A New Alternative Therapy to Help Manage the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

February 25, 2020

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you are no doubt aware that there is no known cure for the condition. When cartilage breaks down, there is no way to stop the process—we can only slow it down. In recent years, the popularity of stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis treatment in Naples, FL has skyrocketed. It not only reduces further damage, but can also help regenerate cartilage tissue.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joint cartilage starts breaking down. The cartilage is less able to encourage smooth motion and absorb shock, which leads to “trick” joints and painful grinding of bone against bone

Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 30 million older adults in the United States alone. There is no cure—the body cannot regenerate cartilage on its own—but traditional medicine has come up with ways to manage the pain and improve function despite the progressive nature of the disease. Once your joints begin to degenerate, you can lose around 4 to 6 percent of your cartilage each year until, eventually, the bones in your joints start to grind together.

How can regenerative medicine help?

Researchers have been looking into the efficacy of stem cells to help regenerate cartilage. Injecting the cells into the affected joints has been shown to reduce pain and increase mobility in osteoarthritis sufferers, and when caught in the early stages, may allow the cartilage to regenerate.

Regenerative medicine is still in the early stages of research, but it has shown positive effects across the board. Stem cells are the “blank slates” of cells—they can help the body repair damage and slow the degenerative effects of arthritis by regenerating new cells. They also assist in suppressing the immune functions that destroy damaged cells and contribute to cartilage loss and swelling. In turn, this reduces pain and joint inflammation.

Stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis is minimally invasive and can offer a dramatic reduction in symptoms. The stem cell matrix is extracted (usually from bone marrow or umbilical cords), then injected directly into the affected joints. This involves very little pain and no side effects other than brief, localized swelling.

Regenerative medicine is a beacon of hope for those suffering from osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. While further research is needed before scientists can definitively claim it as a cure, current research—and our patients’ results—point to regenerative medicine as a promising alternative therapy.

 

Osteoarthritis treatment in Naples, FL

Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology/ Feel Amazing Institute offers allografts containing stem cells and growth factors to manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis. If you’ve been suffering from joint pain that only seems to get worse, come to our practice to discover the power of regenerative medicine. Call us today to schedule your first consultation, and get ready to embark on your journey toward a pain-free life. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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