Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition characterized by inflammation in the joints. Unlike other forms of arthritis, which usually develop due to age or injury, rheumatoid arthritis can develop in patients of any age. Its presence often coincides with psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by brittle, flaky skin and frequent scabbing. The link between psoriasis and arthritis is not yet fully understood, but scientists believe that cytokines, a protein responsible for cell signaling, may play a role.
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Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms vary somewhat between patients, but many symptoms are commonly shared. Pain and swelling in the joints is common, with severity varying from fairly mild to totally debilitating. Additionally, many patients experience flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, loss of appetite, cold extremities, fever and general weakness. For some patients, symptoms are worse after prolonged periods of sitting. Others experience occasional or frequent flare-ups where symptoms are worse than normal; the disease may go into periods of remission from time to time.
As a progressive disease, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms will tend to worsen with time. In its earliest stages, rheumatoid arthritis will cause swelling of the synovial fluid and lining of the joint. Over time, the synovium will thicken due to the rapid division of cells in the area. These inflamed cells then release enzymes that may break down the bone and cartilage of the joint.
As the joint is worn down by this enzymatic reaction, the bones will begin to lose their strength and shape. This creates a loss of flexibility in the joint and is accompanied by substantial pain. Over time, severe rheumatoid arthritis will lead to permanent joint damage, including bone deformity and irregular growths. These complications can make rheumatoid arthritis a crippling disease. Fortunately, some patients may find relief through stem cell therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Stem cells are a special type of cell that has not yet dedicated itself toward a particular type of tissue. Most cells in the body are specific and local to a certain body part. For example, skin cells always make new skin cells, and brain cells are always brain cells. Stem cells are not limited in this way. Instead, these new cells will take on the form of the tissue that surrounds them.
Because of this property, stem cells can be effectively used to attempt to aid in the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues. This is at the heart of stem cell therapy and is why these treatments could be effective for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. By giving worn-down tissue the proper tools to repair itself, the body can regenerate naturally.
How Stem Cell Therapy Works
Stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, which includes fresh cells, proteins, growth factors and other tools necessary to rebuild damaged tissue. Although these substances exist naturally in an individual’s bone marrow, they are usually not released into a person’s bloodstream in sufficient quantities to repair damage throughout the body.
By liberating the stem cells and relocating them to an affected area, stem cell treatment solves this problem and provides relief to damaged tissues, including joints that have been affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
This regenerative effect makes stem cell therapy an attractive treatment option for patients suffering from degenerative illnesses, including auto-immune disorders, aging and damage from disease.
Steps To Receive an Treatment
ProgenCell’s procedures are scientifically designed and professionally followed; we have one goal in mind: substantial health improvement using stem cell therapy for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
We do not suggest that patients substitute their current medical doctor or abandon current treatments. Since this is a long-term protocol, is necessary that your current medical doctor continues to follow up on your case.
Information: Our medical experts study your case, your current condition as well as your health history. After a full evaluation it is decided if you could be eligible to participate in this protocol, and receive cell therapy. A multidisciplinary medical committee studies your case and honestly considers your improvement potential.
After your case is evaluated, a ProgenCell staff member will contact you regarding your particular case and potential benefits. We also answer any question you may have about the procedure or the requirements to make it happen.
Plan: Once you have consented, we can plan ahead. Because of ProgenCell’s high demand, it is necessary to schedule a date for your procedure at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Exceptions can be made when the condition of the patient requires urgent care.
Conditioning and medical procedure: When your appointment is scheduled, we will assign you an agent that will become your personal assistant related to your medical procedure. This assistant will be able to help you with administrative tasks, logistics, planning your stay, communication with the medical staff, etc. Your personal agent will provide you the proper documentation to complete your medical records and will explain the informed consent. In short, we will coordinate all that’s necessary for a practical and easy stay with ProgenCell. The complete treatment – from beginning to end- will take from 3 to 6 hours, depending on the case. During your recovery time you will have access to a telephone, TV and internet.