Use of Stem Cell Therapy for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Stem Cell Therapy for the
Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Daniel Carey
• Degenerative joint disease
• 27 million Americans
• Degradation of synovial membrane
• Few treatment options until late stages
-long recovery times
Mesenchymal Stem Cell
• Also called “multipotent stromal cells”
• Ability to differentiate into many cell
– Osteocytes, chondrocytes,myocytes
• Relatively easy to harvest
– Bone marrow, adipose tissue
• Self renewal ability
• Immunosuppresive effects
Use in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis
• Advantages over Arthroplasty
• Disadvantages
– US laws
– Not covered by insurance
– More research needed to increase effectiveness
Professional Athletes
• A growing trend that aging
athletes are using this
• Going to Germany due to
less restrictive laws
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