What Is Stem Cell Therapy In Osteoarthritis?
In the treatment of osteoarthritis (arthritis), more recent studies on stem cell therapy have shown that it is safer and can be applied from different tissues. The effect of stem cell therapy may vary depending on many factors and different results may be seen in each patient.
Stem cell therapy involves the use of stem cells in the body to help repair damaged tissues. Stem cell therapy can help reduce or reverse the symptoms of osteoarthritis and damage, but there is no general rule for everyone about how long after the injection the effectiveness begins.
Some factors can influence the effectiveness:
- Degree of joint damage: The degree of osteoarthritis and the severity of joint damage can determine the effect of treatment. A severely damaged joint may take longer to heal or may not heal completely.
- Age: The age of the patient can also affect the response to treatment. Younger and healthier patients may respond better to stem cell therapy.
- Treatment Method: The methods used for stem cell therapy may vary. After the patient’s stem cells are taken from the body, how these cells are processed and applied can also affect the results.
- Protocol Followed: Regular follow-up of the patient in accordance with the treatment plan recommended by the doctor can increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Other Factors: Factors such as the patient’s general health, lifestyle, weight, activity levels and other health problems can also affect treatment outcomes.
The results of stem cell therapy usually start to be seen over time (3 months-2 years), but the speed of recovery may vary from person to person.
Pain and relief after treatment can usually be noticed within a few weeks to a few months. However, complete recovery or complete disappearance of symptoms may require a longer period of time.
If you want to evaluate stem cell therapy options in the treatment of osteoarthritis, you should consult with an experienced physician. A treatment plan suitable for your needs and condition can be created and the results of the treatment can be monitored with regular follow-up.
What Are The Complications Of Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment option for many conditions, but like any medical procedure, it can have risks and side effects.
Here are potential complications and side effects of stem cell therapy:
- Infection: There may be a risk of infection during or after treatment, because stem cells are taken from outside the body and injected. Sterilisation measures and hygiene are important.
- Allergic Reactions: Allergic reactions to components of stem cell therapy may develop. In particular, allergies to the stem cell sources used for treatment or allergies to the agents used as blood thinners can be a major concern.
- Immunological Reactions: Immunological reactions may occur after treatment.
- Pain and Swelling: Pain, swelling and tenderness may occur due to needle injections or surgical procedure.
- Bleeding: There may be a risk of bleeding during needle injections or surgical procedure.
- Tumour Formation: In some cases, the risk of tumours developing after stem cell therapy may increase.
- Anaphylaxis: Although rare, severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis may occur during stem cell therapy.
- Organ Damage: There may be a risk of organ damage if stem cells are injected in the wrong place or spread in the body during treatment.
- Ineffectiveness: Stem cell therapy may not always be effective and results may vary from person to person.
Although these complications and side effects are rare, it is important that people receiving stem cell therapy are closely monitored by a healthcare professional and that medical precautions are taken before and after treatment. If you are considering treatment, you should have a detailed assessment with a doctor or specialist and discuss the risks and benefits.
Knee pain is one of many conditions considered as a reason for stem cell therapy. An evaluation by a physician is necessary to determine whether knee pain is a suitable candidate for stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy can be used for many causes of knee pain.
- Osteoarthritis: Stem cell therapy can be used to manage pain caused by calcification and damage to the knee joints.
- Cartilage Damage: If knee cartilage is torn or damaged, stem cells can help repair cartilage.
- Tendon Damage: Stem cells can be used if the tendons in the knee are damaged or torn.
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