19 May 2021 | Rebecca Pennington

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help with Joint Pain?

What is joint pain?

Our joints all have similarities in their structural makeup. They are made of more than one bone, all of which are coated in a slippery layer of articular cartilage to help them slide easily and freely and provide some shock absorption.

Joints are laced with blood vessels and nerves; cushioned by cartilage and lubricated by synovial fluid and mobilised and stabilised by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Joints are further protected by gel-filled sacs called bursa. Your knee joints also contain shock-absorbing rubbery cartilage called menisci.

Injuries or damage to your joints have an impact on the smooth movement of these structures, and can cause pain, swelling, instability and weakness, depending on the tissues and bones affected.

Impact, forceful twisting, wear and tear, repetitive actions or degenerative conditions such as arthritis can all lead to joint pain. Pain can be chronic (ongoing) or acute (occurring suddenly). Joint pain can range from a dull ache that comes and goes to severe pain that prevents you from moving or carrying out everyday activities.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy has been developed by orthopaedic specialists and medical researchers over the last two decades to help resolve the causes of joint pain.

Also known as regenerative medicine, this minimally invasive treatment uses the healing properties of your own body to reduce inflammation and stimulate recovery at a cellular level.

At London Stem Cell Centre, we offer injection therapy using your blood plasma, bone marrow stem cells and adipose fat cells to speed up recovery and support healing in your joints. Our treatments work alongside physiotherapy, shockwave therapy and orthopaedic surgery to speed up rehabilitation and develop resilience against future injuries and ongoing joint conditions such as arthritis.

How can stem cell therapy help with joint pain?

If joint pain is caused by cartilage damage, tendon, ligament or nerve injury, stem cell therapy can resolve the pain quickly and effectively with minimal side effects.

Stem cell therapy encompasses different types of cellular therapy which use the growth, healing and anti-inflammatory factors that naturally occur in your blood plasma, your fat tissue and your bone marrow. When these types of cells are injected into your injured joints, they reduce pain and inflammation – particularly beneficial if you are suffering from the effects of arthritis. With the reduction of pain and swelling, you can start to regain mobility and build up strength around the joint.

Cellular therapies also contain growth factors that help to stimulate healing. This is especially important in areas that don’t naturally have a good blood flow but is beneficial to all joint rehabilitation – whether alongside physiotherapy or after surgery.

There are three different types of cellular therapies on offer at London Stem Cell Centre. They include: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) and Activated Mesenchymal Pericyte Plasma (AMPP) can be used in combination or individually, depending on your condition.

What areas can stem cell therapy treat?

Stem cell therapy provides a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for many joint conditions and injuries. It also resolves joint pain and supports the rehabilitation process after an injury or surgery.

Knee

Injection therapy is an effective treatment for many causes of knee pain by helping to regenerate damaged tissue and restore your mobility and strength. Conditions that can be treated with regenerative medicine include torn ligaments, damaged cartilage, meniscus tear, or the onset of a degenerative condition like knee osteoarthritis – even offering an alternative to knee replacement surgery.

Foot & Ankle

Debilitating conditions that affect your feet and ankles, such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy and ankle instability, can all be treated with injection therapy – often replacing the need for surgery.

Hip

Whether you are a young, active sportsperson with a hip injury, or an older person considering a hip replacement, regenerative injections can help restore your hip function without the need for surgery.

Elbow

Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow or elbow arthritis are common conditions that can negatively affect your lifestyle. Stem cell and plasma injections help to regenerate damaged nerves, cartilage, bone and other tissues in the elbow joint.

Hand & Wrist

Blood plasma and stem cell injections provide minimally invasive and effective solutions to many soft tissue and degenerative conditions of the hand and wrist, including: osteoarthritis, tendonitis.

 

For more information about how Stem cell therapy for joint pain, contact the London Stem Cell Centre here

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