Autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy
Regenerative medicine is at the heart of Opus Biological, with our specialists being at the forefront of regulated regenerative medicine efforts. These therapies, including mesenchymal stem cell therapy, represents a continually growing field of medicine, with the most significant advances in sports and orthopaedic medicine. Our team have utilised regenerative medicine techniques for more than ten years in elite sporting environments. The benefits of these techniques have been significant and transformative for elite athletes.
Mesenchymal stem cells are defined as multipotent adult stem cells, but what does this actually mean? Stem cells are important cells that are produced by your bone marrow and can differentiate into many types of blood cells, including both red blood cells and white blood cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are a specific branch of stem cells that are able to divide and differentiate into a number of different tissues, including bone, cartilage, muscle and fat cells, and connective tissue.
There are four stages of osteoarthritis. Firstly, we have the minor stage where there is minimal wear and tear to the joints, with little pain experienced. Then we move on to the mild stage. Here, there are more noticeable bone spurs, in addition to increased pain and stiffness after periods of inactivity. As osteoarthritis progresses to the moderate stage, the cartilage in the affected area begins to erode, causing significant inflammation and discomfort when carrying out everyday activities. The final stage of osteoarthritis, the severe stage, will cause a lot of pain, with the cartilage almost completely gone. This is where mesenchymal stem cells come in. Since the characteristic inflammatory response of this condition is caused by the loss of cartilage, mesenchymal stem cells therapy pose an opportunity to resurface this degenerated cartilage. Treatment with this method has shown promising results across several studies, demonstrating a significant pain reduction, cartilage protection, and healing.