Arthritis Specialist

Bonnie S. Friehling, MD

Integrative Medicine & Esthetics located in Columbia, MO

Affecting more than 54 million Americans, arthritis is a major health concern. Holistic health care provider Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, in Columbia, Missouri, with help from Angela Wooden, RN, offers innovative treatments for the management of arthritis to reduce pain and promote tissue health and regeneration. To learn more about her innovative approaches, call the office today.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general medical term that refers to joint pain and inflammation. It’s a common health problem in the United States and generally gets worse with time. At the office of Bonnie S. Friehling, MD, you may be able to help reduce your arthritis pain and even improve joint health with regenerative medicine.

What are the types of arthritis?

While arthritis sounds like one disease, there are more than 100 types of arthritis. Some, however, are more common than others, including:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million Americans. Referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between your bones wears away.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks the capsule that surrounds your joints, leading to inflammation and deterioration of the tissue.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is also an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks the connective tissue, which includes cartilage, tendons, and ligaments that make up your joints.

The type of arthritis you suffer from may help Dr. Friehling direct your treatment.

What are traditional treatments for arthritis?

Traditional treatments for arthritis center around managing symptoms and preventing progression of your disease. Treatment usually includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight loss
  • Cortisone injections

Dr. Friehling takes a different approach to the treatment of arthritis. She focuses on healing the underlying cause of your joint condition.

How can regenerative medicine help my arthritis?

Regenerative medicine is a medical specialty focused on supporting your body’s own ability to repair damaged and diseased tissue. Dr. Friehling uses a number of regenerative medicine treatments to support your body’s efforts, including:

Ozone

With ozone therapy, Dr. Friehling utilizes medical grade ozone to create a curative response in your body. This treatment stimulates the release of growth factors that assist in the regeneration of your damaged joints and degenerative discs. It can also significantly reduce chronic pain through its action on pain receptors.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP is a blood product Dr. Friehling creates from a sample of your own blood that’s rich in your body’s natural healing properties, including platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells. She injects the PRP directly into your joint to help the healing process.

Biologic allograft

Biologic allograft is a form of stem cell therapy that stimulates your body to increase stem cell production. Stem cells are your body’s blank cells that can change into specialized cells. Dr. Friehling injects the biologic allograft into your joint to accelerate tissue regeneration and healing to reduce pain and improve function.

Exosomes

Exosomes assist in the communication between cells and also support the regeneration of tissue. Dr. Friehling includes exosome therapy as part of her regenerative medicine treatments to enhance effectiveness.

Dr. Friehling determines the best arthritis treatment method for you when you come in for a consultation.

To learn more about the holistic treatments for your arthritis, call Dr. Friehling’s office today or book an appointment online.