Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability in the United States.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a wear-and-tear condition of the joints involving articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder, worsening year after year. Osteoarthritis often results in worsening of symptoms and ongoing yearly loss of joint cartilage.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, and swelling. There are currently no effective drugs to prevent osteoarthritis from occurring or from progressing. Most drugs and conventional treatments seek to treat the symptoms, rather than address the root of the problem, which is ongoing degeneration of cartilage within joint tissues.
Benefits of Regenerative Medicine
The potential benefits of regenerative medicine in treating osteoarthritis is the promotion of natural healing for damaged joints, the slowing or stalling of its progression, and most importantly, the delaying or avoidance of surgical joint replacement surgery. At HOGUE CLINICS, the natural healing in regenerative medicine is promoted through the use of autologous biologic agents such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), micro-fragmented adipose tissue (MFAT), and allogeneic (non-cellular) placenta-derived MSC exosomes.