Osteoarthritis

New Jersey Regenerative Institute

Regenerative Medicine & Orthopedics located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

Most people develop some degree of osteoarthritis as part of the aging process, but for many people, the pain and disability caused by arthritis can seriously affect quality of life. Whether you’re just feeling the first twinges in your joints or you’ve had osteoarthritis for many years, the dedicated medical team at New Jersey Regenerative Institute in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, can provide treatments that ease the pain and restore joint function. To find out more, call the clinic today to schedule an appointment, or book online.

Osteoarthritis Q & A

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative condition in which the cartilage in your joints that protects the surfaces of your bones and acts as a shock absorber loses its elasticity and starts to break down or erode.

When the cartilage starts to deteriorate, tendons and ligaments in the joints can stretch and become inflamed. As the cartilage gradually breaks down and is lost, the bones start to rub against each other, resulting in inflammation and pain.

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it most often develops in the:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Spine
  • Fingers
  • Thumb
  • Neck
  • Big toe

Although other joints can develop osteoarthritis, they’re less likely to unless they’ve been injured in the past or are subject to frequent stress and strain.

Can I do anything to help manage my osteoarthritis?

There are many ways in which you can ease the pain of osteoarthritis and support your joints. The arthritis specialists at New Jersey Regenerative Medicine recommend the following supplements, all of which are backed by scientific evidence:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Vitamin D
  • Curcumin (turmeric)
  • Topical arnica gel and oral arnica pellets

It’s important to try and lose any excess weight because extra weight places a significant strain on the joints, making pain worse. You should also reduce your consumption of sugar and carbohydrates, which aggravate inflammation.

What treatments are available for osteoarthritis?

Your osteoarthritis isn’t curable, but there are two types of treatment approaches that can help ease the symptoms.

Physical therapy and strengthening exercises build up the muscles around the joint to help support it and ease the pressure, reducing pain and inflammation in the joint. Orthotic inserts for your shoes lessen the amount of force going through the knees, or you could try braces for knees and hands. The OrthoCor brace uses a Pulse Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) to stimulate the knee’s healing abilities and strengthen tendons and cartilage.

The team at New Jersey Regenerative Medicine also uses a range of innovative injectable treatments that promote healing and repair in the joints:

Cortisone injections used to be a standard treatment for the swelling and inflammation caused by arthritis; however, recent studies indicate there could be detrimental effects to using cortisone in the longer term, and as your wellbeing is their priority, the team at New Jersey Regenerative Medicine avoids using cortisone injections.

Another standard approach to treating patients with osteoarthritis is joint replacement surgery. The results of surgery can be effective for many patients, but there are also risks associated with invasive procedures, including:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Allergy to the implant
  • Rejection of the implant
  • Neurovascular damage
  • Loss of motion
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Complications from anesthesia
  • Increased risk of osteoporosis

Using a combination of lifestyle changes, supplementation, physical therapy, and regenerative injectables, the team at New Jersey Regenerative Institute creates an effective treatment plan for each patient that relieves the symptoms of osteoarthritis without the need for surgery. Call the clinic today to arrange an appointment, or book online.