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YOUR OWN STEM CELLS MAY BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The Spine Institute at RMSO in Partnership with The  Premier Stem Cell Institute has the most extensive research and data regarding all realms of regenerative medicine. We have developed and compiled data for years. Our team of fellowship trained Doctors have treated thousands of patients with various stem cell procedures.

How Do My Own Stem Cells Heal?

A stem cell procedure harnesses and amplifies the body's natural mechanism for healing (and anti-inflammation). This mechanism uses adult autologous stem cells (Mesenchymal stem cells) derived from your own bone marrow. Autologous stem cells (Mesenchymal stem cells) have been shown to be anti-inflammatory which helps in healing, and they also have antimicrobial properties. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), have immune regulatory properties which may stop the immune system from attacking the myelin sheath.

Expectation

Every individual is different. Two key determinants for success are dependent on the severity of your condition and your body’s response to stem cell therapy. At The Premier Stem Cell Institute, we provide consultations with patients from around the world to determine whether their candidacy for stem cell therapy and/or platelet-rich plasma.

The Procedure Process

In the procedure, the physician will aspirate bone marrow from the iliac crest of your pelvis, concentrate it, then deliver it back into your body intravenously. In all, the process takes less than 45 minutes.

Because your procedure will utilize a concentrated preparation of your own cells, the procedure is considered "autologous point-of-care". The procedure is fast, and in most cases can be completed with moderate sedation. 

What Can I Expect Post-Procedure?

Stem cell procedures are usually done as an outpatient, meaning there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. With an intravenous stem cell procedure, most patients should expect to walk out of the clinic and resume low-impact activities immediately. 

 When Can I Resume Physical Activity

The most important part of any stem cell therapy is adhering to your post-procedure restrictions that will be covered before your procedure. For the procedure to have the best chance to yield lasting benefit, our physicians strongly recommend:

 

  • Refrain from anti-inflammatory medication 7 days prior to procedure and 14 days post procedure.
  • Rest for the first 24-48 hrs but do not lie sedentary
  • For weeks 3-4, cardio is allowed
  • After 4 weeks, weightlifting and running are permitted *Please contact our institute for a detailed list of post care instructions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a disease that affects all of the synovial (freely moveable) joints in the body, including the spine. For people with RA, the effects of the arthritis on the spine can vary from minimal symptoms to life-threatening pressure on the spinal cord that requires complicated surgery to stabilize the spine and reduce the pressure on the spinal cord.

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes Back and Neck Pain

RA destroys synovial joints. As the joints are destroyed, the connection between each vertebra becomes unstable. The damage allows the upper vertebra to slide forward on top of the lower vertebra in the joint. This slippage is called spondylolisthesis. can cause pain due to pressure applied by the slipped vertebra on the nerve roots and the spinal cord. The problem of joint instability is very serious when it occurs between the C1 and C2 vertebrae in the cervical spine.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Spine

RA in the spine causes a wide range of symptoms. Pain is the earliest symptom and may be part of the overall joint inflammation that occurs with the arthritis. As the disease progresses, the symptoms that are most worrisome are those that suggest your spinal cord is being affected.

Pain at the base of the skull is common when the cervical spine is affected by RA, and can indicate that the nerves that exit the skull and the upper spine are being irritated or compressed. Pressure on the vertebral arteries can lead to blackout spells when the blood flow through these arteries is reduced when you move your head and neck a certain way.

A change in the ability to walk can signal increasing pressure on your spinal cord. Your gait may become irregular, and may be accompanied by weakness and problems keeping your balance. This is an indication that your spinal cord is being compressed. Any change in the ability to walk should be brought to the attention of your doctor. Feelings of tingling, weakness, or a loss of coordination can affect the arms or legs. Changes in bowel or bladder control such as incontinence or inability to urinate can also occur.