Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis in Healdsburg, CA
Arthritis is a condition where a joint or several joints become inflamed and painful. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common of these are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis is caused by a breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage exists within your joints, which are the points in your body where two bones meet. The role of cartilage is to allow the joints to move smoothly, while cushioning them against shock.
When the cartilage breaks down, the bones begin to rub together. This causes them to become inflamed, leading to pain and stiffness.
Causes of Arthritis
There are several factors that could lead to a breakdown of cartilage in your joints. Here are a few examples:
- Autoimmune disease: A condition where your white blood cells begin attacking healthy tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is an example of this.
- Age: Cartilage naturally wears down over time. Osteoarthritis is an example of this.
- Injury: Joints that were broken or sprained can develop arthritis later on.
- Infection: Bacterial or viral infections can lead to arthritis pain.
Aches and soreness are normal at any stage of life, but there are several key factors that can indicate arthritis:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Redness of the skin in the joint area
- Warmness in the joint
- Limited range of motion in the joint
If you are experiencing arthritis symptoms, please call (707) 604-3600 or contact Dr. Michele Zormeier online. Your doctor will likely inspect your joints for signs of fluid retention or tenderness. Your doctor will also test your movements to identify if there is a restricted range of motion.
During your visit, your physician may also administer some form of internal imaging such as an X-ray. A blood test could be performed to search for any infections that may be contributing to the condition. In some cases, a sample of joint fluid will also be taken for analysis.
Stem Cell Treatment
Unfortunately, in most arthritis cases, the cause cannot be cured. There is no way to naturally rebuild cartilage that has been lost, and surgery can only artificially achieve this.
That being said, your doctor can help reduce the pain you experience while also improving your flexibility and range of motion. Your doctor can use adult stem cells called allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells to treat arthritis. Stem cells are effective in reducing arthritis pain because they have anti-inflammatory and regenerative capacities. Stem cells have been shown to reduce the immune system response, inhibit inflammation, stimulate blood vessel formation, repair tissue and help transplanted stem cells to engraft.
Request more information about stem cell therapy for arthritis today. Call (707) 604-3600 or contact Dr. Michele Zormeier online.
Zormeier Cosmetic Surgery and Longevity Center
Address431 East Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448