Discover the Latest in Osteoarthritis Treatments

Discover the Latest in Osteoarthritis Treatments

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, several treatment options are available to manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. In this article, we will explore the latest advancements in osteoarthritis treatments, including both surgical and non-surgical options, as well as lifestyle changes that can support the overall treatment plan.

Understanding Osteoarthritis

Before delving into the various treatment options, it is essential to understand the basics of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the joints in the hands, knees, hips, shoulders, and spine. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones may start to rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation. The exact cause of osteoarthritis is still unknown, but factors such as age, genetics, and previous joint injuries can increase the risk.

Common Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can manifest differently in each individual, but there are several common symptoms to watch out for. These include joint pain and stiffness, especially after periods of inactivity or overuse. Swelling around the affected joint may also occur, making moving or performing daily activities difficult. Sometimes, a grating sensation or the feeling of bones rubbing together can be experienced. It is crucial to consult a healthcare professional if any of these symptoms persist, as early diagnosis and treatment can help slow down the progression of the disease.

The Latest Advancements in Osteoarthritis Treatments

In recent years, significant advancements have been made in the field of osteoarthritis treatments. One such development is the use of regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and other cell-based therapies. PRP therapy involves injecting a concentrated solution of the patient’s own blood platelets into the affected joint, promoting healing and reducing inflammation. Another option is utilizing a patient’s own mesenchymal stem cells from their fat or bone marrow to promote healing and repair of injured cartilage.

Additionally, researchers are exploring the potential of gene therapy in treating osteoarthritis. By targeting specific genes involved in cartilage degeneration, scientists hope to develop new therapies that can slow down or halt the progression of the disease.

Other Non-surgical Options for Managing Osteoarthritis

While surgical interventions may be necessary in severe cases of osteoarthritis, there are several non-surgical options available to manage pain and improve joint function. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in reducing pain and increasing mobility through targeted exercises and stretches. 

Pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, are commonly used to alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms. However, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional before starting any medication regimen, as they can have side effects and interactions with other medications.

Lifestyle Changes to Support Osteoarthritis Treatments

In addition to medical interventions, certain lifestyle changes can greatly support the overall management of osteoarthritis. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial, as excess weight stresses the joints, exacerbating symptoms. Regular exercise, such as low-impact activities like swimming or cycling, can help strengthen the muscles around the joints and improve joint flexibility.

Dietary modifications can also play a role in managing osteoarthritis. Including foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and walnuts, can help reduce inflammation. Avoiding processed foods, sugary beverages, and excessive alcohol consumption can also have a positive impact on overall joint health.


In conclusion, while there is no cure for osteoarthritis, various treatment options are available to manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. From the latest advancements in regenerative medicine to non-surgical interventions and lifestyle changes, individuals with osteoarthritis have a range of options to explore. It is crucial to work closely with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses each individual’s specific needs and goals. By staying informed about the latest advancements in osteoarthritis treatments, individuals can make informed decisions and take control of their joint health.

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Betty’s Patient Success Story | PRP Knee Arthritis

Betty is an exceptional physical therapist who takes care of orthopedic patients. She has knee osteoarthritis and trusted the care of Dr. Ambach and her team to treat her knees. She had an excellent response to platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment in keeping her knees healthy, managing her pain and supporting her highly active lifestyle.”

I can not say enough about how excellent the care is at SanDiego Orthobiologics. I am a PT and often refer patients here with the utmost confidence for consultations and injections. I have personally undergone PRP injections for my knees with Dr Ambach. She is extremely knowledgable, caring and professional. I have had good results treating mild to moderate arthritis and highly recommend to anyone experiencing orthopedic problems that limit their daily life.

– by Betty Parmenter on Sat Dec 16, 2023

5 Early Signs of Osteoarthritis

5 Early Signs of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting 32.5 million Americans. It is a chronic disease that slowly degenerates the protective cartilage in your joints.  For some people, symptoms are minimal. While for others, it can be disabling. The joints in the knees, hips, hands and spine are typically involved, although any joint in the body can be affected. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis vary, but there are early signs to watch out for that can help prompt for an early medical evaluation and subsequent treatment.

Early Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis

  1. Joint Pain: Pain typically worsens with activity or at the end of the day. Pain can be felt as a generalized ache in the joint or sharp sensation with certain motions.
  2. Swelling: Fluid accumulation inside the joint or inflammation of soft tissue around the joint can cause swelling.
  3. Joint Stiffness: Stiffness is typically felt early in the morning upon waking up or after a period of inactivity. The stiffness gets better after moving around and as the day progresses. 
  4. Loss of Flexibility: You may lose full range of motion and can find it difficult to move the joint because of pain, swelling or stiffness.
  5. Abnormal Sensations: Popping, clicking or cracking sounds may be heard and grating sensations may be felt in the joint.

If you experience these symptoms regularly, seek consultation with your orthopedic doctor. A comprehensive medical evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing by a board-certified physician is needed to accurately diagnose the cause of your joint pain. Read our blog and watch our webinar on the non-surgical treatment options and innovative therapies for osteoarthritis. 

Stem Cell Therapy Lecture

Stem Cell Therapy Lecture

Dr. Christopher Rogers was honored to speak at the April 2021 La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club meeting. Topics of the lecture included a history of stem cell therapy in San Diego and an update on FDA-approved clinical trials for knee osteoarthritis.  To see a copy of the lecture, visit the San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group YouTube channel or view the video linked below!

Can PRP Therapy Help Avoid Surgery For Arthritis and Orthopedic Conditions?

Can PRP Therapy Help Avoid Surgery For Arthritis and Orthopedic Conditions?

Join our free webinar to learn about PRP, an innovative non-surgical treatment option for osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Mary Ambach specializes in non-surgical orthopedics, regenerative therapies, and interventional pain management. As a key thought leader in the field of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Ambach conducts research, trains physicians, and lectures at international medical conferences.

Dr. Christopher Rogers is one of the world’s leading experts in orthopedic regenerative medicine and a renowned speaker at national medical conferences. He has developed new approaches for the treatment of tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, and disc degeneration which provide a safe and viable alternative to surgery.

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Patient Success Story | Knee Osteoarthritis Treated With Fat Derived Regenerative Cell and PRP Therapy By Dr. Ambach

Patient Success Story | Knee Osteoarthritis Treated With Fat Derived Regenerative Cell and PRP Therapy By Dr. Ambach

J.Z. is a woman in her late fifties with severe knee osteoarthritis and meniscus degeneration.  Dr. Ambach successfully performed the fat derived regenerative cell and  platelet rich plasma (PRP) to treat her symptoms.

My experience was amazing! Dr. Ambach explained everything as she performed the procedure. I would definitely recommend this.

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