Arthritis

The Regenerative Medicine Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Molecular Immunobiologists located in Wilmington, NC

It’s estimated that 54 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with arthritis. Orthopedic surgeon and regenerative medicine specialist, Austin Yeargan III MD, at The Regenerative Medicine Clinic specializes in degenerative conditions like arthritis. He takes a conservative approach to care focused on providing treatments that support your body’s natural healing to repair damage and ease your pain. To schedule an appointment with the regenerative medicine specialist, call the office in Wilmington, North Carolina, or use the online booking button. Telemedicine consultations are available.

Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis itself isn’t a specific disease, but a medical term that describes inflammation and tenderness in one or more joints. Arthritis can develop at any age and affect any joint in your body. In addition to the pain, your arthritis may also cause your joints to swell and/or lose some or all of their function. 

What are the most common types of arthritis?

There are over 100 types of arthritis. However, some forms of arthritis are more common than others, including:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million Americans. Also referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis develops due to the wearing away of cartilage that serves as cushioning in the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks and destroys the capsules that lines your joints.

Psoriatic arthritis

Like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis is also an autoimmune disorder. However, your immune system attacks the connective tissue in your joints, such as the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.

Arthritis can affect any joint in your body. At The Regenerative Medicine Clinic, Dr. Yeargan specializes in treating arthritis that affects the shoulder, knees, and elbows. He offers specialized treatment for tennis elbow, a condition that leads to inflammation at the joint due to overworked tendons. 

How is arthritis treated?

Treatment for your arthritis may depend on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of your symptoms. Traditionally, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy are recommended to ease arthritis pain and improve function. Disease-specific medication may also be prescribed.

Though these treatments may reduce pain, they may not stop the progression of the disease. Dr. Yeargan offers stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as alternative treatments to ease your arthritis pain and stop or delay more invasive treatments, such as surgery.

Am I a good candidate for regenerative medicine for my arthritis?

When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Yeargan determines if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine for your arthritis. His goal is to maximize all conservative treatment options before resorting to surgical intervention. 

Regenerative medicine may be recommended if you’re suffering from knee or shoulder arthritis or tennis elbow. During treatment, Dr. Yeargan injects the stem cells directly into the joint using ultrasound guidance. 

For innovative arthritis care that may delay your need for surgery, contact The Regenerative Medicine Clinic by phone or online today.