Currently, 4.4 million Canadians are living with osteoarthritis (OA). In the next 20 years, this number will double to more than 9 million, or one in four. Within a generation, there will be a new diagnosis of OA every 60 seconds.
Arthritis is painful and it can be severe. Of the 4.4 million Canadians with OA, approximately 600,000 will have severe enough pain such that it significantly limits their activities. This means that people living with arthritis will have difficulty with, or simply cannot perform daily activities such as dressing themselves, using the toilet, walking up and down stairs, and tying their shoes. Pain interferes with sleep and is associated with low mood and depression.
If no strategies are implemented to prevent OA or to slow disease progression, the number of people living with OA will grow to 10.4 million by 2040.
It is thought that the most successful treatment for OA is hip and knee replacement.
In 2010, over 190,000 of untreated OA patients who are eligible for and willing to have hip and knee replacement surgery did not receive it. By 2040, that number will increase to over 430,000.
It is common belief among patients and practitioners that there is there are currently no medications or procedures that can restore cartilage and modify the damage caused by arthritis. This is a false statement in the world of biocellular regenerative medicine and there is quality evidence as proof.
PROLOTHERAPY IS A VIABLE PROVEN NON SURGICAL OPTION
Many patients have concerns about surgical procedures and often tend to avoid or put off surgery, as long as possible.
Some patients will even live with chronic pain and discomfort simply to avoid surgery, based upon one or more of these reasons:
- Fear of potential complications with surgery.
- Traumatic stresses of surgical procedure
- Lengthy rehabilitation process affecting a patient’s mobility and quality of life.
- Surgical procedures leading to the development of arthritis.
- Lack of desired effect with surgery and continued or worsened pain and disability.
- Potential cosmetic concerns with surgery such as scar formation or anatomical deformities.
With Prolotherapy, patients are able to explore viable, long lasting and often permanent non-surgical options as an effective solution for their pain and discomfort.
The Function of Joints within the Body
The majority of the joints within the body are freely moving synovial joints. Each joint has specific properties and involves several components for them to function correctly, including tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. In addition, these components help cover and provide protection between the bones to prevent them from rubbing directly against each other, one of the primary causes of arthritis.
Joint surgery involves having to make an incision into the body, either to repair, remove, or replace damaged joints and connective tissues. Removal of the tendons, ligaments, cartilage and/or bone in the affected area reduces the padding in between the bones greatly compromising joint function.
Some common surgical procedures, include:
- Arthroscopic Surgery- The use of a camera surgical system to visualize and operate inside joints without the need for an open procedure.
- Open Joint surgery- This procedure typically involves surgically opening the joint to repair components which results in some cutting, burning, or scraping of cartilage tissue.
- Joint Replacement Surgery – This type of surgery involves replacing the key components of the joint with artificial replacement components that are severely damaged from arthritis. Shoulders and hips are most commonly replaced and both have ball and socket variations of a joint.
- Spinal Fusion – A section of the spine is fused together, which can lead to increased stress on other areas of the spine. Spinal fusion often has a high rate of failure with symptoms persisting and worsening after the procedure.
- Rotator Cuff Surgery – This process is used to repair damage to the joint surface and remove scar tissue.
Laminectomy – The posterior arch of a vertebra in the back is surgically removed, and can result in an increase in back pain and discomfort.
- Discectomy – This is the surgical removal of intervertebral discs from spine and most patients experience an increase in discomfort and pain afterwards.
- Ankle Fusion – The bones in the ankle are fused together as a means to alleviate pain and discomfort. However, as other bones have to compensate for movements, it tends to result in new joint pain in other areas.
As you can see, while surgical procedures aim to help reduce and resolve painful conditions, it is not uncommon for new problems to develop afterwards.
Before considering surgery, it is worthwhile to consider Prolotherapy injection treatments, as these treatments can potentially resolve the underlying problem and prevent having to take ineffective, addicting and toxic medications and undergo a complex permanent surgical procedures.
Prolotherapy injection treatments are ideal for people of all backgrounds and ages.
Stimulate your body to heal itself with this effective and safe biocellular regenerative process.
To find out more whether Prolotherapy regenerative injection treatments can address your pain and discomfort, contact a representative from Regenera today, or feel free to continue exploring and reviewing our other sections with more information about Prolotherapy regenerative injection treatments and the benefits it can provide for you.