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Stem Cell Treatments for Joints and Degenerative Discs

Stem Cell Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Hip Joints

Osteoarthritis of the knee and joints is a common condition. Stem cells have the innate ability to help the body repair, restore and rejuvenate.  Think of stem cells as your body’s “on-call first responders” that are part your own emergency repair system. When triggered, the stem cells in your body not only have the ability to migrate to distressed areas and repair damage, but are also capable of changing into any other cell type that is needed, such as cartilage, muscle, nerve or liver cells.

When we are young, the stem cells in our body are plentiful and active.  They can adequately take care of all of the repair needs that we encounter daily.  As we age, our stem cell supply dwindles and some stem cells become less active or even dormant. This happens surprisingly fast.  By age 30, our stem cell reservoir and activity is reduced by more than 50% and by age 60, it’s down to only 5%.  That is one of the reasons why our body cannot repair damage well when we are older.

Autologous bone marrow derived stem cell injection procedures are designed to harness your body’s natural healing power and to focus that healing power where it is needed the most. These injection procedures can be performed for a variety of painful and limiting degenerative conditions such as joint arthritis, degenerative disc disease and cartilage, tendon and muscle injuries.  Since these procedures have the potential to restore structure and function, we refer to them as regenerative medicine injection procedures.  A regenerative medicine treatment is uniquely different from drug or hormonal interventions, since it is solely based on our body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate. These procedures are outpatient procedures that do not require surgery or intravenous anesthesia.

A few typical examples of conditions that can be treated with stem cell procedures including osteoarthritis of the hips and knees, joint injuries, cartilage damage, degenerative disc disease of the spine, peripheral neuropathy and cognitive decline.

Stem Cell Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition that affects almost every one of us as we age. Until now, there were no good long term treatment options other than masking the pain with medications or surgery.  Medications have significant side effects. Surgery, which usually requires spinal fusion, is a major operation with significant down time and a significant failure rate over time.   When spinal fusion is performed, the discs above and below the fusion are more prone to degeneration.

Today’s stem cell treatment is a true game changer in modern medicine.  It is able to improve pain and dysfunction and has the capacity of reversing some of the degenerative changes that have already occurred in the disc.   We use autologous bone marrow derived stem cells to treat degenerative disc disease of the spine.  This treatment is a safe and effective outpatient procedure which does not require a surgical incision or sutures.  There is no significant downtime and patients typically return to their routine activities the day after the procedure.  Since this procedure does not alter the anatomy of the disc, unlike surgery, it can be reliably repeated if necessary without any adverse effect.

Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knees and Hips

Osteoarthritis for the knee joints is a common condition.  As we age, the knee and hip joints are exposed to a lot of stress and once the cartilage is damaged, the body has limited ability to repair it.  The treatment options have been limited to medications with many side effects, temporary lubricating agents and surgery which alters the body’s anatomy and potentially creates more trauma to the joints.

We now have stem cell treatment which not only decrease pain and increase function, but have the potential to actually reverse the degenerative process.  We use autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells to treat this condition.  It is an outpatient procedure that does not require sedation, any significant surgical incision, sutures, or any significant downtime.  Patients typically return to their routine activities the day after the procedure.