The Active Joint Institute continually searches for cutting edge medical research to add to our non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis. For example, growing cartilage in a test tube is now possible. Treatments for OA can be categorized into two different groups — removing friction and pain relief. Removing friction can be achieved by four different modalities — HA injections, focused physical therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and knee replacement. All other treatment options only offer pain relief.
Pain relief is attainable in OA. However, if this is the only focus, OA will progress to the point where pain cannot be controlled without joint replacement. At The Active Joint Institute, we concentrate on fixing the actual cause of the pain — friction. Pain relief is likely to follow.
Removing friction in an arthritic joint can be accomplished in two ways — cutting out the friction (surgery), or covering up the friction with a lubricant. To lubricate the joint, we can inject hyaluronic acid into the joint and add focused physical therapy to stimulate the natural production of hyaluronic acid.