22-Oct-2021 | Market Research Store

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, which is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage tissues. These flexible tissues help in the smooth functioning of bone joints by lowering the friction generated in the bones while performing different activities. Osteoarthritis mostly affects the joints of fingers, thumbs, spine, hip, and knees. The symptoms include tenderness and pain in joints, which prevent the victim to do work effectively, and the only treatment to date is joint replacement. The current approach of treating the disorder is less effective and it leaves behind an immense amount of pain. But thanks to the researchers from the North Carolina State University and Cytex Therapeutics, Inc. that they have successfully developed a less invasive joint restoration treatment.

The researchers’ team developed an implant based on textile that contains cartilage articulated from the stem cells of the respective patients, which not only aids in reducing pain but also restores the functioning of impaired joints. Duncan Lascelles, the author of this novel research, mentioned that the team’s focus is on either replacing or restoring the cartilage surface by using artificial materials, as regenerating cartilage isn’t feasible.

Mildred B. Simon—Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery—and Shriners Hospital for Children have funded to develop the implant. The development process includes a unique combination of textile manufacturing and 3D printing. The trial involved implanting the cartilage-based textile in dogs. The outcomes of the trial were quite astonishing, as the implant not only relieved the joint pain of the dogs but also improved their joint functioning. The team stated that the newly designed implant is built with advanced textiles technology that can imitate the functionality of cartilage. Moreover, this implant is capable of dissolving over time, so that the condition of a joint can be restored during the healing process. As joint replacement surgery can be troublesome and invasive, so the researchers are claiming that this procedure is comfortable and far better in every aspect.

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