May 21, 2021
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
- 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.
- Swelling: Fluid accumulation inside the joint or inflammation of soft tissue around the joint can cause swelling.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Oct 27, 2020
On November 18th from 12:00 -1:00 pm PT, Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Mary A. Ambach will present on cell-based therapies.
Webinar on Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis
Join our free webinar to learn about innovative Cell based therapies as a non-surgical treatment option for osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions.
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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.
Sep 22, 2020
A patient of Dr. Christopher Rogers, Kristi Plume, has had successful PRP injections for two separate injuries. A torn rotator cuff was healed within 2 months of receiving the injection, by healing the tendon. Within 2-3 after the injection, Ms. Plume was pain free and able to resume full use of her shoulder and arm.
Only months later, Ms. Plume underwent PRP injections to treat osteoarthritis in both of her knees. The injections allowed her to get back to doing what she loves:
I’ve received PRP treatments from Dr. Rogers twice now for 2 different injuries. The first injury, a torn rotator cuff, completely healed within 2 months of receiving the PRP injection. It was quite fascinating to see the “before” and “after” ultrasound pictures, whereas the “before” showed a moderate tear and the “after” showed nothing but a healed tendon. Moreover, I was pain free and able to resume use of my shoulder/arm within 2-3 weeks from the date of the procedure. The first procedure was so successful, I underwent a PRP procedure again a few months ago for osteoarthritis in both of my knees. The PRP treatments have quite literally changed my life by allowing me to return to the active lifestyle I’ve always enjoyed. In addition, I avoided costly surgery, long-recovery times, and permanent, long-term pain and discomfort. I have full use of both my shoulder and knees without pain or discomfort. Dr. Rogers has a flawless bedside manner and he and his team of professionals deliver first class service to make their patients feel truly cared about. I cannot recommend San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group enough.
Kristi Plume has use of her shoulders and knees without any pain or discomfort.
Jun 17, 2020
When: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PST
“Managing Your Osteoarthritis” Webinar with Dr. Mary Ambach and Dr. Christopher Rogers
Dr. Mary Ambach and Dr. Christopher Rogers will be sharing various treatment options and new therapies available for patients living with osteoarthritis. Join us and learn about platelet rich plasma (PRP) and other cell based therapies currently used for the treatment of joint pain caused by arthritis. Get answers to your questions from experts in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
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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Mar 16, 2020
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 27 million Americans. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that slowly degenerates the protective cartilage in your joints. The most commonly affected joints are the knee, hip, shoulder and thumb. Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary by individual, progress over time and are easiest to treat when treated early.
Watch out for these early signs of osteoarthritis:
- Joint Pain: This is often one of the first signs of osteoarthritis. Joint pain that worsens with activity and is relieved after a period of rest is suggestive of osteoarthritis. Patients may experience mild joint tenderness or debilitating pain that limits activities.
- Swelling: Natural joint fluid serves to cushion and lubricate your joints. When the joint is irritated, extra fluid builds up and causes the joint to swell creating pain and stiffness. Sometimes the swelling can be caused by soft tissue inflammation in the joint.
- Loss of Flexibility: Inflammation, swelling and bone spurs can also limit joint motion. It may become difficult or impossible to fully bend or straighten a joint. This can affect your ability to perform daily activities or engage in sports.
- Abnormal Sensations: The cartilage between your bones acts as a shock absorber and allows smooth joint motion. When this cartilage becomes damaged, abnormal sensations or sounds such as crackling, grating or clicking may be experienced. Sometimes these sensations are associated with pain.
- Joint Stiffness: Joint stiffness is a common early sign of osteoarthritis and may occur after sitting or resting for prolonged periods of time. Stiffness in the morning is also a common early sign. Many times, the stiffness will improve later in the day after you are warmed up.
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor. A clinical evaluation that includes a physical examination and diagnostic testing can accurately diagnose the cause of your pain. Early detection will result in more effective treatment.
Several nonsurgical treatments are available to help reduce your pain, increase your activity and allow you to get back to doing the things you love.