The underrated widespread disease Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is the world's most common joint disease and can affect virtually all joints. iStock.com, stockdevil
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The common disease osteoarthritis is becoming more common, but the causes remain unclear. Basically, this is joint wear. There are about 100 joints in the human body, but the functionality of the joints is broadly similar: there is a hyaline cartilage layer between the head and cup that prevents bone from rubbing against bones, making it important for smooth movement of the joints is. If this cartilage is damaged - such as by injury, overuse or wear - it comes to osteoarthritis. The cartilage layer is getting thinner, which makes the joint less supple. The movements become more painful and heavier.

New therapy approach can help

The acting causes of arthrosis can not always be turned off - especially in osteoarthritis. In addition, an existing osteoarthritis can only be slowed down, but not reversed. Therefore, new therapeutic approaches are also focused mainly on relieving the pain. This also applies, for example, to osteoarthritis therapy with Orthokin. The doctor first takes the patient's blood and stores it in special syringes for a certain period of time. The blood cells release anti-inflammatory and growth-promoting proteins. The blood is later injected into the area of ​​the aching joint. In many studies, the therapy with Orthokin, the body's own protein, achieved a great deal of pain relief and in some cases even complete freedom from pain.

OP is often the last resort

Even the Orthokin therapy can only fight the pain, but not stop the cause itself. The cartilage tissue is thus further degraded. Eventually, the joint is too damaged, so that only a surgical intervention remedy. So it must be used a joint prosthesis. In this operation, usually the condyle is replaced by a prosthetic part. In severe cases, the pan is replaced. This has the advantage that where there is no natural joint, no new pain can form. Nevertheless, such an intervention naturally also has disadvantages:

  • General anesthesia is necessary.
  • The surgery is irreversible because bone material is completely removed.
  • Prostheses do not last indefinitely - The younger the patient, the more likely it is to require another procedure.
  • Often after the operation a lengthy physiotherapy must be done so that the handling of the new joint can be learned.

Therefore, you should try to relieve your symptoms as long as possible with alternative therapies such as Orthokin therapy.

(This article was written in collaboration with the external author Markus Wehde., 05.06.2018 -)