Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, affecting about 32.5 million Americans. Although this form of arthritis mainly affects the joints, it can also affect the back, hip, hands, and feet. Surgery and joint replacement were the common treatment for osteoarthritis (OS) in the past, but cellular therapy offers hope in treating this condition.
Cellular Therapy Procedures for Treating Osteoarthritis
Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
ACI is a type of regenerative medicine that improves the symptoms of OS, including mobility and pain. It involves the extraction of a small tissue from the patient’s joints, and the cells are cultured in the lab and reintroduced into the affected tissue after three weeks to create new cartilage cells. The procedure is followed by physiotherapy and rehabilitation. After undergoing ACI, patients can resume their normal activities in three months and become fully active in one year. ACI is the best remedy to prevent joint replacement. This regenerative procedure can also help stop or slow the development of osteoarthritis.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
Most people suffering from knee osteoarthritis benefit from PRP treatment. In recent years, this form of regenerative medicine is becoming popular because of its efficacy in treating different r types of arthritis. During the procedure, the doctor draws blood from the patient, which is centrifuged to isolate the platelets. Once ready, the doctor injects the concentrated solution into the affected joint. Platelets promote the release of growth factors that enhance cell division speeding up tissue regeneration and healing. Studies show that PRP reduces pain and can stop the progression of OS.
This type of regenerative medicine involves an injection into the affected joint. Typically, the body naturally responds by activating the body’s healing mechanism The doctor will inject an irritant such as glucose or sugar water into the affected joint to achieve this response. This injection has no steroids or drugs. The objective of prolotherapy is to relieve pain and inflammation and promote tissue regeneration. Patients who have undergone this procedure report better mobility and less pain. The doctor may numb the area before the operation to keep the patient comfortable.
How We Can Help
Are you suffering from osteoarthritis, and the conventional methods are offering no relief? At BrioMD, we can help. Treating osteoarthritis through regenerative medicine starts with a comprehensive evaluation of the medical condition and the accompanying symptoms. Our doctors then discuss the available regenerative medicine procedures and the best to match your condition. Find a clinic near you and discover our regenerative medicine services.