What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of which the musculoskeletal system is compromised by and abnormal immune response. Joints in the body are lined with a thin membrane called the synovium. In a patient with RA, these membranes are attacked by their own immune system causing a variety of painful and potentially debilitating symptoms. The inflammation resulting from the attack causes fluid to build-up within the joints, irritation, wearing down of the cartilage between bones, and swelling. Rheumatoid Arthritis is considered a chronic disorder, meaning there is currently no cure.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a degenerative disease in which the severity, progression, and symptoms affect each patient differently. While some patients gradually develop symptoms, others may experience a rapid progression of symptoms. As the symptoms worsen, so does the damage to the membrane lining the joints. When the lining expands with inflammation, erosion of the bone can occur leading to bone damage. Although RA is mainly associated with the destruction of the body’s joints, it can occasionally affect the skin, eyes, nerves, and even lead to other conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, renal damage, and heart damage.
The research for a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis required two approaches. The first aspect is preventing the abnormal immune response, the sole reason for the attack and its damaging results. The second is to repair the damage by replacing the cells damaged and those plagued with inflammation throughout the synovium lining problematic joint areas. Medications available today are designed to address the first approach by delaying or suppressing the unusual immune response. Currently there is no cure for RA nor are there medications or traditional treatments that will effectively replace the cells damaged by this disease.
Stem Cell Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Extensive research and breakthrough technology has brought forth new advancements in medicine, returning hope to those battling this complex condition. Autologous stem cell transplantation is a regenerative procedure created to use the patient’s own adult stem cells to repair and replace diseased tissues in the body. Past treatments have shown that adult stem cells not only have the potential to regenerate the lost or damaged synovium tissues, but also have the ability to temporarily modulate the immune system, disabling the abnormal attack.
Adult stem cell therapy uses a process of harvesting stem cells from their most abundant source, adipose (fat) tissue, activating them through an enrichment process, and reintroducing them into one’s own body. This procedure is designed to aid in the replacement and repair of aging tissues in the body. This regenerative therapy helps the body’s natural healing process work faster and more effectively. These advancements in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis work to fully regenerate missing or damaged tissue that the body would not ordinarily regrow.
In this era of regenerative medicine, a treatment to assist patients in their fight against this aggressive disorder and the symptoms that follow its diagnosis has been produced. This discovery in the treatment for RA helps replenish the deteriorated cells and achieve relief from the variety of complications associated with the condition. By modulating one’s immune system and aiding the body’s natural healing process work faster and more effectively, adipose stem cell therapy has shown the potential for improvement with the following symptoms:
- Reduction of inflammation in joints
- Reduction or elimination of stiffness
- Increased energy
- Increased range of motion
- Reduction or elimination of fatigue
- Increased flexibility
- Reduction or elimination of joint pain
- Reduction or elimination of swelling
Having confidence in knowing the potential of this treatment to improve one’s quality of life. While there is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, our methods can assist in gaining beneficial results that have shown to improve the life and health of those looking to manage their condition and symptoms. By using adipose stem cell therapy, an alternative is available for those who have not responded to typical drug treatment or traditional procedures showing less than optimal results. With adult stem cell therapy, your journey to the rebuilding process can begin.