FAQs on Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis in Colorado
The Colorado Clinic offers stem cell therapy for arthritis. This innovative treatment has given patients relief from this crippling disease. Treatment is simple, fast, and relatively risk-free. If you suffer from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, take a moment to review these FAQs.
Stem cell therapy is an innovative treatment that utilizes a patient’s stem cells in conjunction with growth factors from their plasma to treat various conditions and diseases, including those associated with the musculoskeletal problems. Stem cells, which have the ability to adaptively differentiate into different types of cells, can be used to enhance healing, reduce inflammation, and encourage the growth of new cells. When combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which utilizes plasma separated from the blood of the patient, patients have found their condition to improve greatly.
Has it been used successfully to treat arthritis?
The short answer is “yes.” Stem cell and PRP therapy have been used successfully in treating the crippling conditions that define arthritis. At the Colorado Clinic, we have seen very positive results from this type of treatment.
What types of stem cells are most useful in treating arthritis?
Most commonly adult stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow are used. For PRP therapy, the plasma is derived from the patient’s blood, which is drawn at the same time that the stem cells are harvested.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment for arthritis using stem cell and PRP therapy usually takes one day, although a patient may come back another day for a second PRP injection. Once the healing process begins and symptoms begin to subside, patients may also begin to engage in low-impact exercise. Such exercises, which help to build strength, stimulate blood flow and lubricate joints, can greatly aid in the healing process.
What are steps in stem cell therapy?
Stem cells are harvest from bone marrow that is accessed through the patient’s hip. This process is fast and relatively painless. It is not the same type of process that is used in harvesting bone marrow for transplants associated with cancer. At the same time, blood is drawn from the patient’s arm. This blood will be used in the extraction of plasma to be used in PRP therapy. The stem cells and blood are then taken to a laboratory and each is spun on a centrifuge. This process is done in order to separate the stem cells from the marrow and the plasma from the blood. The solutions are then adjusted.
A few hours after the cells and blood have been harvested the doctor injects them into the problem area. This s done in an exacting manner as the doctor utilizes live imaging to ensure the injections find the mark. First the plasma, which contains growth factors, is injected, and then the stem cells. A second plasma injection, a booster shot, may be administered in four to six days.
How does it help in the treatment of arthritis?
Yes, it has been found that stem cell therapy in conjunction with PRP therapy aids in the growth of healthy cartilage, accelerates the body’s natural healing process, and helps to reduce inflammation. This treatment has now been used successfully for more than a decade.
Is this type of therapy risky?
Stem cell therapy at the Colorado Clinic for arthritis involves much less risk than other types of treatments. Traditional treatments include drug therapy, cortisone injections, and, in extreme cases, hip or joint replacement. The first two types of treatments involve a range of side effects, which can cause other problems for patients, while surgery offers much more risk, including that of infection and other complications, and a long rehabilitative process. Stem cell therapy has no side effects, is minimally invasive, and can be completed in a short amount of time.
What are the advantages of stem cell therapy in treating arthritis?
The advantages in using stem cell and PRP therapy are that these involve much less risk, less physical rehabilitation, and less time than other forms of treatment for arthritis. There are fewer side effects, and is considered to be overall safer than other medical methods, including joint replacement.