Non-Surgical Osteoarthritis Treatment Using PRP and Stem Cell Therapy
Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition that affects the joints. Nearly 27 million Americans suffer with osteoarthritis. Although older people are most often afflicted with osteoarthritis, youth isn't a barrier to this joint disease. In fact, some younger people may experience these symptoms as a result of a joint injury. Conventional osteoarthritis treatment involves special exercises, rest, ice, medicine, and perhaps even surgery. If these traditional treatment options are unappealing or ineffective, patients may choose to explore platelet-rich plasma or stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, innovative new treatments for pain provided by Kinetic Sports Medicine.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Healthy joints have a layer of cartilage that provides cushioning and makes it possible for the joints to move smoothly. The breakdown of cartilage results in swelling, pain, and issues with range of motion. Eventually, bones can even begin to wear down. Pieces of bone and cartilage may break loose in the joint, causing further problems. In advanced stages, bones may rub directly on each other, which can be extremely painful and damaging. Osteoarthritis can cause problems in any joint, but some joints are more commonly affected by this disease. People often experience pain and inflammation in the hips, knees, neck, lower back, fingers, and toes.
Common risk factors for osteoarthritis include advancing age, genetics, overuse of joints, previous joint injuries, and obesity. About half of all adults will develop osteoarthritis in their knees at some point, and 25 percent of all adults will have osteoarthritis in a hip by age 85. Some people seek treatments such as physical therapy for osteoarthritis pain or get injections of cortisone, a steroid that may help lessen inflammation. If these treatments meet with limited success, patients might consider taking dramatic action like joint replacement surgery, but alternative treatments are also available, such as PRP or stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis.
Stem cell injections for osteoarthritis are being studied extensively, and promising results are being experienced by patients who have received this new type of osteoarthritis treatment. The typical progression of osteoarthritis involves ongoing cartilage degeneration, which results in worsening symptoms. But stem cells can be harvested directly from a patient and injected into the affected joint, which can cause the body to actually create new cartilage cells to cushion the joint. Stem cells also have natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can help alleviate pain and swelling in the joint. Similarly, the injection of platelet-rich plasma, taken from a patient's own blood, can help the body to heal itself when physiotherapy for osteoarthritis isn't enough.
Kinetic Sports Medicine is led by Dr. Richard Kim, a primary care sports medicine physician. Dr. Kim has chosen to focus his practice on the best non-surgical treatments and therapies that address pain and the symptoms that cause it. For patients with osteoarthritis, stem cell therapy offers promising relief from painful inflammation and cartilage degeneration. Whether old sports injuries are impacting your joints today or advanced age has led to these symptoms, non-operative treatments could alleviate pain to help you regain a more active lifestyle. Contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Kim. Once you learn more about our services, you may be ready to schedule an appointment for a procedure that could end your pain. At Kinetic Sports Medicine, we are confident that our exceptional medical practice combined with new alternative technologies can help make the difference for you.