6 comments on “Arthritis: What Can You Do to Relieve Pain?

  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing this info. There is no cure for osteoarthritis and since pain is alleviated with rest, many of those afflicted tend to avoid regular exercise for fear of pain. Proper treatment should be done & exercise must become daily part of it.

    • First and foremost, thank you for the reply. I will have to take a look at your site.
      Europe has always been cutting edge in sports medicine. They produce fantastic studies and their ability to perform clinical trials appears easier than in the US. PRP is fantastic, despite the article stating controversial evidence – the evidence in favor does exist. Keep in mind there is nothing in medicine that is unequivocally in support of any treatment option. In my opinion, it is not yet a mainstream treatment option primarily because it lacks availability to the commoner. Athletes can fly overseas or visit high-end clinics in the US and are willing to pay through the nose on the treatment. However, the common person is unable to do so. It is costly and regulations inhibit the physicians ability to perform the procedures at cheaper rates, which limits exposure.
      My question: why are we inhibiting inflammation? Inflammation is the bodies natural healing mechanism. So why throw on a pack of ice and inhibit natural healing? PRP goes against traditional thinking and I believe there will be more data coming out in the future on the advocacy of biological medicine.

      • Josh,
        I understand most current therapies try to limit inflammation, which as you said drives tissue repair in the body. Although from what I understood Regenokin (Kobe’s therapy) by the injection of IL-1ra does address the inflammatory process which in the case of arthritis is chronic and leads to tissue degeneration. Other therapies like prp increase inflammatory mediators (if i’m not wrong) which make sense as cartilage is hypocellular and hypovascular and should benefit of the growth factors boost. So there’s seem to be a difference with the german method. Unfortunately, the lab is not spreading its studies too much…

  2. Well said Fabio! I doubt it is a secret, if they are the first to identify a new treatment option for osteoarthritis I am certain they would capitalize on the method. However, as you are aware clinical trials will take 2-3 years to be published. We will have to keep an eye out. If I remember I will try to lit search and post my findings.

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