Did you know that there are over 40 different types of arthritis? Arthritis can have many potential causes, and each type of arthritis requires a different type of treatment. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Learn the differences between these two types of arthritis and how we can treat them.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is actually an autoimmune disorder. This type of arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the cartilage and tissues of the joints. There are some treatments for rheumatoid arthritis that can help control flares, but the damage done to the cartilage is often permanent and ongoing.
We have used PRP treatments and stem cell therapy to successfully treat this type of arthritis. While the PRP and stem cells do not affect the way the immune system attacks the joints, it does help to relieve pain and minimize the damage to the cartilage and tissues.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is usually brought on by age and/or a deficiency in calcium. As we age, the bones, joints, cartilage, and tendons of the body can become worn and brittle, leading to a diagnosis of arthritis. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but some of our treatments have been found to slow down or stop the degeneration of the joints.
PRP and stem cell therapies have been very successful in treating osteoarthritis. The cartilage of the joints is easily repaired or protected through these treatments. The treatments will also help alleviate pain and increase mobility.
If you are suffering from arthritis and looking for new treatments that can improve your way of life, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.