In the past, people who suffered from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis had very few options. They could take pain medication, which had potential side effects if used for long periods of time, and in the most extreme cases, a joint replacement could be done.
Replacements, however, come with their own set of problems. Aside from the chance of structural failure of the artificial joint, there’s the possibility of medical complications like infection, blood clots, damaged nerves and swelling.
There’s also a recovery period that may require as long as a year to rebuild joint strength, and some people continue to experience long-lasting pain from a replacement even after that. Further, it’s to be expected that joint replacements wear out with time, and you may well need another surgery to replace the replacement.
Is there an alternative?
Until recently, other therapies for serious joint pain and stiffness simply didn’t exist. However, regenerative therapy has changed all that.
Most cells, the building blocks of the body, are specialized for the job they do by the time we’re born—skin cells, heart cells, lung cells and so on. However, some of them that haven’t yet been “assigned” a function still remain in the body. Even as adults, we still have some of these cells that are essentially “blank slates”—and these can be transformed into any of our specialized cells as needed to help the body heal itself.
Adult regenerative cells, also known as “somatic cells,” are usually found within bones, fat tissue and blood. These have been used for some time to treat various types of cancer, but scientists more recently discovered another use for them—they can help our bodies repair our own joints. This is called “regenerative medicine.”
The problem is, these helpful cells decrease in number as we age, and they aren’t usually present in our joints where we’d need them in order to repair the damage of arthritis. The safest method of getting their benefits is to have them withdrawn from our own bodies where they are located, concentrating them, then injecting them into the joint where they’re needed, using imaging to get the placement exactly right.
This process is not invasive and offers several important benefits to the joint. For starters, it reduces inflammation, which makes arthritis worse. The regenerative cells also develop into new cartilage to help repair the damage done by arthritis.
Side effects from the process are minimal as well. There may be a little stiffness and soreness, but there’s no danger of rejection because the cells are your own.
Does the process work?
Much research on cell regenerative therapy has been done, and much is still ongoing today. The results have been very encouraging. One study showed that even after 5 years, osteoarthritis patients who had received this treatment in their knees were better off than those who had not¹.
A study done by the Mayo Clinic ² also showed an unusual result: Patients who received regenerative cell therapy in one knee experienced improvement in the other knee as well, even though that one was only injected with saltwater solution. While the reasons aren’t clear, one plausible theory is that the body knows where the special cells are needed and sends them where they need to go.
Work with nature, not against it
We are born with the incredible ability to heal ourselves. While time diminishes that capability, we are still better off working with what nature provided than working against it. With scientific research to guide us, we’re now in a much better position to know how to tap into the body’s remarkable power to repair itself.
Before you submit to an invasive joint replacement with all its accompanying risks, shouldn’t you look into regenerative therapy? The regenerative medicine experts at Flexogenix™ can help your body repair itself through their Progeni-Flex™ technique without the risks and down time of major surgery. We have lots of experience with cell therapy and know how to get you feeling better naturally.
No matter which joint is the problem, our regenerative medicine specialists can help. Contact us today for a consultation to see if cell therapy is right for you.