Stem Cell-based Treatment for Osteoarthritis (OA):
Treat the Disease, not the Symptoms
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of pain and disability across the world. With the population getting older and the increasing desire for individual freedom at older ages, new therapeutic approaches are urgently needed.
Current therapies are mainly targeting the symptoms, however, none are able to structurally modify the processes of OA or prevent the disease's progression. Stem cell therapies have yielded impressive results in regenerating damaged tissues and the underlying aging and immunologically-related processes of osteoarthritis.
ANOVA offers a novel stem cell-based therapy, the ANOVA Stem Cell Secretome Therapy, in combination with conventional therapeutic measures, with the aim to treat patients with osteoarthritis to achieve their best treatment outcome. Our programs are one of a kind in Europe.
Recent evidence-based scientific research has shown that stem cell-based therapies have the potential to modulate the immune responses of OA, regenerate lost nerve supply, and regenerate other tissues.
For more information about our stem cell-based treatments for osteoarthritis in Germany, schedule and appointment for a consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions: Stem Cell-based treatments
and Regenerative Therapies for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is mainly considered a cause of aging, where aging itself is a complicated process which is not entirely understood. Younger people sometimes get early osteoarthritis, primarily in the form of joint injuries or excessive strain.
Risk factors are:
- Joint injury
- Joints that are deformed
- Genetic defects related to joint cartilage
- Stress on the joints from certain jobs or sports
- Being overweight
- Getting older
Doctors often combine treatments that are optimized to fit a patient's needs, lifestyle, and health. Osteoarthritis treatment has four main goals:
- Control of pain
- Improve joint function
- Keep a healthy body weight
- Achieve a healthy lifestyle
Osteoarthritis treatment plans can involve:
- Weight control and diet, such as:
- Low saturated fat, high fiber-rich foods, fruits and vegetables. Some nutrition supplements appear to be helpful.
- Rest and joint care
- Nondrug pain relief techniques to control pain
- Complementary and alternative therapies
Bone Marrow concentrate (BMC) is a source for Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). It contains many important growth and regenerative factors, in addition to the Mesenchymal Stem Cells. The BMC procedure is relatively simple and minimally invasive, therefore it has been a favourite source for stem cell-based therapies in the previous decades. Many clinics rely on BMC as their main stem cell treatment, sometimes with exaggerated claims. However, BMC has demonstrated impressive results for effective treatment of numerous diseases, among them being osteoarthritis. Read more about our BMC Treatment here.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a blood-derived, cellular product with concentrated supply of regenerative growth factors and cytokines, obtained from the patient's own blood. It is very simple to acquire, and it has shown promising results in the treatment of several inflammatory and degenerative diseases. For the treatment of specific diseases, it can be combined with BMC or adMSCs, as it has synergistic additive effects to the treatment. PRP has "special" functions: it serves as a growth medium to maintain stem cells healthy; ensures adequate cellular environment where enough energy is provided to allow the cells to perform their regenerative work.
A therapy success cannot be guaranteed 100% with any treatment. Particularly in the case of experimental therapies such as stem cell therapy, the attending physician must perform a benefit-to-risk analysis for each patient and determine both the benefits and the risks for that particular patient. If the potential benefit outweighs the potential side effects, the doctor may recommend experimental therapy.
MSC, BMC, Stem Cell Secretome and EVs
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