As men and women age, diseases and hormonal changes cause their bodies to react differently to natural changes. Osteoarthritis is a common problem among people over the age of 60. It causes the cartilage around the ends of the bones to wear down and that leads to inflammation and pain. Due to differences in genetics, as men and women experience different changes through aging, they also experience differences in osteoarthritis pain.
Overall, studies show osteoarthritis is more likely to affect women than men. Women also tend to experience these pains at an earlier age than men, as the number of women with osteoarthritis before the age of 55 surpasses the number of men with osteoarthritis of the same age. Professionals argue as to why osteoarthritis often affects men and women differently. But there are a few general reasons typically agreed to be the main cause.
Biology Makes a Difference
Men and women have hormonal differences which greatly contribute to the effect on the genders. Researchers have found that hormones affect the cartilage between bones. The female hormone, estrogen, protects cartilage from inflammation, which can be a leading cause for osteoarthritis. After menopause, levels of estrogen decrease, which causes women to be more susceptible to inflammation in the joints and thus osteoarthritis.
Simple biology is one reason osteoarthritis pain is more likely to affect women. A woman’s body is designed to give birth, and a woman’s hips are typically wider than her knees. Also, her knees are not aligned as straight as men’s. This biological structure puts more pressure on a woman’s knees, which can lead to osteoarthritis. Consider, also, the extra weight that a woman takes on during pregnancy. Osteoarthritis is more likely to affect these women because the extra weight causes extra strain.
Relief for Women and Men
Despite the differences in causes of osteoarthritis pain, both men and women have seen significant benefits from stem cell therapy at Joint Regenomics. Stem Cell Therapy focuses on utilizing platelet rich plasma, and stem cells from the patient’s abdomen. We harvest these and then inject them into the knee joint. These stem cell injections encourage the growth and conservation of cartilage around the knee and decrease the pain for individuals with osteoarthritis in the knee.
For more information about if stem cell therapy is right for you, contact Joint Regenomics. 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. 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 contact us or call Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373 to schedule your consultation.