What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. In most cases, over time, cartilage in joints breaks down and joints have bone-on-bone contact. This is when Osteoarthritis symptoms begin to occur. Osteoarthritis is most commonly found in the:
· Hands and fingers
· Lower back
Wrists, elbows, shoulders, and ankles can also be affected by OA, but this occurs less frequently. When OA is found in these joints, there may have been a history of injury or stress to that joint.
What are the Typical Symptoms/Complications of Osteoarthritis?
Reduced range of motion
Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints
Stiffness after periods of inactivity, such as sleeping or sitting
Changes in joint appearance
Flare-ups of pain and inflammation after use of the affected joint
What causes Osteoarthritis?
There can be multiple causes of the breakdown of a joint’s cartilage, known as Osteoarthritis, such as:
· Being Overweight
· Old age
· Joint injury
· Continual stressing of joints from certain jobs or sports activities
What type of stem cells are used and why?
TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to treatment that utilizes a patient’s stem cells isolated from their own fat tissue. There are multiple inherent benefits afforded by the utilization of adipose derived stem cells including their ability to differentiate into a broad variety of cells types (neurons, bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, etc.), they are present at comparatively much higher levels than other stem cell types, possess higher immunomodulatory capacity, and they do not endanger a patient’s health the way other stem cells might.
What steps are involved in receiving treatment through TruStem Cell TherapyTM?
There are three steps involved:
Approximately 150-250cc’s of a patient’s own fat tissue is harvested through a minimally invasive, mini liposuction procedure. Generally, this fat tissue is collected from around the patient’s belly region.
● Adipose tissue is preferentially utilized because it is one of the richest, most accessible sources of stem cells in the human body.
Process + Activate
Harvested fat tissue is immediately taken to the onsite laboratory for processing. At this step, an optimized protocol is used to isolate the maximum number of stem cells from collected fat tissue.
● Stem cell activation is part of what makes TruStem Cell Therapy unique. The activation procedure is designed to augment efficacy.
TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes both systematic and novel administration methods to fully saturate the body with stem cells while targeting specific areas of injury.
How are stem cells administered back into Osteoarthritis patients through TruStem Cell Therapy?
Osteoarthritis patients who receive stem cell therapy through us can receive systemic and targeted administration methods:
Systemic IV infusion of their stem cells to fully saturate the entire body.
Ultrasound guided intra articular joint injections
What is unique about receiving stem cell therapy through TruStem Cell Therapy™ for Multiple Sclerosis?
Our focus is safety, efficacy, and patient-centric care when providing access to superior stem cell therapy.
We utilize only board certified surgeons, physicians and accredited clinicians to provide care for patients.
Laboratory protocols are developed and refined by our PhD Neuroscientist.
A clinical team with expertise in practicing cellular based medicine.
Accredited Surgical Centers for enhanced procedural and patient safety
Targeted administration methods that direct stem cells toward specific
Skilled Patient Advocates who are trained to provide truthful, realistic expectations resulting from stem cell therapy. We do not make outlandish promises of cures or inaccurate claims related to improvement rates.
Can this treatment cure Osteoarthritis?
It is important for patients and caregivers to understand that current therapies, including stem cell treatment, do not provide a cure for OA. However, TruStem cell therapy does have the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing symptoms and complications related to OA as well as slowing its progression.
Are stem cells FDA approved for Osteoarthritis?
The FDA has not approved stem cell therapy for OA. As noted above, studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for this condition but additional studies are needed before FDA approval can be secured.
What type of improvements can I expect from stem cell therapy?
It is possible through these treatments, to improve a patient’s quality of life by minimizing disease related symptoms and complications. For Osteoarthritis patients, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease related complications such as: joint pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, fatigue etc… If you have questions regarding how these treatments may help you, please contact one of our Patient Advocates to learn more.
How long will it take to see improvements?
It is difficult to predict the timeline of a patient’s response. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It could take weeks to months for the stem cells to provide noticeable results.
What type of side-effects can a patient expect from stem cell therapy?
Typically patients will experience some level of soreness and bruising lasting roughly a week as a result of the mini-liposuction procedure. Additional complications have not been observed. Over a hundred studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and minimal side-effect profile of stem cell therapy.