Is joint pain keeping you up at night?
Are you cutting back on activities because of joint pain? Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common cause of chronic joint pain. It can interfere with your life by causing pain with activities, decreasing range of motion because of swelling and stiffness of joints, and pain that interrupts sleep. OA results from degeneration of cartilage in synovial joints (most commonly knees, fingers, shoulders, and facet joints in the spine).
Cartilage is a firm, rubbery tissue that provides cushion for the bones of joints, and allows the bones to glide over one another. If the cartilage breaks down, the cushion disappears and the bones eventually rub against each other. The disappearance of cartilage is only one of the causes of pain in osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can cause other dysfunctions in a joint including excess inflammation, tight muscles around the joint, inflamed ligaments and bone spurs.
Fortunately, there are non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical treatments that have been proven in clinical trials to help decrease the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis and get you back doing the things you love to do.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection therapy that involves first concentrating growth factors derived from your own blood and then injecting them into the affected joint. The PRP is a concentrated blood sample that contains high levels of platelets, a critical component of the wound healing process.
Platelets contain growth factors that are responsible for stimulating tissue generation and repair. Growth factors derived from platelets are responsible for soft-tissue repair, bone regeneration, development of new blood vessels, and stimulation of the wound-healing process. Most people need 3 PRP treatments spread over 6 months and then one treatment a year afterwards.
Prolotherapy is also an injection therapy but instead of injecting a patient’s own blood into the knee we inject a solution of dextrose, procaine and B12. Like PRP, Prolotherapy also stimulates the wound-healing cascade. The dextrose solution attracts growth factors to initiate tissue repair. Typically people need prolotherapy treatments monthly to combat and stay ahead of the degenerative process taking place in an osteoarthritic joint.
There are also several herbs, nutritional supplements and dietary changes that have been shown to help combat the pain and swelling of Osteoarthritis. These are prescribed on an individual basis.
Your first step in overcoming your pain and getting back your life is to make an appointment to discuss your options.
Call our office at 403-782-4600 to set up your first appointment. We’re never too busy to help you! Book online (for Lacombe location).