February 23, 2018

Is Stem Cell Therapy suitable to Treat Joint Pain?


In recent years, the science of Regenerative Medicine has grown as a popular non-surgical, safe and effective approach to the treatment and resolution of various joint injuries and diseases. Stem Cell Therapy is a relatively quick and simple non-surgical procedure that is equally effective and less invasive than many forms of treatment for joint pain and immobility.

What conditions is Stem Cell Therapy able to treat?

Stem Cell Therapy has shown promise in the symptom management of various diseases and activity-related injuries. People with traumatic injuries, such as fractures, sprains, strains, and cartilage tears are potential candidates for this type of treatment. Injuries to the rotator cuff in the shoulder, the Achilles tendon at the back of the foot, or the anterior cruciate ligament or medial collateral ligament in the knee are examples of treatment areas for this procedure. Overuse injuries, such as tendonitis in the knee, elbow, wrist, or shoulder can also be treated with regenerative medicine. If you find yourself suffering from immobilizing joint pain from arthritis or chronic injury, stem cell therapy might be a reasonable treatment option for you.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells have unique capabilities. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs – also known as Progenitor Cells) comprise about 1 percent of bone marrow and do not possess tissue-specific structures that give them a specific job in the body. They are able to produce copies of themselves, and can change to form bone, cartilage, tendon, muscle, and adipose cells.

In response to injury, MSCs produce proteins that alter the surrounding environment and promote healing and tissue regeneration. They work to regenerate tissue in joints through angiogenic factors, and promote the growth of new blood vessels as well as have other properties that stimulate local, tissue-specific stem cells. Stem cells also release regenerative factors that help healing to occur, called trophic effects. Stem cells also have anti-inflammatory properties that are very effective at alleviating the inflammatory responses seen in chronic injuries. By blocking and altering the mechanisms through which inflammation occurs, some chronic injuries may heal. Lastly, the stem cells may allow regeneration of injured tissue.

All these mechanisms cannot be achieved by cortisone injections or commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications.

How is Stem Cell Therapy performed?

Centric Health Surgical Centre Toronto uses the proven Harvest Bone Marrow System. Your surgeon will extract (aspirate) stem cells along with other material from the marrow in your pelvic (hip) bone. The extracted material will then be refined by separating the Progenitor Cells/MSCs from waste material, blood, and other tissue, with the refined stem cells then being re-injected into the targeted injured or diseased area.

What are the typical results of Stem Cell Therapy?

As a typical result of stem cell therapy, patients usually have a newfound joy at being able to re-engage in their beloved activities and hobbies. Patients find themselves happily surprised by the simplicity of the treatment, compared to the more complicated and permanent surgical solution of fusion.

Immobility caused by joint pain can put a damper on even the simplest of your daily activities – from cleaning your house to playing with your grandchildren. But, thanks to treatment options like stem cell therapy, you can be back on your feet in no time, with little to no pain. Most patients report a very minimal recovery time, with several walking and already feeling improvements in as little as a few weeks. When examined after treatment, the tendons are often stronger with better alignment of collagen fibres. Using a patient’s own stem cells also eliminates the risk of an allergic response or complications from surgery.

Are you a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy?

As with any form of medical procedure or treatment, your first question is likely: “Is this right for me?”

The ideal candidate for Stem Cell Therapy is someone who experiences chronic joint pain and/or joint injuries or disease, arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc. If you are looking for a minimally invasive treatment option with a quick recovery time, stem cell therapy is a good option to consider.

The surgeons at Centric Health Surgical Centre Toronto will meet to review your diagnostics, examine your area of concern and discuss your treatment options. Feel free to bring any questions you wish to have answered and we will provide you with information to address each of your concerns. No referral is required to meet with our surgeons for a consultation.

To find out your options, contact us today to set up your consultation with our surgeons, or call 1-888-857-6069.

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