If you keep up with the latest and most advanced medical treatments, you’ve probably heard of stem cell therapy. While stem cell therapy is being used to treat a variety of health conditions – sometimes with only limited success – it has shown significant success in treating certain musculoskeletal conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
While there are more than 100 types of arthritis, RA is one of the most serious and disabling forms of the disease. RA is an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s own immune system to attack the joints.
This causes inflammation in the joints of the body, resulting in pain, swelling, and a decrease in mobility and function of the joint. As the disease progresses, cartilage located at the joints deteriorates.
Cartilage is a rubbery substance located between the bones meeting at the joint, and it allows the bones to glide around each other without any issue. Cartilage damage is irreversible and can cause severe functionality issues of the joint over time.
Does Stem Cell Therapy Help RA?
There is no current cure for rheumatoid arthritis, and most treatments focus on reducing inflammation, preventing further joint damage, and maintaining functionality of joints. But stem cell therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment that involves using the body’s own natural healing processes. Stem cells are the body’s raw materials that can transform into new cells for repairing damage.
Stem cells are taken from the patient’s own fat (adipose) tissue or bone marrow. The cells are processed into a concentrated solution in a laboratory, and the cells are then injected into the desired area where they stimulate healing and regenerate damaged tissue.
The treatment itself is safe, has very few risks, and can be performed at an outpatient center or clinic. Recovery from stem cell therapy is short, and relief can be felt in as little as two weeks.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?
For RA patients, stem cell therapy can significantly reduce pain and slow down the progression of the disease in the joint. The treatment involves injecting a concentration of the person’s own stem cells into specific joints that have been damaged due to the disease. The stem cells heal and regenerate damaged tissue in the joint, so there is less inflammation, less pain, and increased mobility and function in the joint.
Patients with RA typically use a combination of treatments, including traditional medication, physical therapy, massage therapy, supplements, and alternative treatment methods, as well as a healthy lifestyle to control the symptoms. Adding stem cell therapy to the treatment plan can significantly reduce pain and help patients achieve a higher quality of life.
Arthritis Doctors in Oregon and Washington
Stem cell therapy is a safe and highly successful method that can treat a plethora of health conditions. If you suffer from RA and are looking for an effective treatment method to improve your RA symptoms, talk to a doctor about stem cell therapy and whether it’s a good treatment option for you.
No matter what condition you have, a reputable and experienced medical team by your side can make the path to healing more pleasant. Lynx Healthcare offers a variety of medical services, including interventional pain medicine, regenerative medicine, chiropractic and massage therapy, and much more.
To make an appointment at one of the Lynx Healthcare clinics in Oregon, Yakima, Tri-Cities, or Goldendale, call us at (509) 591-0070, or call our Spokane clinic at (509) 321-4575. Let us help you achieve a more pain-free, enjoyable lifestyle once again.