Arthritis: Don't just suck it up!
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Osteoarthritis is a silent, insidious disorder that ruins far too many lives. We are determined to put an end to this debilitating condition.
Prevention is better than cure
If you have osteoarthritis, or if you think you may develop it later, you don’t have to just “suck up” the symptoms or change your life to manage the disorder. There is something that you can do about it, especially if you catch it early. You can fill the hole in your cartilage that’s causing the arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the cartilage that protects the end of your bones has worn away and, as a result of bone-on-bone friction, the bone is exposed, leading to pain. When you fill the hole, you reverse the symptoms.
It’s like going to the dentist
Think of it like having a filling at the dentist. You have fillings to prevent holes getting any worse; to stop the decay in its tracks and save the tooth. Imagine you notice a cavity in one of your teeth and then proceed to watch it get bigger and bigger until it hits a nerve and starts to hurt. Perhaps you can chew on the other side of your mouth for a bit and then take painkillers to mask the pain and carry on. Meanwhile, the hole keeps growing until eventually it gets so bad you have to have the tooth removed and an implant put in its place. It doesn’t seem like the best course of action, does it?
Well it’s not the best way to deal with arthritis either. A joint is a little more complicated than a tooth (though don’t tell your dentist we said that), since the hole in the cartilage is more difficult to fill but it’s the same concept.
So – how do we patch up cartilage?
While we’d like to take all the credit, your body does most of the work. In a stem cell paste graft, a small amount of the patient’s own bone, stem cells (from the patient’s bone marrow) and cartilage is removed from the knee, grounded into a paste, and impacted back into an arthritic defect in the joint. From there, the knee grows replacement tissue, right inside the joint, taking full advantage of the healing ability of the patient’s own stem cells.
We explain it here in this video
For a demonstration of the technique in action you can also click this link:
Articular Cartilage Paste Graft (Regeneration) Surgical Technique
We believe the best healing is through your own tissues, and that an intervention is an opportunity to not only “heal” but to improve. Unlike most other authorities on arthritis, The Stone Clinic sees osteoarthritis as a “fixable condition” not an “incurable disease.” Don’t just suck it up, do something about it.
Read more about arthritis on our arthritis resource page.