If you have osteoarthritis, you know how painful it can be. But did you know there are non-surgical options available that can help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life?
Orthobiologic injections are one such option for people with joint pain.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a medical condition that occurs when the protective cartilage between bones wears down over time. Although it can affect any joint in the body, it most commonly affects the knees, hips, hands, and spine.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis generally develop slowly, and they get worse as time goes by. Very often, the affected joints will feel pain during movement or immediately afterward, and they may feel tender to the touch. Any time you've been inactive for a while, such as after a night's sleep, you may feel significant stiffness in the joints.
In some cases, people afflicted by osteoarthritis have less range of motion in their joints and are unable to do all the things they once could. It's possible to have joint popping or to notice swelling around arthritic joints. It's safe to say that osteoarthritis can be very uncomfortable for a patient, and if left untreated, it can get to the point of being debilitating.
By staying active and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, the impact of the disease can be slowed. Receiving treatment for the affected joints can also help you to reduce pain and swelling, and to enjoy improved functionality in those joints that have been affected.
How orthobiologics can help patients with osteoarthritis
Although still not approved as drug therapy in the USA, orthobiologics have been used and studied in the treatment of arthritis for over 30 years! For example, there are over 30 level 1 studies showing that a single platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection can give patients 6-12 months of pain relief even when other treatments don’t work! Unlike steroid injections, platelet-rich plasma injections have positive effects on the overall health of the cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues around the joint. It's entirely possible that by having orthobiologic injections, you can delay and even eliminate the need for major joint surgery or for a joint replacement. Contact Dr. Don Buford, an expert in regenerative medicine at Texas Orthobiologics, to find out whether you would be a good candidate for PRP or another orthobiologic treatment. All of these treatments are made from your own blood or bone marrow and are done in the office on the same day as your visit. Recovery time is minimal!
Best treatment for osteoarthritis?
There are quite a few possible treatments for osteoarthritis, involving everything from medications to braces to physical therapy to a complete joint replacement.
So which treatment is best for you? That will depend on how severe your osteoarthritis is, your age and general health condition, as well as your goals and objectives. But almost all patients should consider the possibility of non-invasive orthobiologics to minimize the impact of osteoarthritis, and to have the possibility of significantly improved movement.
If you’re someone who suffers from osteoarthritis pain, your next step is to contact Dr. Buford at Texas Orthobiologics to set up a consultation. We’ve helped many patients experience accelerated pain relief through orthobiologics and we’d love to see if we can help you, too. We see people in person in Dallas and from all over the world in consult via telemedicine!