Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that has no cure yet, but there are several treatments to manage the painful symptoms. In order to diagnose osteoarthritis, our specialist may take an x-ray or prescribe an MRI scan. A blood test may also be required to rule out other conditions that may cause joint pain. In some cases, the joint fluid may also be analyzed. We offer a few osteoarthritis treatment options at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine.
Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
Osteoarthritis treatment options can address different aspects of the condition. They may help manage pain, swelling and stiffness, improve the mobility of the joint, help you maintain a healthy weight to keep excess pressure off your joints. Some of the most common treatments we may prescribe are:
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a natural treatment designed to relieve pain and help the body heal itself. It can be used to treat a number of joint and soft tissue injuries, including osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, and spine.
At your therapy session, blood will be drawn from your body and spun in a centrifuge at high speeds to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood. This serum will then be injected into the targeted areas. In the following weeks and months, you should notice an improvement in the area that was treated.
Stem Cell Therapy
This is another natural option for osteoarthritis treatment. Stem cells for this treatment can be found in your bone marrow, fat, organs, and tissues. Like PRP, stem cell therapy offers little chance for an adverse reaction, as the treatment is generated from your own body.
Both treatments are non-surgical and minimally-invasive, but they are effective. Physical therapy may be advised after stem cell therapy to further facilitate healing in the area.
Yet another non-surgical, minimally-invasive option, viscosupplementation consists of an injection of hyaluronic acid into the target sites. The gel injection promotes mobility, which decreases pain. The gel acts as a sort of cushion to help your joints move more easily, and it also provides elasticity and flexibility.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you have options to relieve the painful symptoms and improve your lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about the osteoarthritis treatment options we offer at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Phoenix, AZ, please visit our office. Our educated staff would be more than happy to discuss your options with you in greater detail. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!