Scientists around the World have been working on the treatment of joint pain and there are many approved substances designed specifically for joint injections.
Each person’s needs should be taken under consideration with their individual circumstances and, at the same time, each joint will have a specific environment and requirements.
At MSK Doctors, our experts will take into account all these factors and offer you the most appropriate treatment solutions.
Cartilage Cell therapy is
NOT Stem Cells
We do not offer stem cell treatments. Stem Cells are defined by the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) in very strict criteria, and in 2020, it is still in the experimental stage.
Cartilage Cell Regeneration therapy has a long clinical history and is approved by governing bodies such as FDA and is recommending by NICE. The MSK Doctors Cartilage Regeneration Clinic is Led by Prof Paul Lee and is recognised as a teaching centre of excellence by the International Cartilage Regeneration Society (ICRS).
Fat Cell Therapy
There are different types of fat derived cell treatments for cartilage issues; this group of treatments are not classed as Stem cell treatments but are useful for pain control. Although some good clinical results have been reported, we still do not fully understand how they work.
Cell therapy is powerful, and the procedure is usually reserved for large lesions. For small sized cartilage damage, biological scaffold is a very good option. This technique can be performed under keyhole surgery, hence recovery and rehab are often shorter.
Bone Marrow therapy
It is a great source for cells and there are many ways to obtain and process the bone marrow. It is a very powerful technique in treating fractures and may be useful in some specific conditions when treating cartilage issues.
There are many biological options available, but they are not the same. It is important to ask and understand the science behind each treatment option. This type of treatment is not for everyone and certainly, they are not something that can be learned quickly. Our clinical lead is an orthopaedic surgeon with formal PhD doctoral training in Medical Engineering and fellowship training in cartilage cell therapy. MSK Doctors embraces the shared decision making model and full consent process. Our experts are happy to discuss and explain the logic, suitability, pros and cons of biological treatment options with you.