Australian scientists make osteoarthritis breakthrough

New Australian research proves that stem cell treatment stops and can reverse osteoarthritis.

Aussie osteoarthritis breakthrough

New Australian research proves that stem cell treatment stops and can reverse osteoarthritis.

The biggest stem cell trial of its type in the world has proved beyond doubt that pure stem cells provide a more effective treatment for osteoarthritis than traditional therapies, such as pain relief drugs, anti-inflammatories, prescribed exercise and knee surgery.

The new research provides osteoarthritis sufferers with a non-surgical option that reduces pain, increases mobility, stops the progression of arthritis and has, in some instances, regrown patients’ cartilage, lead researcher Associate Professor Julien Freitag said.

Almost one-sixth of Australians suffer with osteoarthritis and the only treatment options available to most are pain relief drugs, prescribed exercise, knee surgery and joint replacement.

The world-first research found significant pain and function improvement following stem cell therapy in 85 per cent of patients.

Trial subjects experienced a dramatic decrease in pain and a big increase in functional activity with stem cell treatment, resulting in their quality of life scores improving 290 per cent.

The subjects reported an average pain improvement of 69 per cent after 12 months and significant pain improvement compared to current conventional therapies, including use of anti-inflammatories, a prescribed exercise program and knee arthroscopy.

Progression of arthritis halted in 89 per cent of participants who underwent multiple stem cell injections and the stem cell therapy was well tolerated, with no serious adverse events.

“The results of this study are specifically for adipose (fat) derived, high-dose, expanded stem cells,” Dr Freitag explained.

“It takes up to eight weeks to harvest, expand and perform quality control measures to ensure that stem cells are pure, viable and not contaminated.

“Other treatment options – often same-day procedures – which might be described as stem cell therapy, do not show the evidence that this research has found.

“It is important for patients to follow their doctor’s advice, which may be to continue with traditional methods such as exercise and weight management, which are important additional factors in achieving a healthy and active lifestyle.”

“Stem cell therapy may be one piece of the puzzle in the management of arthritis, but it does not replace the proactive measures that can be achieved by patients themselves.”

Do you suffer from osteoarthritis? Would you consider stem cell therapy to treat your symptoms?

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    VicCherikoff
    29th May 2019
    10:03am
    Regrowing cartilage is a terrific advance.

    However, the problem remains that we are consuming too much calcium and way too little magnesium and our diet is too low in total nutrition to maintain that new cartilage healthy.

    Calcification of soft tissues touches the blood vessels (the stent market is thriving), the heart (all sorts of profitable treatments here), kidneys (more drugs, stone smashing and money here), pancreas (cancer AND diabetes is sooo lucrative for Big Pharma) and so on.

    Gout is now a condition of metabolic syndrome due to calcium urate crystals in joints (which wears cartilage too).

    Sure. Bad sugars contribute to many of these conditions and there are loads of sucrose and fructose even in our fruits and vegetables and this helps the bottom like of pharmaceutical companies and the health industry.

    After all, a patient cured is profit lost.

    Regrowing cartilage with stem cells fits this industry goal as it is a short term profit centre and as the symptoms will eventually return for longer term returns. All is economically positive.
    GeorgeM
    29th May 2019
    4:29pm
    Yes, regrowth of cartilage would be terrific and is the ideal solution (barring prevention), and wish there is more funding and expedited research in this area - one which would benefit thousands with OA, with side benefits for better overall health as well if it enables people to exercise more.
    Binkie
    29th May 2019
    10:06am
    I'd consider anything that would help to alleviate my symptoms. There's no mention in the article of how long it might be before this treatment will be available. I suppose it'll be years down the track and too late for wrinklies like me!
    Dianne
    29th May 2019
    8:12pm
    It has been used in Australia but is quite ex pool endive.
    greenie
    2nd Jun 2019
    6:30pm
    What has a vegetable to do with this article? Strange!
    Misty
    19th Jun 2019
    11:50pm
    I think she means expensive greenie, a friend of mine had this treatmentand it cost about $13,000.00.
    Ted Wards
    29th May 2019
    11:31am
    I too follow my doctors advice. I was born with a rare form of osteoarthritis that affects every joint in my body. At the age of 12 (54 now) my doctor told me that no disease can thrive in an alkaline system. So Mum and Dad eliminated everything that causes an acidic system. To this day I follow this diet and have never had any pain relief bar the odd panadol. The doctor warned mum and dad if I didn't do this I would be in wheelchair by the time I was 15 and would be lucky to see 30. When will doctors admit that it's our lifestyle choices such as diet and level of activity that contribute to most illnesses today, so that big pharma can make obscene profits. There is no profit for them if we are healthy!
    ROB
    29th May 2019
    11:45am
    Interesting how Stem Cell procedures are BANNED in some countries because of the dangers of the process (along with crazy high costs and often ineffectiveness). Australia appears blind to all the issues, even when safe, proven effective procedures are being used in hospitals in France and elsewhere about the world using low cost non transdermal phototherapy patches (relieving Osteoarthritis by at least 94% by the way). While some people appear so caught up in traditional methods this may be of interest to others who want safe effective relief? Search about first before risking ANY Stem Cell procedure - it may even save your life! Search X39 patch.
    purplejan88
    29th May 2019
    1:51pm
    do you use the X39 patch? if so how do you get it here in Australia??
    ROB
    29th May 2019
    3:01pm
    Yes, many locally in Australia and thousands of people around the world are using this patch with wonderful results. The patch, through Photobiomodulation, works on light communication with the body to increase the function of Peptide GHK-Cu throughout the whole body. Billions of dollars have been spent on research trying to create results with this Stem Cell Peptide and traditionally the only method is with risky Stem Cell procedures. However, the patches are allowing the body itself to create this same Peptide function in a more natural, safer and far more effective way. The patches are easy to use, just like placing a Band aide, and are already extensively clinically trialled to prove their safety and effectiveness. Considering the patches may only cost the price of a cup of coffee daily over just a few weeks for the same, if not better result, than a $10,000 to $20,000 (or more) Stem Cell procedures there are many who may think the higher cost procedures are the answer? Think again!!

    Due to the rules of YLC we cannot suggest any direct source of the patches here else members consider we are trying to sell something. Importantly we are not trying to coerce people away from traditional practices, but do wish to give people the opportunity to consider alternatives that could also be an option? If wanting to find out more, then search X39 Patch Australia. Do deal direct with a Lifewave member for both better pricing and ongoing support free of charges. Through Lifewave members you can obtain the patches in over 100 countries, try the patches for 30 days and even return unused product for a refund if not satisfied. There are no refunds on Stem Cell procedures if they do not work or cause damage! Rob. wellnessplus@adam.com.au
    ronloby
    29th May 2019
    11:59am
    Big Pharma will try to take over this as well. Like they do with ALL medicines. That is why all treatments are soooo expensive.
    ronloby
    29th May 2019
    11:59am
    Big Pharma will try to take over this as well. Like they do with ALL medicines. That is why all treatments are soooo expensive.
    Agnes
    29th May 2019
    1:26pm
    Interesting, I find the durolane intra-capsular injections every 6 months help me. But they are not cheap. Don't mind considering the fortunes expended in researching and developing it.I believe the stem cell treatment is $8,000 which would be well worth it if does all it says it does. But as others have pointed out here, how long does the improvement last for. A prospective cross controlled study is required.
    KB
    29th May 2019
    2:13pm
    A terrific breakthrough for sufferers but . Information I have heard previously that it will be a while before people can access the treatment It will be expensive. For me Medicare would have to help pay for treatment. I would consider for knees surgery as operations of any type are risky for me.
    KB
    29th May 2019
    2:13pm
    A terrific breakthrough for sufferers but . Information I have heard previously that it will be a while before people can access the treatment It will be expensive. For me Medicare would have to help pay for treatment. I would consider for knees surgery as operations of any type are risky for me.
    Norma Jeane
    29th May 2019
    7:34pm
    Yes I would consider it, but I guess it is expensive?
    ROB
    30th May 2019
    12:01pm
    Probably Norma Jeane, but do check out the Photobiomodulation patches I mention. I had lost my cartilage in one knee, pain very bad and could not twist my knee at all. A pair of patches eased the pain and had the cartilage rebuilding overnight. I did have to repeat with another pair of patches 6 months later and another pair about 12 months after that (and that was in 2014). No pain or knee issues since. There are later technologies that many in Australia have absolutely no idea about. The medical system here only knows what it is taught in medical school and that often be more about drugs. The patches, by the way, cost me a total of $30, no drugs, no risky procedures, no long term rehabilitation and no thousands of dollars cost to the medical system.
    Dianne
    29th May 2019
    8:10pm
    I would definitely be interested in stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis.
    Geminiwoman
    30th May 2019
    9:40am
    Truth be told, when you suffer greatly from osteo arthritis, you'd almost try anything, especially if you've had the problem for 30 years as I have.
    terrib
    31st May 2019
    12:50pm
    I have seen a stem cell doctor with the hope of having treatment but unfortunately the cost is too high. $9000 plus in July the government is making it compulsory that the procedure is done in a hospital adding thousands again to the cost. when will we be able to get treatment at a reasonable price? It is the holy grail of treatments from what I have read, so bring it on...preferably now.
    ROB
    31st May 2019
    1:31pm
    Read above terrib!!!!!! Low cost (Easy and safe for anyone of any age to use) Photobiomodulation patches are not only doing the same as traditional methods but with far more effectiveness and without the dangerous risks of traditional treatments.
    Scott
    2nd Jun 2019
    10:27pm
    Odd that Ben does not include weight loss and non prescribed exercise in his list of traditional therapies
    Dianne
    26th Jun 2019
    5:25pm
    I would definitely try stem cell treatment if it was affordable.


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