Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that is known to cause a variety of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, loss of flexibility, swelling, and a multitude of other debilitating and chronic issues. Osteoarthritis is recognized as the most common of arthritis, with millions of cases being diagnosed around the world annually.
One of our goals at The California Regenerative Clinic in Burlingame is to provide our patients with the relief they need from their osteoarthritis. Each case is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific issues, concerns, and needs so that we can formulate an appropriate and effective treatment plan.
Arthritis is a condition that causes the joints of the body to become swollen, resulting in pain, stiffness, and other problems. The joints are the areas of the body where different bones connect, like the shoulders, knees, elbows, and wrists.
The ends of the bones that form joints are covered in cartilage that acts as a cushion to help make articulation of the joint easy. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs when this cartilage deteriorates, leaving the ends of the bones exposed. The joint is now two bones rubbing together, causing a large amount of friction, resulting in inflammation.
Osteoarthritis also affects the joint in several other ways. It causes changes in the bones and deteriorates the connective tissue around the joints. It also causes the joint lining to become inflamed.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
What causes the cartilage to become so worn out? Natural wear and tear is one factor. Years of repeated use slowly causes the cartilage to deteriorate and exposes the bone of the joint. One common cause of osteoarthritis is trauma often resulting from sports injuries. Osteoarthritis can occur at different ages among different people.
There are certain factors that can increase someone’s risk of developing osteoarthritis. For instance, women have a higher chance of developing osteoarthritis. Other factors include:
- Age (risk increases with age)
- Joint injury
- Metabolic disease
- Deformities in the bone
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
Aside from swelling of the joints and chronic joint pain, osteoarthritis is known to produce a number of other symptoms. These symptoms may start off mild and manageable but can become debilitating over time and can severely affect a person’s quality of life.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
- Stiffness after periods of inaction
- Bone spurs
- Cracking, popping, or a grating sensation when using the joint
- A loss of flexibility and movement
- Tenderness to the touch
Treating Osteoarthritis with Regenerative Medicine
While there is no cure or way to reverse osteoarthritis, treatments can help to manage the symptoms produced by it. The mesenchymal stem cells used in our regenerative medicine treatments are able to restore health to the joints by reducing inflammation in the region.
Our goal is to provide you with the professional care you need, which starts with a consultation. During this, we will diagnose the extent of your condition and ask you about your experiences with it. This information is vital when it comes to creating a treatment plan that can provide you with the relief you need.
To schedule your osteoarthritis consultation at The California Regenerative Clinic and learn more about regenerative medicine, contact our office today and make your appointment.