London: A breakthrough treatment for arthritis using stem cells derived from body fat could see the end of years of pain for millions of sufferers.The patients suffering from the so far incurable condition may feel the benefit within two weeks and, if used early enough, could avoid the need for joint replacement operations, scientists behind the new technique claim.Studies have shown that the fat-derived stem cell therapy has been startlingly successful in the treatment of osteoarthritis in pets and it is now being used on humans.Doctors treat the joint and tendon disease by injecting the stem cells into the affected area, replacing lost or damaged cells.The jab reduces inflammation and encourages the repair and regrowth of healthy tissue inside the joint.Although the treatment is still in its infancy, early results are very encouraging as they show that it may help cartilage regeneration, delaying the need for joint replacement by 10 or 20 years.
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