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How do Stem Cells Help Arthritis?

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Arthritic damage occurs due to the slow degradation of cartilage from sustained activity in the joints. About one in four patients will develop pain related to arthritic damage throughout their life, with this number jumping to one in two patients by the age of 85. Arthritis is incurable, making symptomatic suppression the only viable treatment to obtain pain relief – until now.Stem cells for arthritis

For patients with chronic symptoms due to severe arthritic damage, the last step in treatment is to replace the damaged portion of the joint. Joint replacement surgery can be a very difficult procedure for patients to undergo, as it is both invasive and intensive.

Regenerative treatment through the injection of stem cells offers a nearly pain-free way of potentially re-growing damaged cartilage without the need for invasive surgery.

Why is Arthritis Difficult to Treat Conventionally?

One of the largest complications with arthritic damage is that it affects the cartilage of the joint, which is the lining that acts as a cushion between bones. Cartilage prevents the bones from grinding against one another during movement, but can be gradually worn away in the process.

When areas of cartilage are thin enough for the bone to touch against bone during movement, painful spots of inflammation occur. Unlike other cells of the body, cartilage does not naturally re-grow when it has been damaged.

How do Stem Cells Replace Cartilage Damaged by Arthritis?

Stem cell therapy for arthritisStem cells have the unique ability to become nearly any other type of cell in the body, including cartilage. When they are placed into an area of tissue, stem cells have the capability to grow into the type of tissue they are surrounded by.

Stem cells provide a means for new cartilage to be grown in an area where arthritic damage has occurred previously.  New cartilage will allow for the smooth movement of the joint, reducing areas of inflammation and restoring function that had been diminished due to pain.

Where do these Stem Cells come from?

The stem cells for arthritis are named mesenchymal stem cells and are typically harvested from the adipose tissue of the body. These cells are gathered from a number of small incisions into excess adipose tissue, with the majority of tissue used coming from the waist. After tissue has been taken, an enzyme will be applied to separate the fat cells from the stem cell concentrations.

Adipose tissue is used more commonly than bone marrow because dormant stem cells appear in much greater numbers in adipose tissue. Adipose tissue contains up to 500 times the amount that of stem cells that could be gathered from a similarly sized sample of bone marrow.

How are Stem Cells Applied to Arthritic Joints?

The most common method of stem cell application is an injection into the damaged tissue. This allows for the Stem Cell Clinicdirect delivery of stem cells into the type of tissue that need to become, stimulating the regenerative process of the area to obtain systematic pain relief.

Stem Cell Therapy for arthritis is offered by TeleHealth with Board Certified doctors who have over 20 years of combined experience in stem cell treatments. This includes treatment of the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and more.

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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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What Is The Difference Between PRP and Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections?

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Both PRP and bone marrow stem cell injections are used in regenerative medicine. The two have been the subject of much interest over the past few years as clinical studies have been conducted to ascertain their benefits and uses in different treatments. Stem Cell Clinic

Most patients with joint or soft tissue pain are not too keen on undergoing surgery and are in search of minimally invasive procedure that will work to aid the healing process and deliver good results. What makes PRP and bone marrow stem cell injections stand out the most is their exceptional outcomes. In many cases, these two injections have provided complete healing, re-established function as well as drastically increased the symptoms and recovery time.

It’s therefore not surprising to see the sudden interest in regenerative therapies such as these. That said; PRP and bone marrow stem cell injections are quite different as you will soon find out.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP injections are all about the growth factors derived from the plasma. These injections involve withdrawing some blood from the patient and this blood is then placed in a centrifuge where it is separated to increase the number of platelets and growth factors. Platelets initiate healing and attract stem cell assistance.

PRP Therapy Orange CountyPRP injections work by releasing growth factors which are present in the platelets and they work to regenerate and repair the damaged part of the body. Now the reason why platelets and plasma are used is because as we have already mentioned, they contain growth factors. Growth factors are bioactive proteins which encourage the growth of tissue.

There are thousands of growth factors present in platelets and they work together to initiate and control the natural healing process when there is injury, inflammation or degenerative changes hence robust healing.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injections

Stem cells can be defined as “blank slate” cells. These cells have the remarkable ability to differentiate and develop into various types of cells in the body.

Bone marrow stem cells are one of the most widely used stem cells and these are injected into the body to help repair damaged cells and organs within the body. The process of deriving bone marrow stem cells is quite different from the extraction of platelets. With bone marrow injections, the stem cells are sourced from the bone marrow which is the spongy substance that is found in bone cavities. This is where blood cells are produced and the bone marrow holds stem cells and blood.

Harvesting bone marrow stem cells at TeleHealth involves drawing the stem cells from the hip bone. The stem cell doctors are Board Certified and perform the procedure as an outpatient and the procedure involves slight discomfort.

The Differences

There are various differences between PRP and bone marrow stem cell injections. The first as you may have notice is the process of deriving the stem cells. The second is the treatments in which they are used in and although some treatments use a combination of Stem Cell InjectionsPRP and bone marrow stem cells, not all do.

Bone marrow stem cells are harvested and injected to replace damaged cells while platelet rich plasma initiates healing with the use of growth factors. The effects of these two therapies will vary depending on the type of treatment being sought after.

Make sure that you understand the differences between these procedures before taking up one or the other with. At TeleHealth, quite a few of the treatments involve using these options together for the best effect. Joint arthritis, tendonitis, ligament injury, fractures may all benefit from these regenerative medicine treatments, and they are frequently covered by insurance!

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