In previous blog posts, we’ve explored the role of PRP in treating mild to moderate osteoarthritis. While PRP is the best solution in mild to moderate cases, it’s not ideal for severe osteoarthritis. Severe osteoarthritis is best treated using adipose-derived stem cells. These stem cells have been clinically shown to protect knee cartilage against further degeneration in patients with osteoarthritis, and help prevent cell death. Furthermore, adipose based stem cell injections also serve to discourage the formation of bone spurs and reduce inflammation.
Often, patients who receive injections of adipose derived stem cells experience rapid improvement in their condition. This improvement is seen through increased immune functioning and decreased inflammation, which generally means a reduction in pain.
One of the most interesting aspects of using adipose-derived stem cells to treat severe osteoarthritis of the knee is that stem cells actually “home” to injured tissue. Damaged tissue releases chemical markers called chemokines. Chemokines let the stem cells know where the damaged tissue is, and the activated stem cells that are injected into the body go “home” to the location of the chemokines.
Adipose derived stem cell injections allow patients living with severe osteoarthritis to effectively manage their condition. Adipose derived stem cell injections are a safer, effective, and more conservative approach to severe osteoarthritis of the knee than knee replacement surgery.
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