Osteoarthritis And Stem Cell Injections, At First Glance
In the mental, physical, and spiritual realms, we all wear out at one time or another as time goes by. I find it’s essential to rest and rejuvenate at any age to counterbalance those worn areas and move forward. The medical community recognizes arthritis as the mechanical wearing out of cartilage in the joints. Arthritis occurs at any age. It is not curable.
Commonly found, patients have a knee replacement. Replacement and the involved drugs are big money producers for the medical community and the drug industry. This surgery is invasive with the pounding of metal stake-like ball and “claw” into the bone. I witnessed the operation and heard the clanging of the insertion of the implant. Now I get the same spine-chilling experience I did years ago. It is an unpleasant memory, a reminder especially now that osteoarthritis is painfully chewing at my knees.
Rehabilitative Stem cell therapy has been around since at least the early 2000s. In that time until now the dedicated laboratories with studies slowly create the green light to many of us for these alternative measures. Stem cell injections give cartilage in the joints the ability to grow. We cannot wait long for successful therapeutic results to occur as the cartilage dissipates.
Pain is subjective. It’s a symptom that cannot be assessed by another directly. A sign of pain occurs with the mind reading capacity of a Vulcan. Mr. Spock, science officer of the Starship Enterprise, expresses pain of another. I digress to the fantasy… reality hits in rude awaking blasts of excruciating pain from my knee.
Pain is relieved from stem cell therapy. The growth of cartilage and synovial fluid in the injected joint is identified in diagnostic studies. The procedure is less invasive than knee replacement. Improved movement and energy are obtainable.
Most doctors are not ready for the change of rehabilitative services from knee replacements to stem cell therapy. I don’t believe so. More specialized training is in order, and honest analysis of the private sector’s success is needed. Seems the hold up for progress is about the old nasty. This nasty is greed for money and the overwhelming insecurities that drive it.