Knee pain is debilitating, as is all joint pain. While regenerative procedures like stem cell therapy and traditional joint replacement are straightforward, joint replacement requires significant surgery, has a long and painful recovery time and useful life of 15-20 years. Regenerative procedures, such as stem cell therapy, use natural stem cells to repair damaged joints, are non-surgical and have a short recovery period. Under optimal conditions, stem cell therapy can work in as little as 2 to 12 weeks. This explains why patients with joint pain are weighing the benefits and turning to regenerative stem cell therapy as an alternative to joint replacement.
Nature’s Builders and Healers
This therapy is minimally invasive and relies on stem cells to help your body fight ailments like “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis (OA). These are different ways to say the progressive breakdown of the joints’ natural shock absorbers. Stem cells are nature’s natural healers and builders. No artificial products replace your original ones. Stem cells enable your body to fix and heal itself. Naturally.
While stem cell therapy is sometimes debated, Jouvence Wellness uses FDA-approved methods and products. Harvey E. Smith, MD, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, says it’s clear the treatment has an effect. What is not as clear is how it lessens pain. Researchers are studying whether the stem cells themselves cut inflammation or if they release substances that affect other cells.
A study cited on WebMD showed that stem cell injections given after surgery to remove torn knee cartilage showed evidence of cartilage regeneration and lessened pain. Six other studies on stem cells for knee arthritis found that patients reported good results with no serious side effects.
No Serious Side-Effects
And since stem cells are nature’s builders, there are little to no side-effects. This may explain the growth in regenerative medicine. The upside is great: less expensive than surgery, relies on your body’s healing power, require no foreign parts in your body and has virtually no side-effects.
How they Heal
A study was conducted in Mayo’s Human Cell Therapy Lab. The study’s lead author, Shane Shapiro, M.D., a Mayo Clinic orthopedic physician said, “One hypothesis is that the stem cells we tested can home to areas of injury where they are needed, which makes sense, given that stem cells injected intravenously in cancer treatments end up in the patients’ bone marrow where they need to go… some patients are still doing very well years after their study treatment ended.”