An arthritis breakthrough could be on the horizon. A new protein solution kit that utilises your own cells to fight the symptoms of osteoarthritis has performed well in a pilot study. The results, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, found that the nStride kit is safe and has a positive impact on the symptoms of knee arthritis, including pain and lack of mobility.

The nStride kit takes a sample of blood and then a concentrated solution of inflammatory cytokines is injected into the knee joint. Researchers analysed the product in comparison to a control group that received an injection of saline solution. After a year, the group that had received the autologous protein solution saw a 65% improvement in pain, stiffness and physical function.

“This trial is very important for the confirmation of nStride safety and efficacy and opens the gate for the big randomized controlled trial comparing [nStride] to hyaluronic acid, actually in progress,” explains Dr Elizaveta Kon, one of the scientists involved in the project.

Viscosupplement works as a treatment for arthritis by lubricating the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is injected into the joint and it’s proven to reduce pain and swelling in any arthritic joint – the knee is just the most commonly treated joint due to wear and tear on this vulnerable joint.

The ends of the bones in a healthy knee joint have a cup of cartilage on the ends which helps them move smoothly against each other. This cartilage has a coating of hyaluronic acid that works as a shock absorber. However, over time this cartilage breaks down and the bones start to scrap against each other in a condition known as osteoarthritis or wear and tear arthritis.

Viscosupplementation works by replacing the hyaluronic acid that has been depleted to help reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis; typically pain, stiffness and lack of mobility.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus has explained how stem cell therapy has meant he can return to the game he loves after suffering debilitating back pain for many years.

Predating his golfing career, Nicklaus’ back problems meant that he was even starting to find standing challenging. “I could not hit a golf ball without hurting. I could not stand up for more than 10 minutes,” he told the Unite to Cure conference on 27 April in Vatican City.

A chance meeting with a German doctor that was pioneering stem cell treatments for arthritis and joint pain at his Munich clinics changed everything. After undergoing treatment in March 2016 with Dr Eckhard Alt, he can now play golf pain free.

Fat tissue is removed from the stomach or buttocks typically and then processed in a centrifuge to produce a concentrated solution of fat-derived stem cells. These are then injected into the source of pain and the therapy alleviates inflammation. It’s also thought stem cell therapy can repair damaged tissue but more tests are being carried out.

For more information on stem cell therapy for back pain, call 020 7631 4779.

One possible treatment option for shoulder arthritis is shoulder replacement surgery, but a recent study has found that this procedure is actually more dangerous than was previously thought and the risks may not be worth the benefits. The study by Oxford University was the first major analysis of the long-term outcome of shoulder replacement surgery. It found:

  • complex revision surgery was required for many patients
  • a higher rate of post-surgery heart attacks
  • higher incidence of major blood clots and infections

The researchers concluded that patients should be fully informed of all the risks before they make a decision to go ahead with surgery. If you’re interested in exploring other arthritis treatment options, call us on 020 7631 4779.

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