Myth: There is no effective cure for osteoarthritis.
Truth: This is false. Although osteoarthritis is a chronic disease, characterized by painful inflammation in the joints and deterioration of articular cartilage, there are possible cures. In a study published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine, the role of stem cells is being investigated as a potential treatment for knee osteoarthritis.
Stem cells are human cells that have not differentiated into specialized cells such as skin or hair cells. These stem cells have specific characteristics, including the ability to continuously replicate and differentiate into any body cell. Stem cells have also been investigated for their potential in treating other disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, bone marrow aspirate concentrate (a source of stem cells) was used to extract bone marrow and inject it into the knees of patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. The results showed that the bone marrow injection was safe and well-tolerated by the patients. As well, the patients reported that they had improved range of motion and increased activity. Read more about stem cell injections and knee osteoarthritis here.