Osteoarthritis is a disabling disorder related to immune dysfunction and auto-antibodies that often involves multiple joints that may include knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, elbows and the spine. Patients with Osteoarthritis and chronic degenerative cartilage joint disease that are severe and unresponsive to standard therapy should consider the use of stem cells. This includes patients that have chronic pain in multiple joints, marked swelling of joints, disabling arthritis of the spine, and/or patients that have restrictions in using their hands or walking.
Osteoarthritis is caused by misuse or chronic trauma to a joint. It generally may involve less generalized involvement of joints, often solitary. Treatments include anti-inflammatories and steroids that will offer temporary relief of symptoms. Severe chronic disease may result in needing surigcal joint replacements.