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Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and it affects over 350 million people worldwide. Arthritis can occur in one joint or in multiple joints, but the most common joints affected by the condition include the knee, hip, shoulder, neck, spine, and small joints like those in the hands or feet. While there are over 100 types of this painful condition, the two most common types are osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear or injury of the cartilage that cushions the joints, and rheumatoid arthritis, caused by an autoimmune disorder. For more information on how Innovations Stem Cell Center treats rheumatoid arthritis, click here. Arthritis usually develops gradually with age and is a common ailment for patients over the age of 40, but some patients may develop the condition as young as adolescence. Symptoms of arthritis include pain in the joints, swelling, and stiffness.

Innovations Stem Cell Center treats many of the joints affected by arthritis by deploying SVF through injection. In many cases, stem cells are also deployed through an IV. The benefits of IV deployment include the ability to reach less involved joints and tissues and to reduce inflammation.

Patients with osteoarthritis who are ideal candidates for stem cell therapy include patients who have not responded to current medical treatments, who are no longer responding to current medical treatment, cannot tolerate recommended treatment for their condition, or those who want to avoid the recommended treatment for their condition, such as surgery, and patients for which nothing has been effective. SVF stem cell therapy is minimally invasive, which gives patients an alternative to painful surgery and lengthy recovery.

Patients who undergo SVF stem cell therapy for arthritis report a reduction in their painful symptoms and an increase in range of motion and mobility. Stem cell therapy helps to quickly reduce joint inflammation, and many patients see improvements in just 1 to 2 days. Anti-inflammatory results of the procedure last 2 to 3 months, and many patients see gradual improvement in their overall condition over time.

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is also known as wear and tear arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is associated with age, being more common in each decade of life beginning around age 40. It is also associated with previous joint injuries so it can be seen in those under 40.

The FAQ section below is designed to help you gain a greater understanding of the use of adult stem cells for osteoarthritis and offer a framework for evaluating if stem cell treatment is a potential step for you or your loved one.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current medical treatment options for osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition and therefore typically requires long term medications.  The commonly used treatment options are:

  1. Mechanical – braces, wrapping etc.
  2. Physical – exercise, physical therapy and occupational therapy
  3. Medications which include:
    1. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
    2. Steroid anti-inflammatories
    3. Non-narcotic pain medications – primarily Tylenol/acetaminophen
    4. Narcotics such as hydrocodone and others
  4. Injections into affected joints.  This includes steroids and numerous other newer medications
  5. Durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc.
  6. Joint repair surgery
  7. Joint replacement surgery

These therapies are often considered as a hierarchy with each level building on the one below as illustrated in this diagram.
stem cell therapy osteoarthritis

An osteoarthritis patient may be prescribed one, several or all of these at one time or another during the course of their illness.  Some patients suffer without using any treatments.  The effectiveness of treatment varies greatly both between patients and over the course of the illness.  Many patients with osteoarthritis do very well for many years with exercise with or without NSAID.  Others do very well with periodic injections or repair or replacement surgery.

For more information on the treatment of osteoarthritis visit

If you are a person doing well using these options, this might not be the right time to consider adult stem cell treatment.

Who should consider adult stem cell therapy?
What is an adult stem cell?
What results can I expect from adult stem cells for osteoarthritis?
How are adult stem cells harvested from fat?
How are adult stem cells deployed for osteoarthritis?
What should I expect after my deployment?


Innovations Stem Cell Center offers effective and affordable stem cell therapy treatments to get you back to living your life – without surgery. If you are considering stem cell therapy, and would like to know more information about our affordable treatments,
call us today at 214-256-1462.

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