Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis, Joint Problems and Sports Injuries

Stem cells from one’s own body fat provide a new treatment option for osteoarthritis, cartilage damage, and sports injuries. Knee joints, hip joints, as well as the joints of the shoulders, hands, and fingers can be treated. The stem cell therapy is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. The aim of the treatment is to relieve pain and restore mobility.

At a Glance

  • Surgery duration: 1 to 3 hours (outpatient)
  • Anesthesia: Exclusively local anesthesia (tumescent anesthesia)
  • Mobility: Directly after surgery
  • Preliminary examinations: Blood test, X-ray/MRI of the joint, further examinations depending on the patiepent’s state of health
  • Check-ups: To be arranged on an individual basis

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As a consequence of overweight and excessive stress during sports, many people already suffer from joint problems such as cartilage damage, joint wear, osteoarthritis, and injuries at a relatively young age. In most cases, the knee, shoulder and finger joints are affected, and in older persons, also the hip joints and spine.

Apart from weight loss, only physiotherapy, special training or symptomatic pain therapy are recommended for diseases described in medicine as osteoarthritis (also known as arthritis, degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthrosis). Subsequently, the progress is observed. If the condition worsens, an artificial joint (joint implant) is inserted.

However, an artificial joint can never replace a natural one. Surgery lasting several hours under general anesthesia is complicated, laborious and expensive. In many cases, blood transfusions are necessary.

Using Stem Cells for Osteoarthritis, Deteriorated Cartilages and Joint Problems

The regenerative powers of stem cells have been used in veterinary medicine for some time now. Racehorses and dogs suffering from joint problems and sports injuries are treated with stem cells obtained from the fat of these animals. Stem cells extracted from the animals’ autologous fat appear to be suited for the regeneration of damaged joints, bones and cartilages.

Results from studies on humans sound promising: Patients treated with stem cells from autologous fat stated that they suffered less pain and that their mobility had increased considerably. If damaged joints are treated early with stem cells, patients could be given a better quality of life and furthermore be spared the necessity of having an artificial joint for the time being.

In my hair salon, I am constantly on my feet. This has put my knees on my knees and I suffered from pain. I wanted to avoid knee surgers and therefore decided to undergo the treatment with fat stem cells. Now I am free of pain and able to ski and bike again. I recommend Clinic DDr. Heinrich®.

Karl “Charly” Plasil, OSSIG hairstyle & beauty

Stem cells and progenitor cells of the connective tissue, so-called mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), may play a pivotal role in the regeneration of deteriorated cartilages, bones and joints. Every person has enough of these vital cells, since fat tissue contains them in large quantities. Artificial reproduction of them in laboratories is therefore unnecessary.

Stem Cell Therapy for Sports Injuries

For torn muscle fibers and also extremely painful sports injuries requiring a longer healing period, there are indications that stem cells have the potential to speed up regeneration and healing.

During treatment, a small quantity of fat is extracted with microcannulas, using local anesthesia, from which the stem cells are then isolated. Immediately afterwards, the stem cells are usually injected into the joint area affected or injured areas, for example, on knees, hips, hands, or fingers. Treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis. The patient is fully mobile afterwards.

Since the diagnosis “osteoarthritis” I had knee pain when climbing stairs, walking, and at night. As physiotherapy and injections into the knee did not bring lasting relief, I got my knee treated with stem cells by DDr. Heinrich. Soon after the treatment, my symptoms had improved. Today I can walk again without any pain. I am very grateful to DDr. Heinrich.

Mrs. K.

My knee problems started about 5 years ago. I felt pain when walking, standing, and finally even at rest. First, I tried autologous blood treatments, but the pain kept coming back. However, after having been treated with stem cells by DDr. Heinrich, I was able to walk well again after 3 months. Now I am already looking forward to a few small trips in the next years.

Karoline R.

I had permanent pain in the knees and the spine and could only walk short distances. Hiking, skiing, and cycling were impossible. My relatives often helped me at home. I felt in good hands in the Clinic DDr. Heinrich®. After the procedure my condition got better and better. The knees barely hurt after 3 weeks, the pain in the spine faded. I am very glad that I can go for light walks again!

Gertraud K.

Years of physical work have put a heavy strain on my joints. 12 years ago I had surgery on the left knee. For 10 years I also suffered from severe pain in my right knee. Walking gave me problems. Even at rest I had knee pain and could only sleep badly. Since the treatment, my pain has dropped by about 80 percent. Now I can walk again without pain and sleep well and restfully. I am very grateful for that.

Mrs. Z., 73

Thanks to my stem cells I can write and drive my car again. As a result of many years working as a nurse, I suffered from a painful wear in the wrist joint. I could neither write nor blow-dry my hair. That bothered me a lot. I owe new quality of life to the joint treatment with fat stem cells carried out by DDr. Heinrich!

Ottilie E.

Over the past 5 years, the pain in my forefeet has been getting worse. Standing upright and climbing stairs made me feel uncomfortable. Pain medications only led to a short improvement. The regenerative treatment with my own fat stem cells convinced me. After the treatment of my feet, I noticed that the pain was steadily declining. I do not need painkillers anymore and I can go for a walk again.

Ruža N., 59

Due to discomfort in the shoulders, knees, and feet, it became increasingly difficult for me to walk longer distances. Even standing in front of school classes and in lecture halls was stressful. When I fell sporadically I decided to undergo treatment with my own stem cells by DDr. Heinrich. After the procedure, the pain subsided in all joints; mobility and safety when walking have increased.

Mag. Markus Sch.

For nearly forty years I suffered from constant pain in the knees, which restricted me in my house work and job. A few weeks after the treatment with my stem cells I noticed a clear improvement: In one knee, I am practically free of pain, in the other knee I occasionally still have slight limitations. I am happy that I have regained my independence in everyday life.

Mrs. Z., 81

The regenerative effect should begin in the weeks following treatment. A potential repeat treatment session would take place several months after the initial treatment, depending on the extent of symptom improvements.

Kindly note that no guarantees or promise of cure can be given in medicine generally; this also applies to advanced treatments such as stem cell therapy. Although we carry out your surgery with the greatest care and have achieved excellent results in part with stem cell treatment, adult stem cells are not a universal remedy.

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This page serves the purpose of information only and is not to be understood as medical advice. We would like to expressly point out that a cure cannot be guaranteed. Stem cell therapy is an advanced procedure, which has only recently been applied worldwide and for which the long-term studies and reliable documentation on successes, risks and side effects required for a recognized procedure are not yet available.

The legislation on stem cell therapies and conducting of new therapies varies from country to country worldwide. In our clinic in Austria we only carry out the treatments permitted under the applicable legal situation. For other treatments we have worldwide contacts in our cooperation network and can support the selection of specialized medical facilities abroad.

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