Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that acts as a cushion between bones in joints begins wear out, causing inflammation and pain in joints, thereby restricting movement. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease.
There are two kinds of arthritis – primary and secondary. While primary osteoarthritis is a result of old age, secondary osteoarthritis is a result of disease or an injury, which in turn leads to it. The best way to keep osteoarthritis under check is to exercise regularly, avoid squatting and cross-legged positions, maintain a healthy diet and keep weight in control. High uric acid levels are one of the causes for the onset of osteoarthritis.
World over, OA of the knees is one of the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders and disabilities in the elderly population leading to poor quality of life. Global incidence of osteoarthritis is 14 to 20%. In India 22% to 39% people suffer from osteoarthritis, out of which 14% require active treatment. Current management of osteoarthritis is only for temporary symptomatic relief and does not addresses the cause of disease nor does it reverse the disease process. Moreover the adverse effects of medication and complication of interventions along with presence of other co-morbidities limit their use.
In spite of medical and surgical advances in treatment of osteoarthritis, outcomes are still under debate. This is attributable in large part to the intrinsic biology of cartilaginous tissue, which limits its capacity to self-regenerate. Presently, targeted stimulation of endogenous repair of cartilage remains an exciting avenue of research.
Years of exploration of these avenues has led to pioneering SPMF®Therapy by Wg Cdr (Dr) VG Vasishta (Retd).This is a noninvasive, safe, painless treatment which not only stops the progress of disease but also reverses the process of disease by cartilage regeneration.
Before treatment patient is evaluated by x- ray and physical examination of affected joint along with some basic blood tests. The affected joints are exposed to SPMF®Therapy, one hour every day for 21 consecutive days. This is an outpatient treatment which requires the patient to spend approximately one and a half hours daily at our centre. Most of the patients show subjective improvements and are out of pain killers by the end of the treatment. Positive results are seen three months post-treatment. Majority of patients are able to lead a normal life.