The title of the Blog this week is taken from a review article appearing this month in The Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage focused on reviewing the state of the art and perspectives, authored in Montpellier, France. As I have indicating over the past several months, the original regenerative medicine concept had been that we would take your bone marrow via aspiration, concentrate it in our laboratory and inject the concentrate into an arthritic knee thereby introducing adult mesenchymal stem cells. The belief had been that those stem cells would morph into cartilage. Now we know there is a lot more happening in the joint following the introduction of bone marrow aspirate concentrate/stem cells.

We know that Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis mainly characterized by the degradation of articular cartilage and associated with subchondral bone lesions. Whereas I had spent the vast majority of my orthopedic career on joint replacement for grade 4 osteoarthritis, over the past four years, I have focused my initiative on cell based interventions for stages two and three arthritis; although next month, I am introducing a novel cell-based therapy for grade 4 osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Stromal Cells (MSCs) have gained much interest on their trophic and immunomodulatory functions that can help tissue repair/regeneration. The review article from France focuses on the anti-inflammatory effect of Mesenchymal Stem cells on Mitochondrial RNA modulation in OA. With continued cellular science advances, the notion that stem cell management of your arthritic knee and hip still is in the future is erroneous. Four years ago, there may have been some basis for your physician to minimize the possibilities of interventional orthopedic in lieu of a joint replacement because there wasn’t enough clinical proof of efficacy; and, the understanding was that the MSCs would morph into cartilage. As a result of our continued data collection coupled with better understanding of the anti-inflammatory effect of bone marrow aspirate concentrate, there is every reason for an arthritic patient to attempt to avoid a joint replacement.

This past weekend, we had every reason to give thanks and I am no different. I give thanks to my family, to my health, and to my profession for allowing me to help my patients enjoy a pain free active lifestyle. To learn about our non-operative approach to reversing the pain and limitations of arthritis, call to see if you are a candidate or to schedule an appointment.     847 390 7666

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