Aging is a natural process in which our body suffers many changes.
One of this changes happen in our skeletal system and more specific in our joints.
One of the most common is in our knees. Lifetime risk of developing knee osteoarthritis is about 46% according to studies sponsored by NIH.
This process called degenerative joint disease or degenerative osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” process in which in a normal joint (a firm, rubbery material called cartilage that provides a smooth, gliding surface for motion and cushion) breaks down causing pain, swelling and motion problems. This process involves cartilage break down, bony changes, ligament and tendon deterioration and various degrees of inflammation.
This process is more common in middle aged and elderly patients but not limited to this group of people.
Knee osteoarthritis is a well known and very common cause of disability in older people.
- Stiffness Decrease ability to move
- Bone spurs formation
- Age: ability to heal diminish
- Weight: Increases joint pressure
- Gender: Women age 55 are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis
- Heredity: Gene mutations make some people more likely to develop this process
- Repetitive stress injuries: kneeling, squatting or lifting heavy weights increase joint pressure
- Athletics: Some sports increase risk by repetitive injury and pressure
- Other illness: Rheumatoid arthritis and other metabolic conditions
Stem cells have the ability to reduce inflammation and regrow cartilage. By attaching to the injured area, they can reduce local inflammation and pain, while also promoting and secreting factors that contribute to the healing properties of the body and though this process clinically reduce pain and increase mobility.
Platelet Rich Plasma or commonly known as PRP, is a concentration of platelets we produce from the drawing of your own blood. When an injury occurs in your body, platelet cells migrate to the lesion site and release certain growth factors that promote other components to migrate and also to begin with the healing and regeneration process.
We administer platelet rich plasma and stem cell solution directly to the injured/altered site to provide growth factors and proteins that promote the healing process. We believe that by combining the use of our stem cells with your growth factors from your platelets, we potentiate/ increase the healing results.
- Red blood cells
- White blood cells
We take the solution and administer the solution with platelets directly to the disc to provide the region with growth factors that are promoters for healing to increase the potential of the cell therapy.
Our medical team needs to determine if you qualify for our stem cell treatments for osteoarthritis by evaluating your medical records. Our patient coordinator will guide you through the process and help you obtain them if you do no have a copy of them. Once submitted we will schedule a phone consultation with our medical team, they will explain the best treatment approach and best possible outcomes.
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