May 14, 2018

Stem Therapy For Osteoarthritis

Is all the buzz about Stem Cell Therapy in recent years true? Yes, it’s all true! This is according to physicians, specialists and medical experts who have effectively treated patients for various diseases and injuries. Centric Health Surgical Toronto offers stem cell treatment options using the Harvest System Bone Marrow Technology. This technology produces three to six times higher concentrations of Stem Cells. Numerous patients have already received this less invasive treatment safely performed within our clinic.

About Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy uses stem cells, the raw cells from which all specialized cells of the body come from, to treat diseases and replace damaged or injured cells. To date, stem cell therapies show great results with arthritis, neuropathy, spinal cord injury and other degenerative and neurological conditions.

Most adult tissues, such as bone marrow and fat, contain stem cells. Bone marrow produces immature cells known as hematopoietic or blood-forming stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells mature into white blood cells that fight infections, red blood cells that carry oxygen-rich blood, and platelets that aid in clot-formation. Due to this, hematopoietic stem cells can maintain lifelong blood production which can promote cell renewal and differentiation.

How can it help patients with joint pain

Osteoarthritis results in deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bone joints. The cartilage provides a smooth, frictionless motion of the joints. When cartilage degenerates, the ends of the long bones rub against each other, progressively causing severe pain and immobility.

The development of Stem Cell Therapy to treat osteoarthritis has dramatically increased. Although younger patients with mild cartilage damage see the most benefit, people with severe arthritis show benefits as well. In July 2017, Centric Health Surgical Toronto started to offer stem cell therapy procedure for the treatment of joint pain. Having performed the procedure on several patients, we are confident that this can be an effective and safe option for many patients.

When the stem cell is injected into a joint, either or all of three processes may result: (1) stem cells might develop into needed cartilage cells; (2) stem cells suppress inflammation that makes arthritis worse, and (3) stem cells release proteins that slow down cartilage degeneration. Proponents of stem cell therapy refer to clinical studies that show generally positive results.

The process of getting Stem Cell therapy at Centric Health

Harvest System Bone Marrow Technology allows us to collect bone marrow stem cells from your bone, usually the pelvic or iliac crest bone. Surgeons use a needle and syringe to aspirate bone marrow. Stem cells are extracted from the rest of the harvested tissue and then delivered directly to the affected joint under ultrasound guidance.

Patients’ feedbacks reveal results within 1-3 months and report getting back on track with their lives within 6-9 months.

Are you ready for Stem Cell Therapy?

Good candidates are:

  • Osteoarthritis patients – restores cartilage that protects and cushions joint bones during movement, thus reducing pain. Stem cells are also natural anti-inflammatories that help reduce overall pain and swelling.
  • Individuals with active lifestyles – healing and regenerative potentials allow for continued activities
  • Individuals recommended for surgery – provides a viable, safe and quicker alternative to invasive surgical procedures, such as knee replacement. New and healthy tissues regrow in damaged or degenerating knee joints and recovery time is comparably shorter.
  • Patients dedicated to disease prevention – Stem Cell Therapy cannot “cure” a disease. It can alleviate the immobility, pain, and swelling.

Centric Health Surgical Toronto offers Stem Cell Therapy in a private clinical setting with no wait times. You can discuss the best option and address your concerns during your consultation with our surgeon. Since each patient’s condition is unique, a consultation will allow our surgeon to address and inform your expectations about the success of this type of procedure for you.

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