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Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis – What are the options?

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There are only a limited number of non-surgical options available in the treatment of arthritis. A large amount of treatments currently in use focus on providing symptomatic relief for the pain caused by arthritis, but do not provide a means to repair the damage that hasStem Cells for Arthritis occurred.

For many patients, symptomatic management leads to a balancing of medications each day to achieve some degree of pain relief that may unexpectedly worsen. Regenerative stem cell therapy offers patients a new means of treating their arthritis without the need of daily medication or invasive surgery.

What can Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis do?

Stem cells have been shown to have a number of unique abilities when it comes to tissue repair in an arthritic joint. First, stem cells can actually stimulate the body into growing cartilage that has been lost as a result of arthritic damage. This can help circumvent some of the most severe effects of arthritis and restore function to the arthritic joint while providing pain relief.

Stem cells are also able to assist in the repair of damaged muscle or ligament tissue, which is something the body naturally struggles with due to the limited amount of blood flow in these areas. While certain treatment methods already exist that can help lubricate the joint, such as hyaluronic acid injections, there is little to no effect in repairing or restoring damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy seeks to restore function and lubricate the joint directly by repairing and restoring tissue.

What Stem Cell Therapy Treatments are currently in use?

Stem Cell InjectionsThere are two types of stem cell therapy treatments already in use for the treatment of joint arthritis. The first of these is a direct stem cell injection into an area of damage with either a fat-derived stem cell injection or an amniotic-derived stem cell injection. Stem cells injected in this manner have the potential to grow into the type of tissue they are surrounded by, which can be very effective treatment in areas of tissue damaged by arthritis.

The second stem cell therapy method that is seeing use is platelet rich plasma (PRP therapy) therapy.  In PRP, a sample of the patient’s blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge to separate it into its base components. Following separation there will be a concentration of plasma rich in platelets, which are a combination of growth and healing factors found naturally in the blood. This platelet rich plasma will be made into an injectable and injected directly into the joint where it will affect the area in two ways.

  • The platelets injected will directly stimulate the healing process of the area by introducing a large amount of growth and healing factors that would otherwise not be present.
  • Secondly, the injection will cause an inflammatory response by the body and trigger an immune response. This trigger causes an increase of blood flow to the damaged tissue, further providing healing and growth factors to the area.

Each of these methods is a quick, safe, non-surgical procedure that can offer patients pain relief immediately.

Stem cell therapy for arthritis is cutting edge, and Telehealth offers the treatment with Board Certified doctors. The treatment is often covered by insurance, with preauthorization being necessary to check. In order to delay or avoid the need for joint replacement and obtain pain relief, stem cell injections may help. They are low risk, outpatient and often effective.

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Regenerative Medicines: Scaffolding Technology

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There is a new branch of medicine forming to assist those who have suffered significant damage to the cartilage of their joints; whether by arthritic degradation or injury.

Since cartilage does not regrow normally very well in the body without outside stimulation -such as microfracture surgery or a transplant of healthy cartilage- having a new technique to grow cartilage for the body is nothing short of wonderful. That’s what regenerative medicine is all about, such as with stem cells for knees or PRP therapy.Stem cells Orange County

What is Scaffold Technology?

This new technique, called scaffold technology, works on the principle of providing a physical structure for stem cells to grow on in the production of cartilage. Since a cell layer needs to be shaped to fit the model of a complex 3D structure, such as an organ or a joint, this process is better able to grow useful cell structures. This technique helps to give the cells direction as they grow, and is better able to fit into the damaged area once transplanted. The scaffolding itself can be shaped to fit the area.

The type of scaffolding that will be used varies depending upon the tissue that is being replaced. Certain tissues of the body require the scaffold to be a soft, spongy like material in order to retain movement and flexibility. Other areas of the body require a rigid structure, often to retain the support provided to the body by that area. Scaffolds can be designed to persist within the body for a length of time in order to better let cells grow into the required shape. They can also be designed to fade away quickly in instances where the body cannot have a solid structure meddling in the movement of the area.

What materials are used in regenerative Scaffolding?

There are scaffolding techniques in development -and in use- to assist in the integration of cartilage back into ACL grafts, arthritically-damaged areas, and overall regeneration of the meniscus. Further research into the biomedical field of regenerative medicine to determine what materials are best suited to this procedure is being conducted, with a focus to see whether polymer or synthetic scaffolding structures are best suited to a particular area.

PRP Therapy Orange CountyA polymer base provides the rigidity needed for weight-bearing areas, and can be formed into an open lattice structure with high porosity to allow nutrients to move through it freely. Biological structures, most often based on collagen, do this naturally as they are often a spongy structure used in softer areas of the body. Each is uniquely suited to growing a specific cartilage matrix in the body, and each has been successful in the growth and integration of new cartilage into patients.

Current Clinical Stem Cell Therapy

While scaffolding is in the midst of clinical development, stem cell therapy is already available at TeleHealth with Bone Marrow or Fat Derived stem cell therapy, PRP therapy or both for best results. The treatments have shown to be very successful for arthritis, rotator cuff tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, ligament injury, tennis elbow, nonhealing fractures and more.

Most of the treatments are covered by insurance, and TeleHealth can let you know how your condition is best treated with the Board Certified US Stem Cell Doctors at the clinic!

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