Tampa Stem Cells
Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis and Pain
Can stem cell therapy help osteoarthritis of the joints and spine?
Yes! The majority of symptoms in osteoarthritis are related to the degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints such as your hip, knee or spine (neck and back). Cartilage is a firm, shock absorbing tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion. In osteoarthritis, this surface wears out becoming narrowed and rough. Eventually, if the cartilage continues to wear, it can leave the patient’s joint with bone rubbing on bone. For the cervical and lumbar spine (neck and back), there are two joints at every level in your back called facet joints. Additionally, at each level in your spine there is disc between the bony blocks called vertebrae. As the facet joints degrade, they become enlarged from arthritic changes causing back or neck pain. Additionally, the discs in the back also become degenerative and lose height contributing to back or neck pain.
Stem cell treatment is designed to target the degenerative areas within the joints to help restore or create new cartilage cells. Stem cells are like “seeds” and have the potential to become many different cell types including cartilage cells. The goal of each stem cell treatment is to inject the stem cells into the site of pain such as a arthritic joint to create cartilage and hopefully regenerate the damaged joint. Stem cells and mediators that are activated by stem cells are also natural anti-inflammatories which can assist with pain and swelling in the joint area.