The volume of people looking for stem cell therapy for arthritis in Jacksonville Florida is immense. Estimates are that there’s over 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the US who face the challenges presented by arthritis on a daily basis.
A large amount of people ‘flock’ to Florida to get away from the cold because the joint stiffness and aches associated with most forms of arthritis seem to be worse in colder weather. In addition, since the cold weather often brings ice and snow and treacherous footing, that is another big reason people seek the sun and beauty of Fl. Lastly, Jacksonville has so many great places to visit and fun things to do.
FACT: Arthritis is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. And unfortunately the instances of people getting diagnosed with this crippling disease is not slowing down.
What’s the answer to this challenge?
Here’s what we know for sure. We can’t keep doing the same thing we’ve always done. Remember what this describes? “Doing the same thing, expecting different results?”
Let’s take a quick look at the ‘old way’ to approach this challenge.
Historically, you’ll take a pill and it masks, or covers the pain so that
you can grind out your day.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Unfortunately, the pill path leads to the need for stronger and stronger pills, and before you know it, this treatment philosophy has a great country ‘staring down the barrel’ of an opioid crisis.
And for those who try to avoid the pill path, they may opt for a number of injections.
Because temporary relief is better than no relief. Right?
Let’s take a closer look at the first thing you need to know about arthritis.
What Is Arthritis
What is arthritis? Arthritis is not a single disease. There’s more than 100 different types of arthritis. Most people associate it with joint pain. There’s still no cure.
Arthritis has many definitions, but it boils down to this. It causes pain for you and your loved ones. This pain may end up stealing a big element of the quality of life from whoever suffers from this disease. As well as those who watch their loved ones suffering bear a burden also.
So you may not have heard it described like this before, but arthritis
is a THIEF. It steals the chance to make memories with loved ones. It steals the chance to travel like you want to. It may even steals aspects of your dignity.
The pain suffered by the person who has arthritis can be mild to
excruciating. And the pain of watching someone you love having to suffer is a very difficult thing to endure too.
So If pills won’t get the job done, then your doctor may talk to you about
getting some type of injection as the next line of defense to help with arthritic joints.
Let’s consider the most common shots you may have to face if you’re dealing with chronic joint pains.
Corticosteroid injections – This treatment is often called a cortisone or hydrocortisone shot.
Often times, when the joint pains initially get treated, your doctor will lean towards you getting a cortisone shot in your knee or joint. If you’ve ever had to get this type of shot, then you know they are not pleasant, and a number of folks talk about how they did not provide the relief they were seeking.
The challenge with these shots is that even when they work, it’s a very temporary relief, sometimes up to 3 months. But it has been known that the ‘side effect’ is additional damage to your joint. It weakens and deteriorates your joint structure. This has been know for a long time.
Yes, you read that right. Getting the treatment that is supposed to relieve you of pain, and it’s just a temporary relief, will ultimately result in causing you even more pain.
There’s a saying that says you’re ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ and that’s exactly what you’re doing when you have to take medicine to get temporary relief, that will lead to even more pain down the road.
That’s why doctors will usually try to only give you a few of these types of treatments.
Think of these treatments like this. A cortisone shot is almost like candy that seems pleasant at first, but the end result is decay.
Why get these shots?
It’s because pain corners you and you have to get relief. Even if it’s temporary. Plus, it’s because insurance pays for the shots.
It’s not uncommon to get shots in joints such as knees, hips, shoulders and they are thought to reduce the inflammation which leads to pain reduction.
Here’s another option that insurance will pay for in many situations.
Hyaluronic acid injections for knee pain.
The next choice to use for arthritic joint pains is a shot of hyaluronic acid. This shot may be referred to as a gel injection for knee pain because it’s consistency is close to what is found in your normal joint fluid.
Osteoarthritis impacts the fluids in your joints and it becomes watery. The
get shot attempts to restore the fluid in the joint so that it can have
better lubrication and also act as a better shock absorber.
The HA injections are usually a first option for knee pain if the patient
has diabetes because the corticosteroid shot may lead to an increase in
blood sugar levels.
The verdict is still out on whether the HA or gel shot can actually stimulate
more of a patients own natural HA as well as whether the injection reduces
pain due to coating the nerve endings within the joint in addition to helping
with the reduction of inflammation.
The treatment consists of a series of treatments that gives limited relief for
as much as 6 months. Once again, insurance will pay for some of the treatment.
Insurance definitely has historically played a role in dictating what treatment people get, but as we’ve shared in other articles, it’s been made abundantly clear that just because insurance won’t pay for something that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to work.
Here’s something else to consider.
Just because insurance pays for something, doesn’t mean it WILL work either -right? Insurance pays for things that they believe will eventually allow them to charge premiums and make a profit.
The profit drives the decision. Not whether a treatment will or will not
work for you.
You may want to read that last sentence again.
Now let’s talk about some options that insurance won’t pay for, but they
are getting tremendous results in many situations.
And it should be noted, that these treatments are natural.
To that point, you have to wonder why insurance is willing to pay for synthetic treatments, that most often have big pharma dollars associated with the treatments, but insurance seems to not want to pay when it’s a natural treatment?
But that topic is for another article.
Your arthritic joint may be the result of an injury from the past
such as a sports injury. PRP injections for big name athletes made this procedure become a very popular choice.
The bottom line is it was working for the athletes, so if it was helping to prolong their careers then people were eager to see how it would help with their joint pain issues.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma which is a treatment derived from your blood and platelets and it promotes healing.
Your blood is spun at a high speed and it separates allowing for platelets that contains growth factors and proteins to be concentrated and injected
for accelerated healing.
It is also believed that the PRP may positively influence the immune response and help reduce inflammation.
A great 1-2 combination is to get PRP and regenerative cell therapy.
So now let’s take a look at the focus of this article and that is the use of
regenerative cell therapy.
What’s the #2 thing you need to know about?
The best way to determine if you may get help with your arthritis condition is to have a regenerative cell therapy consult with a doctor in FL.
We stated before that the general population often refers to this
treatment as stem cell therapy.
The FDA has made a distinction between regenerative cell therapy and stem
cell therapy and to get more details on this you can CLICK HERE.
Let’s dig into this a bit more.
There’s a lot of news regarding how regenerative cell therapy is helping with so many conditions. Although we focus on treatment of joint pains, we still get asked this question:
Have stem cells already been used to treat diseases?
The short answer is ‘Yes’. Doctors have performed stem cell transplants which is most commonly referred to as bone marrow transplants for years.
Some treatments even date back into the 1950’s. And, just like today, insurance companies were very slow in stepping up to the plate to pay for the bone marrow transplants even though the treatment was saving lives.
It helps to know what are stem cells and what do they do.
Think of stem cells as the cells that helps your body rebuild.
Their function has been know for a long time and that’s why the treatments that have been used for years were done to take the place of cells
after they were exposed to chemotherapy or another damaging agent such as a disease.
The non damaged specialized cells taken from a donor would be injected into the person needing the treatment and this allows the donor’s immune system to fight blood-related diseases including leukemia, multiple myeloma, neuroblastoma and lymphoma. And go to work rebuilding and repairing.
Sources for the stem cells are typically umbilical cord blood
or adult stem cells.
Disease treatments in the past did not include arthritis and to this day there is not a cure for arthritis.
Let’s be upfront, clear, and very transparent. Regenerative cell therapy is not a cure for arthritis.
We want to be clear about this too.
This location or treatment does not fall into the category of being
an FDA approved stem cell clinic. We’re not sure that there is such
a place as of this writing.
But, it’s important to note that the the FDA has provided guidelines, but they have not approved this type of treatment just like the FDA has not approved heart surgery.
That’s correct, the FDA does not have to approve a procedure in order for you to know it is helpful. If that was the case then people would not be having heart surgeries.
BUT, here’s where there is so much talk about the FDA and they are definitely involved in this medical breakthrough for good reason.
The conversations are focused on whether the FDA considers this a drug or
not. The cells are treated the same as an organ donation.
The human umbilical cord cells are what is used for the treatment and
the cells are donated from a healthy mother’s umbilical cord. After she
gives birth to a healthy baby, she then donates the umbilical cord which
is treated the same as an organ donation.
NOTE: We want to emphasize that there’s no babies harmed in any fashion.
The regenerative cells come from healthy mothers who lovingly
donates their healthy cord after giving birth to a healthy baby
in order to allow for the modern scientific processes to get
the specialized cells to be able to be donated at a future date.
And mothers have been either saving, or donating their umbilical
cords for over 20 years. So this is not a new process.
The donation goes to a tissue bank that is FDA regulated and the FDA has
very strict guidelines, stipulations and regulations on how the cells are
tested, stored, and then provided to people who may benefit from the
therapy. This is in line with all other organ donations.
So the treatment is not FDA approved, but the cells are under the
strict FDA guidelines, and care of an FDA approved tissue bank.
If, based on your situation, you may benefit from regenerative cell
therapy, then whether it is pain from arthritis or other reasons the
treatment we provide may help reduce the joint pain and/or inflammation.
The ultimate goal is to allow your body to possibly
regenerate and rebuild soft tissue, cartilage, tendons, muscles and bones.
Just like the other treatments and surgery are not guaranteed, regenerative cell therapy
is not guaranteed. Yet, the results have been exciting on many levels.
And that brings us to the 3rd last thing you really need to
know about regenerative medicine’s role in helping people with
This is not a cure all or a “magic pill”, but you’re wise to try
regenerative cell therapy before seeking surgical options including
The advancements in the medical fields regarding regenerative cell therapy
continue to be mind boggling.
The success stories are exciting, while sadly, some people are not being
upfront about what the treatments can or can’t do.
You can read about the negative news on this topic very easily by
doing a search on Google. Just don’t let the few bad apples stop
you from doing your own due diligence and selecting the best legitimate
regenerative cell therapy clinic for your needs.
If any place guarantees you success, then it’s best to walk out, because
they are not being honest. BUT, if you’re given a good chance of results after
your consult then it makes sense to go forward, because the chance of you
getting worse and continuing to have the life altering pain is 100%.
Even if your pain was reduced by 30% then that is truly amazing.
Think of it as a 30% return on an investment. If you get that type
of return on an investment you’d be considered doing AMAZING -Right?
The same principle applies when you’re looking at getting pain relief.
But the pain relief will give you a much greater return because you’ll be
getting a chance to enjoy your life at a much higher level again. And that
type of return is truly priceless.