What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Arthritis affects the joints in the body, and causes pain and inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body’s white blood cells and immune proteins help protect from infection, bacteria and viruses. This response can cause inflammation. Arthritis that is associated with inflammation includes:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Gouty arthritis
What is Osteoarthritis?
The most common form of joint arthritis is osteoarthritis. Joints in the body are lined with articular cartilage that helps provide a smooth, gliding motion within the joint. Known as the “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage to the articular cartilage. Osteoarthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling. Severe damage can result in bone grinding, which can restrict movement. Typically, osteoarthritis occurs over time, but can also be caused by a joint injury or infection.
Do I Have Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can limit everyday life. When a patient suspects they have arthritis, it is important to visit a medical professional for an evaluation. During the exam, the physician will assess for warmth, swelling and redness in the joint. Movement of the joint may also be assessed during the exam. The physician may request Imaging such as x-rays, MRIs, CT scans and/or ultrasound to help diagnose the condition.
Can Osteoarthritis Be Treated?
There is not an exact cure for joint arthritis, but there are a number of treatment options available today. When a patient has been diagnosed with joint arthritis, the first course of action is typically to modify or eliminate any activity that may be aggravating the pain. Medication and/or physical therapy may be prescribed to help reduce symptoms. When patients do not see an improvement in symptoms, our team may recommend a new treatment known as EpiFix®.
What is EpiFix®?
EpiFix® is an allograft regenerative medicine composed of dehydrated human amnion/chorion member that preserves and contains growth factors, cytokines, and other specialty proteins for enhanced soft tissue healing. EpiFix® contains a combination of growth factors that have similar characteristics to placental tissues. These growth factors help:
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce scar tissue formation
- Promotes healing at the injection site
Commonly known for wound healing, EpiFix® is an allograft regenerative medicine therapy that can help with joint pain. It is important to note that EpiFix® is not a stem cell treatment, but rather provides similar healing affects that regenerative medicine therapies provide. Research has shown that the properties of EpiFix® help reduce inflammation and help enhance soft tissue healing.
Is EpiFix® Safe as an Allograft Regenerative Medicine Therapy?
EpiFix® is processed using the PURION® Process, which is a unique approach that provides an added level of tissue safety and ease of use. EpiFix® uses an effective microbial reduction.
For more resources on EpiFix®, or other joint osteoarthritis treatment, contact our physicians located in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.
PRP Therapy & BMAC FAQ
- How do Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cells and BioD Restore® (placental tissue graft) stem cells accelerate the healing process?
- Are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cells and BioD Restore® all considered regenerative therapies?
- Are all Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cell therapies the same?
- Is there an age limit for Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) regenerative therapy?
- Why is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) called a stem cell therapy?