Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that affects more than 1 million adults in the U.S. RA causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the wrist and finger joints, but it can also affect other parts of the body.
The cause of the disease is not well known, but scientists classify it as an autoimmune disease because the immune system—in charge of protecting the body from disease—mistakenly attacks itself.
The scientific progress in our understanding of the immune and inflammatory components in RA has stimulated the development of targeted therapies that may lead to a considerable improvement in the management of RA patients. One of these new therapies for RA is stem cell therapy.
Scientists are studying stem cells to learn about their unique properties and what makes them different from other cell types. One thing that makes them unique is that they have their own unique ability to multiply, and may provide new options for treating diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and RA.
Stem Cells and RA
A stem cell has the potential to remain a stem cell or to become a different type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a red blood cell, muscle cell, or a brain cell–and in the case of RA, a mesenchymal stem cell (MSC).
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are the specialized group of cells used in stem cell therapy for RA. These cells already exist in the joint areas and the bone marrow and believed to contribute to the maintenance and repair of joint tissues.
With the introduction into the body of additional specialized stem cells, the numbers of MSCs in the joints are increased and stimulated to continue multiplying. These increased amounts of MSCs may help generate bone, cartilage, and the formation of new joint tissues.
Stem Cell Therapy’s Bright Future in Treating RA
The study of stem cells continues to expand the knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell, and how healthy cells replace damaged ones. Stem cell research is one of the most rapidly changing areas in medicine, and is quickly becoming the treatment of choice of many conditions, including RA.
When investigating the many benefits of stem cell therapy, it’s best to speak to experts who are nationally renown and at the forefront of this cutting-edge medical breakthrough. National Stem Cell Centers has convenient locations in both New York City and Long Island. We are leaders in the field of stem cell therapy, with the goal of providing excellent patient care as well as expanding upon research and information into regenerative medicine. To find out if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy, call (646) 448-0427 today, or schedule an appointment online.