Thursday, November 23, 2017

Our bodies are composed of many different types of particular cells that form our organs such skin, our brains, muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. Every day, our cells undergo a unique process whereby they degenerate and then regenerate themselves. When the older cells die off, new cells are created. These cells are then able to produce a multitude of different types of cells. Unfortunately, when there is an injury to the tissue, many times the process of degeneration surpasses the regenerative process. This results in those specific structures becoming weaker, more painful and having less functionality.

PROS OF INJECTIONS:
People considering injections for osteoarthritis of the knee may be apprehensive and afraid of side effects. There are numerous benefits of stem cell injections for arthritis.

No risk of rejection as they are our own stem cells.
Promotes healing to area of injury.
Can slow down the progression of degeneration.

CANDIDATES FOR THE PROCEDURE:
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, you could be a candidate for injections.

Patients who are not able to tolerate the recommended course of treatment.
Patients who did not respond to their previous medical regimen.
Patients who responded before, but now are stopped showing improvement with their current medical regimen.

TECHNIQUE:
For people with osteoarthritisstem cell knee injections are a possible consideration. With the advancements in modern-day medicine, it is possible to extract a patient’s stem cells from their bone marrow. This procedure is usually performed in a doctor’s office with the use of fluoroscopic guidance. With the patient laying face down, the area of extraction is thoroughly cleansed and anesthetized. The doctor then uses a specialized needle, which is inserted into the bone. Since we have stem cells in reserve in our bone marrow, they are usually taken from the iliac bone, or back of the hip area. After extraction of the stem cells, they are then sent to a laboratory for purification. The concentrated sample is what will be re-injected into the patient’s knee to aid in healing and pain relief.

As with any medical procedure, being well informed of the risks and benefits, as well as possible alternatives will aid in the decision to proceed with the recommended medical treatment.

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