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Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis: What you should know

Stem cell therapy can be an excellent treatment for arthritis or Osteoarthritis for many reasons. Stem cell therapy offers fast recovery times, high success rates, and long-lasting results. The treatments are minimally invasive with extremely low health risks and can be very affordable, especially when compared to joint replacement surgery. 

How does Stem Cell Therapy work, and how does it treat arthritis?

Arthritis is the number one condition treated at NeoGenix. We treat arthritis with stem cell therapy from your bone marrow aspirate and/or adipose (fat) tissue. Stem cells have two basic properties: they can reproduce themselves, and they can evolve into other body tissues.

Stem cells are essential for life, and all of us have stem cells throughout our entire bodies. The tissues all over your body are not the same as they were ten years ago. All of our body tissues are constantly breaking down and building back up. There is a harmonious balance between tissue breakdown and new tissue formation. Some scientists believe that because the balance slowly shifts over time to tissue breakdown, that is why we age! Our skin completely replaces itself every 30 days. Our blood cells turn entirely over every four months. The lining of our GI tract sloughs off in tiny amounts every day and is completely replaced in a month.

Our bodies are miraculous machines able to repair damaged and worn-out tissue with new tissue of the same type! Think about it if we replaced GI tissue with skin tissue, we would all starve to death because we would no longer be able to absorb nutrients. So the body can heal itself to a large extent. A cut to the skin, breaking a bone, or you bite your cheek all heal because those tissues have good circulation, and the body can bring growth factors and stem cells to the injured area and repair it.

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So why don’t joints self-repair? Why can’t we repair damaged cartilage before it gets thinner and thinner, eventually leading to denuded areas of bone-on-bone arthritis? The simple reason is that joints do not have adequate circulation. There is no artery inside any joint. Cartilage gets oxygen and nutrients that diffuse or are dissolved in tissue fluid from the underlying bones. This circulation is enough to keep it alive but is not adequate enough to repair the damage that occurs with trauma, repetitive use, and aging.

So over time and after trauma, our joint cartilage starts to wear out, sometimes slowly over the years and sometimes very quickly over a few months. In the past, the only remedy for a worn-out joint was a surgical joint replacement. But stem cell therapy has changed all that. It has and will revolutionize the treatment of arthritis.

Why won’t Stem Cell Therapy help Arthritis? 

Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing the treatment of arthritis in our joints. However, it certainly cannot treat all arthritic conditions. The key to successful outcomes is choosing the right clinic to treat you with stem cell therapy. Many clinics will cut corners by using low-level providers to perform procedures, not taking the time to diagnose a condition properly, and not using proper image guidance to place the stem cells in the right joint area.

At NeoGenix, we pride ourselves on our integrity. NeoGenix has become the most trusted stem cell clinic in the Carolinas because we do things the right way every day. You will get a realistic assessment of whether or not we believe we can help you. We will not offer false hope with guarantees or high-pressure sales tactics. If one of our medical doctors doesn’t think they can help your condition, your joints are too far gone, or your tear is too severe, they will be the first to tell you. 

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Do stem cells regenerate cartilage and reduce inflammation?   

There are many studies stating that stem cell therapy can regrow cartilage in your joints. However, it is very important to put this into context. If you have a stage four knee that is bone on bone, stem cell therapy will not regrow all of the lost cartilage in your knee and give you a grade one knee again. It simply does not work that way. Stem cell therapy can help reduce inflammation and repair damaged cartilage and tissue in your joints by smoothing and filling in rough spots, improving the quality of cartilage so the joint will function better. Stem cells also produce cytokines and other chemicals that help reduce the inflammation in the arthritic joint. 

How long do stem cell injections last?

No arthritis therapy is permanent because there is no way to stop the disease of arthritis completely. Even artificial knee joints last, on average, 10-15 years before wearing out. You might know someone who has had to have a ‘re-do’ joint replacement. But with stem cell treatments, we hope to prevent patients from resorting to joint replacement surgery or, at the very least, delay it as long as possible.

Medical studies on stem cell treatments currently show results can last several years. The medical doctors at NeoGenix have treated thousands of patients since January 2016, and the majority are still doing well. If our doctors except for your case, they expect you to receive many years of relief. No, stem cell treatments are not a permanent cure for arthritis. There is no such thing, not even with surgery. (If anyone tells you the results are permanent or a cure, you are in the wrong clinic).

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How much do stem cell treatments cost for arthritis?

No insurance company in the country covers stem cell therapy. Insurance will, however, cover the examination process, the prep injections before the stem cells, knee or back braces if necessary, and the physical therapy that must be performed after the stem cell therapy. The cost of stem cell therapy to treat arthritis depends on two major factors: how severe the arthritis is and how many joints you want to treat. 

If you have mild to less moderate arthritis, PRP or Super PRP are great options. For more moderate to severe arthritis, a single dose of stem cells from either bone marrow aspirate or adipose (fat) tissue will be recommended, depending on the area of the body being treated. In cases with severe arthritis, a double dose of stem cells from BOTH bone marrow aspirate and adipose (fat) tissue stem cells is the best treatment option. Treatment for arthritis at NeoGenix can start as low as $1,000. Learn more about the cost of stem cell and PRP regenerative therapies here.

Treating multiple joints simultaneously is a great way to save money with stem cell therapy. When treating two knees vs. one knee, for example, the doctor can take out enough stem cells for both knees from the same kit, saving the patient a lot of money to treat the second joint. 

Is Stem Cell Therapy safe/what are the risks? 

At NeoGenix, stem cell treatment is safe. You will always see a medical doctor with years of experience who will examine, diagnose, and treat your condition personally. The medical doctor will examine your area of complaint, review your X-rays, MRI, and/or ultrasound to come up with a complete diagnosis, and use guided imaging with fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance to make she the stem cells are being placed in the proper area of the joint. Because the skin is being punctured, the only possible risk would be an infection, and that is extremely rare. 

People all over the Carolinas trust NeoGenix for stem cell therapy to relieve arthritis pain in their knees, back, hips, shoulders, and other joints. These are powerful, all-natural treatments that regenerate and heal damaged tissues to get you back to living the life you deserve. There is little to no downtime, and these all-natural, non-surgical treatments carry none of the potentially life-threatening risks of surgery.

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Dr. James Altizer
Dr. James Altizer has been performing stem cell therapy treatments in North Carolina since January of 2016. Dr. Altizer received expert training from recognized leaders in the regenerative medicine field, including training on bone marrow aspiration with Duke University-affiliated physicians. He has performed thousands of stem cell and growth factor procedures, more than any other medical doctor in the Carolinas.