Stem Cell Therapy for Joints in Baltimore, MD
Have Arthritis Pain? Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions Can Help
The human body has amazing regenerative powers to repair damaged tissues as they are worn down through injuries or everyday activities. Bone, muscle, and organ tissues all have some capacity to self-repair using the body’s natural processes. With tissues like cartilage, however, the damage tends to be more permanent without medical intervention to rebuild or replace lost tissue. Stem cell treatment offers a solution, as stem cells have the capacity to divide as various cell types, so they can replicate cartilage when they are injected into the knee, hip, or shoulder joints affected by osteoarthritis (OA) and other conditions resulting in lost cartilage. When cartilage is worn down in patients with OA or joint injuries, inflammation and pain increase as bones and connective tissues sustain damage from everyday activities. By seeking stem cell therapy at Baltimore’s Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions to replenish cartilage in the joints, you can ensure better joint health moving forward without constant pain and discomfort.
What are stem cells?
All cells reproduce by dividing into two new cells, but stem cells are unique because they are essentially blank cells that can replicate into more blank cells or specialized cells like blood cells or nerve cells. When used for the treatment of damaged knee, hip, or shoulder joints, stem cells will become chondrocytes, which make up cartilage within the joint. Stem cells may derive from many sources, but they often come from amniotic fluid, which surrounds an embryo as it develops in the womb.
How do stem cells work?
Stem cells are helping researchers and medical professionals increase their understanding of how diseases occur. By observing how these cells mature, doctors are gaining a better understanding of the development of conditions affecting muscles, joints, nerves, organs, and tissues. Researchers have already developed stem cell therapy for a variety of impairments, proving the efficacy of their use in modern medicine. Stem cells also serve as a useful testing ground for new drugs and medicines. Rather than using human subjects and risking harm, researchers can use tissue-specific human stem cells to study the usefulness and side effects of new medications.
How is stem cell therapy used to treat pain?
Stem cells are widely recognized for treatment benefits associated with orthopedic conditions affecting major joints such as the hips, knees, and shoulders, as well as the spine. When injected into a joint, ligament, or tendon, stem cells have been shown to reduce inflammation, decrease cell death, and minimize the formation of fibrous tissue. Initial studies have resulted in pain relief in the affected areas, which has improved range of motion and quality of life for many patients. Use of stem cells as a healing solution for hips, knees, and shoulders also shortens recovery time and provides an alternative to surgical intervention. In addition to pain relief, stem cells have been used in bone marrow transplants to replace cells damaged by disease or chemotherapy. They have also been used to help treat blood and immune system disorders.
Is stem cell therapy safe?
Because stem cells derive from natural sources and they can function within the body’s natural healing mechanisms, they are a safe and effective measure for restoring damaged joint tissues. Working with the experienced physicians of Fidel Integrated Medicine Solutions, you can rest assured that treatment will be minimally-invasive and highly-effective in managing joint pain and discomfort.
What are the side effects of stem cells?
Stem cell therapy carries a minor risk of infection because it can weaken your immune system. The threat of infection lasts until your new stem cells can generate white blood cells. However, it is common to use medication that helps prevent infection until your white blood cell count begins to rise. Other side effects include bleeding, nerve damage, and nausea. However, it is not possible to experience an allergic reaction because you are taking advantage of your body’s natural healing properties.
Can stem cell therapy cure arthritis?
Medical professionals are studying stem cell therapy as a possible treatment for arthritis, but research is still in its nascent stages. Initial findings show that using injections of a patient’s own stem cells can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Treatment at Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions can help manage pain, swelling, and loss of movement in joints such as your knees, hips, and shoulders. However, stem cell therapy has not been shown to cure arthritis.
Do insurance providers cover stem cell treatment?
Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still reviewing most stem cell therapy methods, insurance companies overwhelmingly do not cover such treatment in their health plans. There are various procedures for certain conditions that have been approved and are covered, but the majority of treatments for joint pain and cartilage regeneration are still being tested for safety and utility. However, bone marrow transfers involving stem cells have been approved by the FDA to treat diseases such as sickle cell anemia and are covered by most major providers.
How long does it take before stem cell therapy begins to work?
The positive effects of stem cell therapy are not immediate. Because the injections are designed to heal and strengthen damaged tissue, it takes time to notice relief. It is typical for patients to feel no improvement for the first three weeks, with some needing six to eight weeks before realizing a change. However, once the benefits of stem cell therapy are recognized, patients can expect continued improvement over the subsequent three to six months.
What are the alternatives to stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is typically used to treat conditions ranging in severity from minor to moderate when surgery might otherwise be necessary. For degenerative knee, hip, and shoulder issues, full replacements may be recommended. However, stem cell therapy can be an effective alternative for joint repair that can keep you from going under the knife. Stem cell therapy is a natural outpatient procedure with no anesthesia required that can ease your pain, improve your strength, and allow you to get back to your normal activities quicker than surgery would allow.
Are you a candidate for stem cell treatment?
Stem cell treatment is ideal for patients who have experienced extreme wear and tear of the cartilage in major joints like the hips, knees, and shoulders. Because stem cells allow the body to rebuild cartilage, treatment will help cushion the joints from further damage and reduce the inflammation that causes pain in the joints. Often, patients with OA will be the primary candidates for stem cell treatment, but those who have experienced injuries to a particular joint resulting in lasting pain and discomfort can also benefit from it.
Learn More About Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis & Joint Pain
Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions is a part of the Stem Cell Institute of America, making our practice one of the few locations to explore innovative stem cell therapy in Baltimore. This form of treatment is evolving rapidly, with new studies being performed daily. Let us explain ways that stem cell therapy can help relieve pain in your hips, knees, and shoulders so that you can enjoy life again. To learn more about stem cell therapies and your candidacy for treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation.