Osteoarthritis – You Can Stem the Pain

Osteoarthritis is painful!

It is the most common form of arthritis and affects roughly 27 million Americans.

Your chances of developing the disease increases with age (especially after age 60). Also, excess weight is a major factor in developing Osteoarthritis – it puts extra stress on weight-bearing joints.

Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in your joints to become stiff, making them more susceptible to damage.

Cartilage is a firm, rubbery material that covers the ends of your bones in normal joints. Its main function is to reduce friction in the joints and serves as a “shock absorber”, especially in weight-bearing joints.

Osteoarthritis symptoms  develop slowly and worsen as you age.  According to The Johns Hopkins University, signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

Pain – Joints may hurt during or after movement.
Tenderness – Joints may feel tender when you apply light pressure to it.
Stiffness – Joint stiffness when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
Loss of flexibility – Unable to your joints through its full range of motion.
Grating sensation – Hearing or feeling a grating sensation when you use the joint.
Bone spurs – Extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, form around the affected joint.

Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, it most commonly affects joints in your knees, shoulders, hands, feet, hips and spine.

Traditional treatments have been centered around surgical and pharmaceutical solutions. Most treatments involve a combination of:

  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Weight loss
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/Cold compresses to the painful joint
  • Removal of joint fluid
  • Supportive devices such as crutches or canes
  • Surgery

“Many therapies only treat the symptoms. While they can provide benefit, they don’t stop or reverse the deterioration of the cartilage,” says Doctor Daniel Tran, an Internist experienced in the field of Regenerative Medicine.

“I recommend surgery only as a last resort, because it is invasive, often comes with extended recovery and rehabilitation time and is non-reversible,” he adds.

Dr. Tran explains how Regenerative Cell Therapy now offers safer, non-surgical treatment for many people dealing with osteoarthritis.

“For those who are good candidates, Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy can not only repair existing joint tissue – it can also stimulate the growth of new, healthy tissue.” Tran says.

This is backed up by research showing that stem cells can repair and regenerate cartilage.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida conducted a clinical study in 2016 to test the benefit of using stem cells to reduce arthritic pain and disability in knees.

The findings, as reported in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, showed patients had a dramatic improvement in the arthritic knee that received stem cells.

It theorized the reason for the dramatic improvement is that the stem cells honed in to the arthritic area and began healing the injured knee says the study’s lead author, Shane Shapiro, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Orthopedic physician.

Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine is bringing exciting options and outcomes for those suffering from osteoarthritis. It’s making it possible in many cases to treat degenerative joint diseases non-invasively and without the need of surgery or pain medications.

“If you’re struggling with osteoarthritis or any chronic or injury-related joint pain, I recommend you take the time to learn more about Stem Cell Therapy as a potential solution,” Dr. Tran concludes.

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