Arthrosis presents a constantly progressing clinical condition, which can be caused by genetic factors, excess weight, a lack of exercise, stress at work or overexertion during recreational activities.
The joint's cartilage is supplied with nutrients solely through the synovial fluid, a process considerably supported by changing loads of pressure. The supply of nutrients takes place through the synovial membrane into the synovial fluid. The B cells produce hyaluronic acid, which is delivered to the synovial fluid and determines its elastic viscosity, thus enabling the joint surfaces to move against each other without friction.
Visco-Supplementation with Hyaluronic Acid
For many years, hyaluronic acid produced through fermentation has been used in order to treat cartilage damage or arthrosis in a joint. Injecting hyaluronic acid into the joint restores the viscosity of the synovial fluid, which has been impaired by arthrosis. Hyaluronic acid also stimulates the body's own repair mechanisms in the joint, it has anti-inflammatory qualities and reduces the sensitivity of pain receptors. A precondition for this treatment is the existence of remaining cartilage tissue.
We use highly molecular hyaluronic acid preparations the quality of which may be compared to those of the body's own hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid. The effect achieved is temporary, and treatment should be repeated every 6 to 12 months.
Therapy with Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist: ORTHOKINE
Inflammatory glycoproteins, and especially interleukin-1, are responsible for the development of arthrosis. Healthy, balanced joints also include the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist, which limits the inflammatory effects of interleukin-1. The patient's venous blood can be enriched and then used to obtain the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist. The serum, which is produced through centrifugation, is injected into the diseased joint. This results in a lasting reduction of pain and inflammation. This type of treatment can be administered to the large joints (knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and ankle) as well as the small joints (finger, hand, foot and toe) and the spine. Since we are using one of the body's own substances, even patients with drug intolerances or diabetes may be treated with orthokine.