In the United States, over 50 million people suffer from arthritis and that massive number is projected to grow to 67 million over the next 15 years. There are so many people in so much pain that record numbers of people are seeking hip, shoulder, and knee replacements.
Now, with the help of stem cell storage for use in medical therapies, people may not have to undergo these invasive surgical procedures to find relief.
Arthritis is a joint disorder that is characterized by inflammation of the joints. Arthritis can be triggered by trauma to the joints, infection on the joints, or the aging process. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system is involved whereby the body attacks the joints.
For someone with arthritis, the pain not only comes from the joints themselves, but the frustration that comes with the inability to fully utilize their own bodies without inflicting severe pain. Rheumatoid arthritis, in particular, can leave the hands severely disfigured.
Another form of arthritis is called osteoarthritis, also known as the “wear and tear” arthritis. This is a common condition that can be caused by injury, aging joints, obesity, or other causes.
For former state politician John Lunsford, his 11 year campaign trail of shaking hands and traveling took a toll on his body. So when John went to his doctor complaining of severe arthritis pain, he was told that his only option was surgery.
“The first one told me I would need a total hip replacement,” Lunsford told ABC. “So, I went to get a second opinion, and he told me I needed a total hip replacement.”
The reality of surgery being his only option hit him like a ton of bricks. That is, until he learned that through new advancements in regenerative medicine, he could find relief without the trouble of surgery. He found out that specialists could take stem cells from his own bone marrow and use them to target inflammatory and pain pathways.
According to Dr. R. Amadeus, “They change the pain pathway so it’s no longer as painful. They change the inflammatory pathways in that you don’t have as much inflammation being produced and in turn not as much pain.”
Basically, this treatment will use stem cells to alter the pain response in the joints to reduce the amount of pain that the patient experiences. Out of 50 patients who received this treatment, only one needed surgery. Some of the others were able to walk and drive almost immediately after the treatment.
At the moment, specialists are using this stem cell treatment for larger joints in the body such as the hips and shoulders. However, because the treatment is brand new, doctors are not sure how long the results will last.
Almost weekly, it seems, another medical breakthrough or study comes out involving adult stem cells from our own body. With American CryoStem, you can save your fat and adult stem cells using cryo preservation in hopes of taking advantage of future stem cell research and medical treatments.
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Blog post written by John DiFolco.