When Jon found that the knee pain he had experienced for years was getting worse and starting to have a negative impact on his everyday life—including taking his giant schnauzers for walks—he decided to participate in Arrowhead Health Center’s OsteoArthritis of the Knee Program.
Tackling OsteoArthritis of the Knee
There are many factors that contribute to the development of OsteoArthritis and anyone can get it. Most people probably associate the disorder with elderly patients, the wear and tear of athletics makes some people significantly more likely to develop more severe OsteoArthritis pain before their time—especially if they are among the millions of athletes with injuries in joints like the knees.
Consistent with the typical symptoms of OsteoArthritis pain, Jon described a pinching feeling in his knee and the sensation of bone rubbing on bone. A former football player for Penn State, Jon had injured his knee while playing the sport in the past, then compounded the injury in a later skiing accident.
One of the fundamental aspects of Jon’s treatment for OsteoArthritis of the knee pain was the injection of stem cells to the injured area. A relatively new technique, the stem cell injections have been giving great results for patients deemed good candidates for this treatment route. Jon is still seeing “tremendous improvement” 6 months after having stem cells injected into his knee.
However, OsteoArthritis of the knee can be a complicated disorder and usually calls for a comprehensive approach that utilizes multiple treatment options for optimal effectiveness. Other types of injections and physical therapy are typically included in such a treatment plan.
To find out if you might be a candidate for stem cell injections to treat OsteoArthritis of the knee, contact Arrowhead Health Centers to set up a consultation with a health care professional located at one of our convenient locations throughout the Valley.