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”
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.
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;
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?
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
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.
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;
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.
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 is quite similar to liposuction: the method involves the extraction of little amount of fat (200cc) from the patient’s Waist Region.
This involves centrifugation, which separates the stem cells from fat through a high-velocity centrifuge.
Preparation of the cell for insertion into patient’s body.
How can you enhance the effect of stem cell therapy?
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 reviewReviews
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;