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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that occurs following the breakdown and deterioration of the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is what cushions the ends of our bones, allowing for fluid movement and shock absorption. Over time this cartilage can wear down, causing bone-on-bone rubbing when moving, which can be extremely painful and cause limited mobility for those who suffer from this condition.

While there are some options available for treating osteoarthritis, platelet-rich plasma therapy may be the most effective way to treat the pain naturally without medications or surgery.

Regenerative Medicine for Osteoarthritis NYC

Non-Surgical Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe alternative to surgery. It contains healing properties that will encourage your body’s own healing capabilities to alleviate pain.

PRP therapy starts with a sample of your own blood that is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red blood cells, leaving concentrated platelets that are used for the injections.

PRP therapy is minimally invasive and requires little to no downtime. It targest the underlying cause of your sore knees rather than just covering up the pain like medication. Pain medication provides temporary knee pain relief, but it always comes back, and you may find yourself dependent on it. When the pain is addressed and resolved at the source, you’ll get long-lasting results.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Just as the deterioration of the cartilage in the joint develops slowly over time, causing osteoarthritis, the symptoms also show themselves slowly and worsen as time goes on.

Symptoms like:

    Symptoms of Osteoarthritis Manhattan, NY

  • Pain in the affected joints while moving as well as after.
  • Stiffness, especially after long periods of being still, such as upon waking up.
  • Tenderness when even light pressure is applied on or near the joint.
  • Inflexibility or inability to reach a full range of motion.
  • Grating feeling in the joint or popping or cracking noises.
  • Bone spurs presented as hard lumps around the joint.
  • Swelling due to inflammation around the affected joint.

Often referred to as the “wear and tear” disease, osteoarthritis doesn’t just affect the cartilage; it affects the entire joint and can lead to significant changes in the bone as well as deteriorate the connective tissue that attaches muscle to the bone resulting in severe inflammation and pain. Those who are older, obese, have sustained injuries, are genetically predisposed, or have diabetes are at a higher risk for osteoarthritis.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from osteoarthritis, it is important to know that it is not a condition that you have to continue to suffer from. There are effective treatments available. Pain medications or replacement surgeries are risky, invasive, and often not very effective in treating the root cause of the problem.

If you want to know more about what our therapies may benefit you, call our offices today at (917) 717-0026 and schedule your appointment.