Unlike the rest of our bodies, our cartilage (the soft tissue that surrounds our bones at the joints) does not have blood vessels. This is one of the reasons that cartilage doesn’t heal as well after damage or injury. Cartilage damage is a serious ailment and can lead to further damage and disease the longer it is left untreated, including arthritis. Up until now, cartilage damage was complete and unrepairable. Once the damage was done, it was done for good. Now, with the introduction of stem cell therapy to cartilage degeneration, sufferers have an optimistic outlook on the treatment and repair of the damaged cartilage.
Stem cell therapy has been used most commonly for treatment against cancers like Leukemia. Finding a suitable donor and undertaking a bone-marrow transplantation surgery in order to combat the disease with the new, healthy cells. This same technology can be used in cartilage treatments, however in this regard the new, healthy cells (or adult cells) can be taken from the patient themselves. Before stem cell clinical trials for cartilage repair, the future did not look bright for sufferers of cartilage degeneration as the capacity for repair of the cartilage was minimal and mostly treated with simple pain relief and invasive surgery, that usually concluded with months of expensive and painful physical therapy. Now that stem cell replacement therapy has been proven to be effective in the elimination of cartilage damage, sufferers can put down their walking canes and the Paracetamol and embrace active life again.
Cartilage treatment with stem cells is a simple injection of healthy, adult cells into the damaged area. Once the injection has been done the cartilage is given time to repair itself with those new, healthy cells and the patient is able to start living life again. Prevention of cartilage damage is as easy as wearing protective, medically approved shoes, however the simple act of walking across a busy intersection can put our bodies at risk of injury and damage. With stem cell therapy fast developing into the kind of technology that we could only dream of before, people with chronic cartilage damage can now look toward a brighter, healthier and pain free life.
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