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. Unfortunately, osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder, worsening year after year, resulting in ongoing, gradual loss of joint cartilage.
Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, and swelling. With osteoarthritis, there are currently no effective drugs or treatment to prevent it from occurring, or to slow it from progressing. Most drugs or treatments seek to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, rather than address the root of the problem which is ongoing degeneration of joint tissues.
Benefits of Regenerative Medicine
The potential benefits of regenerative medicine in treating osteoarthritis is to promote natural healing of damaged joints, to slow or stop the degenerative condition from worsening, and to delay or avoid the need for orthopedic or joint replacement surgery. This natural healing is promoted through the use of autologous (self-derived) stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). According to published findings in the journal Arthroscopy, patients receiving mesenchymal stem cell injections for painful knee osteoarthritis had documented reduction in knee pain, improvement in function, and MRI documented cartilage growth.
(Koh YG, Jo SB, Kwon OR, Suh DS, Lee SW, Park SH, Choi YJ. Mesenchymal stem cell injections improve symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Arthroscopy. 01/29/2013.)
Our regenerative medicine specialist consults with each patient to customize a treatment plan specific to their needs, wants, and desired treatment results.