How Regenerative Medicine Can Help With Your Osteoarthritis

If the joint pain, aches, and soreness of osteoarthritis are regular parts of your day and other treatments only do so much, you could be a strong candidate for regenerative medicine. An estimated 31 million Americans have the inflammatory condition, making it the most common type of arthritic disease. Being common doesn’t make it “normal,” however, and you deserve as much comfort and ease as possible.

In addition to options such as lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and medications, regenerative medicine is a cutting-edge and proven way to help your body aid itself in its own healing process. It tends to be a lot less invasive than options such as surgery, meaning you won’t require hospital time or lengthy downtime for recovery.

To learn specific ways regenerative medicine can help your osteoarthritis symptoms, call Pro-Active Medical Center, or request an appointment here on our website.

How regenerative medicine works

Regenerative medicine introduces mesenchymal stem cells into injured tissues, which stimulates natural healing processes. These stem cells scan and identify tissues with injury and then transform into different types of cells, such as cartilage, bone, and muscle cells, without injury. This makes the methodology a good option for many people with arthritis, which commonly affects these body tissues, leading to soreness, aches, and stiffness.

PRP therapy for osteoarthritis

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy uses your own blood to bring about healing. A small amount of blood is taken for your body, often through a vein in your arm, then placed in a centrifuge. Then a concentration of plasma-rich platelets brought about by the centrifuge is injected into injured or diseased tissue for healing. Although research is ongoing, some studies have shown that PRP therapy can effectively reduce pain and stiffness, while improving joint function, particularly in people who have osteoarthritis of the knee.

Bone marrow harvesting for osteoarthritis

Bone marrow harvesting is another form of regenerative medicine. Performed under local anesthesia and light sedation, the procedure is both minimally invasive and fairly quick. Stems cells are harvested from your own bone marrow, then placed in areas of your body that will benefit from renewed, healthy cell growth. In the case of osteoarthritis, this involves affected joints and their surrounding tissues. Many people experience dramatic improvements in joint function and pain, though you may need additional treatment in the future.

If you have questions about regenerative medicine or other treatments for your osteoarthritis symptoms, reach out to Pro-Active Medical Center today. Our team would love to assist you in your journey to heightened wellbeing.

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