Stem cells repair and regenerate muscle, bone cartilage, tendons, discs, skin, and much more.
Stem Cell Therapy offers those suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal injuries relief from chronic pain all while avoiding an invasive, risky and expensive open surgery. By injecting the stem cells directly into the joint, tendon, bone, cartilage, or muscle, the body can repair and regenerate the damaged tissue.
Osteoarthritis is the rifest chronic joint disease. Regrettably, the conventional treatments show minimal clinical benefits. While the articular prosthesis replacement is the last treatment option, Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) are a promising treatment for osteoarthritis. When researchers1 compared Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells (BM-MSC) with Hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections in patients with knee osteoarthritis, they demonstrated great benefits of BM-MSC. In short, researchers divided patients randomly into two groups one group received BM-MSC and the other group received hyaluronic acid. Patients were followed for a year by different scores to assess their pain, function, disability, and satisfaction. Additionally, MRI assessments are done before and a year after the injection. In patients who received the MSC treatment, their pain and function were significantly improved in 6 to 12 months after the treatment. Furthermore, the MRI results confirmed this improvement in cartilage healing. In BM-MSC group 77% of the patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the treatment, whereas only 38% of patients of the other group were satisfied with the hyaluronic acid treatment. At the end of the study, researchers confirmed that the MSC clinical procedure is feasible and safe, and requires minimally invasive intervention without surgery or hospitalization. The procedure results had shown significant relief of pain and disability.
1 Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis with Allogeneic Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Transplantation 2015;99: 1681–1690
On a case-to-case basis, stem cell therapy may be covered by auto injury insurance (MVA) or worker’s injury insurance (WSIB). However, this treatment is not covered by most insurance companies, including OHIP.
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