Q. Can a stem cell injection grow your cartilage back in your bone-on-bone degenerative arthritic joint?
A. Probably not, though we have a few cases that have shown regeneration of some surface cartilage. At least one patient who has had four stem cell treatments in the last three years has definitely shown significant regeneration of her surface cartilage on repeat MRI imaging. It may be that with repeated stem cell injections, we can expect to see more and more cartilage regeneration. This is a topic for future research we intend to undertake at Regenexx. For those of you with focal cartilage defects, read on.