Waking up in the morning to stiff and aching joints is not something anyone would fancy. Chances are, you might be suffering from osteoarthritis. A degenerative joint disease and the most common site or joint affected is the knee joint, followed by the ankle joint, the hip joint and the lumbar region.It could also affect other smaller joints but that’s very rare. Knee joint and ankle joint are direct weight bearing joints with minimal muscular bulk surrounding them making them the most susceptible joints to be affected. The process of aging and any previous knee injuries makes the chances of getting it that much more, not to forget if you have had quite a sedentary life with minimal muscular strengthening exercise or if you have gained some weight over the years. Simply because the heavier you are the more weight your knee bears, making them almost crumble like scaffolding and reduces the joint space.
The disease then progresses with time and firstly the cartilage wears off before the bones start getting affected. The longer you take to make any intervention the worse it gets and on top of that if you’re working out the wrong way then the pain only worsens. Other than pain some other symptoms that you might have are:
- Limited range of motion or stiffness that goes away after movement
- Clicking or cracking sound when a joint bends
- Mild swelling around a joint
So now we have heard and understood about the progression and symptoms of the disease. So how do we fix it? How do we prevent further damage? How can we identify that you have osteoarthritis?
So its quite simple to diagnose, all we need is an xray and some simple test done at the clinic.
So how do we fix this niggling joint pain, well it depends on the grading of the severity of the affected joint, it could range from a simple PRP(platelet rich plasma) which a component of your own blood which are high in growth factors(your bodies engineers) to stem cells which are the engineers which repair injured cartilage and tendons as well as ligaments.
An advanced treatment would be with stem cells where studies have showed tremendous improvement and recovery rates which are faster. Stem cell therapy is fast approaching widespread use in every country as the amount of people opting for non surgical approach increase.
So if you are looking to fix that nagging joint pain of yours look no further!
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