What is Osteoarthritis?
The chronic disease Osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage. As the cartilage in joints of the body deteriorate, bones begin to rub against one another. This can cause pain and stiffness that make joint movement difficult. OA can also result in damage to ligaments, menisci and muscles. There are two types of OA – primary and secondary. Primary osteoarthritis is generally associated with the aging process and is simply the “wears and tears” one endures throughout life. As you become older, the more likely you are to have some degree of primary osteoarthritis; however, this does not mean OA has to be a normal aspect of aging. Secondary osteoarthritis tends to develop relatively early in life, typically 10 or more years after a specific cause, such as an injury.
Osteoarthritis most often occurs in knees, hips, and hands. Other joints, like the shoulders, can also be affected. OA rarely affects other joints but can as a result of injury or struggles with obesity. The pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis can make it difficult to do daily activities and exercises. In the early stages of OA, damage begins to affect the cartilage that covers the joint surfaces of the body and is limited to a small area. OA is considered a progressive disease where over time, bone density surrounding the joint increases solidifying a diagnosis. In the late stages of OA, the joint cartilage in the affected area is not only diseased and damaged, but completely worn away. Without that protective plush covering, adjoining bones rub directly against each other causing severe pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Osteoarthritis treatments today focus mainly to relieve symptoms. There is currently no cure for OA but many treatments and therapies are available to maintain joint movement, control pain, and relieve stiffness. Medications such as acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and narcotics are commonly used to relieve a variety of symptoms. Topical pain relievers are also often prescribed to fight discomfort of diseased joints. Surgery, including joint replacement, may be a considered option for severely damaged joints. Assistive devices, physical therapy, occupational therapy, weight loss, nutritional supplements, and meditation are other approaches offered to help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis
Adipose stem cell therapy is a new alternative treatment to help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The stem cells harvested from a patient have the potential to replace countless cells of the body including those damaged by OA. Recent research in the advancement of adult stem cell therapy has shown that restoration of these damaged cells through this treatment is possible. Results of several early clinical studies of stem cell transplantation for OA have shown promising results. This breakthrough in regenerative medicine shines a light of hope on those battling this degenerative disease. Improvements have been seen in the following symptoms after treatment:
- Increased energy
- Reduction or elimination of joint pain
- Reduction or elimination of joint tenderness
- Reduction or elimination of joint stiffness
- Increased joint flexibility
- Reduction or elimination of joint swelling
- Reduction in the occurrence of grating sensations
Our board-certified physicians are confident in knowing the potential of this treatment to improve one’s quality of life battling OA. While there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, our methods can assist in gaining beneficial results that have shown to improve the life and health of those looking to manage their condition and varied symptoms. By using adipose stem cell therapy, an alternative is available for those who have not responded to typical drug treatment or traditional procedures showing less than optimal results. With Stemedix™ adult stem cell therapy, your journey to the rebuilding process can begin.
Contact us today and let Stemedix provide a worry free experience accompanied by one of our Care Coordinators to ensure you have the best experience possible.