Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of disability in adults, with nearly 44% of all patients developing joint pain and stiffness severe enough to affect their daily activities. Dr. Kenneth Carle at Renewed Life Stem Cell Clinic offers regenerative treatment in the form of stem cell injections. Stem cells accelerate healing, relieve pain, and regenerate new tissues to replace those damaged by arthritis. To learn more about arthritis treatment, call the office in Sarasota, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Arthritis/Osteoarthritis Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases. Each arthritic disease has its own identifying symptoms and qualities. For example, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint disfigurement by eroding the bone and can spread to other areas of your body such as your skin and eyes.
However, all forms of arthritis have one thing in common: joint inflammation that causes joint pain and stiffness.
What should you know about osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and the most common form of arthritis. It most often develops in the knees, hands, hips, and lower back.
This type of arthritis develops over the years, as everyday wear-and-tear begins to damage articular cartilage, which is the cartilage that covers the ends of bones inside the joint.
Cartilage normally ensures that bones glide smoothly within the joint. As cartilage gradually breaks down and disappears, bones begin to rub against one another, causing pain and inflammation and limiting the joint’s mobility.
Your body responds to the inflammation and irritation by developing bone spurs in the joint. Bone spurs increase your pain and further limit your range of motion.
In addition to joint pain and stiffness, classic symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain that worsens when you’re active and joint stiffness when you first wake up. The stiffness usually lasts less than 30 minutes.
What is post-traumatic arthritis?
It’s estimated that 12% of all cases of osteoarthritis develop from a joint injury. When an injury triggers cartilage degeneration, osteoarthritis progresses at a more rapid pace than age-related osteoarthritis.
How does stem cell therapy treat osteoarthritis?
Stem cells are your body’s natural builders and healers. They self-renew by dividing and replicating new cells that develop into the different types of cells your joint needs to heal damaged tissues.
Mesenchymal stem cells are processed and concentrated from the Wharton's jelly tissue inside the umbilical cord from a healthy baby and mom and injected into the affected joint. When this concentrated amount of stem cells is introduced into the area, the stem cells go to work, doing their natural job of:
- Decreasing inflammation
- Producing new ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bone
- Triggering new blood vessel growth
- Secreting growth factors that promote cell growth and healing
If you suffer from joint pain and stiffness, call Renewed Life Stem Cell Clinic or book an appointment online.