Eros Medical Group
Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in:
50 Briar Hollow Ln
Houston, TX 77027
Arthritis Q & A
What should I know about osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis develops as everyday wear-and-tear begins to damage the articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is found at the ends of all bones inside a joint, where it allows them to glide smoothly when you move.
As articular cartilage breaks down, it slowly disappears, and bones start to rub against one another. That’s when you develop pain, inflammation, and limited joint mobility. Your body also responds to the irritation by developing bone spurs, which add to your pain and further limit your ability to move.
How does Eros Medical Group treat osteoarthritis?
For years, osteoarthritis were treated with medications that the experts now know offer minimal pain relief. Medications also don’t stop the degenerative process of osteoarthritis. On the other hand, the medications prescribed can have side effects, become toxic, or lead to addiction if you take opioids to relieve the pain.
Eros Medical Group offers regenerative medicine alternatives in the form of stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Stem cells and platelets are your body’s natural healers: When they’re injected into the affected joint, they can relieve pain and heal arthritic damage.
Stem cells divide, replicate, then develop into the diverse types of cells needed to repair old and damaged tissues. They also release numerous growth factors and biochemicals that stimulate healing.
Platelets, which are a normal part of your blood, are rich sources of growth factors. At the site of injury or disease, they use their growth factors to bring more stem cells to the area, trigger the production of new tissues, accelerate healing, and diminish pain.
What types of stem cells are used to treat osteoarthritis?
Your stem cell therapy comes from your own body. Certain cells contain adult stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are uniquely suited for treating osteoarthritis because they can divide and produce cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones.
Eros Medical Group uses a small syringe to withdraw a sample from your body. Then they separates the stem cells from the and uses them in your stem cell injection.
PRP is also made in the office. Eros Medical Group draws a sample of your blood, then uses a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from other blood components. As a result, your injection contains a concentrated amount of platelets.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, stem cell therapy and PRP may relieve your pain and restore movement. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call Eros Medical Group.