Find Relief in our Arthritis Treatment Centers
Lupus is a condition that makes the immune system attack healthy parts of the body, including the joints. That makes arthritis—inflammation of the joints—one of the main symptoms of lupus. If you have this or any other type of joint damage, we can help you alleviate different types of arthritis in our treatment centers.
Lupus may also affect the skin, internal organs, and produce other problems, such as fatigue. These symptoms may fluctuate from time to time.
Anyone can get lupus. However, being a woman, being between the ages of 15 to 45, and/or having relatives with lupus increase the risk of developing it.
Fatigue, fever, chest pain, skin rashes, dry eyes, mouth ulcers, headaches, light sensitivity, and weight loss.
Lupus Arthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Both Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis impact small joints of the knees, feet, ankles, toes, hands, wrists, and shoulders. They also affect the joints symmetrically.
These types of arthritis can make your joints feel warm and tender. They both affect your energy levels, producing fatigue and weakness. Fever is another common symptom.
RA affects mainly the joints, lupus may also affect internal organs, such as the kidneys. Unlike RA, lupus doesn’t produce erosion of the bones.
Treating Lupus Arthritis With Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine therapies can slow down and even reverse the progress of lupus. These therapies use stem cells, which have the unique ability to develop into any cell of the body. In our arthritis treatment center, we often recommend this type of therapy to regenerate the tissue of the affected joints and reduce inflammation.
This is one of the lupus arthritis treatments our pain doctors may recommend after analyzing your situation.
Important Facts about Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative therapies can be used to treat different conditions like arthritis, spinal cord injuries, shoulder pain, and back pain.
Relief from symptoms
Regenerative medicine reduces inflammation and stimulates tissue restoration, which dramatically improves the symptoms.
A medical approach that uses the body’s natural ability to heal. This procedure is highly effective in reducing arthritis pain.
FAQ About Lupus and Regenerative Therapies
What is lupus?
Lupus is an inflammatory autoimmune condition. It occurs when the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Lupus can affect joints and different organs, such as the kidneys, skin, lungs, brain, and heart. Because of this, one of its most common symptoms is damaged joints, known as lupus arthritis.
Other symptoms include skin rashes, muscular pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing, dry eyes, photosensitivity, headaches, among others. These symptoms can vary in each patient, and they usually appear in flare-ups.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is not a single disease. It’s a way to describe joint damage caused by over 100 health conditions that affect the joints.
Common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Without treatment, arthritis can develop into a chronic pain condition. It can cause deformation of the joints and even produce disability and loss of function, making it impossible to perform common activities, such as walking and climbing the stairs.
There are different types of arthritis:
Inflammatory arthritis. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, producing inflammation. Lupus arthritis enters this category. Another type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis.
Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage (the tissue that protects the joints and allows them to move) thins due to overuse. This joint condition is more common in older people.
Metabolic arthritis. This is the case of gout, in which uric acid crystallizes in the joints, producing severe pain.
Infectious arthritis. It appears when a virus, bacteria, or fungus infects the body and produces inflammation in the joints.
What causes lupus?
The exact cause of lupus is still unknown. Studies suggest that this disease can develop in people with a genetic disposition. Environmental factors can trigger this, like stress, infections, certain medications, and chemicals, among others.
Lupus disease affects women between 15 and 45 more often. Some people believe hormones may contribute to lupus.
What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine integrates therapies that regenerate and replace damaged human cells. It includes stem cell therapy, tissue engineering, and others.
Regenerative therapies harness the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. One therapy we perform at Premier uses stem cells, which have the extraordinary ability to develop into any type of cell, like joint cells. We can use these cells to heal affected tissues and reduce inflammation.
Does lupus have a cure?
Chronic diseases such as lupus don’t have a cure. However, this condition can be managed using different therapies, such as regenerative medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and others.
Treatment aims to:
- Treat symptoms.
- Avoid flare-ups.
- Reduce organ and joint damage.
Unlike traditional treatments, regenerative therapies help improve the condition and even reversing it- without the harmful side effects. This significantly improves the patient’s quality of life.
This type of therapy is highly effective in treating lupus and its symptoms. It is highly recommended, especially for patients who haven’t responded well to traditional treatments.
How do regenerative medicine therapies treat lupus arthritis?
Treatment for lupus looks to stop the progression of the symptoms and prevent potential complications. Typical treatments include medication, like anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressives, and blood thinners.
Regenerative medicine is an emerging branch of medicine. It uses stem cells to treat damaged tissues and reduce inflammation, slowing the progression of the condition.
The treatment may need to be applied more than once if the disease has advanced severely. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the patient's age and how long they’ve been experiencing this condition. That’s why we recommend seeking medical advice as soon as you experience the symptoms.
Am I a suitable candidate for regenerative medicine for lupus arthritis?
Regenerative medicine is a good option for people whose condition has not improved with other treatments, like anti-inflammatory drugs.
At Premier pain clinics, one of our specialists can evaluate your situation and determine if you are suitable for regenerative therapy. After the diagnosis, they will create a special treatment plan for you.
How does regenerative medicine help with lupus arthritis management?
We use regenerative medicine to transform stem cells in your body into other types of cells.
These new cells fix and replace damaged and inflamed tissues, alleviating the inflammation and providing relief from arthritis. This type of therapy has been proved effective and is very safe because it uses the patient’s own tissues, so there is less risk of complications and side effects.
Regenerative therapies can treat a wide range of diseases, as well as different types of arthritis. It can be effective in treating joint damage in the hips, shoulders, knees, wrist, elbows, feet, and other parts of the body.
How should I prepare for this procedure?
If you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, you should stop taking them 2 weeks before the procedure. If you use Aspirin for a heart-related condition, you can continue taking it.
We also recommend you reduce the amount of calories in your diet, as well as the sugar intake.
Do regenerative therapies have side effects?
Side effects are uncommon. Nevertheless, there is a minimal risk of infection, stiffness, swelling, abnormal tissue growth, nerve damage, and bleeding.
Does regenerative medicine alleviate the pain in the long term?
This pain treatment can produce lupus arthritis relief with long-lasting effects. Studies have shown they can last for several years.
Regenerative medicine treatments can help you find relief from chronic pain and reduce your dependence on drugs. It can also be a suitable alternative to joint surgery.
What should I expect after this procedure?
This treatment is minimally invasive. They may ask you to stay in observation for a while, just to make sure everything is alright. Some people experience temporary pain and swelling.
While some patients experience relief immediately after the procedure, most patients take up to several weeks to see the results. This depends on each patient.
Research has shown most patients experience substantial improvement with regenerative medicine therapies, compared with other medical approaches.
That’s why they are a good option for arthritis patients, especially for those who haven’t responded to traditional treatments.
Is regenerative medicine safe?
Regenerative therapies have been proved safe as long as they are performed by qualified specialists.
This is a very safe option for patients with arthritis because it is minimally invasive and it uses the patient’s own cells, so there’s less risk of rejection.
What are the benefits of regenerative medicine therapies?
Regenerative treatments, like stem cell therapy, are a promising new branch of medicine. Some of their benefits are:
- These therapies have a high success rate. They effectively ease pain and reduce inflammation.
- They are minimally invasive.
- The recovery time is minimal
- They are very safe and have a low risk of producing complications.
- They are an alternative to invasive procedures, like joint surgery, which involve more risks and involve longer recovery time.
- They allow you to get back to your life and the activities that you love.