Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of disability in adults, resulting in enough pain and joint stiffness to limit daily activities in nearly 44% of all patients. Mark Ghalili, DO, at Regenerative Medicine LA, has helped many patients overcome their osteoarthritis with numerous natural treatments including regenerative stem cell therapy to reduce inflammation and rebuild tissues. To learn more about your options for treating arthritis, call the office in West Hollywood, California, or book an appointment online.
Osteoarthritis develops as everyday wear-and-tear begins to damage the articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is found at the ends of all bones inside a joint, where it allows them to glide smoothly when you move.
As articular cartilage breaks down, it slowly disappears, and bones start to rub against one another. That’s when you develop pain, inflammation, and limited joint mobility. Your body also responds to the irritation by developing bone spurs, which add to your pain and further limit your ability to move.
For years, osteoarthritis was treated with medications that the experts now know offer minimal pain relief. Medications also don’t stop the degenerative process of osteoarthritis. On the other hand, the medications prescribed can have side effects, become toxic, or lead to addiction if you take opioids to relieve the pain.
Dr. Ghalili offers regenerative medicine alternatives in the form of stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Stem cells and platelets are your body’s natural healers: When they’re injected into the affected joint, they can relieve pain and heal arthritic damage.
Stem cells divide, replicate, then develop into the diverse types of cells needed to repair old and damaged tissues. They also release numerous growth factors and biochemicals that stimulate healing.
Platelets, which are a normal part of your blood, are rich sources of growth factors. At the site of injury or disease, they use their growth factors to bring more stem cells to the area, trigger the production of new tissues, accelerate healing, and diminish pain.
Your stem cell therapy comes from your own body. Fat cells contain adult stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are uniquely suited for treating osteoarthritis because they can divide and produce cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones.
Dr. Ghalili uses a small syringe to withdraw a fat sample from your body. Then he separates the stem cells from the fat and uses them in your stem cell injection.
PRP is also made in the office. Dr. Ghalili draws a sample of your blood, then uses a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from other blood components. As a result, your injection contains a concentrated amount of platelets.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, stem cell therapy and PRP may relieve your pain and restore movement. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call Regenerative Medicine LA.