Arthritis is such a common ailment but researchers have discovered a not so common treatment for it.
“More than a million people a year consult their GP about osteoarthritis, which is characterised by damage in and around a joint. As a result of wear and tear, the cartilage, the strong, smooth surface that lines bones and allows joints to move easily, is worn away.” (Source)
Researchers at Texas University have found that stem cells from amniotic membrane and fluid have the ability to boost healing and encourage cartilage to regenerate. The stem cells from the foetus have the ability to grow into anything whereas adult stem cells are limited to certain tissues and organs.
“…in a trial with 55 patients that one stem cell injection after surgery provided pain relief and helped regrowth of damaged tissue better than those not given the treatment, says the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.” (Source)
A placebo study is currently being conducted at New York University with 150 people diagnosed with moderate knee osteoarthritis. The participants will be monitored for one year.
“In the new trial, patients with osteoarthritis will be given either injections of amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid stem cells, placebo cells or hyaluronic acid, which is designed to replace hyaluronan, a thick liquid that naturally helps to lubricate joints and is already used to treat arthritis.” (Source)
Stem cell use is often controversial because it often uses early embryonic cells but the stem cells from the placenta and amniotic fluid is easily collected after the birthing process making it an ideal treatment option.
The options for healing from the placenta have the possibility of expanding yet again.