Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States. It can affect many different regions of the body, with many patients suffering from debilitating pain that makes it hard to do the things they love and live their highest quality of life. Here are some commonly affected areas:
Abnormal wearing and tearing of the cartilage in the knees can make it difficult to walk, go up and downstairs, dance, and exercise.
When osteoarthritis affects the hips, it can make it very difficult to get around and also make a person more prone to falls and possible hip surgery.
The glenohumeral joint and acromioclavicular joint are two parts in the shoulder that can be commonly affected by arthritic changes, causing the person to have difficulty with lifting, carrying, and even sleeping.
The wrists, and even base of the thumbs, are common areas of arthritis, especially in people who have worked with their hands for many years.
Common in people like dancers or other athletes who are frequently putting stress on their ankles, this can lead to difficulties with walking and even intense discomfort in certain types of footwear.
7. Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that is generally characterized by the slow degeneration of joints. Almost any joint can be affected, and there is currently no known cure. Many patients are given things like NSAIDs, steroids, and biologic medications to help temper the symptoms, but these are not guaranteed to work and they can come with additional detrimental side effects. s have the ability to modulate the body’s innate immune response, and therefore turn down the intensity of which the body is attacking its own joints. Many patients have reported positive changes in their symptoms, utilizing s as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is important to note that this is not considered a cure but is another tool available to help the body gently achieve a state of health and healing.
8. Degenerative disc disease
Neck pain is becoming more and more of a common complaint as people spend more time on their computers, on their phones, and even commuting in traffic. All of the abnormal bending can dramatically change the curvature of the neck, leading to many issues including degenerative disc disease and the associated symptoms that come along with that. For some people it’s relatively mild, but for others it can lead to migraines, numbness and tingling in fingers, jaw issues, and even those tight knots you feel at the tops of your shoulders. Regen. Med. and s can help to heal the muscles, nerves, and ligaments that have been affected by the abnormal curvature and gently coax them into a state of healing in order to relieve pain and regain function.
While the least common area to have something like a degenerated disc, the mid back region is not to be overlooked. Trauma from things like car accidents falls, or sports injuries can certainly lead to complex issues within the structures of the midback. Utilizing Regen. Med. can help to heal the muscles, nerves, and ligaments in the area of injury by providing a decrease in inflammation and the growth factors and cytokines needed to initiate a new healing cycle.
Low back pain is one of the number one issues in the field of chronic pain currently plaguing adults. It is also one of the most complex to treat due to the sheer intricate nature of how the various vertebrae, muscles, and nerves in the low back interrelate with each other. The best way to approach low back pain is a multi-faceted one – where we look deeply into your medical history, do a physical exam, and review any previous imaging. All of these pieces of information play a roll in how we ultimately approach how to begin the healing process and get you back to your most active and pain-free life!
d. Carpal tunnel
This is an overuse injury that is very common and does not have many available treatments besides NSAIDs, ice, or surgery to name a few. Carpal tunnel is characterized by wrist pain that is mainly located on the same side as the palm of your hand, and can be exacerbated by little movements such as something as simple as opening a jar! While it can certainly progress and become unbearable, we are fortunate to have Regen. Med. as a tool that can allow us to actually heal the damage within the carpal tunnel and restore full motion without pain in a relatively short period of time.
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