Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the world that causes disability and chronic pain with reduced mobility and is a progressive degenerative disease in weight-bearing joints such as the knee. The pathology of the joint resulting from OA includes loss of cartilage volume and cartilage lesions leading to inflammation of the articular joint structures; its incidence and progression are associated with a variety of risk factors.
An injury can cause you pain, limit your movement and the recovery period can be long and frustrating. Moreover, to try to fix the problem, many doctors and pain management specialists recommend surgery, inactivity, or longtime use of pain medications. Sadly, even with these approaches, conditions can become worse over time, and long-term use of certain medications can become problematic itself.
When typical treatment options include facing the scalpel, taking medication, or remaining inactive, it’s no wonder athletes are loving the speed and efficacy of stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy regenerates new healthy tissue to aid healing. These treatments have reduced the need for prescription medication and surgery and are proving to be a helpful tool for athletes trying to manage or eliminate pain.
Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the cartilage inside a joint breaks down causing pain and stiffness
People over 45 are more at risk, but younger people can be affected too
Exercise is one of the best ways to manage osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s most likely to develop in people over the age of 45, but it can also occur in younger people.
OA was once thought to be an inevitable part of aging, a result of a lifetime of ‘wear and tear’ on joints. However it’s now understood that OA is a complex condition, and may occur as a result of many factors. The good news is that many of these factors can be prevented.
There are many things that can increase your chances of developing OA including:
Your age – people over 45 are more at risk
Being overweight or obese
Family history of OA
Significant injury, damage or overuse of a joint.
An individual may not notice symptoms in the early stages of OA.
If a person has knee pain, the doctor will ask about personal and family medical histories. They will then perform a full physical examination and order diagnostic tests.
The doctor will also ask:
- when and where the person is experiencing pain and stiffness
- how this affects their daily life
- whether they are taking any medications
The doctor will examine the joints, test their overall range of motion, and check for damage. They will pay close attention to any areas that are tender, painful, or swollen.
MRI scans and joint fluid tests can help detect early signs of OA. The doctor may perform a joint aspiration, which involves removing some fluid with a needle and sending it to a laboratory for testing.
X-rays can also show damage to the joint.
Patients may benefit from a unique non-surgical procedure using our BioCelle MSC and growth factors that may help repair damaged tissue, reduce pain and promote healing. During the procedure,BioCelle MSC are cultured in the laboratory and they are then injected into the areas to be treated.