Arthritis can affect any joint in your body. Often caused by injury or stress to the joint, it can lead to crippling pain and outward symptoms that can lead to limited use of the fingers, wrist or other joints. The most common areas to be affected by arthritis are the knee, the spine, hip, ankle , shoulder and the fingers.
Osteoarthritis is commonly caused by wear and tear due to overuse, injury, and in some cases, heredity. Characterized by pain, stiffness, and tenderness—often severe—it affects more than one-third of American adults over the age of 65, most of whom require regular medication to control the symptoms.
Risk factors for developing arthritis
Age is a predominant risk factor for osteoarthritis, although there is really no age restriction. Athletes or individuals who have sustained joint injuries, ligament tears, joint breaks or fractures are in a high-risk group to develop osteoarthritis.
Men are more likely to develop osteoarthritis before the age of 45, but after that age, it is more common in women.
Obesity is another risk factor as the added weight contributes to more wear and tear on the joints – especially the knees and hips.
Heredity is also a significant risk factor. If your parents suffered from osteoarthritis, it is likely that you will as well.
Living with arthritis
Osteoarthritis affects every aspect of the joint. The bone is involved, as is the cartilage and joint lining called the synovium. As each component of a joint works independently of the rest, each contributes to the pain and progression of the disease. Arthritis can make daily tasks a very painful proposition and can prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest. If you are one of those people who live with the chronic pain of arthritis every day, you know first-hand how it can make doing the simplest things very difficult.
How does a Stem Cell injection help hip, knee or any joint arthritis?
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) produce several highly beneficial compounds that stimulate healing factors in the arthritic joint:
- Cytokines: growth factors that are secreted in immune cells
- Trophic factors: : stimulates your cartilage cells to heal
- Pro-angiogenesis factors: stimulate the growth of new blood vessels
- Anti-apoptotic factors: inhibit cell death
Once the MSC is injected into the affected area, an anti-inflammatory effect is produced, which leads to the relief of the primary pain. Additionally, the MSCs will differentiate into new cartilage cells, regenerating tissue and providing further long lasting pain relief.
Our team of scientists completed a study on 51 former NFL players that were all considered surgical candidates. They had bone marrow concentrate injections for hip, knee or shoulder osteoarthritis. After a year, only 4 of those players ultimately elected to have the surgery.
Am I a candidate for MSC injections to treat my arthritis?
If you have arthritis in any joint, you are likely a good candidate for bone marrow MSC injection therapy. Factors that can impact your candidacy include your age at the time of seeking treatment and also the severity of the arthritis you are hoping to relieve.
A study conducted in 2015 by Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, the official journal of the ESSKA (2015;23(5) 1308-1316), looked at patients over the age of 65 with knee osteoarthritis. The findings showed that almost 88 percent of the group had a significant reduction in pain while maintaining an improvement of their cartilage over a two-year period post-treatment. Of these patients, none went on to have knee replacements during this time.
Each patient at Bennulife is personally evaluated by a Board Certified physician highly experienced with MSC injection therapy. Following a complete and thorough examination and review of your medical history, we will make the recommendations that we feel are best for your situation.
If you are deemed a good candidate, MSC stem cell therapy can be an exciting alternative to surgery as it is minimally invasive. There is very little downtime, so you can get back to your normal routine quickly and get on with your life!
What can I expect from a successful stem cell treatment for arthritis?
Here are just some of the benefits you can look forward to following your MSC treatment:
- Less pain, less inflammation
- Better mobility range of motion
- Safe, natural, low-risk, drug-free
- Recovery measured in days, not weeks or months
- Long-lasting results
- Potentially avoid surgery
- No side effects
- No hospitals: treatment is done in-office
Read more about our Cell Therapy Process and treatment areas.
Why wait when relief can be yours
If you suffer from arthritis and would like to find out whether or not you are a good fit for stem cell therapy, schedule a consultation today.