Stem Cell Therapy: A Game-changer in Treating Knee Arthritis

Knee Arthritis, cytokines, Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PA

Odds are, you’ve heard about stem cell therapy, which is being lauded as a potential game-changer in many medical circles. And this is especially true in the world of orthopedics and sports medicine, where joints are our speciality.

At the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PA, we understand the frustration that comes with arthritic joints that are increasingly unable to keep up with even the simplest of tasks. In searching for answers for our clients in the Toms River, New Jersey, area, we have been exploring the world of regenerative medicine, with great success.

If your knees are plagued by arthritis, stem cell therapy may be just the solution you’re looking for.

Arthritis 101

There are many different forms of arthritis, with osteoarthritis leading the charge. This degenerative disease, which affects approximately 31 million people in the United States, causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, leaving your bones to rub together painfully.

Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder wherein your body mistakenly attacks the synovium in your joints, is another common form of arthritis.

In both cases, you’re left with aching and stiff joints that simply can’t keep up with your demands — at least not without considerable objection.

For orthopedic practices like ours, our goal is to find ways to allow our clients to maintain healthy, active lives through healthy joints. Your knees are arguably a couple of the most important joints in your body, given their responsibilities in providing you with critical support, mobility, and range of motion. When they become compromised by arthritis, the effect is widespread.

The unfortunate news is that there’s no known cure for arthritis, and most of the forms of the disease are progressive, causing irreversible damage in your joints along the way. Until recently, the best way to handle arthritis was through inflammation and pain management.

Then along came stem cell therapy

In our years of practice, we’ve often found that your body contains what you need for healing, but your body works at its own pace, and its resources can be limited. By using stem cell therapy, we give your knees just the boost they need by adding the additional resources necessary for regeneration and repair. Here’s what we mean.

Your stem cells are biological marvels. Most of the cells in your body are designed for one purpose only — your skin cells tend to your skin while your liver cells handle your liver. Stem cells, on the other hand, are what are called undifferentiated cells, and they have the amazing ability to become different cells, and multiply as that type of cell indefinitely.

During your embryonic development, your stem cells are at their strongest, helping shape a new human body. Once you’re born, you still carry a number of stem cells into adulthood, but they aren’t as strong or as numerous. Still, they do play a role in healing and repairing your body when called upon. Our stem cell therapy simply amplifies that call.

With our stem cell therapy, we harvest stem cells from your body and redirect them into the damaged tissue in your knees. Once they arrive on the scene, they jump into action and begin repairing the soft tissue in your joints, while also signaling for additional resources.

Ultimately, these stem cells help rebuild your cartilage and reduce inflammation. They also release proteins called cytokines, which work to stop the progression of your arthritis, as well as deliver relief from the pain.

 

If you’d like to learn more about why stem cell therapy is being called a game-changer for knee arthritis, please give us a call. Or you can use the online scheduling tool on our website to set up an appointment.

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