I recently joint this discussion group to help me make a decision about treatment for deteriorating hip joints and pain because of osteoarthritis in most of my major joints, but most painfully my hips. My orthopedic doctor employed by a major hospital group in Florida recommended steroid injection and physical therapy as a first step. Made sense. But a pain management physical, also respected by his peers, believes the stem cell therapy is best. He works with Regenexx, as I understand it. My ortho literally rolled his eyes at the suggestion of stem cell therapy. I’m cautious with major health decisions so am still in the research phase. Some of what has been written here is helpful and hopeful, but what concerns me about stem cell (derived from fat) therapy is that there are no long-term studies. The evidence is mostly anecdotal. We all know how that can lead one astray. So has anyone here found any scientific proof of the efficacy of stem cell therapy for the joints?