FDA-Ap­proved Knee Pain Treat­ment Helps Thou­sands Avoid Surgery

Arthri­tis Care of Texas is now ac­cept­ing new pa­tients. Most in­sur­ances ac­cepted– in­clud­ing Medi­care.

The Dallas Morning News - - Texas Health Daily - Cushon­ing Medicine Re­lieves Pain In­creased Joint Space Re­duces Fric­tion

DAL­LAS, TEXAS—Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Or­thopaedic Sur­geons, os­teoarthri­tis (OA) of the knee is one of the five lead­ing causes of dis­abil­ity af­fect­ing mil­lions of Amer­i­cans each year. In fact, the risk for dis­abil­ity from OA of the knee is as great as the risk for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease which is the lead­ing cause of death among all Amer­i­cans. Un­til re­cent years so­lu­tions for os­teoarthri­tis of the knee have been lim­ited and of­ten re­sult in painful sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures fol­lowed by months or years of ther­apy and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. How­ever, ad­vances in FDA-ap­proved non-sur­gi­cal med­i­cal treat­ments have been help­ing peo­ple re­lieve os­teoarthri­tis of the knee and pro­long or even elim­i­nate the need for surgery. This is ac­com­plished by us­ing ad­vanced state of the art tech­nol­ogy and treat­ment pro­to­cols. To the pa­tient the process seems sim­ple, but be­hind the scenes a cus­tom­ized treat­ment pro­gram is for­mu­lated depend­ing on the sever­ity of the con­di­tion, al­low­ing for the best pos­si­ble re­sult. Af­ter vis­it­ing Arthri­tis Care of Texas and talk­ing with some of the pa­tients, it’s clear to see that out­comes have been noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous. Here’s what one of the pa­tients has to say. “Be­fore I came to Arthri­tis Care of Texas I had been told I would never have re­lief from the ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain in my knees without knee re­place­ment. But af­ter the treat­ment and phys­i­cal ther­apy at Arthri­tis Care of Texas I can now walk nor­mally, and without pain! I climbed stairs last week for the first time in a year. I am no longer us­ing the hand­i­cap park­ing spa­ces. I have a nor­mal life without pain ev­ery time I stand up or walk. Thank you! Thank you! Arthri­tis Care of Texas has given me new life.” All of the el­e­ments of ef­fec­tive treat­ment can be found at the med­i­cal of­fices of Arthri­tis Care of Texas. They pos­sess a com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy and ex­pe­ri­ence that en­sures com­fort­able treat­ment and ef­fec­tive re­lief of your pain. Af­ter treat­ing thou­sands of pa­tients, the doc­tors of Arthri­tis Care of Texas have a great un­der­stand­ing of each con­di­tion and they un­der­stand what treat­ments will work best to re­lieve your pain. For those who have ques­tions about the pro­gram or want to make sure that it’s right for their con­di­tion, a free screen­ing is be­ing of­fered. Some com­mon ques­tions are listed be­low.

What is os­teoarthri­tis (OA)?

Os­teoarthri­tis, also known as de­gen­er­a­tive joint dis­ease, is the most com­mon type of arthri­tis. Healthy knees are nat­u­rally filled with Synovial fluid that helps lubri­cate and pro­vide cush­ion­ing. In os­te­o­rathri­tis the amount of synovial fluid is di­min­ished and the joint space be­comes more com­pressed. This causes the bones to rub to­gether re­sult­ing in pain, swelling, and loss of mo­tion of the joint. Al­though in some peo­ple it pro­gresses quickly, in most in­di­vid­u­als joint dam­age de­vel­ops grad­u­ally over years.

Who has OA?

Os­teoarthri­tis is most com­mon in older peo­ple. How­ever, younger peo­ple can also de­velop the con­di­tion, typ­i­cally as a re­sult of a joint in­jury, a joint mal­for­ma­tion, or a ge­netic de­fect in the joint car­ti­lage. It is also more likely to oc­cur in peo­ple who are over­weight and those with jobs that stress par­tic­u­lar joints.

What causes Os­teoarthri­tis?

The num­ber one cause of os­teoarthri­tis is hered­i­tary. If your par­ents had os­teoarthri­tis there is a good chance you may have it also. Be­cause of this, early treat­ment is highly rec­om­mended to pro­long knee joint health. Other fac­tors that might cause os­teoarthri­tis in­clude the fol­low­ing: • Be­ing over­weight

• Get­ting older (wear and tear)

• Joint in­jury

• Joints that are not prop­erly formed (align­ment/ im­bal­ance prob­lems)

• A ge­netic de­fect in the joint car­ti­lage

• Stresses on the joints from cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing sports, work and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties

How does our treat­ment work?

Af­ter care­ful study and sev­eral tri­als the FDA ap­proved a new treat­ment aimed at help­ing those with knee pain. The ef­fec­tive­ness of this proven treat­ment is im­proved by state of the art tech­nol­ogy uti­lized at Arthri­tis Care of Texas. The doc­tors at Arthri­tis Care of Texas can pin­point the lo­ca­tion in the knee where there is the great­est dam­age. FDA ap­proved Hyalgan® gel is then added to the knee joint and the heal­ing process be­gins. Hyalgan® gel bonds with nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring joint fluid to cre­ate a lubri­cat­ing and cush­ion­ing layer in the knee. This re­duces pain, in­flam­ma­tion, and swelling of the joint. Hyalgan® treat­ments are vis­ually guided by live mo­tion imag­ing flu­o­roscopy to en­sure com­fort and max­i­mal in­jec­tion ac­cu­racy. Most pa­tients re­port lit­tle pain or dis­com­fort. Hyalgan® gel is sim­i­lar to sub­stances that oc­cur nat­u­rally in your joint. The out­side of the joint (joint cap­sule) is com­prised of a sturdy fi­brous tis­sue. The lin­ing of the joint cap­sule con­tains synovial fluid which acts as a shock ab­sorber in­side the joint. The eas­i­est way to think of Hyalgan® gel treat­ments is that they top up the joint’s nat­u­ral fluid, which has been lost be­cause of os­teoarthri­tis. It is sim­i­lar to adding oil to your car’s en­gine. If your car were to run low on oil you would have some se­ri­ous wear and tear on the mov­ing parts. More oil would be nec­es­sary to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

When will I feel re­sults?

Most pa­tients feel im­prove­ment quickly and can be­gin to en­joy ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties again.

How do I know that this is right for me?

A free screen­ing is the best way to de­ter­mine if treat­ment is right. Arthri­tis Care of Texas can only ac­cept 30 pa­tients per week into this pro­gram. Peo­ple can sched­ule their free screen­ing at any time but there may be a 1-2 week de­lay for ad­mit­tance into the pro­gram for qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als.

Are you a good can­di­date for this treat­ment?

• Do you wake up with knee pain?

• Does your knee pain keep you from cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties?

• Have you been told you need a knee re­place­ment?

• Are you ac­tive and some­times suf­fer from sore knees?

• Do you take med­i­ca­tions for knee pain?

• Do you have dif­fi­culty go­ing up and down stairs due to knee pain?

• Are you con­sid­er­ing surgery to al­le­vi­ate knee pain?

• Have you tried ev­ery­thing to get rid of knee pain with no suc­cess?

• If you an­swered yes to any of th­ese ques­tions you may be a can­di­date for treat­ment.

About Arthri­tis Care of Texas

Doc­tors at Arthri­tis Care of Texas have decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and they have con­tin­u­ously in­vested in the most ad­vanced med­i­cal treat­ments avail­able. Sev­eral high tech med­i­cal op­tions are avail­able that can’t be found any­where else in Texas. Where most doc­tors run out of an­swers, Arthri­tis Care of Texas of­fers hope and heal­ing. Our spe­cialty doc­tors who have years of ex­pe­ri­ence in FDA ap­proved non-sur­gi­cal treat­ments, have suc­cess­fully treated thou­sands of pa­tients, and will cus­tom­ize a treat­ment plan that is right for you. Ev­ery­thing is done in one cen­ter so there is no need to travel to see other doc­tors or spe­cial­ists.

Re­duced Space Be­tween Joints

— Mar­sha E. Worn Car­ti­lage Bone Ero­sion

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