How Stem Cell Therapy Helps with Arthritis

There’s been a lot of talk about stem cell therapy in recent years, with its amazing benefits being touted as a miracle for all sorts of debilitating conditions. It’s no wonder stem cells are being researched for the treatment of arthritis, which affects over 53 million Americans every year.

Arthritis can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and mobility impairment if left untreated. NSAID pain relievers, along with self-care and exercise, have been the traditional routes for arthritis treatment. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, a severe form of arthritis that involves the immune system, steroids or immunosuppressive medications are typically used.

Traditional arthritis treatments

Traditional treatments have a long history of offering arthritis sufferers some relief, but they have their drawbacks. NSAIDS are associated with an increase in heart attacks, strokes, and GI upset. Steroids can cause weight gain, fluid retention, and blood pressure issues. Immunosuppressive drugs do a good job of stopping the immune process that destroys joints in RA, but they also stop other immune system functions, leaving the patient vulnerable to disease and infection.

Stem cell therapy is a promising and exciting option for treating the bone and cartilage breakdown and associated pain caused by arthritis. With just a few simple injections, stem cells can be used to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Stem cells accomplish this by:

  • Differentiating into bone and cartilage cells

Stem cells have the amazing ability to morph into almost any type of cell that is needed in the body. When injected into a joint affected by arthritis, stem cells get hard to work differentiating into both bone and cartilage cells, repairing damaged areas, and building new structures.

  • Suppressing inflammation

Inflammation is one of the primary and most painful symptoms of arthritis. Stem cell injections have been shown to reduce inflammation at and around the injection site, relieving pressure and reducing pain. 

  • Releasing cytokines

Cytokines are little proteins that slow down cartilage degeneration. Cytokines are also associated with pain relief in arthritic patients. When stem cells are injected into a patient, a noticeable boost in cytokines occurs in the affected area.

Are you suffering from the daily effects of arthritis pain? Is your mobility and quality of life impaired? Have you tried traditional treatments with little success or intolerable side effects? Then, it’s time to try stem cell therapy for your arthritis symptoms!

Use our free and convenient search tool at to find stem cell therapy practitioners near you. You can search by specialty, procedure, or practitioner, then narrow your results based on your location. Finding a regenerative medicine provider near you has never been easier!

Mira Swave, MD

Contributor at Regenerative Medicine Now

Mira Swave, M.D. is a specialist in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
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