Sufferers of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative connective tissue disease, and as the most common form of arthritis affects millions of people worldwide. This debilitating condition occurs as the cartilage that protects the ends of bones at the joint wears down, eventually resulting in painful bone on bone contact friction. Osteoarthritis can develop over time due to aging and over-use, but can also be caused by obesity, injury, sustained strain, trauma, or even congenital abnormalities and deformities. The latter put uneven wear and tear on the joint. This condition is most commonly found in the major joints of the body, such as hips, hands, spine, and knees. Symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, tenderness, loss of flexibility and reduced range of motion, often develop slowly and worsen over time. As the joint cartilage breaks down, the bodily response is to try and repair the damage, in addition to trying to immobilize it, with pain and stiffness to further reduce the friction; but that results lead to more immobility, pain, fibrosis and bone spurs and debilitating inflammation. Much like rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s natural response actually makes the condition worse.
For sufferers of osteoarthritis, treatment for their condition amounted to symptom management as opposed to an alleviation of the condition itself. Pain-relieving drugs, such as acetaminophen, NSAIDs, and opiates are given to relieve some discomfort and swelling. However, opiates are dangerous in the long-term and habit forming and the amount of acetaminophen or NSAIDs required to treat such a serious condition can cause liver damage over time. Physical and Occupational therapies are effective in building muscle around the joints and suggesting lifestyle changes to minimize further damage, but none of these methods address the degenerative nature of the disease. As a degenerative condition, osteoarthritis sufferers deal with the reality that their condition will naturally worsen over time until the only option is a complete joint replacement, with its attending risks and complications.
Treating Your Condition from Within
What many osteoarthritis sufferers don’t realize, however, is that rather than looking outside to medicine or surgery to treat their condition they should be looking within their own bodies and the potential that holds. Because there are already remarkable treatment options for osteoarthritis which exists within our bodies. Platelet-Rich plasma (PRP) and Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF), rich in Stem cells, are but 2 examples. PRP is an autologous (naturally occurring within the body) blood sample that contains significant levels of platelets and growth factors. Platelets are the clotting “bricks” in blood that aids in healing; and growth factors and hormones are complex molecules, which are responsible for the stimulation and promotion of growth in any living cell. As the name suggests, PRP delivers these healing agents in abundance. PRP has been shown to promote regeneration of synovial cells, which make up the specialized connective tissue and fluid that lubricates and protects joints from friction damage. PRP is also known to encourage cell differentiation, a process in which regenerative agents within the PRP develop into the specific cell type required to repair the damage. Unlike previous treatments for osteoarthritis, PRP therapy targets the root cause of the disease which is the breakdown of connective tissue and the resulting inflammation.
Previous Studies and Current Research
There have been previous studies which indicate that PRP is supportive in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis by inhibiting the harmful inflammation response. Current research is studying PRP as an effective treatment modality for knee osteoarthritis specifically, as it is the most common type among adolescents and adults. Research indicates that intravenous injections of Platelet-rich plasma at the affected site was able to not only repair tendons and damaged bone but also primarily contributed to a significant reduction in the inflammatory response. Patients in these studies reported decreased levels of pain, a greater range of motion, and positive changes in quality of life. These clinical reports indicate that PRP has a therapeutic effect in knee osteoarthritis treatment, as well as showing its potential as an anti-inflammatory therapy for many degenerative diseases including arthritis.
Even though Platelet-rich plasma exists naturally in your body, it requires a trained medical professional to draw, concentrate, and inject- all using strict, aseptic technique. This job is often delegated to individuals, lower down the totem pole…. but, luckily such a professional is available in Ocean Springs, MS, who regards this too important a task to delegate. Dr. Barmada and our talented team of professionals will personalize your treatment. As proud members of the Cell Surgical Network (CSN), you can be assured that we provide top-of-the-line care while helping our patients increase mobility and functionality. We help provide solutions for everything inflammatory, autoimmune or degenerative, ranging from Alopecia to Scleroderma, provide stroke recovery options, relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s, and Neuropathy, in addition to a host of degenerative joint complaints.
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