Published on: 24-Jun-2019
What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?
Gradual breakdown of articular cartilage and bones within a joint. Osteoarthritis is typically caused by wear and tear and worsens over time. It most often occurs in individuals over the age of 50 but can be present in younger patients. Individuals with osteoarthritis may experience pain, swelling, stiffness and/or limited range of motion.
Exercise can increase range of motion and increase muscle strength around the joint potentially decreasing symptoms and providing stability.
The use of a brace can increase stability and increase activity levels.
Ice can reduce inflammation and swelling of joint while also reducing pain.
Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation (NMES)
Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medication can decrease pain, inflammation, and stiffness. For example: Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Meloxicam, Celebrex etc.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate oral supplements
Turmeric oral supplement
Stem Cell Treatment
Stem cells are obtained through different means, either from the hip, adipose fat or donor cells. Through simple processing, the stem cells are introduced into the affected joint to decrease inflammation, potentially slow cartilage degeneration, and decrease pain. Insurance may not cover stem cells.
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