A recent small-scale trial has indicated that an injection of fat could help to alleviate arthritis in patients. With approximately 8.5 million people in the UK suffering from painful joints attributed to osteoarthritis, it’s not surprising that this trial received much media coverage.
Here, we will look at what the new trial will involve and whether fat transfer could be a workable treatment moving forward.
A new treatment for arthritis
The latest trial includes 120 patients, and it aims to assess the viability of single fat injections as a treatment to ease arthritis pain. Fat cells within the abdomen will be taken and injected into the patient’s joints.
There has been prior research carried out in 2017, that showed fat transfer to sore joints can help to eliminate pain and stiffness. The research, carried out by the Rush University Medical Center in the US, showed using a patient’s fat tissue as a source for stem cell growth can promote healing.
When can patients expect to receive this new treatment?
Currently, the trial is underway, so we won’t have the results until later in the year. However, there are some clinics across the globe that are already offering stem cell regenerative treatment, but patients should be aware that there is a lack of clinical data before embarking on treatment.
If the latest trial proves to be successful, a larger study will need to be carried out to determine its effectiveness. New treatments can take many years to become approved, so patients shouldn’t expect it to be hitting mainstream treatments anytime soon.
Although this may be disappointing news to patients, there are some effective treatment options available right now.
Current arthritis treatments available
While fat transfer as a potential treatment may take a while to approve, there are current treatment options patients can undergo. MBST (Magnetic Resonance Therapy), is a revolutionary treatment that can help to alleviate the pain of arthritis.
MBST essentially uses your body’s electromagnetic energy to heal itself. In particular, it can trigger the production of additional bone and cartilage. This can help to repair damaged joints caused by arthritis.
One of the main benefits of MBST is that it isn’t known to produce any negative side effects. Patients will need a few sessions to achieve desired results, but the procedure itself is painless and straightforward.
To find out whether MBST could be an ideal treatment option for your arthritis, call xxx to book a consultation today for a full assessment.