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What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is also called degenerative joint disease or “wear-and-tear” arthritis. Almost everyone is affected by it to some extent as they grow older. It most frequently occurs in weight-bearing joints, mainly knees, hips, and ankles. This form of arthritis slowly and gradually breaks down the cartilage that covers the ends of each bone in a joint. Normally, the cartilage acts as a shock absorber, providing a smooth surface between the bones. But with osteoarthritis, the smooth surface becomes rough and pitted. In advanced stages, it may wear away completely. Without their normal gliding surfaces, the bones grind against one another, causing inflammation, pain and restricted movement. Bone spurs may form.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases and its protein composition degenerates. Repetitive use of the joints over the years irritates and inflames the cartilage, causing joint pain and swelling. Eventually, cartilage begins to degenerate by chipping or forming tiny cracks. In advanced cases, there is a total loss of the cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints, which causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and restriction of joint mobility. Inflammation of the cartilage can also stimulate new bone outgrowths (spurs) to form around the joints. Osteoarthritis is sometimes found in several members of the same family, implying a heredity (genetic) basis for the disease.
Secondary osteoarthritis is caused by another disease or condition. Conditions that can cause secondary osteoarthritis include abnormal joints at birth (congenital abnormalities), diabetes and other hormone disorders, gout, obesity, repeated trauma or surgery to the joint structures.
Do Occupational factors lead to Osteoarthritis?
Yes. Acute and chronic injuries are obvious risk factors for the development of OA. Major knee injuries, or muscle/ligament tear in sports prolonged jogging on hard surfaces, occupations requiring frequent knee bending and lifting or carrying heavy loads contribute to the development of OA. Primary osteoarthritis is mostly related to aging.
What are the other medical conditions that can cause Osteoarthritis?
Other causes of osteoarthritis include the following:
- Complications of persistent, inflammatory arthritic conditions, particularly chronic gout, pseudo gout, or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia that cause bleeding to occur in the joint.
- Disorders such as avascular necrosis that block the blood supply near the joint.
- Conditions that cause iron build-up in the joints such as hemochromatosis.
What are the symptoms?
The number one symptom is pain. The pain is caused by irritation and pressure on nerve endings as well as muscle tension and fatigue. The pain can progress from mild soreness and aching with movement to severe pain, even when resting. The second symptom is loss of easy movement, such as bending or rising normally. Morning stiffness is a problem for many people. This lack of mobility, in turn, often causes the muscles serving the knee or hip to weaken, and overall body coordination suffers.
How is it diagnosed?
A simple, weight-bearing x-ray and examination by a skilled orthopaedic doctor will determine if you have osteoarthritis. Time-consuming and costly diagnostic procedures are not required.
What is the treatment?
There is no cure for arthritis, but the past decade has seen dramatic new ways to manage the pain, lack of mobility, and fatigue that are among its most disabling symptoms.
The most commonly used medications for osteoarthritis are:
- Topical analgesics
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hyaluronicacid therapy
However, another treatment which is widely gaining popularity is the Sequentially Programmed Magnetic Field (SPMF®) Therapy.
SPMF® Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that helps regenerate cartilage and restores mobility of arthritic knee joints. It is a painless and safe treatment.
How does SPMF® Therapy work?
SPMF is a technology that is made to deliver sequentially programmed magnetic fields, with precise command and control. It involves the application of SPMF to regenerate the cartilage that wear and tear on the weight bearing joints.
Are there any side effects of this method of treatment?
SPMF does not utilize the ionizing, thermal, destructive radiation of the upper side of the electromagnetic spectrum such as those used in radiotherapy including X-rays or gamma knife that may also adversely affect the healthy cells. The magnetic fields used in SPMF have been safely used in thousands of electrical devices for more than 100 years and the MRI technology that has been utilized to precisely focus the magnetic fields on the application area has been in wide spread use for more than 30 years.
Is SPMF® Therapy safe?
SPMF® Therapy is non-invasive, painless and safe. Also, The International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has defined emission levels that are considered safe for human use. The magnetic field emissions from SPMF exposure are well below the levels specified by ICNIRP.
Are there any publications of SPMF® Therapy Trial in Osteoarthritis?
- Scientific Medicine
- Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
What are the benefits of SPMF® Therapy and how is it different from other forms of treatment?
- It is a pioneering, unique, effective and non-invasive procedure for treatment of Osteoarthritis.
- SPMF® Therapy for osteoarthritis significantly decreases pain.
- It has no side effects.
- It is a cheaper alternative to knee replacement.
- Both knees can be treated simultaneously in SPMF®Therapy.
- It increases mobility in patients.
- It improves stability and power of the knee joint.
- It is an outpatient treatment.
- Progress of the disease is halted.
- Patients can carry on their normal activity during the treatment.
- Does not have an effect on co-morbidities (associated medical problems).
- Patients can get rid of knee joint pain killer drugs.
What is SPMF treatment for cancer?
- In normal cells the resting cell membrane potential is -7 to 90 mv. In cancer cells it is -15 to -30 mv. Focusing SPMF fields everyday for 28 days brings the cell membrane potential of cancer cells to normal level thereby marking them for programmed cell death.
How does SPMF cause apoptosis or tissue degeneration?
In normal cells the resting cell membrane potential is -7 to 90 mv. In cancer cells it is -15 to -30 mv. Focusing SPMF fields everyday for 28 days brings the cell membrane potential of cancer cells to normal level thereby marking them for programmed cell death.
Why are there no side effects with this treatment?
SPMF® Therapy is very safe & does not have any side effects for the following reasons
A. These waves are in non-ionizing, non-thermal magnetic fields.
B. They are highly tissue specific & dose calculation is done on the basis of proton density of the particular tumour tissue.
C. They do not affect normal tissues or have effect on any other associated illness.
How does SPMF improve quality of life in widespread cancer disease?
SPMF fields being non – ionizing, non-thermal, does not damage the normal surrounding tissue. At the same time it stops liberation of toxins from tumor tissue by cell apoptosis (Programmed cell death ), which are mainly responsible for general symptoms like, loss of appetite, weight, weakness etc., so patients during & after SPMF therapy improve on these symptoms.
Are there any publications of SPMF® Therapy Trial in cancer?
1. Case reports in Oncology
2. Internal Medicine Journal
3. JSHO (Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes)
What is the cause of cancer?
Cancers are primarily an environmental disease with 90-95% of cases attributed to environmental factors and 5-10% due to genetics. Environmental, as used by cancer researchers, means any cause that is not inherited genetically, not merely pollution. Common environmental factors that contribute to cancer death include tobacco (25-30%), diet and obesity (30-35%), infections (15-20%), radiation , stress, lack of physical activity, and environmental pollutants.
It is nearly impossible to prove what caused a cancer in any individual, because most cancers have multiple possible causes. For example, if a person who uses tobacco heavily develops lung cancer, then it was probably caused by the tobacco use, but since everyone has a small chance of developing lung cancer because of air pollution or radiation, then there is a small chance that the cancer developed because of air pollution or radiation.
Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. The known causes of cancer, including genetic factors; lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; certain types of infections; and environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation. Some types of cancer run in certain families, but most cancers are not clearly linked to the genes we inherit from our parents.
How does SPMF cause degeneration of cancer cells?
This technology basically normalizes the cell/cells in cancer that multiplies abnormally. Normalizing cell membrane stops the multiplication of cell. The magnetic fields used in SPMF® Therapy alter the mechanisms of cell division process of malignant cells and force them to self-destruct, while leaving the healthy cells to divide naturally. The magnetic fields can be precisely controlled and focused onto tissues. Therefore, it has immense potential to provide a safe and competitive alternative to present forms of Cancer treatment.
What are the benefits of SPMF® Therapy and how is it different from other forms of treatment?
- It halts the progression of the disease.
- It improves quality of life.
- It improves the survival period.
- It improves the emotional and psychological wellbeing of the patient.