By Dr. Niele Maimone, DC
Align Healing Center has been a staple in the Danville community for 23 years, offering an ever-expanding range of services addressing people’s wellness needs. I have discovered medical therapies that work as an adjunct to the holistic services Align offers, allowing patients access to exceptional healing modalities. One of the most profound healing tools that I have discovered is Mesenchymal Stem Cell therapy.
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy is a promising new treatment option for arthritis, a condition characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the joints. MSCs are a type of stem cell that have the ability to differentiate into various cell types, such as bone, cartilage, and tissue cells. These cells have recently gained attention for their potential to treat a variety of medical conditions, including arthritis.
Arthritis is a common chronic condition characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. The current treatments for arthritis, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery, are often inadequate and have significant side effects. MSCs have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties that make them a promising therapy for arthritis. When administered to patients, MSCs can reduce inflammation and promote the regeneration of damaged joint tissue.
One of the main benefits of MSC therapy for arthritis is its ability to promote the regeneration of damaged cartilage. Cartilage is a type of tissue that cushions the joints and allows for smooth movement, but it can be damaged by arthritis. MSCs can differentiate into new cartilage cells, which can help to repair the damage caused by arthritis.
Another benefit of MSC therapy is its ability to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a key component of arthritis, and it can cause pain, stiffness, and loss of function in the affected joints. MSCs have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
In a study published in the Journal of Translational Medicine (2015), researchers treated patients with knee osteoarthritis using MSCs. They found that the treatment resulted in significant improvements in pain and function. The study's authors concluded that MSCs "are a safe and effective treatment option for knee osteoarthritis."
Another study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2018) found that treatment with MSCs improved pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis and decreased the need for total joint replacement surgery. The study's authors concluded that MSCs "could be a viable alternative for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis."
MSC therapy is also thought to have the potential to modulate the immune system. In many cases, arthritis is caused by an abnormal immune response, and MSCs have been shown to have immunomodulatory properties, which can help to regulate the immune response and reduce inflammation.
A third study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (2019) found that treatment with MSCs led to significant improvement in pain, function, and quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The study's authors concluded that MSCs "could be a safe and effective treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis."
MSC therapy is also a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure. It is usually done by injecting MSCs directly into the affected joint. This procedure is relatively simple and can be done on an outpatient basis, which makes it a more convenient option for many patients.
Overall, MSC therapy has many potential benefits for people with arthritis. It can help to regenerate damaged cartilage, reduce inflammation, and modulate the immune response. It is also a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure, making it a safe, more convenient option for many patients. At Align, we offer many options to assist you in living a pain-free life. Reach out for a complimentary 15-minute consultation to see if MSC therapy is right for you.