Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the United States. Over 10% of Americans over the age of 60 experience daily symptoms of OA.
Osteoarthritis can be painful and debilitating. While there are many treatments on the market for OA, sufferers often experience breakthrough pain and build up a tolerance to what’s available. In severe cases, Osteoarthritis patients may require complete joint replacements.
Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis
Stem cell therapy has emerged as a potential treatment for some Osteoarthritis patients. While research is still being done to determine the efficacy and safety of stem cell therapy for OA, the results seen so far are very encouraging.
While stem cell therapy is not an FDA-approved treatment for Osteoarthritis, many patients have taken it upon themselves to find a regenerative medicine practitioner that provides OA stem cell therapy. Many of these patients report decreased inflammation, less pain, and an extended range of motion after stem cell therapy treatments. Some report that these benefits last for more than one year.
Stem cell therapy for Osteoarthritis involves collecting adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from the patient’s own fat tissue or bone marrow. These stem cells are then either mixed into a solution and then injected back into the joint where the patient is experiencing pain, or grown into new tissue in a lab and then grafted back into the patient’s joint.
Injecting stem cells into the patient’s joint is an outpatient procedure that can often be done in a medical practitioner’s office. Grafting new tissue grown from stem cells can be major surgery, so it is inherently more risky.
Find an Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Therapy Practitioner
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis and have had limited relief with traditional treatments, use our search tool to find a regenerative medicine practitioner near you that specializes in OA stem cell therapy. With just a few office visits, you could be back up on your feet and living your best life!