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What are Cartilage Defects?
Have you ever experienced hitting your elbow, knee, or other joints while playing? Did you ever face any trauma from a bike accident injury, slip, and fall, etc.? Usually, people ignore such happenings considering that they would automatically soothe. But, often, these hits cause chronic pains. These chronic pains occur because you may have damaged your cartilage during the injury. This cartilage damage is known as a cartilage defect.
Some conventional treatment methods such as Medications, Physical Therapies, Acupuncture, Bracing, TENS Units, Steroid or HA Injection, etc. are commonly applied in case of catching a cartilage defect. However, these aren’t proper or permanent treatment to the problem. Instead, they provide only timely relief from the pain.
What is the proper and non-surgical treatment of cartilage defects?
Although, medical science and experts haven’t proposed any proper solution for cartilage damage. But, recent researches in the field of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy have found out that stem cells can treat all types of cartilage damages. The Stem Cell Rejuvenation Procedure has proved to be the world’s first and proper treatment for cartilage damages and their associated problems.
Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy – The Only Proper Treatment for Cartilage Defects
Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy is the only proper treatment for cartilage damages. It actually treats the damaged cartilage which isn’t possible with any other method than regenerative medicine therapy. It saves a patient from pains and hassles of knee transplant or invasive surgery, etc. The Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells (or, amniotic stem cells) are highly effective and powerful to organically treat inflammation and cartilage damage. Thus, these stem cells restore the cartilage damage properly and make a person active again.
Shifa Regenerative & Rejuvenation Clinic has brought the regenerative stem cell technology to Pakistan in collaboration with Dr. David Lawrence Greene who is a renowned and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and CEO of the R3 Stem Cell Clinics, USA. It is approved and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States, as well as Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP).
How Cartilage Defects occur?
Cartilage is a firm tissue but softer and flexible than bone. It is a connective tissue found in different areas of the body including:
- Joints between bones, e.g., the elbows, knees, and ankles
- Ends of the ribs
- Between the vertebrae in the spine
- Ears and nose
- Bronchial tubes or airways
The cartilage in any part of the body can get damaged due to an accident, a strong hit while playing, picking up heavy items, injuries, and underlying bone disorders, etc.
Diagnosis & Symptoms of Cartilage Defects
The diagnosis and treatment of cartilage defects are challenging. Articular cartilage injuries are common and have the potential to progress to osteoarthritis if left untreated. It isn’t easy to exactly diagnose cartilage damage; however, it can be diagnosed through various symptoms. Some common symptoms of cartilage defects include:
- Joint Pain
- Joint Locking, Catching or Giving Way
- A Clicking or Grinding Sensation
What is Cartilage?
Cartilage is a firm connective tissue that is an important structural component in the body. It comprises cartilage cells and a matrix. This matrix is a firm gel that contains cartilage cells and has fibers embedded with it.
There are mainly three different types of cartilage present in the human body.
- Elastic Cartilage is flexible cartilage and found in the ears and nose. The elastic cartilage provides firmness and elasticity and it gives shape to the ear in the upper glass which acts as a valve closing when you’re eating, blocking any swallowed food from entering your windpipe.
- Hyaline Cartilage is smooth yet tough, with minimal flexibility that allows smooth joint functioning. Hyaline cartilage is the most common type of cartilage and it caps the bones of synovial joints.
- Fibrocartilage is robust and flexible but not smooth. Fibrocartilage is a tapas form of cartilage and it is what makes up the discs of the spine and the meniscus and the knee joint.
Functioning of Cartilage
Cartilage has many important functions in the body. Cartilage caps bones of synovial joints such as the knee joint to make the movement of the body easier by minimizing friction and help with shock absorption. Cartilage unites the bones of some joints such as the discs in the vertebral column. It also provides shape to the ear and nose and supports the trachea. Cartilage does not have nerves or blood vessels so when it gets injured it does not restore very well easily with conventional treatment methods. Only regenerative stem cell therapy can treat cartilage damage.
Major Causes of Cartilage Defects
Cartilage defects occur due to several reasons like age, pregnancy, obesity, diabetes, birth abnormalities, acute injury, and knee or an underlying disorder of the bone. Cartilage damages are different from arthritis, and their treatments are significantly different as well. An isolated cartilage defect like present in ears, without any underlying bone attached to the fragment, is not commonly repairable. The cartilage is often unable to survive when detached from the bone and, therefore, must be removed, which can be done with an arthroscopic procedure. However, the exposed bone should be treated to stimulate the growth of new cartilage. Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine technology is the only way to help cartilage grow and repair naturally.
The innovation of Amniotic Fluid Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Cartilage Damages
The amniotic fluid stem cell therapy has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the United States because these cells are far better than embryonic stem cells. The embryonic cells have a tendency to grow wildly and they can form tumors. The amniotic fluid stem cells do not form tumors at all.
The amniotic stem cells have concentrated growth and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also amino-privileged. There can never arise any rejection or resistance to these cells in a human body. So, they prove to be highly effective regenerative medicine for treating cartilage damage. AFSCs have the potential to grow into functioning cells of many types including liver, bone, and nerve cells. They also keep this ability even after freezing and thawing.
Regenerative Stem Cell therapy for cartilage defects is a highly advanced and completely safe treatment with immense promising results. These Stem Cell procedures are readily available without any ethical issue. They have the capabilities to treat Arthritis, tendonitis, ligament injuries, and more problems associated with cartilage damages.
How to get Stem Cell Rejuvenation Treatment for Cartilage Defects in Pakistan?
Shifa Regenerative & Rejuvenation Clinic is the first hospital in Pakistan bringing the wonderful and miraculous technological treatment of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for the people of this country. The hospital is approved and regulated by the FDA, United States, as well as the DRAP, Pakistan.
Patients can get a bonus-advantage at this hospital as it is the only Stem Cell Rejuvenation Center in Pakistan having the services of Dr. David Lawrence Greene who is a giant professional of Stem Cell Therapy and CEO of “R3 Stem Cell Clinics, USA”. For more information, consultation, and appointment, you may contact us at (051) 889-6711 or send an email at [email protected].