How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Arthritis
Arthritis is a broad term used to describe over 100 different forms of joint pain or disease. In many forms, the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons are also affected. Almost one in four Americans are thought to suffer, and the effects can range from mild discomfort and swelling, to debilitating pain and immobility.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Also known as degenerative joint disease, this painful condition usually occurs due to ageing or injury. The cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down over time and the bones start to rub together. As you can imagine, this causes considerable pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joint.
Other common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the joints, and psoriatic arthritis, characterized by inflammation of the skin and joints. There is currently no known cure, but regenerative medicine is proving to be a formidable treatment for the painful joint degeneration that often accompanies these conditions.
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine focuses on promoting the repair, regrowth, or replacement of damaged cells or tissues in the body. This is achieved with advanced methods such as prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and stem cell therapy, all of which have shown great effectiveness against various forms of arthritis.
Prolotherapy is a safe, non-surgical approach that promotes healing in ligament, tendon, and muscle tissues. It involves injecting natural compounds into the damaged tissue, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response and causes the tissue to proliferate, or regrow. This can help to slow the progression of arthritis, as well as relieving pain, stiffness, and muscles spasms.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
By the time somebody seeks treatment for arthritis, the tissue damage has often advanced beyond the body’s capacity to heal itself. In these cases, PRP can be used to amplify the body’s healing ability.
The body’s natural response to tissue damage is to release growth factors from the blood platelets, which are responsible for regrowth and healing. PRP involves extracting both platelets and growth factors from your own blood by putting it into a centrifuge where separation occurs. The resulting PRP is then injected directly back into the damaged tissue. The high concentration of growth factors greatly increases the body’s healing ability and rapidly accelerates the process, providing relief from arthritic pain and joint degeneration.
Stem Cell Therapy
A stem cell is a cell that hasn’t yet become ‘specialized’, or developed into a specific type of cell — such as nerve cells or muscle cells. Stem cells have the potential to become any type of cell. They are also capable of dividing and propagating more cells. For those suffering from severe degenerative arthritis, stem cells present a life-changing treatment option.
Stem cell therapy involves extracting unspecialized stem cells from bone marrow or fatty tissue, or even from a donor. These cells are then grafted by injection into the damaged tissue with the intent of helping your body to regenerate new tissue. Stem cell grafts may be accompanied by growth factors (such as PRP) to accelerate their development. The result is that new, healthy cells are formed, the painful symptoms of arthritic tissue damage are alleviated, and quality of life improves dramatically.
Stop arthritis in its tracks.
You don’t have to go through life in pain. If you’re suffering from the symptoms of arthritis, regenerative medicine can help you. We offer prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell therapy right here in our Greenville clinic. Call 1-864-235-1834 now to book an appointment and find out how we can help.