Stem Cell Injections for Arthritis

Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million adults. It is a painful condition often caused when the cartilage between joints deteriorate. Often, doctors will treat arthritis with medication, physical therapy, and surgery in some cases. However, these traditional treatments are not always effective, and can still leave patients with pain and limited mobility.

 

At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we take a unique approach to arthritis treatment. Using cutting-edge regenerative medicine, we rebuild cartilage and other needed tissues in the joints affected by arthritis using the patients’ stem cells. This allows patients to regain mobility of their joints while eliminating or significantly reducing the pain that they once felt. Joints in the body where we have treated arthritis with stem cell injections include:

 

  • Knee
  • Ankles
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Back & Neck
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    How Does Stem Cell Injections Work

    Stem cells are the natural healers in the body. When a joint or muscle is injured, stem cells will replace the damaged cells by morphing into the type of cells that are needed. In joints that are affected by arthritis, the stem cells will become new cartilage cells and naturally repair the damaged joint.

     

    At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we use a unique process to amplify your stem cells and direct them to create new cartilage in the joints that are effect by arthritis. We begin by harvesting the stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s blood and bone marrow. Then we process the stem cells and PRP to create a highly potent injection of stem cells which we inject directly into the joints affected by arthritis using ultrasound to guide the injection. Once injected, the stem cells will begin the process of restoring the patient’s cartilage in their joints. The entire process takes only a few hours at most and patients can go home almost immediately after the stem cell injection.

     

    When Do I See Results

    Stem cell injections for arthritis is a biological treatment that will require some time for the stem cells to heal the damage joints in the body naturally. Typically, patients will start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased mobility within 4 to 6 weeks. Afterward, the stem cells will continue its work and patients will experience even greater results.

     

    For most patients, a single stem cell injection is all that is needed to eliminate their arthritis pain, and the pain relief can last for the rest of their life. For patients with a severe arthritis condition, additional stem cell injections may be needed.

     

    Are Stem Cell Injections Safe

    Stem cell therapy for arthritis is a safe alternative to traditional arthritis treatments. Since stem cells are naturally found in the body, we are not injecting any foreign substances into the patient. Additionally, since we only use stem cells and PRP that was harvested from the patient’s blood and bone marrow, the risk of infections or rejection is virtually nonexistent.

     

    Am I a Candidate for Stem Cell Injections

    To determine if you are a candidate for stem cell injections for arthritis, contact our office. Our orthopedic experts will exam your medical files and will inform you the best treatment to use in your case.

     

    How Much Does Stem Cell Treatment For Arthritis Cost?

    To maximize success, we tailor our stem cell treatment based on the unique needs of our patients. For this reason, the cost of stem cell treatment for arthritis will vary greatly from case to case and can only be determined after our orthopedic specialist has evaluated a patient. Factors that will determine the cost for stem cell treatment includes:

     

  • The severity of the arthritis
  • How long the arthritis condition existed
  • The number of joints that need to treated
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    It is important to note that most health insurance companies will not cover the cost of stem cell treatment for arthritis. However, in many cases, the cost of stem cell treatment can be similar to the cost patients will pay out of pocket for surgery and post-surgical care with insurance.