Knee Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Stem Cells
Knee pain can occur from rheumatoid arthritis. Stem cells have been used to treat various knee problems including, rheumatoid arthritis with Stem Cell Therapy.
What is the difference between osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis?
Some patients are told they have arthritis, but don’t really understand what they have.
Some think they have rheumatoid arthritis and actually they don’t.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is generally thought of as wear and tear arthritis. It is much more complex than that. Many factors may be involved, but it is not an autoimmune disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is in a group of connective tissue diseases which are autoimmune diseases. They actually are diseases in which they bodies own immune system attacks its self, including the joints. The knee may be involved in RA.
Other autoimmune disorders include Lupus (SLE), Psoriatic arthritis, and Polymyositis. These autoimmune diseases have characteristic findings and blood laboratory abnormalities not seen in osteoarthritis. A classic lab abnormality in RA is an abnormal RF (Rheumatoid Factor).
Stem Cells have been used to treat knee osteoarthritis, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
The use of stem cell treatments for knee RA should be carefully evaluated for each patient. The Regenerative Medicine specialist should have expertise in treating knees as well as autoimmune disorders with Stem Cell Therapy.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D., an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, has treated patients with RA and knee OA with Stem Cell Therapy.