Why Arthritis Sufferers Are Increasingly Turning to Stem Cell Therapy

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There is no cure for arthritis. It’s a long-term disease that affects millions of people. The most common type of chronic arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects about 27 million Americans. Arthritis is a degenerative disease, also called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis. Although it can affect any joint in the body, it mostly affects the knees, hips, lower back, fingers, thumb, and big toe.

Oftentimes arthritis is a result of the normal wear and tear on the joints. The cartilage that protects the joints wears down, causing swelling, pain, and stiffness. Over time, bones may rub against each other, causing even worse pain.

Arthritis causes and symptoms

Arthritis can strike anyone, but is more common in people older than 65. Other risk factors include obesity and a previous injury. Also, some people have a genetic predisposition to arthritis.

Arthritis symptoms develop slowly and tend to get worse over time. Symptoms include:

What is stem cell therapy?

Traditional treatments for arthritis depend on the location and severity of your disease. Some treatment options include physical therapy, medications, cortisone injections, and surgery, including joint replacement.

But now there’s another effective nonsurgical option. Stem cell therapy, a type of regenerative medicine, can help repair damaged joints and cartilage and relieve the pain and discomfort of arthritis.

Stem cell therapy uses stem cells to help regenerate cells in your problem joints, cartilage, tendons, or muscles. Stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties and can help regenerate tissues to expedite regrowth and healing.

How stem cell therapy can help those with arthritis

Stem cells are collected from the patient’s own tissue and injected into the injured or damaged joint with the help of ultrasound guidance. Stem cell therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery to alleviate pain and promote rapid healing.

The advantage of stem cells is that they can transform into any type of tissue, including bone, cartilage, tendon, and muscle.

While stem cell therapy works similarly to other types of injections, such as cortisone injections to help reduce inflammation, stem cell therapy is superior because of how long it lasts. Stem cell therapy not only relieves pain and reduces inflammation like a cortisone shot does, but it can also help repair and heal the damaged joint. It continues to work after the swelling has subsided, rebuilding tissue and stimulating continued healing.

Stem cell therapy can not only relieve arthritis pain and discomfort, but can also restore function and mobility. Whether it’s your shoulder, hip, knee, back, or neck, stem cell therapy may be able to help you resume normal, pain-free activities without surgery.

For more information on how stem cell therapy can help relieve arthritis symptoms, call CLI Integrative Medicine in Palm Harbor, Florida, or make an appointment online.

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