Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of the joints that causes discomfort and stiffness. Of the various types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common ones, affecting over 4.8 million people in Canada.
The condition results in swelling, stiffness, redness, joint pain, loss of range of motion, and even a loss of appetite. These symptoms usually build up over time, but can suddenly appear as well. Arthritis can affect a person’s wrists, feet, knees, hips, or even shoulders.
What Causes Arthritis?
In case of osteoarthritis, the wear and tear of the cartilage is what brings on the onset of this disease. The flexibility of the connective tissue is lost, which restricts your movement. The disintegration of the cartilage tissue causes the development of arthritis over time.
Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder. When the body’s immune system attacks the tissues itself, the soft tissue synovium is destroyed. This eventually leads to the cartilage as well as the bone inside the joint to be destroyed.
How Stem Cell Therapy Helps
As the building blocks of human tissue, stem cells hold great therapeutic potential for treating arthritis. The joint degeneration that occurs because of loss of cartilage can be treated through the Mesenchymal stem cells, which have been found to be particularly effective for osteoarthritis.
According to researchers, when injected at the relevant joint, the stem cells encourage cartilage regeneration by developing into the required cartilage cells. They also release cytokines which slow down the process of cartilage degeneration. In addition to this, stem cells help inhibit pain and suppress inflammation, treating the symptoms of arthritis.
Stem cells may be harvested through two different ways. The stem cell injections prepared consist of adipose (fat) stem cells that are obtained through liposuction or bone marrow stem cells that are harvested from the patient’s bones. These are combined with platelet rich plasma that’s obtained from the blood sample. These injections contain autologous biological components, eliminating any risks and complications that may arise from donor stem cells.
The Future of Stem Cell Therapy
The advancement of regenerative medicine has already decreased the need for orthopaedic surgeries for various musculoskeletal conditions. Stem cell treatment is especially helpful for arthritis as it helps rebuild the torn ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
The skilled staff and doctors at RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy are located in Toronto, Cambridge, and Thornhill, ON.
Call them at 1 855 847-3975 or request an appointment now to learn more about their regenerative stem cell therapy services!