Time is not on our side when it comes to the aging of the human body.
The overall aging process increases the propensity for osteoarthritis in our musculoskeletal system.
Osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic degenerative disease, is the most common joint disorder in the United States.
Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis occurs 10% in men and 13% in women aged 60 years or older.
However, aging is only a part of the many contributors to knee osteoarthritis including: female gender, overweight and obesity, knee injury, repetitive use of joints such as running, bone density, muscle weakness, and joint laxity.
Unfortunately, the number of people affected with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis is likely to increase due to the obesity epidemic and the growing aging population.
Fortunately, we are moving away from the days of solely relying on invasive orthopedic surgeries, when we just cut bones and moved them into places.
Using orthobiologics to treat knee osteoarthritis
Orthobiologics, also known as regenerative medicine, are showing promising results in the treatment of patellar tendinopathy, knee osteoarthritis, plantar fascitis, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and Achilles tendinopathy.
Additionally, orthobiologics are emerging as the alternative option for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, as they promote tissue regeneration, decrease pain and discomfort, and improve overall functional abilities.
But the treatment does not end there.
Treatments using orthobiologic substances are only as strong as the weakest link: the human movement system.
Living in pain with musculoskeletal pathologies is taxing on the human body.
Proper rehabilitation after the use of orthobiologics is key in maintaining positive outcomes, as well as mitigating the risk of future pain, dysfunction, and possible re-injury.
The goal of the human movement system is to find the path of least resistance.
As a result, our body will naturally find compensatory strategies and faulty patterns of movement that must be properly addressed with therapeutic intervention.
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At Integrative Spine & Sports, we specialize in knee pain treatment and regenerative medicine.
After the administration of the orthobiologic substance, your physical therapist will develop a custom-tailored home exercise program in addition to incorporating individualized, holistic and comprehensive treatment interventions to optimize the movement system and improve the human experience.
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