Amniotic stem cell therapy is something that is more of a game changer, particularly when dealing with arthritis. It is not just about arthritis, but this is also supposed to come in handy for things like knee pain and tendonitis.
There are so many patients who struggle with knee osteoarthritis, but sadly the treatment options available to them are normally limited. For most of these patients, joint replacement therapy or steroid injections are the only alternatives that they are left with. However, new cutting edge research in amniotic membrane stem cell therapy could actually help such patients have an easier time with arthritis.
What other conditions can be treated?
When we talk of this procedure being used in helping those who are struggling with arthritis, this is not the only option available. As a matter of fact there is so much more to the use of amniotic stem cell therapy.
Patients who suffer from degenerative arthritis, rotator cuff tendonitis and Achilles tendonitis are also in a good position to benefit from this treatment process.
Where does the stem cell come from?
Just so we are clear, the stem cell that is used in this procedure does not come from the embryo itself, but from the amniotic sac. It is important to address this so that we can allay any fears or concerns that people have.
There have been ethical concerns with respect to stem cell therapy, mostly as a result of uninformed propaganda and baseless activism claims. However, over the past there has been relevant consensus towards the use of amniotic stem cell therapy, with respect to the fact that there are no moral or ethical lines being crossed.
How does the process work?
One of the most important things about this process is the fact that it makes use of the ability of the body to heal and repair itself. When you are undergoing this procedure, the therapist will inject amniotic stem cells into the body.
These cells naturally have anti-inflammatory functions, which are similar to the same that are normally available in steroid and cortisone shots. Unlike these shots however, the procedure goes over and above the confines of basic injection therapy.
The difference between amniotic stem cell therapy and the use of cortisone or any other steroid injections lies in the fact that these drugs normally provide you with pain relief, and in most cases temporary. On the other hand, amniotic stem cell therapy does more than just provide you relief, it supports the restoration of tissues that might have degenerated or been destroyed.
The amniotic stem cells normally have growth factors whose function is to replace the cells that are damaged within the body. Other than that, the injection of stem cells into the body further adds hyaluronic acid, whose function is to provide lubrication to the tendons and joints, in the process providing you relief from pain.
It is not clear to see how arthritis patients will benefit from amniotic stem cell therapy, especially in terms of providing lubrication to the joints, and more importantly restoring mobility.