Allograft Placental Stem Cell Tissue Injection for Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Recent scientific advances in the field of orthopedic biologics have begun to uncover the potential of amniotic tissue allograft as the treatment for degenerative joint disease. While safely used for years as a FDA-approved biologic “dressing” for healing wounds, evidence now suggests that in combination with your own (“autologous”) growth factors, such mesenchymal stem cell (allograft MSC) tissue may provide powerful and long-lasting relief from mild-to-moderate arthritis upon direct injection into a painful joint. This may offer a welcome alternative to knee, shoulder or hip replacement for a significant period of time, allowing a mature or “baby-boomer” athlete to participate longer in the sports and activities they enjoy.

This exciting advance to treat degenerative joint disease uses the maternal, not fetal aspect of the placenta, yielding a morselized, injectable tissue rich in collagens (which make up healing structural tissue), growth factors, hyaluronic acid and other proteins to stimulate healing. It is also “immune-privileged” with little potential for rejection and naturally antimicrobial. The addition of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) from your own blood helps initiate the natural healing process via growth factors and presents a “biologic scaffold” for healing in the joint. This tissue infusion delivers a powerful anti-inflammatory signal to the lining of the diseased joint, often substantially relieving joint pain and improving function. It may also act as a magnet for the body’s own healing stem cells.

There are many different preparations of allograft tissue matrix as well as PRP to choose from for degenerative joint disease treatment. The combination Austin Orthobiologics has chosen is based on extensive experimental study and several years of clinical use in recreational and even professional athletes, with a strong record of success in relieving joint pain. With just one injection, joint pain relief is often profound and lasts for over a year or more.

After injection, a consistent decrease in joint pain is very noticeable over a four-to-eight week period, often greatly improving joint function and mobility. This improvement tends to last for months if not years longer than that of a steroid or “lubricant” shot.

If you are experiencing joint pain in Austin, Dr. Kelly Cunningham MD can provide you with treatments for degenerative joint disease. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.