Stem Cell Therapy for Joint Pain
Severe joint pain plagues an increasing number of aging, often arthritic Americans.
The CDC team defined “severe” joint pain as discomfort measuring 7 or more on a 1-to-10 score on a questionnaire, with 1 being no pain and 10 being “pain and aching as bad as it can be.”
In the United States, “arthritis affected an estimated 52.5 million [22.7 percent] adults in 2010-2012 and has been projected to affect 78.4 million adults by 2040,” wrote the team led by CDC researcher Kamil Barbour.
This level of discomfort “can limit a person’s ability to perform basic functions and seriously compromise their quality of life,” Barbour’s team said.
Now it’s estimated that one in four Americans above the age of 25 and almost half of the population above the age of 50 have some form of recurrent joint pain. Last year over 1 million Americans had joint replacement surgery in an attempt to deal with their constant joint pain.
This could be attributed to any number of factors. Joint ailments may be more common since kids start sports at an early age and the aging population is remaining active. Then, there is the issue of obesity which creates its own set of problems, one being more wear and tear on joints, especially knees.
There is a misconception that these problems can only be treated by surgery. Depending on the severity and cause of joint pain and damage, these problems can be treated with steroid injections or medication which can create adverse effects that can be significant trade-off for temporary relief.
Fortunately, times have changed, and medical technology has advanced at a rapid rate. New treatment techniques for joint pain and damage includes a simple, ultrasound-guided stem cell injection therapy that delivers stem cells to the precise location of your pain. Stem cell science is an innovative treatment approach that involves utilizing stem cells to stimulate the body’s natural repair response. The stem cells promote healing of the injury and damage that is too damaged to heal on its own, while helping to fix the problem instead of coving it up.
Stem cells stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissue by releasing bioactive healing molecules when they receive the distress signals from the damage environment (your joint!). These molecules activate
your own stem cells and other “repair cells” to repair the damage that is causing your pain.
While there are many stem cell sources, not all stem cells are equal. In fact, stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood have the greatest ability to regenerate new tissue with little to no risk of rejection. These younger cells are far more powerful than the stem cells derived from fat and bone marrow, and they don’t require a donor match as is the case with many other types of stem cells.
Stem cell therapy may be the most effective way to relieve your joint pain. It is a fast, minimally invasive procedure with quick and easy recovery. Patients who undergo this procedure may be able to avoid lengthy and painful recovery periods required to restore range of motion, mobility and strength that is typically require after surgery. It is important to consider all options before committing to any medical procedure so find out what your options are. As more people and their doctors learn about the benefits of using stem cells over surgery, these procedures may eclipse surgery as the standard of care for joint problems.
At Restorasis Health, we specialize in stem cell science and regenerative medicine. Our overall goal is to provide our patients with the tools and procedures to achieve optimal health. To find out if stem cell therapy is right for you, please call us at 301-668-0002.