facilities like NSI counsel patients to adopt them. They include:
- Moderate or Higher Levels of Exercise
- Eat Foods that Promote Reduction of Inflammation
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
But these steps alone will not stop the progression of OA joint pain.
Stem cell therapy is replacing medications and surgery
Since the development of regenerative medicine techniques like stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma treatment, however, the dependence on surgery or higher and higher doses of medication is on the wane. And studies like the one published on PubMed Central reveal that the adult mesenchymal stem cell is the primary reason that joint pain due to osteoarthritis may one day soon be relegated to the past, much like smallpox and polio.
Adult mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) are a type of a multipotent cell that remains in the body throughout life. They are classified as multipotent because of their ability to differentiate into musculoskeletal tissue. AMSCs have already been scientifically established to manage the body’s inflammatory response, whether that response is due to bacteria, viruses or degenerative diseases like OA that cause chronic joint pain.
AMSCs are fast becoming the primary basis of regenerative cell therapy in the U.S.
Because of their unique regenerative properties, as well as the ease of harvesting them from the patient’s own fatty tissue beneath the skin, AMSCs are fast becoming the primary basis of an ever-growing list of regenerative therapies. This includes not just treating the joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, but directly addressing and eliminating the core causes of OA.
This class of stem cells is also changing the way other degenerative diseases are being treated, including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Autoimmune Diseases
How Stem Cells Treat Joint Pain
Of all the types of degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is without the doubt the most commonly diagnosed reason for chronic joint pain. As the population ages in the United States, so, too, are diagnoses of OA increasing. The significant socioeconomic burden on the country is on track to become overwhelming by 2030, with an estimated 67 million Americans afflicted by OA.
The limited treatment for osteoarthritis joint pain through conventional methods only complicates the matter. Prior to the development of regenerative medicine, no therapies were effective in reversing or halting the progression of OA disease progression. Surgical options exist that improve alignment of the affect joint but these are highly invasive, demand lengthy recovery time and extensive physical therapy. In addition, surgery often has only limited benefit when significant degenerative change has occurred. In the absence of effective strategies, the search for disease-modifying treatments continues.
AMSCs have the ability to produce fresh, healthy bone and cartilage tissue
The National Stem Cell Institute has seen remarkable cellular regeneration in cases of degenerative musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis. The most abundant and potent type of AMSCs are found in the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin, an easily accessed source of these stem cells.
AMSCs rapidly proliferate and differentiate into healthy tissue, including bone and cartilage. In fact, adult mesenchymal stem cells are capable of becoming whatever type of tissue that is needed for the repair and healing of the body, including:
- Blood Vessels
A significant body of research demonstrates that AMSCs coordinate significant immunological functions by modulating local inflammatory responses. Taken together, studies continue to support the findings at medical facilities like the National Stem Cell Institute that show therapies using stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma repair the cellular damage to bone and cartilage that causes chronic, degenerative joint pain.
AMSCs do so by differentiating into the types of cells needed for repairing damage and regenerating new, healthy tissue like fresh bone and cartilage. They also contain several anti-inflammatory components that act to reduce inflammation and swelling. So, even as they repair (and in some cases reverse) the damage that causes chronic joint pain and degeneration, stem cells act to immediately relieve pain.
The Best Source Of Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Two primary areas of the body are the main storehouses of AMSCs. These are:
- Bone Marrow
- Adipose Fat
Bone marrow is where all stem cells are produced. From there, they flow into the bloodstream. This process occurs throughout life, but it gradually decreases as we age. Since every act of healing and regeneration begins with stem cells, the body’s ability to restore, repair, and fight off disease and infection decreases over time. It’s the reason we heal more slowly, take longer to recover from illness, why our skin wrinkles, why hair whitens and thins, and why degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis take hold and cause chronic joint pain.
At one time, it was believed that bone marrow was the only area in the body that stored mesenchymal stem cells. But the process of harvesting AMSCs from bone marrow remains a highly invasive and painful process to this day.
The discovery of AMSCs in the body’s fat deposits changed everything
When it was discovered that the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin was an abundant storehouse for adult mesenchymal stem cells, the shift in how regenerative medicine progressed was profound. AMSCs stored in what is medically known as adipose fat are as potent (many studies say even more so) as those stored in bone marrow. Not only that, but they are also stored in greater quantities. This means that harvesting adipose-derived stem cells can be done with significantly less trauma and discomfort for the patient. It also means the harvest sample can be smaller, since the population of stem cells is much denser.
The Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Harvesting Process
At the National Stem Cell Institute, osteoarthritis joint pain therapy using stem cells is an outpatient procedure. It begins with harvesting of the adipose AMSCs from the patient’s thigh, buttock, or abdomen. Because the sample is small and the procedure minimally invasive, a local anesthetic at site of harvest is the only anesthesia required.
Processing the sample is done entirely in-house, ensuring quality control from the treatment’s start to its finish. The harvested tissue undergoes a process known as centrifugation, which separates the stem cells from the other components of the adipose fat. Centrifugation highly concentrates the AMSCs. The concentrate then becomes part of a serum that is injected back into the patient. Where the joint pain is experienced determines the location of the injection.
A controlled, sterile environment. A procedure completed in a few hours
Since the stem cells are the patient’s own, risk of rejection is eliminated. Because the cells are minimally manipulated and each step of the procedure is done entirely at the Institute, any risks of contaminates are the absolute minimum. From the sample harvest to the injection, the procedure is completed in a matter of a few hours.
Treating osteoarthritis joint pain with adipose stem cells allows patients to return to normal activities after treatment. There is no need for extensive recovery downtime or use of prescription pain medication afterward. Most patients report no post-procedural pain. However, for those who do experience minor discomfort at the site of harvest, an over-the-counter pain reliever is generally all that is needed.
NSI patients usually report feeling relief shortly after treatment. As the AMSCs propagate in the areas of damage, the symptoms that continue to decrease over the course of several weeks include:
- Joint Pain
- Loss of Appetite
What You Can Do To Help The Healing
NSI encourages OA joint pain sufferers to take an active role in optimizing the healing and repair that occurs after treatment. The long-term effects of adipose stem cell therapy are well established but the increase in mobility, the reduction in pain and inflammation, and uptick in energy can all be enhanced through the following:
- Healthy Weight Management
- Moderate Exercise or Higher
- Dietary Choices that Augment Reduction in Inflammation
The Case For Stem Cell Therapy Over Surgery
Prior to the development of stem cell therapy, surgery was the only option available to chronic joint pain sufferers as conventional pain medication lost its efficacy as osteoarthritis progressed. Ultimately, this included total joint replacement with artificial prosthetics.
While these procedures can be successful, complications still exist. Often, prosthetic joints don’t return complete functionality. Access to surgical joint replacement frequently falls well short of demand, causing prolonged pain and suffering on the part of the OA patient who must wait. Meanwhile, the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis continue to progress. Additionally, surgery does not prevent the progression of OA to other areas of the body.
Stem cell therapy works by regenerating healthy cartilage and bone
Stem cell therapy for arthritic joint pain continues to be shown to optimally regenerate musculoskeletal tissue, particularly in cases of degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. Adipose AMSCs rapidly proliferate and differentiate into joint tissue, as well as surround tissues. These include:
Stem cells proliferation is rapid, and the AMSCs begin to specialize into all needed cell types within the joint. They also stimulate the reconstitution of tissue of native cells already in the affected area. Together, these factors orchestrate both the reparative response of the body as well introduce replacement cells to the region of damage. Meanwhile, the well-documented anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory role of AMSCs is put into effect.
All of this is not to say that surgery is still not a valuable medical procedure. However, the development of regenerative medicine allows for a highly viable and desirable alternative that can significantly delay or, in some cases, eliminate the need for surgery.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.