There are traditional treatments and regenerative medicine options for arthritis sufferers. Traditional treatments include exercise, acupuncture, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medication. Taking supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can be helpful. Surgery is usually a last resort for treating arthritis conditions.
Treatment for Arthritis without Surgery
The Institute of Regenerative Medicine uses a combination of traditional treatments and regenerative medicine to help people suffering from a wide range of arthritic conditions. Regenerative medicine is a different way of treating arthritis conditions and is used to help our bodies heal naturally. Regenerative medicine includes cell-based treatment and the use of platelet rich plasma.
Cell-based treatment involves the introduction of new cells with damaged or injured tissue with the purpose of treating the injury or disease. These cells are non-specific cells that are able to renew themselves and develop into specialized cells. With the help of platelets, repair cells are able to help damaged cells repair injuries and damaged tissues. This treatment takes several months to complete.
Platelet rich plasma is blood plasma with a mixture of growth factors and a high concentration of platelets. It is used to help begin the healing process in damaged tissues. The platelet rich plasma is needed to inform the body it is time to send the stem cells to the damaged tissue and begin making repairs.