Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term, chronic, progressive autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. RA attacks the body’s tissues, specifically the synovium (a thin membrane that lines the joints), which results in fluid building up in the joint. This fluid build-up ultimately leads to joint pain, deformity, immobility, and systemic inflammation.
Since RA is a chronic disease, it cannot be cured; the long-term joint damage caused by this disease results in chronic pain, loss of function, and disability. Many people suffering from RA experience intermittent bouts of intense disease activity called “flares” while others enjoy periods of remission. Studies have shown that early diagnosis and aggressive treatment can put the disease into remission, which is the best way to fend off joint destruction, organ damage and disability. New stem cell treatments and advances in stem cell technology are giving hope to people affected by RA.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is generally treated with immune suppressant agents such as steroids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, gold, and infliximab (Remicade) but these treatments do not address joint damage or the damage that is done to extra-articular tissues. Since RA complications include inflammation and tissue damage, stem cell therapy may target inflamed areas of the body and produce anti-inflammatory agents. Stem cells may also be used to produce Regulatory T cells, a type of immune cell whose responsibility is to regulate the immune system while maintaining tolerance to self-antigens. By differentiating into these types of healthy cells, stem cell therapy may be used to treat complications caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, improving the symptoms of people living with RA. It may also help those who are unresponsive to traditional RA drug treatments.
After the patient’s stem cells are extracted and concentrated into a high yield of regenerative cells, they may be administered in one of three ways: directly into the vein via a full body IV, joint injections, or via direct site injections.
If you are interested in learning more about our stem cell treatments for Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), please contact the Regenerative Cell Institutes of Las Vegas, Nevada, or Mason City, Iowa. Dr. Santos offers consultations at both locations.