Hi, I am not sure about that and have not been on here in awhile. I have bad arthiritis that has been severly worsened by injections I had in Germany and was told about cartilage transplants, have you looked into that?
HiI have grade 4 OA medial compartment and you can see the ops I have had below..I am no expert but don't believe you can cure OA surely you can only slow it down.. once you have arthritis everything afterwards becomes a measure to slow down its progress. If im totally on the wrong lines with this then please correct me guys... I had injections previously to ease pain but none of this could have cured OA only reduced swelling or pain symptoms..
Hi DrStem cell research is still a fairly new procedure and therefore I doubt enough info can be collected yet to show if they can prevent OA using these techniques.. I believe OA develops in the joints affecting the circulation of blood and fluid which in turn affects bone growth and then degradation. In my case OA has caused bones to degrade and gradually erode the cartilage. With no cartilage bone on bone has occurred and then bowing of the leg as no cushion was present. I originally had about 5 cortisone shots (1 every 4 months) into the joint, a reasonably big needle and yes they hurt.. the first 3 helped and eased the pain. After the 5th doc advised couldnt have anymore as joint was full of cortisone.. guess no where for it to go!! and needed to look at surgery..I gather shots are just for pain relief and to ease the joint rather than fix anything..