Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Inflammatory Arthritis: Your Immune System & Joints

Your immune system works tirelessly day and night to keep your body healthy. With autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, your best intentions may end up doing more harm than good.

Most inflammatory types of arthritis occur when white blood cells in the immune system overreact to a perceived threat that often turns out to be harmless. Friendly fire in the joints can result in pain, swelling, stiffness, and fever.

Unlike degenerative types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis can set in suddenly and affect people of all ages. As white blood cells actively break down the cartilage between joints and the surrounding membrane, the condition tends to spread throughout the entire body.

Traditional treatments for autoimmune disorders like painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and corticosteroid injections only provide short-term relief. But they don’t address the underlying cause. Most of these treatments decrease the overall activity of the immune system, which can cause infection and/or weakened bones.

Modern research on stem cell treatment shows that localized injections of multipotent stem cells is a promising method. Multipotent stem cells can be cultivated from the patient receiving the treatment, and they help heal damaged tissue and cartilage, producing anti-inflammatory agents without compromising your immune system.

If you’re interested in learning more about effective long-term solutions to inflammatory arthritis, contact us directly at (201) 288-7246 or in the comments below.

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