Autologous Protease Inhibitor Concentrate (APIC) Therapy in Gatlinburg, TN
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis which affects millions each year, is the degradation of the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones over time. Most commonly, osteoarthritis affects the joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine, although it can affect any joint in your body. Preventive strategies include controlling weight through diet and exercise; however, once osteoarthritis begins, medical intervention is often required to control symptoms and maintain a good quality of life.
However, treating your osteoarthritis need not be burdensome. While surgical intervention is often prescribed to treat osteoarthritis pain, there are non-surgical treatment options that can provide you with similar, if not better, results than surgery, reducing your downtime, pain levels and overall wellbeing.
Request more information about osteoarthritis treatment without surgery today. Call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
Integrative Osteoarthritis Treatment
There are several non-surgical methods to treat osteoarthritis. Common integrative methods have included platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and stem cell therapy. A PRP injection consists of concentrating the platelets in the blood and injecting it in your knee, activating growth factors and stem cells to help repair the tissue and when possible, calming osteoarthritic symptoms and decreasing inflammation.
Stem cell therapy consists of injecting stem cells into the joint in order to create cartilage (chondrocytes). While these therapies offer their own unique benefits, they also offer limitations, such as questions of efficacy and unknown side effects.
Autologous Protease Inhibitor Concentrate (APIC) Therapy offers a unique way to escape the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis for those who are already at risk or for those who exhibit early signs of osteoarthritis, without the daunting burden of an invasive surgery. APIC treats osteoarthritis by concentrating the levels of Alpha-2- Macroglobulin (A2M) in your bloodstream.
Alpha-2- Macroglobulin: What is it?
Alpha-2- Macroglobulin, or A2M, is a natural occurring plasma protein that transports hormones and enzymes. Found in the blood, A2M exhibits effector and inhibitor functions that can isolate the catabolic proteases (the “bad” chemicals that destroy cartilage, leading to osteoarthritis) and neutralize their degenerative effect, preventing cartilage breakdown and cartilage loss.
Benefits of Autologous Protease Inhibitor Concentrate (APIC) Therapy
Most have found APIC a superior treatment method than platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and stem cell therapy. Studies have shown that A2M supplementation by injection can prevent the progression of osteoarthritis by protecting the cartilage from catabolic and inflammatory factors. Cytonics, a research and development company focused on musculoskeletal disease, has recently developed a breakthrough molecular technology that does just that. The FDA approved investigational drug, Autologous Protease Inhibitor Concentrate (APIC), concentrates the A2M in your blood to deliver high concentrations in your joint space, protecting your joint space from the destructive proteins that cause osteoarthritis.
A2M therapy exemplifies natural healing backed by proven science that protects your joints from osteoarthritis, prevents cartilage breakdown, promotes tissue growth and supports restoration of your affected joint.
It’s always wise to consider non-invasive fixes for your conditions before taking on a complicated surgical option, and APIC therapy offers you many benefits that other non-invasive options cannot. Benefits of APIC include:
- Shorter processing and treatment time for patients
- Easier/faster procedure then PRP and stem cell therapy
- Faster relief of symptoms
- Lower cost than PRP and stem cell therapy
- Free of inflammatory causing substance
- Minimal patient discomfort or pain
APIC therapy, like any other osteoarthritis treatment, has its pros and cons. Some patients are better candidates than others. Request more information about osteoarthritis treatment without surgery using APIC therapy today. Call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center
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