ADULT STEM CELL THERAPY
FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful and debilitating autoimmune disorder that progressively worsens over time. If RA is not swiftly and effectively diagnosed and treated, irreversible damage can be done to your joints. Traditional methods for treating RA often fail to reverse or even slow this damage. However, with the scientific advances made in stem cell research, RA patients can have some hope.
Adult stem cell therapy, which uses your body’s own regenerative cells, can directly target the source of the inflammation and pain you experience throughout your body. It also has the ability to repair the damage that has been done to your muscle tissues and joints, leading to a much more enjoyable quality of life.
WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. It mainly attacks the joints but, in the most severe cases, it also attacks various internal organs. When the joints are attacked, they become inflamed as cartilage is destroyed and the surrounding ligaments and tendons are significantly weakened.
RA is a little bit different for everyone. While some experience chronic and consistent pain and inflammation, others endure flare-ups followed by periods of remission. Flare-ups can last a few days or even a few weeks, and different joints might get triggered at varying times.
Additionally, RA can lead to increased cardiovascular risk and coronary microvascular dysfunction (which is also known as small artery disease). It can also cause those with RA to feel depressed and even hopeless.
TREATING RA DAMAGE BY TARGETING ITS SOURCE
RA patients should have some hope. Recent clinical research has found that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are a type of adult stem cells found in your body’s adipose tissue, might be the most effective treatment for RA.
MSCs are multipotent stromal cells that are found in bone marrow, adipose tissue, cord cells, amniotic fluid, molar cells, and peripheral blood. When they’re reintroduced to your body, they repair the damage done to your joints and even stop your immune system from mistakenly attacking your various tissues, joints, and organs. This thereby lowers your inflammation, repairs damaged tissues, and promotes healthier blood flow.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Receiving MSCs into your body is a quick same-day procedure that is only minorly invasive. The procedure generally follows this protocol:
- Fat harvesting is done in order to obtain roughly a cup of adipose tissue.
- Stem and regenerative cells from adipose tissue are isolated and carefully processed.
- MSCs are administered via a direct injection and/or intravenously.
The procedure has a relatively short recovery time, although this varies from person to person. Learn more.
Overall, adult stem cell therapy is a promising treatment option for those of you who are coping with painful autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Those who are interested in adult stem cell therapy should consult their doctor to find out more information and develop a proper treatment plan.