Stem Cell Treatment may be a viable alternative to additional surgery in this regard, or as an option to total joint replacement. Many patients including athletes of all calibers (including professional) are utilizing Stem Cell Therapy as a treatment option. The potential for the use of stem cells in medicine is continually expanding.
The use of stem cells has been expanding in many different areas of medicine. Orthopedic medicine has seen many applications, as all types of injuries, including sports injuries are prone to develop earlier onset of degenerative arthritis. Athletes are very interested in treatments that may lengthen their sporting career, delay or prevent arthritis development and promote repair.
In orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders, there is a lack of repair due to the low levels or lack of stem cells available to aid in repair or regeneration. The use of Stem Cell Therapy for the treatment of muscular and osteoarthritis has been increasing in popularity. Methods that may halt the normal progression of arthritis are desirable as surgery has been associated with an increase in the earlier development of arthritis, as well as traditional arthritis medications do not alter the progression of degenerative arthritis.
Stem Cell Treatment is an example of Regenerative Medicine. Assisting the bodies innate healing capacity to aid and heal areas that are lacking in these abilities. This generally occurs due to a lack of local stem cells and the lack of a blood supply to deliver a sufficient quantity of stem and regenerative cells. The body's joint are mostly avascular or lack a good supply to allow the stem cells to be delivered to an injured body segment or a degenerating joint. This is why arthritis of joints tends to be progressive. In different people the rate of degeneration may vary from rapid degeneration to a more slow insidious onset. Luck and genetics play a role. Trauma, including sports injuries and prior surgery may be deemed bad luck in this regard, as both trauma and surgery have been shown to escalate the rate of arthritis progression.