Arthritis is a blanket term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, or more specifically the joints where two or more bones meet. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes severe inflammatory and chronic pain in its sufferers. This forms of arthritis can affect the organs and tissues, but more often specifically attacks joints and can result in complete loss of mobility if gone untreated. Arthritis as a term is extremely common disease and as our population ages, the number of sufferers increase exponentially.
Arthritis in the knee is a common area that it can develop. The cartilage of the knee is worn over time and high impact sports can cause injury and early onset. Degenerative arthritis, or Osteoarthritis is also very common in the knee and causes excruciating pain and stiffness in the joints. This sort of pain could be a thing of the past now that stem cell therapy is paving the way to a cure for arthritis.
Like most forms of arthritis, both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis currently have no cure. In severe cases your doctor may recommend surgery, but as we are all aware going down the surgical route is both painful, expensive and time consuming. Mostly your arthritis is treated with common pain relief like Paracetamol or Aspirin. This can give you a certain amount of relief but as a long term measure isn’t viable. Regular exercise is often prescribed, but coupled with your simple pain relief it can quite often be too painful to even move, let alone exercise for the recommended period of time. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are precursors of tissue of mesenchymal origin, but they also have the capacity to regulate the immune response. Use of MSCs as immunosuppressant agents in autoimmune diseases has been proposed and successfully tested within the medical field. A single injection of MSCs prevented the occurrence of severe, irreversible damage to bone and cartilage.
In this case, Rheumatoid arthritis could be a thing of the past with this advancement in the stem cell operations. With one injection, the chronic pain is removed and the joints are able to repair themselves using the basic stem cell therapy route. For those suffering from chronic pain due to arthritis, this is the medical breakthrough we’ve been anticipating for years. Coupled with regular exercise and physiotherapy sessions, along with a healthy and balanced diet to keep you fit and strong, we could be saying goodbye to arthritis pain, as a blanket term, forever.