New Regenerative Procedures May Eliminate Your Aching Joints and Get You Back Up
Arthritis, we’ve all heard about it, but when the doctor tells you ‘it’s just arthritis’, what does that really mean to you?
The world we live in has made us believe that arthritis and joint pain are just a normal part of aging and we should learn to live with it, but medical advancement now offers us the opportunity to treat arthritis in several different ways, including new regenerative procedures that, in many cases, can reverse arthritis.
Arthritis is not a single disease, only a simplistic way of referring to joint pain or disease. With more than 100 recognized forms of arthritis and related conditions, it’s not as simple as many doctors make it sound. It has become the leading cause of disability in America; and millions of people suffer every day from the pain and decreased function that it creates.
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis that most people think of when they hear the word ‘arthritis’. It occurs when the cartilage in joints wears away and the bones begin to rub against each other. ‘Bone on bone’ is a phrase used by many physicians to describe advanced stages of osteoarthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and a decrease in range of motion of the affected joints. These symptoms are not always constant, and can fluctuate from mild to moderate or severe. You may find that you are hindered from performing daily activities, you can experience pain when you walk or climb stairs, or you may not be able enjoy your normal hobbies because of your symptoms.
Any joint in your body can be affected by arthritis, and certain types of arthritis can even affect organs- such as your heart, lungs, or kidneys- along with your joints. If your doctor believes you have arthritis they should send you for x-ray images, and may need to send you for follow up blood work or additional imaging if there are indications you may be experiencing a type other than osteoarthritis.
Traditional treatment of osteoarthritis- as well as some other types- includes over the counter or prescription pain relievers, analgesic creams (like Ben Gay or Icy Hot), lifestyle changes, exercises, steroid injections or even joint replacement. Pain relievers, exercises, and lifestyle changes may help to manage the symptoms of arthritis, but they don’t fix the cause, so you must keep doing them even after you are feeling better. Steroid injections can damage the soft tissue in a joint; weakening tendons or softening cartilage that is already deteriorating, especially if you receive multiple injections. Joint replacements are major operations that involve a significant amount of downtime, added risks and they may not even eliminate all symptoms. The severity and symptoms will worsen over time, especially if left untreated; and many patients are left believing they just need to learn to deal with pain and missing out on their favorite activities or interests.
If you are in pain due to arthritis every aspect of your life is affected. Not only does it prevent you from enjoying physical activities, but it can also affect your livelihood, your mood, how you handle certain situations, and certain types of arthritis can even affect your health in other, more damaging, ways. Isn’t it time you took your life back from arthritis?
The good news is, there is a way to reverse arthritis, and by calling (636) 272-8888 you can schedule a consultation or sign up to attend our informational seminar for FREE to find out if these procedures are right for you.
These new procedures can help rebuild cartilage to eliminate pain, swelling and instability in joints. The process is non-surgical and requires little downtime. You don’t have to suffer or miss out on your favorite things because of pain from arthritis.
What have you had to miss out on or cut short because of pain? What could you do if your pain was gone? Call (636) 272-8888 today and find out!
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