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Treating Osteoarthritis Pain with Stem Cell Therapy

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects over 3 million Americans every year. It occurs when the tissue and cartilage at the end of bones wears down, and it can make simple daily tasks like walking and using the stairs painful and frustrating. For some, it may be tolerable enough to live with on a day-to-day basis without complaint, but it could be interfering with leisure activities such as tennis, golf or other sports and physical activity.

It most commonly affects the the hands, knees, hips and spine and is the most common form of arthritis. Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Grating of bones
  • Bone spurs

Osteoarthritis most commonly shows up as you age and is more prevalent in women than men, although millions of men are affected by it as well. Some risk factors for developing osteoarthritis include:

  • Obesity
  • Jobs or careers that put stress on the joints on a daily basis
  • Genetics
  • Sports and other injuries
  • Bone deformities
  • Defective cartilage

Since there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatment usually begins with pain management in the form of acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Duloxetine or Cymbalta, a medication usually used for depression but that has been shown to help treat chronic pain. Physical and occupational therapy are also recommended to help strengthen muscles and improve range of motion.

If the pain becomes severe, surgery is often recommended next. Joint-replacement surgery involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial joint. The surgery and recovery can be difficult and in many cases the artificial joints will need to be replaced at least once more in your lifetime, meaning future surgeries are likely needed.

Today, Dr. Foster is using stem cells to help give patients with osteoarthritis pain a new chance at having their active life back without surgery. Stem cells can become lots of different types of cells. Injecting your own stem cells into the site of your joint pain could help your body begin the natural process of repairing the damage.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 760-670-3621.

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