Avoiding The Need For Surgery With The Latest Osteoarthritis Treatments

Published: 2011-09-08, Last Modified:

Accumulated wear and tear on the body has long been associated with the aging process. Subsequently, an increase in the number of aches and pains that we experience is generally expected as we age. The understanding of this relationship is by no means new, either. Even in ancient Rome, emperors and educated scholars wrote of rheumatism, general illness and its association with aging.

However not all aches and pains that we feel with age are simply a result of having survived more birthdays. One example is in the case of Osteoarthritis. To date, three different genetic defects have been found to be associated with the development of the condition. The fact that the condition is observed more with age is simply because the disease causes slow degradation of joints with symptoms only typically becoming apparent after a long number of years.

With the medical communities’ increasing understanding of the disease, prevention of Osteoarthritis symptoms is more possible than it has ever been. However, because it is a disease and not just the result of aging, Osteoarthritis still requires treatment in many cases. At the same time, because much of the understanding of the disease is relatively new, many people currently suffering from Osteoarthritis are past the point of benefiting from the knowledge gained regarding prevention. Lastly, because cartilage has no blood vessels in it, it does not heal well once damaged meaning that treatment is often the only option.

Because of all this, Osteoarthritis treatment is still very important. Knee and hip replacements remain the most common forms of treatment for the condition with almost 800,000 such surgeries being performed annually in the US alone. However, with roughly 9 percent of the population suffering from Osteoarthritis and the age of the baby boomers upon us, this volume of surgeries is increasing. This makes the development of treatments that avoid the need for costly surgery and reduce recuperation times of particular interest.

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Category: Disease Information, Medical Research, Medical Treatment

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