As you may already know, Osteoarthritis is one of the most common adult joint diseases in the world as well as one of the leading causes of disability.
An estimated 50 million Americans have joint arthritis which can turn a person’s golden years of long-awaited joy into unfortunate pain and suffering.
Allow me to briefly give you an overview of where we have traditionally been in regards to treating joint arthritis and what new and exciting treatments we currently have to promote optimal joint health.
Several treatment options are available currently for osteoarthritis, including
• NSAIDs & Narcotics
• Steroid Injections
• Joint Replacement
Although these therapies have been met with variable levels of success, NONE of these options have the ability to actually promote & preserve the health of your painful joint.
Medications may temporarily mask your pain symptoms, but with the potential risk of causing costly side effects such as stomach ulcers (NSAIDs) and addiction (narcotics).
Cortisone injections at your joint may help decrease pain for a period of time, but multiple doses of steroids over time may actually accelerate joint damage.
Joint Replacement surgery has come a long way, but the risks of surgery are real – risks of anesthesia, infection, chronic pain & disability to name a few. It also burns the bridge of allowing you to preserve your innate joint symmetry.
• Texas Cell Institute Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition & Lifestyle Program
• Herbal Supplements
• Hyaluronic Acid
• Platelet Rich Plasma
• Stem Cells
Recently, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections have become an interesting option for patients with osteoarthritis. PRP is prepared by utilizing a patient’s own blood and concentrating platelets and your body’s innate growth factors and re-injecting them precisely at your area of injury. PRP has several potential advantages over the current options.
A recent article in the Journal of American Sports Medicine showed scientific evidence that PRP is “safe and provides quantifiable benefits for pain relief and functional improvement with regard to knee Osteoarthritis.”
PRP is safe and provides the opportunity to not only improve painful symptoms, but also heal areas of injury, thus decreasing the need for medications & invasive surgery.
In addition to cell based therapies, our patients also undergo our individualized Anti-Inflammatory Joint Program, which includes intervention with proper nutrition, hydration, blood analysis, exercise, stress & smoking cessation and sleep quality. Healing your arthritic joint is a process and we have helped our patients take this journey.
Our patients have enjoyed getting back on the field faster, playing with their grandchildren more and eliminating all the pills they used to take to manage arthritic pain.
If you have arthritis and we can help you in any way, please feel free to contact us anytime!