We all want to keep our joints healthy and pain-free so that we can live an active, healthy life. However, the protective cartilage which provides cushioning in our joints naturally wears down over time, and cartilage cannot regrow itself – so we must seek extra help.
The good news is that stem cell therapy has a lot of promise in potentially addressing arthritis pain and cartilage damage. Let’s talk about how this revolutionary treatment works, and where you can go here in Austin to receive stem cell treatment for your joint pain.
Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis
Cartilage is a type of connective tissue, and there are different types of cartilage. One type, called hyaline cartilage, forms a protective lining on the ends of your bones in a joint so that they do not rub against each other and create friction when you move.
You can sustain damage to hyaline cartilage through wear-and-tear arthritis, or osteoarthritis. In this condition, the cartilage becomes thinner and uneven over time. When this happens, your joint will become stiff and painful.
In stem cell therapy, your doctor will harvest these “basic” cells from your body – usually either from your fat tissue or your bone marrow – and re-inject the isolated stem cells into the joint where you have arthritis and cartilage damage. The purpose of this is for the stem cells to facilitate new cellular healing in the area, especially healing the worn-down cartilage.
How Are Adult Stem Cells Helpful for Treating Arthritis?
The number of stem cells in the human body is relatively small. Adult stem cells – the stem cells found in a human being who is older than five days after conception (not birth) – can only turn into a few types of cells.
Stem cell therapy typically uses adult stem cells which are extracted from your own body, so your body will recognize your own cells and will not reject them as foreign. These stem cells will be isolated in a laboratory and then injected by your doctor into the injured or damaged part of your body.
Many patients report positive results after receiving stem cell therapy for their arthritis and joint pain. Particularly successful are patients who have this treatment in their knee or hip. Stem cells also contain anti-inflammatory properties, which are particularly beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.
Recovery from stem cell therapy is also rapid. You can walk out of the clinic right after your procedure.
Stem Cells in Austin, TX
If you have arthritis pain or cartilage damage, talk to an experienced orthopedic doctor about the possibility of stem cell treatment. Here at All-Star Orthopedics of Austin, we can evaluate your joint pain or orthopedic injury and discuss your best options for treatment. If your arthritis is the type that responds well to stem cell therapy, we will make the treatment process as effortless and successful as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carolyn Hyde, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (512) 346-4933, or request an appointment via our online form now. We look forward to helping you get back to your active lifestyle!