Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process that slowly and progressively destroys joints, producing pain, loss of function, and deformation of the affected areas. Regenerative medicine treatments at The New England Stem Cell Institute can help you stay active despite of OA. Dr. Paul Tortland and Dr. Jeffrey LaVallee can provide PRP and stem cell-based therapies that can reduce your pain, improve function, and restore your quality of life. To learn more about the benefits of our regenerative medicine treatments for osteoarthritis, call our office today or schedule an appointment online!
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as the “wear and tear” kind of arthritis, is a degenerative process that slowly and progressively destroys joints. Quality of life can decrease considerably due to the pain and lack of movement, and it can become incapacitating in advanced stages. The underlying cause of OA increasingly is being recognized as inflammation leading to cartilage damage due to an inadequate healing response.
As the cartilage breaks down, more bone is exposed, allowing the bones of the joint to rub against each other. The increased stress on the bones can cause spurs to develop. However, the loss of cartilage is NOT the cause of OA. Rather, the loss of cartilage is a result of underlying inflammation that breaks down the cartilage and inhibits the body’s attempt to repair it.
OA has been shown to lead to:
Current non-surgical treatments for OA include physical therapy, pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, Motrin, and Aleve), and joint injections, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) and corticosteroids.
The goal is to reduce symptoms and improve joint function. However, none of these treatments are able to stop the progression of OA or reverse the resulting damage, often leaving patients with total joint replacement as the only treatment alternative. And, some of these treatments, such as NSAIDs and steroid injections, can actually have serious long-term side effects. For example, we now know that cortisone is actually toxic to joint cartilage! Repeat cortisone injections can actually cause faster decay of the joint.
Some surgeons will do arthroscopic surgery to “clean out” an arthritic knee joint. But, many recent well-done studies have shown that not only does such surgery NOT provide any long-term relief, but it actually increases the speed of worsening arthritis and increases the risk of needing a total knee replacement.
Regenerative Medicine treatment is an excellent non-surgical option for treating OA. The doctors at the New England Stem Cell Institute are leaders and pioneers in Regenerative Medicine, and their goal is to reduce your pain, improve your function, and restore your quality of life.
The regenerative treatments we offer include:
The physicians at the New England Stem Cell Institute have been doing regenerative medicine treatments longer than most in the country. Few have their level of skill and experience.
IMPORTANT : NO regenerative medicine treatment, including stem cell-based therapies, can “regrow” cartilage if there is no cartilage left. No research has ever shown this to occur. The only way to get rid of arthritis in a joint is to get rid of the joint - that is, a joint replacement.
But, these treatments can be tremendously helpful to reduce pain and inflammation. They do this by restoring a healthy biological environment within the joint and surrounding tissues.