The Facts of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis with more than 3 million new cases each year. Although it can’t be cured, there are treatments available.
Causes

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage at the end of the bones that cushion your joints deteriorates gradually. The disease is often referred to as the “wear and tear” disease and impacts the entire joint. Eventually, the cartilage is worn away and bone will rub on bone, along with causing inflammation of the joint lining.

Risk Factors
  • Age, your risk increases as you get older
  • Access body weight
  • Gender, women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis
  • Previous joint injuries
  • Genetics
  • Deformity of the bones
  • Repetitive joint usage
Treatment Options

If you have had a medical diagnosis of Osteoarthritis, which is often diagnosed by imaging or lab tests, know that there are treatment options, despite no cure. In addition to medical treatment, there are lifestyle changes you can do to help as well.

 

Lifestyle Changes
  • Healthy Diet: Ensure you are getting enough vitamin D and calcium along with a nutritious diet.
  • Become Active: You can improve your posture and balance with certain exercises, like yoga, including these as a regular routine will decrease your changes in falling and breaking bones.
  • Quit Smoking: Bone loss is sped up by smoking cigarettes
  • Limit Alcohol intake: Drink moderately, for women this means 1 drink per day
Medical Treatment
  • Medications
    • Often have side effects like nausea, hot flashes, increase the risk of cancer, body pain, blood clots and dizziness
  • Anabolic Medications (Injections)
    • Increased risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
    • Little to no side effects, safe and effective
  • Stem Cell Therapy
    • Little to no side effects, safe and effective
  • Surgery
    • Usually a last resort and for severe osteoarthritis

 

If you live in the Greater Seattle area, Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center offers both Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy for treating Osteoarthritis. You can discuss your options and see if either of these treatments are an option to help you feel like yourself again. Please contact SRMC at 1-425-454-0406 to book your FREE consultation.

By Dr. Lucy Hostetter

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