Regenerative cells are special types of cells with the ability to multiply and self-renew. They also have the potential to replicate into specialized cell types forming potentially any tissue in your body. In other words, they can become a cartilage cell
The human body has a tremendous capacity to differentiate and form different tissues, so that’s the thought behind regenerating cartilage, regenerating nerve cells and healing any injured tissues
There are multiple sources of adult regenerative cells found in your body, including bone marrow or fat.
Regenerative cell for knees treatment
The usual job of joint cartilage is to promote smooth movement of joint surfaces and protect bones from friction. This process allows for shock absorption of up to 20 times the weight of the body. It’s essential to physical movement, especially in athletics.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic degenerative disorders and it very often affects the knee, causing deterioration of its joint cartilage over time.
Osteoarthritis can also begin as a result of a knee injury, such as a ligament tear, tendon damage, or a fracture.
In the face of damage, the joint becomes unstable and this wears down the articular cartilage. From there, the bone can suffer damage as well, in addition to the synovial joint lining, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Stem cell therapy for knees is minimally invasive. It’s a procedure that can decrease inflammation, slow and repair all these forms of damage from arthritis, and delay or prevent knee replacement surgery.
Regenerative cell knee injections
Adult regenerative cells can be extracted from bone marrow or fat through simple methods. It’s then concentrated and injected into the knee with image guidance, usually too successful results.
In one study, patients experienced improvement in both knees even though only one knee was injected. Although natural deterioration of the knee continues, at five years, those knees that are injected with regenerative cells are in better shape than they were before the injections.
Researchers believe that regenerative cell therapy for the knee works by:
- developing into essential cartilage cells
- thwarting the inflammation that can worsen arthritis
- releasing proteins called cytokines that slow degeneration of cartilage and reduce pain
Ongoing research is striving to determine which regenerative cell knee therapy techniques, cell choices, and dosages yield the most effective and consistent results.
While some seem more potent than others and overall results are promising, more research is needed.