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, regenerative medicine may be the most effective way to treat the pain naturally without medications or surgery.
Regenerative Medicine for Osteoarthritis
Regenerative medicine offers those suffering from osteoarthritis a natural way to combat the pain. Mesenchymal tissue is the preferred method to treat the effects of osteoarthritis due to reparative qualities. The tissue is derived from Wharton’s jelly, which is found in the umbilical cords of newborn babies. The tissue is donated by the mother following a scheduled C-section birth and poses no harm to the baby or the mother.
This young, healthy tissue is rich in growth factors, cytokines, proteins, and peptides, making it extremely effective in the healing process once reinjected into the affected joint, relieving pain almost instantly while repairing and rejuvenating the injured tissue. This provides patients with a long-lasting pain relief.
While osteoarthritis may be the most common type of arthritis, it is not the only one. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that attacks healthy tissue and joints, causing severe pain and, in some cases, permanent joint damage.
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.
- 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 in the soft tissue 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 or rheumatoid arthritis, it is important to know that it is not a condition that you have to continue to suffer from. There are effective treatments available through regenerative medicine. 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 regenerative therapies are available and how they may benefit you, call our offices today at (917) 717-0026 and schedule your appointment.