Regenerative Medicine

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If you or a loved one suffers from debilitating joint pain, your doctor may suspect osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a type of joint disease that results in the breakdown and destruction of cartilage – the connective tissue located between the bones of your joints that helps maintain smooth and painless movement.

Damage to cartilage happens mechanically through physical damage, as well as biochemically. There are enzymes (commonly proteins) in your body that accelerate the breakdown of your cartilage. They are called proteases. These enzymes are difficult to remove from your joints. In addition, this type of damage is very challenging for your body to repair or restore naturally because cartilage is “avascular” – meaning it doesn’t have a blood supply to provide vital proteins, growth factors and cells for tissue regeneration.

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