Living with joint pain can put a damper on so many everyday activities. Simply walking up the stairs or enjoying a friend’s wedding band can seem impossible. If you haven’t found medical help, it may be time to consider regenerative medicine as your form of joint pain treatment. You may be wondering what exactly regenerative medicine means. It simply means that we use some of your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury. Stem cell therapy, in particular, has demonstrated to have a great impact in resolving joint pain. So much of joint pain is caused by arthritis.
Different Types of Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis can be caused by aging, injury, or it can be a result of being overweight. This type is probably the most common and is usually quite painful. It can cause swelling of the joints leading to pain that occurs during the simplest tasks. Cartilage is a substance that helps protect the bones in joints and acts as a padding or shock absorber. When the cartilage starts to break down due to stress on the joint, the bones begin to rub together. This causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and makes it difficult to perform chores, work or other activities.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints in the ankles, feet, knees, thumbs, fingers, wrists, shoulders, and elbows. Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by injury or aging like osteoarthritis. It is caused by enzymes produced by the body that attacks and destroys joint linings. This arthritis causes swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints and can also cause flu-like symptoms.
- Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis typically occurs as a secondary disorder in people with psoriasis of the skin. It most frequently affects joints in the hands and feet as a result of skin rash. Often the fingernails appear discolored or pitted in someone with psoriatic arthritis. Although many people have only one joint that is affected by psoriatic arthritis, it can work on more than one.
How can stem cell therapy help?
Stem cell therapy treatment is based on harvesting stem cells from the patient’s body. The stem cells are injected into the affected area, such as the knee so that they can regenerate and create new cartilage and tissue to combat the effects of osteoarthritis. Stem cells are considered “blank” cells because they can change and develop into the type of cell in the area where they are injected.
While the greatest impact of stem cells on arthritis is of osteoarthritis they can help those afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis by delivering therapeutic proteins that help relieve joint pain caused by inflammation. Ultimately, the treatments aim to promote regeneration and reverse the effects caused by rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE(2663) to book a consultation.