Common Myths About Arthritis
By Grattan Woodson, M.D.
About 50 million adults suffer from arthritis. That’s 2 in 5 people over the age of 40. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability and yet many individuals still struggle to find a long-lasting solution to the pain. A large reason for this is because many individuals don’t fully understand what arthritis is and what causes it.
Here are some common myths associated with arthritis:
- Arthritis is unavoidable. Although arthritis is extremely common in individuals over the age of 40, it is avoidable at least to some degree. To begin with, people should avoid intense workouts that involve sharp movements of the joints paired with high weights. Improper form during weightlifting and cardio-based exercises is also a key way that arthritis is formed. Another way to avoid arthritis is to maintain a healthy diet. Being overweight puts more pressure on the joints, and causes the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones to wear down quicker.
- You shouldn’t see a doctor about joint pain until you have waited to see if the pain will go away over time. The best way to treat arthritis is to detect it early and develop a treatment plan before it gets too severe. Many individuals wait until the pain is simply unbearable, causing them to need more severe forms of treatment.
- Exercising will only make arthritis worse. Although certain forms of exercising, such as lifting heavy weights with improper form, can be harmful to arthritis, safe forms of exercise can actually help reduce the pain. By building up the muscle in the front of the thigh and around the knee, direct pressure to the knee is reduced and joint pain is reduced.
- Arthritis only happens to elderly people. Although very common in individuals over the age of 65, arthritis is able to affect people of any age. Many young middle aged adults begin experiencing arthritis symptoms in their 30s and 40s.
- Arthritis is untreatable. Every individual requires a different treatment plan when it comes to arthritis. For some, simply losing weight, taking the proper medication, and performing safe exercises can help reduce the pain dramatically. For others, the arthritis is more severe and needs a different approach to treatment. That’s where we can help. At Joint Regenomics we have thoroughly researched perfected a highly innovative and minimally invasive solution for some individuals with arthritis. By using stem cells enhanced with platelet-rich plasma harvested from the patient’s fat and blood, our clinicians at Joint Regenomics are able to support the return of the health to the knee joint cartilage directly without the use of drugs. The stem cells used are your own, are not altered by us except for being concentrated and then placed where the body needs them the most, in the knee joint. Nature, the stem cells, and the amazing growth factors found in the platelet-rich plasma work together to fight the arthritis head on.
Stem cell therapy with platelet-rich plasma for OA of the knee is a treatment, not a cure. Stem cell therapy works in most but not all adults with OA of the knee in the middle stages of the disease. We do not recommend it for those with end-stage “bone on bone” disease. Insurance companies and Medicare do not cover our treatment or services. To find out more about our service call Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373 or visit our website at www.femeregen.com/.