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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder.

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Causes

In osteoarthritis, the cushioning (cartilage) between the bones wears away in the joints. As osteoarthritis progresses, the cartilage disappears and bone rubs on bone. Bony spurs or growths usually form around the joint. The ligaments and muscles around the joint loosen and become weaker. Often, the cause of OA is unknown. It is mainly related to ageing, but other factors can also lead to OA.

  • Osteoarthritis tends to run in families
  • Being overweight increases the risk
  • Fractures or other joint injuries can lead to osteoarthritis later in life
  • Long-term overuse at work or in sports can lead to osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis:

Stem Cell therapy for fractured bones can heal bones 30-40% faster than the normal healing process.

Medical conditions that can lead to osteoarthritis include:
  • Bleeding disorders that cause bleeding in the joint, such as hemophilia
  • Disorders that block the blood supply near a joint, such as avascular necrosis
  • Other types of arthritis, such as chronic gout, pseudogout or rheumatoid arthritis

The symptoms of osteoarthritis usually appear in middle age and almost everyone has them by age 70. Before age 55, the condition occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women.

Symptoms

The symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
  • Deep aching joint pain that gets worse after exercise or putting weight on it and is relieved by rest
  • Pain that is worse when you start activities after a period of no activity
  • Over time, pain is present even when you are at rest
  • Grating of the joint with motion
  • Increase in pain during humid or moist weather
  • Joint swelling
  • Limited movement
  • Muscle weakness around arthritic joints

Some people might not have symptoms.

Causes & Symptoms

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder.

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1988 1
2008 200+
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Causes

In osteoarthritis, the cushioning (cartilage) between the bones wears away in the joints. As osteoarthritis progresses, the cartilage disappears and bone rubs on bone. Bony spurs or growths usually form around the joint. The ligaments and muscles around the joint loosen and become weaker. Often, the cause of OA is unknown. It is mainly related to ageing, but other factors can also lead to OA.

  • Osteoarthritis tends to run in families
  • Being overweight increases the risk
  • Fractures or other joint injuries can lead to osteoarthritis later in life
  • Long-term overuse at work or in sports can lead to osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis:

Stem Cell therapy for fractured bones can heal bones 30-40% faster than the normal healing process.

Medical conditions that can lead to osteoarthritis include:
  • Bleeding disorders that cause bleeding in the joint, such as hemophilia
  • Disorders that block the blood supply near a joint, such as avascular necrosis
  • Other types of arthritis, such as chronic gout, pseudogout or rheumatoid arthritis

The symptoms of osteoarthritis usually appear in middle age and almost everyone has them by age 70. Before age 55, the condition occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women.

Symptoms

The symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
  • Deep aching joint pain that gets worse after exercise or putting weight on it and is relieved by rest
  • Pain that is worse when you start activities after a period of no activity
  • Over time, pain is present even when you are at rest
  • Grating of the joint with motion
  • Increase in pain during humid or moist weather
  • Joint swelling
  • Limited movement
  • Muscle weakness around arthritic joints

Some people might not have symptoms.

Medical Tests

A physical exam can show:

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  • Joint movement may cause a cracking (grating) sound
  • Joint swelling (bones around the joints may feel larger than normal)
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness when the joint is pressed
  • Normal movement is often painful

No blood tests are helpful in diagnosing osteoarthritis. An x-ray, cartigram of affected joints will show a loss of the joint space. In advanced cases, there will be a wearing down of the ends of the bone and bone spurs.

Conventional Treatment

The goals of treatment are to:

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  • Increase the strength of the joints
  • Maintain or improve joint movement
  • Reduce the disabling effects of the disease
  • Relieve pain

The treatment depends on which joints are involved.

Medications

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with symptoms. Most doctors recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) first, because it has fewer side effects than other drugs.

If your pain continues, your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs help relieve pain and swelling. Types of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. However, long-term use of NSAIDs can cause stomach problems, such as ulcers and bleeding. These drugs may also increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

The prescription drug, Celebrex (a COX-2 inhibitor) may work as well as other NSAIDs. Because of a risk for heart attacks and stroke, it is given only at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible period.

Corticosteroids injected right into the joint can also be used to reduce swelling and pain. However, relief only lasts for a short time. Many people use over-the-counter remedies such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. There is some evidence that these supplements can help control pain, although they do not seem to grow new cartilage. Some doctors recommend a trial period of 3 months to see whether glucosamine and chondroitin work.

Capsaicin (Zostrix) skin cream may help relieve pain. You may feel a warm, stinging sensation when you first apply the cream. This sensation goes away after a few days of use. Pain relief usually begins within 1 - 2 weeks. Artificial joint fluid (Synvisc, Hyalgan) can be injected into the knee. It may relieve pain for 3 - 6 months.

Lifestyle Changes

Exercise helps maintain joint and overall movement. Ask your health care provider to recommend an appropriate home exercise routine. Water exercises, such as swimming, are especially helpful.

Other lifestyle recommendations include:
  • Applying heat and cold
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Getting rest
  • Losing weight if you are overweight
  • Protecting the joints

People whose work is causing stress in certain joints should find ways to reduce trauma. You may need to adjust the work area or change work tasks.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help improve muscle strength and the motion at stiff joints. Therapists have many techniques for treating osteoarthritis. If therapy does not make you feel better after 3 - 6 weeks, then in all likelihood will not work at all.

Braces

Splints and braces can sometimes support weakened joints. Some prevent the joint from moving others allow some movement. You should use a brace only when your doctor or therapist recommends one. Using a brace the wrong way can cause joint damage, stiffness and pain.

Surgery

Severe cases of osteoarthritis might need surgery to replace or repair damaged joints.

Surgical options include:
  • Arthroscopic surgery to trim torn and damaged cartilage
  • Change the alignment of a bone to relieve stress on the bone or joint (osteotomy)
  • Surgical fusion of bones, usually in the spine (arthrodesis)
  • Total or partial replacement of the damaged joint with an artificial joint (knee arthroplasty, hip arthroplasty)

Stem Cell Therapy

Numerous clinical trials are going on all over the world, including India using stem cells from various sources.

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We, at ReeCure offer you therapy using stem cells using our proprietary technology. These stem cells could be of various types including hematopoietic (CD 34+), Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that are processed and isolated using Good Manufacturing (GMP) and Good Lab Practices (GLP) and in accordance with AABB standards.

After years of extensive research and systematic compilation and collation of relevant data (through its research division), ReeLabs is now supremely confident of not only reversing the disease process of the affected patient but also improving the quality of life manifold. Stem cells produced by ReeLabs are completely safe, non-toxic, easy to administer and totally devoid of side effects with an excellent probability of homing and engraftment with parent cell, tissue or organ. The eminent panel of scientists and researchers at ReeLabs work exhaustively to design accurate treatment protocols that have yielded excellent results in most cases.

These stem cells are procured from various sources including bone marrow, cord blood fat etc. as per the requirement of the patient.

Stem cell therapy in patients with osteoarthritis has shown good results. It helps in patients with Grade II & Grade III osteoarthritis and who are dependent on medicine for pain relief. It prevents the side effects of the drugs which can lead to kidney failure with prolonged use.

Major surgery like knee replacement can also be avoided by using stem cell therapy and avoid further complications related to surgery.

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