Chronic joint pain is common in areas of the body such as the hips, knees, elbows, and shoulders. Oftentimes, it’s caused by conditions for which there is currently no cure, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. While home remedies such as NSAIDs and heat therapy are commonly recommended, surgery may be advised in the most severe cases.
Stem Cell Injections to Treat Joint Pain
Stem cells are the foundations for all specialized cell types and can transform into virtually any other cell in the body. They can also self-renew and can therefore regenerate or heal compromised tissues, including cartilage. Adult stem cells can be retrieved from bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue, though there are also donor sources, including umbilical cord tissue.
Regardless of the source, stem cell therapy works by having the cells strategically injected at the site of the injured joint. Research has shown they can combat inflammation, develop into different tissue, and duplicate themselves. As a result, symptoms such as pain and swelling may improve. Treatment is most effective when begun early.
Stem cell research is still in early stages and ongoing, however, no major adverse effects have been reported. With that being said, it’s important to work with a reputable stem cell clinic to ensure the highest commitment to quality assurance and to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes.
This post was written by Becky Palmer, a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for the joints, also known as stem cell therapy for joints! Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.