Our articles on stem cell therapy research and treatment methods for various joint and spine disorders.
Stem cell therapy can repair the damage of bone-on-bone knees
Stem cells are present in normal cartilage and act as constant repairing agents. In fact, in osteoarthritic knees, stem cells are seen in larger numbers in recognition that degenerative disease is occurring.
However, despite their larger numbers, the native stem cells act chaotically and are unable to regroup themselves into a healing mechanism and repair the bone, cartilage and other tissue. Introducing bone marrow stem cells into this environment gets the native stem cells in line and redirects them to perform healing functions. The joint environment is changed from chaotic to healing
Stem Cells and PRP options to hip replacement
A team of European researchers are suggesting in the medical journal BMC Health Services Research that patients be allowed to make informed choices about hip osteoarthritis treatments including the need for hip replacement: “Patients with hip osteoarthritis are in great need of information both at the time of diagnosis and further throughout the disease development and care continuum.
Lack of information may result in unnecessary and dysfunctional misconceptions, underuse of potentially helpful treatment options and uninformed decisions. Patients need continuous support from health professionals and their families in order to find and consider effective treatment strategies.”
Fat stem cells or bone marrow stem cells?
If you are suffering from osteoarthritic pain and are researching alternatives to joint replacement or for help in relieving continued pain after joint replacement you will come upon information comparing the use of bone marrow derived stem cells and adipose or fat derived stem cells in aiding your situation.
In my office I choose to use bone marrow-derived stem cells because I find that we can achieve the patient’s goals of treatment using this approach. What we are looking to do is achieve both the patient’s expectations and the goals of the treatment of Stem Cell Therapy, which can be accomplished best and simply by harnessing bone marrow stem cells.
How stem cells make natural hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is a major component of the protective synovial fluid that surrounds the knee. In its natural form it is also a key component of wound healing. In its processed form used for injection purposes, hyaluronic acid is NOT a key healing component as attested to by suggestions and recommendations that these injections are stop gaps until knee replacement can be performed.
Stem Cells for Knees: Promising Treatment or Hoax?
This is a webmd.com article featuring Marc Darrow, MD, JD:
April 14, 2017 — At 55, George Chung of Los Angeles could keep up with skiers decades younger, taking on difficult slopes for hours and hours. “Skiing was my passion,” he says.
Then the pain started, and the bad news. He had severe osteoarthritis, the ”wear-and-tear” type, in both knees. Doctors suggested surgery, but he chose instead an investigational treatment — injections of stem cells. Two months after the first treatment, he was out of pain. “I had been in pain of various degrees for 6 years,” he says.
Now, nine treatments and 3 years later, he is back to intense skiing. Last year, he also took up long-distance cycling, completed five double-century cycling rides, and earned the prestigious California Triple Crown cycling award.
Biological Knee Reconstruction without surgery – Using Stem Cells
The definition of osteochondral is that it is related to the cartilage and bone. In the knee joint cartilage protects the shin bone, the thighbone, and the back of the knee cap – the patella. A healthy knee has all its surfaces glide smoothly atop these cartilages for pain free, efficient, and in the case of athletics – explosive movement. In recent research investigators suggested that stem cell therapy could provide the answer where drug interventions and surgical procedures were lacking:
Stem cells for knee osteoarthritis in the active sports-minded patient
In the January 2017 edition of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, doctors at the Mayo Clinic have released a new study on the effectiveness of bone marrow derived stem cells for knee osteoarthritis in the active patient. In this prospective, single-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 25 patients with pain in both knees from osteoarthritis were randomized to receive bone marrow derived stem cells into one knee and saline placebo into the other.
Can stem cells regenerate missing meniscus tissue?
Doctors at Tokyo Medical and Dental University are tackling the problem of regenerating missing meniscus tissue.
In their research they examined the process of meniscal regeneration and cartilage degeneration following meniscus surgical removal in mice. They found that there is a healing environment that the meniscus and cartilage create independently of each other spurred on by native stem cells, that later melds together, suggestive of a balance between meniscal regeneration and cartilage homeostasis. The meniscus and cartilage are trying to regenerate each other.
Stem cells for herniated discs
I have written many articles on stem cell therapy and how they change the degenerative disease environment of the inner spine to a healing environment.
When stem cells are injected into the spine or joint they initially set up a line of communication with the immune system and begin exchanging messages. The stem cells tell the immune cells to call healing factors to the site of damage and to meet them at the points where repair is needed. This is when healing begins.
A recent paper from Australian researchers explains how this change of environment works.
Rotator cuff stem cell treatments
Research surrounding how stem cells repair rotator cuff tears
Doctors at various Chinese medical universities combined to publish new research on the need for alternatives to rotator cuff surgery. Enhancing cellular communication may be the answer.
“Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common shoulder problems that usually require operative treatments. Therapeutic options used to repair ruptured tendons have consisted of suture, autografts, allografts (transplants), and synthetic prostheses.
Although surgical treatments have improved dramatically up to now, shoulder pathology is still challenging to orthopedic surgery primarily because these injuries often respond poorly to treatment and require prolonged rehabilitation.
Stem Cells for sports rehab
“Cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine offer safe and potentially efficacious treatment for sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. Basic science and preclinical studies that support the possibility of enhanced recovery from sports injuries using cell-based therapies are accumulating; however, more clinical evidence is necessary to define the indications and parameters for their use.”1 That was written in 2014 in the Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine.
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