Regenerative Medicine: A Game-Changer for Arthritis Sufferers

Has arthritis pain begun to adversely affect your daily activity? Pain and swelling can make it difficult to work, stay active, or enjoy the things that once gave you pleasure. Fortunately, there are now treatment options that go beyond over-the-counter medications.

From her medical office in Columbia, Missouri, Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, provides regenerative medicine options to arthritis patients with the assistance of Angela Wooden, RN. Together, they can work with you to reduce or eliminate your arthritis pain and help you begin to enjoy life again. 

The basics of regenerative medicine

Your body continually regenerates at different levels, turning over cells and healing itself. Regenerative medicine seeks to boost your body’s natural healing capabilities. This can mean using your own blood in a concentrated form, injecting specially merged oxygen atoms, or even turning to stem cell therapy.

Regenerative medicine offers hope to arthritis sufferers

Dr. Friehling offers a wide range of regenerative treatments for people with arthritis. She will consult with you, examine your joints, and go over your medical history. She will then formulate a plan that may use one or more of the following therapies:

Ozone

Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three oxygen atoms. Dr. Friehling uses medical grade ozone to stimulate a healing response in your body. In studies of ozone treatment for arthritis, patients reported significantly lower pain scores after ozone therapy. Ozone therapy is performed by injecting medical grade ozone directly into the joint.

Stem cells

Stem cell therapy for arthritic joints can reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Dr. Friehling can use stem cell therapy to treat arthritis and joint problems, stimulating your body’s own stem cell production to accelerate the healing process. Stem cell therapy is performed by injecting the stem cells directly into the joint. The stem cells used can be taken from your body or a donor. 

PRP

With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Dr. Friehling draws a sample of your blood. She then puts your blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Platelets have healing properties. By concentrating the platelets and injecting them into the injured area, your body can heal faster and thereby reduce or eliminate the pain. Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been shown to decrease pain and reduce inflammation in joints affected by early osteoarthritis.

Other regenerative treatments

Dr. Friehling also utilizes Prolozone®, MedicalWave®, ozonated clot matric (OCM) therapy, and exosome therapy for regenerative medicine. She also provides detailed nutrition plans for arthritis sufferers to help reduce inflammation and aid in weight loss, if necessary. 

If your arthritis pain has not responded to conventional treatments and keeps getting worse, it may be time to turn to the groundbreaking, game-changing new field of regenerative medicine. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with the office of Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, today.

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