How Regenerative Medicine Helps Relieve Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a general term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect your joints with inflammation. Depending on what kind you have, you may experience different symptoms in different joints, but pain is generally prevalent among all of them. 

The two most common types are osteoarthritis, the kind that happens simply because you’re getting older and your cartilage is wearing thin, and rheumatoid arthritis, which happens when your body’s own immune system attacks the tissues in your joints. Either way, the bottom line is that you have pain, and you want it to go away.

That’s where we come in. Dr. Wade McKenna at McKenna Orthopedics & Biologics in Decatur and Trophy Club, Texas specializes in getting to the root cause of your pain and healing it at the source rather than just temporarily relieving your symptoms. He does this through the revolutionary breakthroughs in regenerative medicine. Here’s how regenerative medicine can relieve your chronic arthritis pain.

What kind of regenerative medicine works for arthritis?

Just as arthritis is an umbrella term, regenerative medicine is an umbrella term as well. It describes a field of medicine that covers several technologies and techniques that focus on regenerating human tissues, cells, and organs so they return to their normal functions. This includes arthritis.

Dr. McKenna is on the cutting edge of regenerative medicine, and our arthritic patients rely on his expertise to help them overcome their chronic pain. The type of regenerative medicine he chooses to treat arthritis is called stem cell therapy. 

How does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cells are blank canvases. Unlike other cells in your body that are specifically designed to do one job, stem cells have the potential to turn into any type of cell you need. 

For instance, if you have damaged cartilage in your knee, or arthritis in shoulder joints, stem cells injected into those areas boost your body’s ability to regenerate the damaged tissues. 

Dr. McKenna uses stem cells from your own bone marrow, as well as from donated amniotic tissue, to create a serum loaded with growth factors and prostaglandins that dramatically increase the healing process. 

How does stem cell therapy work specifically for arthritis?

Stem cell therapy addresses your arthritis in three important ways:

1. Stops inflammation

Inflammation is the main reason your arthritic joints hurt. The drugs and other therapies recommended for the treatment of arthritis all center around reducing this inflammation, but it will keep returning because the joint is damaged. Stem cell therapy can heal the tissues and stop the source of the inflammation.

2. Slows or stops degeneration

Arthritis slowly destroys the tissues inside your joints, and there is no known cure. When you have arthritis, you have “bad” cytokines (proteins that help cells communicate) that cause tissue death. But stem cell therapy delivers “good” cytokines that stop inflammation and pain.

3. Accelerates new tissue growth

The best part about stem cells is their ability to regenerate new tissues. They start as blank slates and morph into the cartilage cells you need to repair damage and replace lost tissue. When successful, stem cell therapy stops the source of your pain for good.

If you have arthritis and are wondering whether you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy, give us a call at either of our locations to schedule a consultation with Dr. McKenna, or request an appointment online today. 

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