Stem cell in­jec­tions may re­lieve arthri­tis pain

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AT­LANTA, Ga. – Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Cen­ter is of­fer­ing a cut­ting edge stem cell treat­ment for Os­teoarthri­tis (OA). The pro­ce­dure in­volves ex­tract­ing stem cell blood from the bone mar­row in a pa­tient's hip, re­mov­ing the plasma, con­cen­trat­ing the re­main­ing fluid in a cen­trifuge, and then in­ject­ing the con­coc­tion di­rectly into the dam­aged joint. Be­cause the ma­te­rial is a pa­tient's own, there is lit­tle chance the body will re­ject it. Ken­neth Maut­ner, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Orthopaedics at Emory Univer­sity School of Medicine, is ex­cited by the stem cell ther­apy. "There are only so many non-sur­gi­cal op­tions that are avail­able," says Maut­ner. "In the past we've done cor­ti­cal steroid in­jec­tions, which can give short­term re­lief for pain, but of­ten­times the pain comes back, and it ac­tu­ally can worsen the prob­lem over time." Stem cells have the abil­ity to de­velop into many dif­fer­ent kinds of cells the body uses, such as new car­ti­lage. "We hope that by plac­ing an abun­dance of those cells di­rectly in the area that's de­fi­cient, health­ier cells will grow." Os­teoarthri­tis is one of the old­est and most com­mon forms of arthri­tis, and is char­ac­ter­ized by an ero­sion of the pro­tec­tive car­ti­lage in joints. As car­ti­lage wears down, bones can rub against one an­other caus­ing pain, stiff­ness and a loss of mo­bil­ity. Load­bear­ing joints such as the knees and hips are of­ten the first to feel the rav­ages of the dis­ease. While the ex­act cause of OA is not known, fac­tors such as age, obe­sity, in­jury and ge­net­ics all play a role in its pro­gres­sion.

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