Degenerative Joint Disease
Degenerative joint disease, commonly referred to as arthrosis or arthritis, currently afflicts millions of Americans. This musculoskeletal disease can be debilitating and painful. Steroid injections are the most common therapy used to manage individuals suffering from various types of arthritis; however, it is not always favorable because steroids may cause damage to bodily tissues, in the long run, especially bones. As a result of recent advancements in medical science and numerous publications, stem cell therapy is becoming an increasingly popular alternative for those suffering from Orthopedic Diseases.
How Our Therapy Works
At our facility in Ocean Springs, the Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center(GCSC&RMC) we are studying the deployment of SVF (rich stem cells) in many orthopedic conditions, deploying regenerative stem cell directly into joints. Neck, back, knee, hip, elbow, hand/wrist, and shoulder joint conditions can all benefit from regenerative stem cell therapies, as can degenerative disk disease. Stem cells are found in bone marrow and other tissues in adults, but our facility uses the stem cells found in adipose tissue, which are easily obtained in a short liposuction procedure safely, under local anesthesia.
Stem cells are part of the body’s natural systems for repairing tissues. However, when deployed to where they are needed most, stem cells have the potential to repair tissues that have deteriorated due to injury, aging or overuse, like degenerative joint disease. Disc problems may need a highly specialized center for direct injection under radiological guidance, however. Thus, careful patient selection is essential to optimize results because every patient responds differently to therapy, and not all are eligible candidates for stem cell research therapies.