Osteoarthritis (How to Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery)

Also known as Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis (OA) is an extremely common condition that involves the exposure and damage to bones in a joint as a result of cartilage loss.

Millions of people do not know exactly what it is, but continue to suffer silently in pain. OA is the most common form of arthritis, affecting approximately 31 million Americans. Initially it was viewed as a normal ‘wear and tear’ condition, but now it has become quite clear that it’s a disease that worsens over time. OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and the neck. As OA progresses, bones may break down and develop growths called spurs. Bits of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint further exacerbating the issue. Aside from the intense pain, it also interferes with the day-to-day life and can lead to functional disabilities.

Osteoarthritis and SurgeryThe symptoms of this debilitating condition vary, depending on which joints are affected and how severely they are affected. However the most common symptoms are pain, stiffness and soreness after inactivity or overuse. Other symptoms included limited range of motion, clicking or cracking when a joint bends, mild swelling around a joint, or pain that is worse after activity or toward the end of the day.

Eventually, the pain is too much and something must be done. Those suffering from this disease may be disappointed to learn that they have few options for treating OA through traditional medicine. Traditional treatments attempt to prevent the condition from worsening. Exercise, weight control, non-drug pain relief techniques and medications are all an effort to manage the condition. Exercise and weight control can be an effective effort if the OA is in its early stages. If in the later stages of OA, this physically may not even be an option. Medications and non-drug pain relief techniques are merely an attempt to hide the pain, but do nothing for the condition itself.

As a result, joint replacement surgeries are being executed in staggering numbers. In fact, more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year, and this number is expected to exceed 3 million by the year 2030.

However, growing populations of OA sufferers are learning that surgery is not the only option they have. Stem cells and regenerative treatments are becoming an increasingly popular option for OA sufferers. Not only do these treatments work to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with OA, but they also work to repair and regenerate the damaged tissue and bone at the cellular level. The reduction in pain and inflammation combined with the regenerative capabilities of cell-based treatments are successfully helping OA sufferers avoid surgery and regain normalcy of function and life. Furthermore, this is all done using minimally invasive techniques that involve little to no risk and downtime.

Patients receiving these treatments often report significant pain reduction within a few weeks. And due to the regenerative capabilities of these new treatment options, continued gains in pain relief and mobility are often experienced for months after receiving treatment. Most importantly, the pain relief from truly addressing the source of the pain and not just the symptoms is retained due to the regeneration and healing that has occurred.

If you are suffering from OA and are looking for alternatives to surgery and medications, search your area for a regenerative medicine clinic.

RestoraLife is one such clinic that has served the Brevard County communities since 2013. They pride themselves in staying at the forefront of the Regenerative field, offering combination treatments including stem cells, cell based therapies, laser treatments, platelet rich plasma and more. Restoralife offers free consultations and weekly Lunch & Learn Seminars to educate the public on the exciting new options for lasting pain relief using the latest and most advanced procedures.


Harry M. – “I had pain in my ankle for 2 years and could not walk right. My only other option was an ankle fusion. Now I walk without pain!”
Condition Treated: Severe Degenerative Osteoarthritis – Ankle
Treatments Type: Combination (Stem cells / PRP / Laser Therapy)
Pain Relief Reported: 90%

Pete P.“I would recommend these treatments to anyone. I feel the best I’ve felt in 15 years!”
Condition Treated: Degenerative Osteoarthritis (Bone on Bone –Both Knees)
Treatments Type: Combination (Stem cells / Laser Therapy)
Pain Relief Reported: 95-100%

Deborah N.“Treatment was amazing! The staff was always concerned with my progress and pain level. The process was very professional and the outcomes exceeded my expectations!”
Condition Treated: Degenerative Disc Disease, Stenosis (Nerve pain down both legs), Degenerative Osteoarthritis (Bone on Bone – Both knees)
Treatments Type: Combination (Stem cells / PRP / Laser Therapy)
Pain Relief Reported: 95%

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