Osteoarthritis management: Stem cells/Regenerative medicine
Some modern treatments for arthritis are being trialled involving stem cells/regenerative medicine. This generally remains an experimental area, but some orthopaedic specialist centres are providing treatments. There are two main options currently available – one involves taking a blood sample and separating platelets that are then infused into a damaged joint, the other is a two-stage process involving taking adipose tissue (fat) from the abdomen which is treated to remove stem cells that are then injected into a damaged joint. These treatments may provide an anti-inflammatory response for a period of time when, if beneficial, the treatment can be repeated. Milton Keynes Veterinary Group can offer platelet therapy for clients interested in this area of medicine.