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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Regenerative Therapy for Arthritis

Everybody knows that all surgeries irrespective of types - carry some inherent risks, like post-op infections, blood clots, adverse reactions to anesthesia, your body not adjusting to the implants, etc. And everyone understands that the recuperation time for a total knee replacement is long and needs your commitment.

There have been many innovations in the use of stem cells for arthritis and knee injuries. Regenerative medicine provides the promising potential of developing alternatives to total joint replacement for treating arthritis. Many arthritic patients fear that a surgery or joint replacement is their only choice. Regenerative medicine, such as stem cell therapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma injections for arthritis, has shown great potential for arthritis treatment as an alternative to surgery. Traditionally, injections only lubricated the joint, but now these innovative procedures can dynamically change the environment within tissue injury or an arthritic joint, helping the body to reduce inflammation and to heal the cartilage itself on a long-term basis. Stem cell therapy, especially, has confirmed to have a great impact in resolving pain symptoms from arthritis.

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a rather new field of study that treats diseases and injuries by harnessing the body’s own regenerative capabilities. Regenerative medicine encompasses a broad range of scientific disciplines and focuses on promoting the restore, re-growth, or replacement of injured/damaged tissues or cells in the body. This is achieved with advanced methods such as platelet-rich plasma therapy, stem cell therapy and prolotherapy, all of which have shown great efficiency against various forms of arthritis.

Regenerative treatment can surely increase your chances of avoiding surgery for arthritis.

1. Stem Cell Therapy

A stem cell is a “blank” cell that hasn’t yet become ‘specialized’, or developed into a specific type of cell — such as muscle cells or nerve cells. Stem cells are capable of dividing and propagating more cells. Stem cells present a life-changing treatment option for those suffering from severe degenerative arthritis.

How do Adult (One’s Own) Stem Cells Work?

When humans are conceived and grown in utero, they start out primarily as stem cells, then as we grow and develop, those “blank” cells become skin cells, liver cells, nerve cells, etc. As we continue to grow up, our bodies keep on producing stem cells to treat and maintain our bodily systems. This means that these cells can be used to treat compatible tissues all over the body, including stem cell knee repair.

Stem cell therapy involves extracting unspecialized stem cells from bone marrow or the fat (adipose) cells from the patient’s body, or placental derived from a donor. These cells are then grafted by injection into the affected area with the intent of helping your body to regenerate new tissue. For instance, when injected into the knee, they can create and regenerate new cartilage and tissue combat the effects of osteoarthritis.

Stem cell treatment may be accompanied by growth factors (such as PRP) to accelerate their growth and development. The result is that new, healthy cells are formed, the painful symptoms of arthritic tissue damage are eased, and quality of life improves radically.

2. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, sometimes called autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) therapy, attempts to take advantage of the blood's natural healing properties to repair damaged tendons, cartilage, muscles, ligaments or even bones.

When the tissue damage in arthritic patients have advanced beyond the body’s capacity to heal itself, In these cases, PRP can be used to reduce pain, improve joint function and possibly slow or even repair damage to cartilage

What is PRP Therapy?

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment method that encourages natural regrowth of damaged or destroyed tissue.

Here’s a brief breakdown of how the PRP treatment works:
  • A small sample of blood from the patient arm is drawn.
  • That blood sample is placed in a centrifuge that separate fluids of different densities and this concentrates the platelets.
  • The platelet-rich plasma solution is then re-injected into the patient’s body at the affected area.
  • These blood platelets which are rich in growth factors, enhances body’s healing ability and rapidly accelerates the process, repair damaged tissue and stimulate regrowth in the area, providing relief from arthritic pain and joint degeneration.
More high-quality, large-scale clinical studies are performed now to make sure how exactly PRP therapy may alleviate symptoms for certain orthopedic conditions. Orthopaedists who use PRP therapy to treat osteoarthritis hypothesize that the PRP therapy has the potential to:
  • Contain proteins that modify a patient's pain receptors and decrease pain sensation
  • Slow down inflammation and delay the progression of osteoarthritis
  • Stimulate the formation of new cartilage
  • Enhance the production of natural lubricating fluid in the joint, thus easing painful joint friction
Chennai Orthopaedic Center at Vanagaram, Chennai is a world class healthcare institute that provide comprehensive healthcare services with care and dedication. We are the best Orthopaedic Specialist in Chennai and we prove the best septic arthritis treatment in India. The center is managed by Dr Bharani Kumar Dayanandam, a prominent Orthopaedic Surgeon and Trauma Consultant currently serving as the Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals, Ayanambakkam, Chennai. The institute have state-of-the-art technology and delivers top-notch healthcare to facilitate the best and shortest road to recovery for every patient.

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