Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a leading cause of chronic pain in America. The prevalence of this disease will likely increase as the population ages. Treatments recommended by current medical standards are aimed at managing symptoms instead of curing the disease.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a group of abnormalities involving deterioration of joints that are made up of cartilage and bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and sometimes an effusion, which is an abnormal collection of fluid in the bone. As cartilage on these bony surfaces gradually diminishes, the bones may become exposed and become damaged. This leads to decreased mobility due to pain and deterioration of muscles and ligaments.
How Your Stem Cells Can Help
Besides healing damaged tissues, stem cells have the unique ability to adjust the immune system by shutting down pathological response while maintaining the cells’ ability to fight off disease.
Additionally, stem cells play a key role in preserving and replenishing cells throughout your lifetime. Symptoms of inflammation are diminished, injured cells are protected and other cells are stimulated to regenerate.
Stem cells are the body’s master cells, the raw materials of the body. These cells stand apart from other cells where specialized functions are generated. During the proper conditions in our bodies, stem cells reproduce to form new cells called daughter cells. These cells can either self-renew into stem cells or become specialized differentiation cells with a specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.
If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Steve Struhl at Regenerative Orthopaedics in NYC today for an in-depth consultation on stem cell therapy for the improvement of your well-being.