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Stem Cell Therapy Promises Benefits for Arthritis Sufferers

| Aug 8, 2017 | Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Wellness studies

Research shows that stem cell therapy has many benefits for arthritis patients, especially those who suffer from advanced stages of the condition.

According to ongoing studies, stem cell therapy may not promise a complete cure for arthritis, but could trigger the production of healthy cells that can replace damaged cells. These stem cell transplants are now being used to replace damaged cartilage between joints.

Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation of the joints, swelling and pain. Over time, joints can become weak, and the pain chronic. There are several types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis.

Merely having a diagnosis of arthritis does not make you eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If your symptoms have deteriorated, however, to the extent that you can no longer function normally as a result of your pain or joint stiffness, you may be eligible for benefits. Many forms of arthritis are progressive, and the pain and stiffness will become worse over a period of months or years. This may not only increase discomfort, but also severely impair a person’s mobility. The inability to perform routine everyday tasks can also cause feelings of depression in a patient who suffers from arthritis.

There is no permanent cure for arthritis. However, symptoms may be managed using painkillers and other forms of therapy. There are some existing therapies to help improve the quality of life of a person suffering from arthritis.

Your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits for your arthritis will depend on your ability to show that the condition severely affects your ability to work and earn a living. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) believes that your arthritis symptoms can be managed by treatment or therapy, it may decide to reject or deny your claim.