The Facts on Arthritis in the United States

ArthritisOn March 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new data on the prevalence of arthritis in the USA. More than 54 million adults (23%) in the USA report arthritis diagnosed by a doctor, and almost 60% are of working age (18–64 years old). 24 million adults with arthritis report that the disease limits their daily activities, which represents an increase of about 20% since 2002. Most have osteoarthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia are other common diagnoses in the report.

The burden of arthritis goes well beyond pain, stiffness, swelling, and restricted movement of a joint. Difficulties in lifting a grocery bag, walking to the car, holding a cup, and bending or kneeling are common. Comorbidity with heart disease, diabetes, or obesity is particularly high, leading to further restrictions in activity for many, and a downward spiral of ill health. Work becomes impossible for many with severe arthritis, and mental health disorders are common, with a third of those aged 45 years or more with arthritis also reporting anxiety or depression.

Poor management is common, with many arthritis sufferers prescribed opioids, contributing to the opioid misuse epidemic in the USA. Safer, effective, disease-specific options exist. Pain, fear of pain, and lack of knowledge about what exercise is safe all limit activity. Regular physical activity can reduce pain and improve function in some patients, while recognizing that a quarter of all patients with arthritis have severe joint pain, and some are almost immobile.

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Stem Cells and Prolozone: Alternatives to Joint Replacement, Drugs and Surgery

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  • Can’t move well or use an arm or leg?
  • Acute or chronic joint pain?
  • Told you need surgery or surgery didn’t work?
  • Pain medications are not helping or you can’t get off drugs?
  • Unable to exercise or do the things you like?

The ability to move and act is vital to continued survival and happiness. People who can no longer lead an active lifestyle due to pain or limited range of motion are at an extreme disadvantage. They are limited in the activities that they once enjoyed and very often have worsening chronic illness including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and others.

Present day conventional therapies include pain medication, steroids and surgery which are treatments that may not handle the problem and can actually worsen the condition. Stem cells and Prolozone are minimally invasive therapies that actually help the body regenerate tissue while reducing or even eliminating pain and inflammation. Get back the lifestyle you enjoy!Continue Reading

Prolozone Success

Our patients are having astounding success using Prolotherapy combined with ozone (Prolozone). This therapy is excellent for patients with weak or damaged connective tissue causing pain and inflammation in the joints such as the knee, elbow, wrist, shoulder, low back, and other areas. Those with arthritis and sports injuries have seen excellent results as well.

If you have reduced range of motion or pain that prevents you from enjoying the physical activity you love, prolozone is likely the treatment for you. Here’s a recent success from one of our patients.

“Approximately 5 months ago I injured my left knee. There were a multitude of injuries to it. I had 3 treatments of prolozone in 3 months. I was initially unable to walk and the pain was severe.

“After my last treatment in December, I am a new person. The pain is totally gone and I can walk and run with no pain. These treatments have given me my life back. I am so grateful!” –R.M. 

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Stem Cells For Joints, Not Surgery

stemcell2Stem cell therapy is revolutionizing medicine. Stem cells are multipotential cells residing in various body tissues, especially adipose tissue and bone marrow, but also circulating in the blood stream. When activated and placed in different areas of the body, they are able to differentiate into functional cells to replace damaged tissues. Stem cells are being employed to heal the heart, repair the retina, and reverse various neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and ALS. In all of these conditions technology is being developed.

Stem cell therapy is well established in the treatment of orthopedic disorders. Many studies have documented regrowth of cartilage and reduction of pain in damaged joints, especially knees and hips. Any joint can be treated, including the back, neck, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, fingers and toes. Injections can rebuild torn and degenerated tendons including the Achilles tendon. Partial tears can be reversed and individuals can return to prior activities without the prolonged healing time required after surgery.

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For Knee Arthritis – Injection is Better Than Oral Therapy

KneeA meta-analysis of treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee reached a surprising conclusion: intra-articular injections were more effective in relieving pain than any oral medication. (Annals of Internal Medicine, January 6, 2015, pages 46-54)

The knee is the joint most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Forty percent of people older than 45 years have some degree of knee osteoarthritis. Four hundred thousand knee replacements occur every year in the US. Millions have pain and stiffness that limits their ability to exercise, leading to obesity and all the complications associated with it, including worsening arthritis.

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Prolozone for Your Joints

InjectionProlozone, or prolotherapy combined with ozone, is a highly effective treatment for painful, injured or degenerating joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. In prolotherapy, sugar water containing vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, is injected into the involved area through a slender needle. This stimulates lymphocytes, cells of the immune system, to enter and promote the growth of new tissue. Over the last year, we have been adding ozone to the injection, with even better results in handling pain and disability.

Ozone is a gas produced from oxygen in a special machine. It is an activated form of oxygen, and works through several mechanisms to heal and grow new tissues, mainly through the enhanced production of energy within cells. Ozone diffuses easily throughout the area where it is injected, so a single injection can treat several damaged points in the same space. Even severely degenerated joints may respond, so it is worthwhile to attempt prolozone therapy when surgery is the only other option.

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The Rising Sum of Knee Replacement Surgeries

Twenty-seven million Americans have degenerative arthritis, called osteoarthritis. The rate of knee replacement surgery has dramatically risen, by a factor of ten in the last thirty years. Over 100,000 knee replacement procedures are performed every year. However, evaluation of knee x-rays has not confirmed an increase in radiologic abnormalities to coincide with the increase in surgical procedures. (Annals of Internal Medicine, Dec 6, 2011, pp. 725-731)Continue Reading

The Magic and Mystery of Trigger Points

A physician well-known to this corner had a sudden onset of severe low back pain going down both legs. He had been engaged in a vigorous physical program for years, and was in excellent condition. There was no known injury. MRI showed a large disk herniation between the second and third lumbar vertebrae.

The pain persisted over four months, with some relief from chiropractic, but he was still in pain.

Then he went to see a myofascial practitioner. Extremely tender trigger points were identified on both sides, in the buttocks, thighs and even lower legs, which, when pressed, exactly mimicked the lower back pain. These trigger points were pressed deeply and massaged. Specific exercises were directed to apply pressure to these points at home, using a rubber ball and foam roller, after range of motion and heat. Changes were recommended in sitting and sleeping positions.

The pain started to improve immediately, and after six sessions was about 70% resolved, only showing up at the end of the day.

Another individual developed severe rectal pain the day following prostate surgery. He was unable to sit, had to position himself on his side, and walking was impaired. Over the next year he saw numerous urologic and orthopedic specialists, pain specialists, had x-rays and MRIs, multiple injections, physical therapy, even an injection into a nerve plexus deep in the rectum, all without relief.

He went to a myofascial therapist. Severe trigger points were identified in his buttocks and treated. After only the second treatment his pain had improved and he could sit down again.Continue Reading