As most of us have heard that stem cell treatment might help treat many diseases. This time, stem cell therapy has shown positive results in treating patients with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the wearing down of protective tissues at the ends of bones leading joint pains in the hands, neck, lower back, knees, or hips.
Doctors had used stem cell therapy as early as 2008 among athletes by simply injecting stem cells directly into the affected area. But this method has never been shown to have benefits. In 2014, the study has made several major advances. Scientists used stem cells from fat to grow a cartilage on an external woven scaffold shaped like the ball of a hip joint. This new cartilage is in hope to replace the damaged tissues at the hip area.
Although this study has not performed on humans yet, but it is tested in animals now. Scientists are in hope to test in humans within three to five years. If the study is successful, less and less patients would have to suffer from joint pains.