Regenerative medicine offers potential for management of symptoms from a series of conditions, including management of degenerated joints. Case in point: osteoarthritis.
Regenerative medicine injections may be beneficial not only for patients suffering from osteoarthritis, but also for individuals at risk of developing the condition. The injections, available exclusively at regenerative medicine procedure centers in San Diego, may be effective in alleviating the symptoms and reducing the inflammation from osteoarthritis, even slowing down the degenerative process.
It is yet to be seen what new procedures regenerative medicine may bring in the future, but due to the rising numbers of osteoarthritis cases, effort is being made to find effective means to alleviate or prevent arthritis and osteoarthritis. This will hopefully help postpone the need for joint replacement or reduce the number of such procedures altogether.
But first things first: how can regenerative medicine help patients keep osteoarthritis under control?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition which affects the joints. It occurs when the protective cartilage, the flexible tissue at the end of bones whose primary function is to protect and cushion the bones, is damaged beyond repair. For this reason, the end-stage of the condition is sometimes referred to as bone-on-bone.
Although both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis affect the joints, the causes and the long-term effect differ. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system is attacking its own joints, OA is caused by mechanical wear and tear which results in joint pain.
Risk factors include:
Women are at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis than men.
Diseased and damaged musculoskeletal tissues affected by OA are usually those of the hands and fingers, spine, knees and feet. Previously thought to be the result of gradual wear and tear which takes place over time, the condition is now considered to be a disease of the joint.
The progression of osteoarthritis can be unpredictable. OA can affect a single joint or multiple joints at once.
The condition typically manifests itself in episodes, also known as flare-ups. During these episodes, the pain and discomfort experienced by patients can become dramatically aggravated, depending on the stage of OA a patient is in.The initial flare can take place decades before the damage to the cartilage leads to total tissue loss.
Although they are not as comprehensive as those of rheumatoid arthritis which affects the body’s organs, osteoarthritis can have severe long-term effects. Potential long-term complications include deformities, limited mobility or loss of mobility, all of which is caused by loss of cartilage in the joints.
Symptoms include pain, discomfort and stiffness which may affect the patient’s ability to move, walk or drive. Depending on the severity of their symptoms, some patients may need to use canes, walkers or wheelchairs. Health risks include higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as well as a high risk of falls.
It is impossible to stop the progression of osteoarthritis, but it is possible to slow it down. Adopting healthier lifestyle choices is one way to manage the condition and its symptoms better and keep it under control.
The end-stage of osteoarthritis is a total destruction of cartilage between two bones which leads to loss of joint function.
For most patients with osteoarthritis, joint replacement surgery is the last resort. This leaves medications such as pain relievers, NSAIDs and corticosteroids, the conventional method to keep the symptoms of OA under control. But for some patients, this will not suffice.
Those patients who want a more effective method to restore their mobility and quality of life are now shifting their focus to regenerative medicine procedures. These procedures rely on the body’s naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid and platelet-rich plasma. PRP is currently the most widely performed procedure in the most advanced regenerative medicine centers when it comes to helping patients manage osteoarthritis. PRP is also known to help patients with spinal disc herniation.
At Rejuvenate Medical Group, we have patients from all parts of San Diego County. Whether you live in the heart of the city or Oceanside, if you or your loved one suffer from osteoarthritis, and want an innovative procedure to help you better manage your symptoms, we are the go-to place. We will present you with your options in the domain of regenerative medicine to help you gain the upper hand over the condition and restore your quality of life. Schedule your appointment today!