Are you living with the chronic pain of osteoarthritis? You don’t have to. I offer a highly effective treatment program that can relieve pain and help you resume an active, normal life.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, which affects some 50 million Americans. In general, arthritis is a condition characterized by chronic joint pain and limited mobility. It’s the leading cause of disability in the US, and the second most frequently reported chronic condition. Did you know: One in five American adults have arthritis? But it’s not just a disease of old age: Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65. Some 300,000 children suffer from a juvenile form of arthritis. By 2030, the number of Americans 18 and older affected with arthritis is expected to jump to 67 million. There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by inflammation and is an autoimmune disease. Osteoarthritis is more common, affecting about 30 million Americans. Known as “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is degenerative in nature. It occurs when a joint’s protective cartilage wears down over time. Typical causes include aging joints, injury, and obesity. While it can affect any joint in the body, osteoarthritis usually impacts the joints of the hands, neck, low back, knees, and hips. Nearly one in two people may develop knee osteoarthritis by age 85. Two in three people who are obese develop knee problems in their lifetime.
A Debilitating Condition
Make no mistake: Osteoarthritis can be very serious. The disabling pain and immobility associated with the condition can rob patients of a normal life. Here’s a fact: Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The condition can also keep people out of work. Approximately one in three arthritis patients in the US will have work limitations.
Help Is on the Way
I offer an osteoarthritis treatment plan that really works—and is also natural and safe. We often begin with reconstructive injections, which offer excellent results in my patients. These include Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Hyaluronic Acid, Prolotherapy, and Neural Prolotherapy. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections tap into the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The procedure involves taking a small amount of blood from the patient’s vein and spinning it in a centrifuge. This process separates out the platelets, which are cells that promote healing. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected back into the patient at the site of osteoarthritis. Patients experience relief from pain and faster healing. Also effective, Hyaluronic Acid can be injected into knee and shoulder joints affected by the disorder. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that’s produced naturally in the body. It helps to lubricate the joints and offers resiliency—kind of like a shock absorber. Many of my osteoarthritis patients experience great results with Hyaluronic Acid. Two more alternatives are highly effective. Prolotherapy involves an injection of dextrose solution at the juncture of ligaments or tendons and bones. The dextrose solution jump-starts the healing process and improves joint function. With Neural Prolotherapy, dextrose solution is injected under the skin. This therapy can resolve neurogenic inflammation and pain in the subcutaneous nerves. In addition, I also offer SottoPelle (Hormone Pellet Therapy), nutritional counseling (including the treatment of hidden food allergies), homeopathy, and acupuncture. Each of these therapies can offer excellent results in counteracting osteoarthritis symptoms, and in restoring general health and healing.