Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is among the most common back bone complains among patients visiting physicians, and as a result, researchers are seeking a solution for it. Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the lower back and also causes joint and tendons pains. The treatment of the condition is done through a program called Regenokine, and the procedure itself is known as the Orthokine. Orthokine is usually non surgical, though it is yet to be approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for use. The process involves natural healing by the body releasing healing components to improve mobility, reduce the pain, and to reduce the constant inflammation happening at the patient’s joints (Beth, Mary, 2010).

According to a reports editorial on ABC News aired on June 25th, 2012, the FDA has not approved the use of Orthokine to treat Osteoarthritis in the United States borders. However, some athletes from the US have been using the treatment as an effective pain reliever. The main reason why the treatment is prohibited in the US is not clear although there has been some speculation from the public. It is said that the chronic pain reliever can be used illegally by athletes to improve their performance, giving them an unfair advantage. People who have undergone the Orthokine treatment say that it reduces chronic back pain effectively. The World Anti-Doping Agency has also been involved in testing the drugs used in treatment for any unwanted substance. They termed it as a safe practice that cured back pains without affecting the body (Beth, Mary, 2010).

There have been speculations on the reasons that the FDA is still naming the treatment illegal, yet it has been proved to be safe. However, it is true that there is a connection between the injection s of Regenokine and an athlete’s performance are related. The invention is a medical discovery that can be administered to the rest of the public who are not active in sports. The FDA should hence allow the injection to be provided to the public to use for their convenience (Nasr, Lauterio, Davis, 2011).

The pain that is felt at the back bone normally originates from a bone, muscle, joint, nerves, or other structures that are located in the spine. Each of the structures can be the cause of chronic back aches. The back pain can spread to other body parts and can be reflected in other forms other than pain, such as numbness or general weakness. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes severe pain and also causes stiff and swollen joints. Cartilage can be termed as the soft tissue that is found between bones that form a joint, and allows the joints to smoothly move by functioning as a cushion. When Osteoarthritis occurs, the cartilage breaks leading to the bones in a joint grinding without the cushion. This leads to severe pain and swelling as well as damage on the tissues. It is thought as the most common arthritis among people in the United States (Teri, 2011).

Osteoarthritis is common among the older generation people injured at the joint, and in overweight persons and can lead to disability. The condition can be extremely painful and only gets worse if not attended. There is no set cure for the condition, but analgesics can be taken to reduce the swelling. Analgesics are found in different forms: Acetaminophen that is popularly known as Tylenol, Celebrex, Advil, and Aleve. Analgesics also occur in the form of creams like Aspercreme, BenGay, and Theragen. The pain and swelling can also be reduced by use of supplements that include Chondroitin and Glucosamine. Different medications can be administered to reduce back-bone pain including a steroid injection. The steroids are injected at the affected cartilage and have been found to provide pain relief, though for a short time only. The steroids have the same functionality as cortisol, which is a hormone that is produced above the kidneys, by adrenal glands. Dr. Clement J. of Mayo clinic that is based in Rochester states that injection of steroids in controllable amounts can reduce the pain. The form of treatment can be termed to be purely palliative, and does not cure the arthritis in the infected joint (Evans, 2005). 

Patients also get reliefs by taking of oral medication like analgesics and anti inflammatory medication that does not contain steroids. In case the use of physical therapy and oral pain killers does not work the option of steroid injection can be explored. Dr. Clement cites that in case, higher levels of cortisone than that naturally produced by the body are injected can cause pain relief for months. However, the number of injections should be limited to four in a period of one year, in one joint. If it is administered in excess, it can cause massive damage to the joint. The practices of steroids injections have both long term and immediate risks. Among the most common short term effects are insomnia, nervousness, fluid retention, and mood swings. The long term effects include cataracts, osteoporosis and damages on the hip, in rare cases.

A therapeutic method of managing Osteoarthritis has also been invented through Regenokine program. The process involves the body healing itself naturally and reducing the pain in the back bone. Regenokine was initially developed by Dr. Peter Wehling and his associate, Julio Reinecke, PhD. The two scholars found what could have been the main cause of Osteoarthritis and tried to formulate solutions, which is the Regenokine therapy. Dr. Chris Renna, however had the final word in the program by coming up with nutritional supplements to help in the therapy process. The therapy successfully brought relief to lower back aches that occur as a result of Osteoarthritis. A case study of the effectiveness of Regenokine was carried out on Fred Couples who had arthritic back pain. He recovered in time to win the PGA Players Championship in the year 2000. He attributed his improved form to the use of Regenokine to cure his condition (Evans, 2005).

The process of Regenokine therapy involves getting blood from a patient’s body and heating it slightly. The heat has an effect similar to that of a fever on the blood, activating inflammation, which is a natural healing mechanism in the human body. The blood is transferred to a test tube and slowly shook to separate blood and its constituents. The red blood cells form together at the bottom and a yellow layer forms just above it. The yellow serum is good for the body, and it reduces inflammation by providing proteins that block pain. The serum is injected back to the patient providing a relief almost immediately. However, it depends on the immune system of the patient, and it may take some weeks to some people. 75% of the patients that use the treatment are able to feel better immediately after injection. The serum’s effect will take control of the body for a period not less than two years. Dr. Peter Wehling started a practice in Germany that is the place where the treatment was developed. The success of Regenokine can be attributed to the team work of doctors and surgeons in Europe and the US (Baltzer, Moser, Jansen, Krauspe, 2009).

Despite the programs renowned success, the FDA has not yet allowed the therapy to be practiced in the US. This is because the treatment process requires body tissues to be manipulated but in regulated portions. This makes it to be classified among drugs, and hence the stiff regulations. However, some doctors in the US try out the therapy although they have to be allowed to proceed by the FDA. Some radical physicians like Dr. Chris Renna have clinics in the US that offer Regenokine therapy to his patients (Borchers, Hagie, Keen, Gershwin, 2007).

He is, however, worried that the FDA might take him to court for going against their laws. In Europe, the laws are lenient meaning that Dr. Wehling can carry out the practice legally and help patient’s who suffer from severe back aches. Many patients suffering from the form of arthritis have tried a lot of medical drugs, with no success. Questions of the healing process brought about by Regenokine have been raised. Some people think that the healing could be caused by positive thinking of the patient, and not the anti-inflammatory (Borchers, Hagie, Keen, Gershwin, 2007).

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is also a biologic therapy that also involves the use of human blood. However, unlike in Regenokine, the blood is used to platelets which have chemicals that induce healing in a wound. As a result, if the platelets are scientifically got from the blood sample and injected again in the human body, it should speed up the healing process. Compared to Regenokine, PRP therapy has a stronger logic but lacks on evidence. A survey carried out in the year 2010 tried to check the ability of platelets that are rich in plasma to heal people that suffer from Achilles tendinopathy.  It was to be compared with a saline injection to determine which one was more effective. The injections were given double-blindly, and neither the patients nor doctors knew the injection with platelets and the one with saline. Observation was done for a period of 24 months, and the results were analyzed. None of the two therapies was found to be effective in reducing pain or helping on a physical function. A year later, none of the two therapies had better effects than the other. Earlier studies had showed that platelets’ remedy was more effectual than placebo in reducing the patient’s pain. However, the blind test proved otherwise that both processes had similar results (Bountra, Munglani, Schmidt, 2003).

Before the blind tests were done, athletes used the placebo therapy to reduce pain, which shows the strength of faith they had in the treatment. In the year 2004, renowned golf player, Tiger Woods got injected with PRP four times with each one being before his four golf majors in the same year. In the same year, Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward, who were Pittsburgh Steelers, received PRP injections just before they went for their super bowl games. Kobe Bryant also had to fly to Germany last July for a visit to Dr. Wehling’s clinic. He needed a therapy for Osteoarthritis that had developed on his right knee. After his first dose of Regenokine, he was back again in October for another dose. Kobe is 34 year old, but has been playing an average of 5 minutes more per game as compared to his performance last year. The Basketball superstar was so amazed by Regenokine that he recommended it to his friend Rodriguez who plays for the Yankees. Rodriguez had made several attempts to boosting his performance without much notable success (Isla, 2009).

A report by the ABC news shows that most athletes prefer to undergo Regenokine therapy. It also states that more athletes are recovering from Osteoarthritis by use of Regenokine, which is done in abroad countries because it is not permitted in the US. Most athletes testify that the Regenokine administered made them feel better within a short time. However, more tests have to be done on the therapy techniques, and the results would be the innovation of among the best sports medicine ever. Tracy McGrady, a popular athlete, confessed that he felt better after a dose of Regenokine. There is a need for better medical innovations for athletes who are required to make quick recoveries following the volatility of their careers. Key athletes have the finances and will to seek the best treatments that can boost their performances in the competitive field. This has encouraged doctors and surgeons to explore more options to try and get an effective therapy for back and joint aches (Teri, 2011).

Back pain has been phenomenon that is likely to affect any human being no matter their age or gender. Pain is an experience that can have an incurable emotional and physical effect on human beings. It is normally a repulsive sensory as well as an occurrence caused by emotions reflected by a potential or actual tissue damage. Pain occurs on different parts of a human body depending on the affected position. For example, the occurrence of Osteoarthritis affects the back bone causing severe pain. The back bone is among the sensitive parts of the body that are prone to different pains caused by different reasons. Back aches can be caused by straining the back during a sport or by attempting to lift weighty stuff. It can also be caused by hours of working while leaning over the desk. Hence backbone pains are caused by a set of reasons, and it is a common occurrence with people all around the world (Teri, 2011). Only proper clinical trials can determine which is the better therapy for back pains, whether placebo or Regenokine. It has also not clearly been established if the effects of Regenokine are biological, or it’s the psychological belief that cures a person. In the meantime sports, people will do the tests for us with each of their therapies using the two techniques being watched keenly. Until proper tests are done and the right answers provided, the therapy techniques of curing back aches will still be termed as experimental.

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