Joint Regeneration Q & A
What is joint regeneration?
Joint regeneration refers to restoring articular cartilage in a joint where degeneration has occurred. While this type of cartilage damage is often due to wear-and-tear that leads to osteoarthritis, it can also arise following a joint injury.
Articular cartilage covers the ends of every bone in a joint. The cartilage allows bones to glide across one another, so joint movement is smooth and free of pain. When this cartilage is damaged or wears away, bones rub together, and you develop inflammation, pain, and joint stiffness.
The problem with articular cartilage is that it doesn’t heal or regenerate well on its own. Although surgical techniques have been developed to promote joint regeneration, you may get similar results without the surgery.
How does a stem cell injection regenerate joint cartilage?
Stem cells can self-replicate and produce new cells that develop into different types of tissues. Adult stem cells continuously regenerate tissues whenever needed to restore damaged tissues. Stem cells also produce growth factors, which enhance cell growth and accelerate healing.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a type of adult stem cell that can be extracted from a patient’s own fat or bone marrow, then used in a stem cell injection that targets degenerated cartilage.
Stem cell injections work in a similar manner to some types of surgery. For example, surgeons may drill small holes into bone beneath damaged cartilage, or simply abrade the bone. Both procedures stimulate the healing process, which in turn produces new cartilage.
When a concentrated amount of mesenchymal stem cells is injected, the cells naturally promote cartilage healing, reduce inflammation, and release growth factors that assist in cartilage repair.*
What joints can be regenerated with stem cell injections?
You’ll need a complete examination to learn whether you might benefit from a stem cell injection. The best candidates for joint regeneration are often those in the early stage of cartilage degeneration.
If you’re a good candidate, many joints can be regenerated with stem cells, including your knee, hip, foot, ankle, and wrist joints.
To learn whether stem cell treatment can relieve your joint pain, call Renewed Life Stem Cell Clinic or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.