Osteoarthritis, also referred to as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, is the most common chronic joint condition, especially in those over 65 years of age. It can affect all joints, but is most commonly found in the knees, hips, lower back, neck and fingers.
Cartilage is the firm connective tissue that covers the end of each bone and provides a smooth surface for joint motion, acting as a cushion between the bones. Osteoarthritis occurs when this cartilage wears down over time, causing bones to break down and develop growths called spurs. Pieces of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint. As Osteoarthritis worsens, the cartilage wears away, causing bones to rub against each other and lead to severe pain.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis include joint pain, tender joints, joint stiffness, loss of flexibility and a grating sensation in the joints. Osteoarthritis can be caused by genetics, but it also can be a result of being overweight because the extra pounds put additional pressure on the joints. Those who have suffered from sports injuries or other joint damage may end up suffering from Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time and there is no known cure. To improve pain and joint function, it is suggested to stay active and maintain a healthy weight. Another option that can ease your pain and slow down the progression of Osteoarthritis is stem cell therapy. This form of regenerative medicine takes adult stem cells from the patient’s own body and injects them into the site of pain where they then work to boost the healing process.
Compared to traditional orthopedics, many find stem cell therapy to be just the thing they needed to feel like they once did before the pain took place. Don’t let pain from Osteoporosis take over your life and consider stem cell therapy.
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