Stem cell therapy is a preventative measure for the early stages of arthritis and for advanced arthrosis.
Arthrosis (also called osteoarthritis) is one of the most common joint conditions in the world. It affects over 60 percent of older people and leads to progressive cartilage loss. The consequences of cartilage loss in the affected joint are limited movement and intense pain, which patients also experience at night.
EFFECT OF STEM CELLS ON ARTHROSIS
Stem cell therapy using the body’s own adult stem cells extracted from fatty tissue:
Decades of research and clinical studies on stem cells have taught us that stem cells have tremendous anti-inflammatory properties. However, the pain associated with arthrosis generally does not come from the wear and tear of the joints, but rather from inflammation which causes wear and tear.
Injecting stem cells into the affected area of the body reduces inflammation which leads to a rapid decrease in pain and discomfort.
Stem cell therapy use in musculoskeletal arthrosis constitutes a medical innovation not just because of the anti-inflammatory properties of stem cells but also because of their regenerative properties. More on the stem cell therapy process.
PRP THERAPY FOR ARTHROSIS
PRP = platelet-rich plasma
This natural healing substance can be obtained from a patient’s own blood, and it speeds up the healing process in damaged joint tissue, particularly in patients with arthrosis. This treatment is quick and does not lead to any complications. A small amount of the patient’s blood is taken, the components of which are then separated in a centrifuge. The highly-concentrated plasma obtained in this manner is rich in platelets and can be injected directly into the affected joint, for example, the knee joint, shortly afterwards. This process must be repeated several times at short intervals.
EFFECT OF PRP THERAPY ON ARTHROSIS
The injected blood plasma relieves pain by means of its anti-inflammatory characteristic. The range of movement of the affected joint is also improved.
PRP treatment is a conservative treatment option if the patient does not wish to have a cortisone injection. Although cortisone reduces joint inflammation, it can also destroy the tissue, unlike PRP therapy.