Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Currently, the number of people affected by the disease number almost 130 million globally. Unfortunately, with how common the disease is, it does not have an established cure. But studies are underway for some of the more promising treatments being looked into by researchers.
Among these include the therapeutic use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells or MSCs as well as the injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) into the joint. Dubbed as an ‘exciting possibility’ for treatment by the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders publication, stem cell therapy works by stimulating new cartilage growth and reducing inflammation while PRP Therapy such as our very own PRP therapy in Las Vegas, NV, at Regenerative Cell Institute.
Our roster of regenerative medicine in NV includes both procedures. Here is how it works:
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma is made out of a sample of the patient’s blood that is spun in a centrifuge, a machine that pulls out the blood’s plasma and platelets. This now concentrated substance is re-injected to promote healing.
- Stem Cell Therapy Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) hastens wound healing by increasing collagen concentrations which then promotes the strengthening and tightening of the damaged area.
Among the advantages of both procedures include:
- There is no risk of rejection since the stem cells and the blood harvested are from patients themselves
- They are minimally non – invasive as compared to other treatments such as joint replacement and surgery
- There is no risk of the transmission of communicable diseases.