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Osteoarthritis

Cell Therapy For Managing Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of degenerative joint disease. It is considered to be one of the leading causes of disability affecting millions worldwide. It is a chronic condition that occurs due to the breakdown of the cartilage in the joint (the material that helps cushion the joint against the constant friction). This results in the bones rubbing against each other causing pain and stiffness.

Although, potentially ,OA can occur in any freely moving joints in the body, the most common joints to be affected are the stress- and load-bearing joints of the knees, hips, lumbar and cervical spine. It is not uncommon in small joints of the hand and feet.

Risk Factors

OA results due to interplay of mechanism due to aging, stress to the joints, inflammation, genetics and congenital abnormalities.

Risk factors include:

  • Advanced age
  • Female gender
  • Obesity
  • History of physical labor
  • High-impact sports
  • Joint trauma
  • Family history

Symptoms

  • Sore or stiff joints
  • Stiffness when at rest but disappears on movement
  • Increased pain during activity or at the end of the day

Diagnosis

  • Usually based on medical history, clinical examination, and imaging e.g. MRI

Management:

Conventional– There is no cure for OA

  • Pain can be managed with medications, physiotherapy and exercise
  • If pain is severe and cannot be controlled by the non-invasive methods, injection of anti-inflammatory drugs into the joint is an option. Surgery is the other option, usually joint replacement for knee or hip.

The use of analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications have potentially lethal side effects. Acetaminophen or paracetamol overuse can lead to liver failure.

 

CELL THERAPY For Managing Osteoarthritis

“At Villa Medica, we offer novel therapies that will help slow the degenerative process by stimulating one’s own body to heal itself.”

Therapies

  1. Cell Therapy – In this case, cells from newborn animals are injected into the affected joints and have been shown to reverse the joint deterioration as well.
  2. Platelet rich plasma (obtained from patients own blood)injections which provide growth factors which will aid in healing and repair of the joint.

Nutritional support

  • Oral nutraceuticals for joint support and anti-inflammatory nutrients e.g. Glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, Krill, curcumin, Vitamin D etc.
  • Intravenous Infusions that help reduce inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction which will include Vitamin C, glutathione, B vitamins etc.

 

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