Why live in pain – Regrow A new regenerative cell therapy for the knee and hip.
Over the past few years, “regenerative stem cell therapy” has been touted as a miraculous treatment for a wide range of conditions, from facial wrinkles to several orthopaedic diseases associated with the spine, knee and hip. There has been an increasing interest in the development of regenerative therapies because of their ability to reestablish the normal structure and function after a tissue injury. The primary goal of these studies and treatments is to heal damaged tissues that are irreparable by our body’s own repair mechanisms.
Stem cell therapy has the potential to treat knee osteoarthritis (OA) effectively. Cartilage plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of the knee joint. It covers and protects the bony ends in the knee. In the case of knee OA, these protective coverings start to degenerate and wear away, causing the bones to rub against each other. This results in pain, inflammation, and stiffness, which ultimately leads to reduced mobility and function.
Millions of people around the world live with knee osteoarthritis. People manage their symptoms in many ways, such as exercising, losing weight, taking medical treatment, and lifestyle modification.
In severe cases, knee replacement may be necessary. However, stem cell therapy in recent years has become a viable alternative for many knee problems, including knee replacement.
What is stem cell treatment?
Stem cells are being continually produced in the bone marrow in our body. Depending on specific conditions & signals generated in the body, stem cells will be directed to those particular areas.
A stem cell is referred to as an immature and basic cell that has not assigned any specific function like a skin cell or a muscle cell, or a nerve cell. Stem cells are of different types; they are generated in our body and can be used in different ways.
Stem cell treatments are believed to induce damaged tissue to heal itself, but there is no clinical evidence. Often this is called “regenerative” therapy. However, researchers say that the results and the studies of stem cell treatment are mixed.
Stem cells can be extracted from different origins in our body, which include:
- Adipose tissue (fat tissue)
- Umbilical cord tissue
- Placental tissue
- Umbilical cord blood
- Bone marrow.
Doctors can administer stem cells in different ways
- IV Stem Cell Therapy (Intravenous administration)
- Intrathecal (directly into the spinal canal)
- Injecting directly into the problem areas like knees, hips, hands, etc.
How does stem cell therapy work?
Stem cell therapy, also called regenerative medicine, can promote the healing of diseased or injured tissue with the help of stem cells or their derivatives. For orthopaedic treatment, stem cells are taken from bone marrow and other tissues.
After extracting the cells, experts inject them into the targeted location, which is manipulated to grow into specific types of cells like cartilage, tendons, muscle cells, and nerve cells etc. These cells with targeted function are then injected into the problem area by the surgeon.
For instance, if a person has damaged cartilage due to knee osteoarthritis, the stem cells are injected directly into the knee. The healthy cells help to repair defective cartilage by triggering growth naturally.
Is stem cell treatment effective?
Stem cell therapy might reduce inflammation & relieve pain, but it is not an instant cure for any disease. Be cautious; doctors or clinics make false promises that regenerative therapy can completely reverse your orthopaedic conditions.
As of now, the FDA permits stem cell treatments only for a few types of diseases, which include specific cancers and blood disorders. However, it is acceptable for an Orthopaedic specialist to harvest the patient’s stem cells and inject them back into their bodies.
Patients suffering from knee injuries or osteoarthritis can often find relief from pain and stiffness with the new orthobiologic treatment. It can be an excellent alternative option for some patients instead of knee replacement surgery.
The results of several studies have shown that orthobiologic injections can reduce knee pain by as much as 75%, which was supported by some evidence. Scientists believe this due to the fact that stem cells may be able to reduce inflammation when injected.
Regenerative therapy, along with lifestyle modification and other treatments, many patients are able to get relief from knee pain. To determine if you’re a suitable candidate for stem cell treatment, you should discuss your options and risks with your doctor.
If you plan to have stem cells treatment for knee problems or hip problems, consult Dr. Ajay Kumar Tiwari, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon in Hyderabad.
To learn more about stem cell therapy for knee pain, call +91 98499 82203 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ajay Kumar Tiwari today.