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Stem Cells Therapy for Arthritis and Arthrosis: How It’s Treated at Swiss Medica (Review)

Definition of Arthritis and Arthrosis

The pain experienced by arthritis and arthrosis patients, is quite unbearable. Arthritis causes sharp pain, muscular weakness, malaise and physical deformity while arthrosis causes severe joint pain, crackles bony outgrowth from the fingers and joint deformity.

When my uncle had arthritis, we battled with it for several months. The poor man had sleepless nights because of the severe pains. We used different drugs but these drugs only seemed to take away the pain for an ephemeral period. After consulting the doctor, he made us realize that my uncle would continue to use these drugs, which had adverse effects, till he dies. He said “the only lasting solution is stem cells therapy”

I wasn’t initially convinced about the therapy. So I conducted my personal research for months, and I’m going to disseminate all my findings in this article.

Definition of Arthritis and Arthrosis

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323361.php

Arthritis is an inflammation of joint(s) inflicting pain and crackles, which can worsen as the patient grows older. The most popular form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a disorder that is caused by the wearing off of the middle cartilage protecting the bones from friction.  

Osteoarthritis can occur at any joint but the most attacked parts of the body are; the knees, hands, hips and spine. It decreases the functions of the joints, thereby causing immense pains and other anomalies. The disease was labelled a progressive disorder till PRP and stem cells therapy emerged.  Besides the usage drugs, daily exercises and weight control measures are often prescribed for arthritis patients, to slow down the progression of the disorder.

Arthrosis, on the other hand, is just a type of arthritis termed OA. This type of arthritis causes wear and tear of cartilages around bones.

Those with severe arthritis and arthrosis are advised to opt-in for surgical processes like PRP injections and stem cells therapy. Most patients are not advised to go for these surgery because it’s expensive and “not so available” globally. But for those who can afford it, stem cells therapy is a permanent solution to Arthritis and arthrosis.

Why Stem Cells therapy?

The body is filled with various stem cells sources at different locations—the bone marrow, liver, spleen and other organs. Stem cells have amazing qualities that makes them relevant in the 21st century medical scene. These qualities are;

  1. They’ve got the rare ability to divide and multiply themselves
  2. Each stem cell is able to differentiate into any type of body cells such as— a cartilage cell/tissue.

The medical world hopes that by influencing stem cells, they can control their differentiation into specific cells. There’s an hypothesis that opines that stem cells are directed by the need of a certain environment they’re placed; for instance, when a stem cell is placed around a damaged cartilage tissue, it develops into a cartilage.

What types of cells are used and source of stem cells?
https://stemcells-aesthetica.com/over-view/

The stem cells applied in the treatment of arthritis are called mesenchymal stem cells. They’re harvested from the adipose tissue, peripheral blood or bone marrow of the patients. The reason for using the patient’s stem cells is to limit autolysis or the invasion of white blood cells, which might perceive the stem cells as potential threats to the patient’s body.

Forms of stem cells

  • Bone marrow stem cells they’re harvested from the patient’s tubular bones by a method called bone marrow aspiration.
  • Adipose (fat) stem cells; they’re found in the adipose tissue and harvested with the aid of liposuction or surgery.
  • Peripheral blood stem cells: they’re derived from the patient’s blood.

According to a systematic review, with the aim of ascertaining the function of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells in the healing process of osteoarthritis, the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) gave commendable medical results with little/no side effects. Only 5% had cases of remaining pain and inflammation in the joints.

Why do people choose experimental treatment?

The major reason people choose experimental treatment despite the risk involved and high expense is their severe conditions and limited options. Basically, doctors don’t recommend stem cells therapy unless the condition of the patient is quite severe.

Research on stem cells is still ongoing and most insurance companies don’t cover such health expenses.

http://web.stanford.edu/group/hopes/cgi-bin/hopes_test/stem-cells/ Pros and cons of current standard treatments

Pros

  1. The damaged arthritic joint would recover in months and the patient would feel better.
  2. After healing, the level of drug intake would decrease and the side effects of such drugs would also reduce with time.
  3. The more people are healed by the process, the higher the chances of acceptance amongst the masses.

Cons

  1. The immune system is drastically supressed due to the radical nature of stem cells therapy
  2. Patients are exposed to large amounts of radiations prior to the procedure.
How stem cells work for Arthritis and Arthrosis
https://www.advancells.com/phsycological-mechanism.php

The introduction of stem cells into the arthritic joints would suppress the inflammatory effect and stimulate  differentiation with cartilage cells.

There are various procedures adopted by different clinics. But the biological process of healing is the same in all humans.

The possible variations of clinical procedures are;

  1. The previous location of the stem cells before surgical harvest
  2. The means of separation
  3. The method of delivery into the arthritic area

In addition to the above-listed differences, there can be further variations like—the number of stem cells used per treatment, the determination of stem cells viability and the nature of the stem cell therapy.

https://www.stemcellctr.com/long-stem-cell-therapy-last/ What results should the patients expect?

You should be anticipating some sort of pain a day or two after the procedure, and with time, the pain would reduce till there’s no more pain. To make sure the healing process goes as planned, you’re advised to stick to the doctor’s post-op recommendations.

After a week interval, the arthritic joint will be swollen, as a result of the actions of your immune system. Don’t worry! This is part of the healing process, which prepares your body for regenerative healing. At this juncture, depending on the part of your body treated, your doctor may advise you to move your body carefully. Easy exercises would prevent joint stiffness.

The doctor may be forced to recommend hot shower for patients experiencing soreness and spasms while patients with inflammation would be advised to apply ice on the inflamed area. But these thermal applications ought to be done with modesty and carefulness. In addition to the thermal applications and exercises, you’d be administered some anti-inflammatory drugs, and specific painkillers.

In 3-6months, the healing process would be near completion. You’ll have to continue careful exercises and make sure you don’t exert much force on the treated joints.

NOTE: make sure you’re always communicating with your doctor and adhere to their recommendation.

How is the procedure carried out?


Stem cells therapy procedure

The procedure used at Swiss Medica is quite safe. Swiss doctors extracts adipose-derived stem cells. This procedure is less radical than bone-marrow extraction and fat tissues have more mesenchymal stem cells than human bone marrow.
Throughout the stem cells therapy, the donor and recipient is the same person.
The whole therapy has four major stages, namely;
Harvesting
Harvesting is quite similar to liposuction: the method involves the extraction of little amount of fat (200cc) from the patient’s Waist Region.

Separation
This involves centrifugation, which separates the stem cells from fat through a high-velocity centrifuge.

Preparation
Preparation of the cell for insertion into patient’s body.


Treatment
The prepared stem cells are treated with saline drip bag and transferred into the patient’s through the aid of standard IV drip while patient is at rest.
Note: the process of healing is quite complex. It involves different stages, molecular and cellular. In summary, the transferred stem cells roams the patient’s blood for a while and finds the damaged area via secreted proteins. Then, the stem cells starts repairing the damaged tissues.



How can you enhance the effect of stem cell therapy?
  • Limit your sugar intake: try cutting sugary foods like – bread, pastas, coke and junks. When consumed in excess quantity, sugar incites the production of insulin, which leads to weight gain, hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes, amongst other infections. The reason sugar’s quite dangerous to the healing process is that most patients can’t exercise well after the procedure, thereby making it easy for them to gain excessive weight during the healing process. Find a diet with less sugar and adhere to it.
  • Exercise daily and carefully: taking a walk round the street or hitting the gym is relevant to the healing process. But you have to watch the kinds of exercises you do. Don’t stress the healing joint too much and take some break within gym sessions.
  • Use your drugs and supplements, as recommended: It’s necessary to stick to the doctor’s prescriptions and shun all other drugs. Some drugs have the potential of hurting the healing process: you’re advised to adhere to the doctor’s prescription only.
  • Desist from the usage of steroids: according to research, high-dose steroids are quite harmful to stem cells. Steroids might be present in some anti-inflammatory drugs. That’s why we lay much emphasis on the doctor’s prescription.

MBST

This process involves the stimulation of stem cells, using radio waves. MBST gives stem cells the required energy to heal the damaged tissues. The energy emitted reignites the regenerative ability of the cells, thereby making the therapy faster and effective.

It is widely used in stem cells therapy and over 220,000 patients have benefitted from this procedure.

Shock wave

Shock wave therapy was firstly applied in the treatment of urethral stones. It’s also applied in orthopaedics, traumatology and urology.  Nowadays, doctors use shock wave in stem cells therapy. The usefulness of shock waves is to incite the healing of arthritic joints, tendons and other affected bone area.

Transcranial electrical stimulation:

Transcranial electrical stimulation helps normalize the neuroendocrine complex, accelerate the healing of damaged tissues, and reactivate the immune system. Researches  have shown that transcranial electrical stimulation is key to the lowering of stress hormones such as— ACTH, and Cortisol. The process involves careful application of smooth electrical signals to the hypothalamus, in a bid to increase the functions of cells.

Hypoxi-hyperoxia therapy

Doctors adopts hypoxi-hyperoxia therapy for several reason, namely; initiation of mucociliary transfer and body antioxidant system; enhancement of blood flow via arterioles and capillaries; improvement of respiration via the alveoli ducts; regulation of the immune system.

Hypoxi-hyperoxia therapy eliminates weak and old mitochondria. The destruction of old mitochondria stimulates the production of new and better ones.

Manual lymphatic drainage

There’s a pending hypothesis suggesting that MLD helps the drainage of the lymph which disposes waste products away from the heart. This hypothesis is borne out of the dependence of the lymph system on the smooth vessels via a process called peristalsis.

Kinesiotherapy

Kinesiotherapy is also known as physiotherapy, kinesitherapy or kinesiatrics. It’s a healing process of a disease by the aid of passive and active musculo-skeletal movements for instance— massage, and exercise.

What are the reviews of patients who have undergone such treatment? Based on Swiss Medica patients review

Reviews

According to Roger, an English clergyman from England, he had arthritis in his knee joint for over 8 years. He’s been very uncomfortable with his health situation and had few arthroscopy sessions. But his pains did not stop. He was about to opt for knee replacement when he heard about Stem cell therapy. He made his inquiries and was directed to Swiss Medica by a friend, who had similar issues and found help at the clinic.

Swiss Medica offers excellent stem cells therapy. The clinic is well equipped and staffed with professionals. Their aim is to make stem cells treatment available for all, regardless of their race, language and country,

Swiss Medica is located in Austria, Slovenia Below are the few things you should know about Swiss Medica;

  • They provide a welcoming means of transport for patients from their respective airports to the clinic
  • You’ll have access to nice eateries within the clinic region
  • They’ve got professional interpreters, who bridges the language gap
  • Their doctors are caring and well-trained.
  • The eye offer diagnostic services, stem cells therapy, physiotherapy and follow-up, if needed
  • Swiss Medica is well equipped and staffed.
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