ALL ABOUT ARTHRITIS
Imagine this: You’re expected to pick your child from your school, but because of the pain you feel in your body, you barely get out of your bed. The pain consumes you, your days – suffice it to say, your entire life! This is what arthritis does to you. It is one of those conditions that cause inflammation in your joints and gradually seeps into your entire body.
As common as it has become, about 10 million people in the UK are one way or the other affected by the disease. The situation across the globe is no different. In fact, statistics suggest, about 23% of adults in the United States have arthritis. That is to say, about 1 in every 4 adults in the United States feel performing routine tasks physically and mentally straining because of the pain it causes. From feeling disabled to their weak joints hampering bodily functions – people with arthritis suffer at the hands of this disease unless they learn to manage the disease in a better manner.
Let’s discuss arthritis in detail:
Going by what the studies suggest, arthritis causes inflammation and joint pain. The disease takes several forms and kinds – in figures – there are about 100 types of arthritis. However, Osteoarthritis is the most common out of them by the way it affects seniors and athletes. Caused by cartilage defects, Osteoarthritis hampers bodily functions and keeps the patient struggling in walking, gripping objects, and running.
Disease Management – Here’s How Arthritis Can Be Managed
Considering the disease cannot be eradicated completely, medical experts look for ways to manage it. From surgical treatments to joint replacement and cell-based regeneration – they tap into new and advanced methods to help patients live with the disease in a way that it no longer causes them severe pain. Such treatments involve advanced equipment, procedures and require in-depth knowledge from the medical professional. Out of such treatments, Stem Cell Therapy is gaining popularity because of the many advantages it provides to the patients. The idea that the pain caused as a result of arthritis is because of cartilage reduction in the joints – its treatment is quite significant.
How Can the Damaged Cartilage Be Repaired?
In the case of Knee Osteoarthritis, even getting surgeries done may not come across as a sound idea. Considering this is a challenging condition for medical experts to treat, the disease can sometimes resist even the most advanced treatments. From medications to different procedures – conditions like such don’t accept most treatments. It is therefore imperative that disease management professionals look for ways to address the condition. And this is where regenerative medicine comes in. It utilizes stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) along with other medicines like cytokine modulation and amniotic fluids.
According to a research study, the removal of the cartilage layer from the joints can only be regenerated to a certain amount. But the stem cell process can be complex and slow, and due to the heavy pressure placed on the joints, the cartilage tissue is likely to get affected. Therefore, researchers believe chondrocyte transplantation, introducing ectopic MSC or progenitor cells are some ways to repair damaged cartilage tissues.
Changing your life is another strategy to improve your condition when living with arthritis. You can start with an exercise regime that your doctor recommends in combination with a healthy diet. If not, you can also consider therapies like osteopathy, chiropractic treatments, and acupuncture, and the outcomes will be in your favor.