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Overview of Arthritis

Although arthritis is quite common, it is often misunderstood. Arthritis is not an isolated disease, but it refers to the degeneration of one or multiple joints. The resulting symptoms can include pain, stiffness, swelling, and possibly a reduced range in motion. Roughly 54-million Americans suffer from arthritis and it is considered the leading cause of disability.

Osteoarthritis, often called OA, affects over 30 million adults in America and is the most common cause of disability in adults. The disease is frequently characterized as a combination of joint degeneration and poor biomechanics leading to the breakdown of cartilage which cushions and protects the joints and allows their smooth movement. As the cartilage wears down, joints may develop bone spurs which can contribute to inflammation and accelerate cartilage damage. OA can affect joints as small as those in your pinky finger or your largest joint, the hip, and is the leading cause for joint replacements. OA occurs most often in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, fingers, and toes. While OA is often considered a degenerative disease caused by aging, think again. Almost 2 million Americans under the age of 45 have knee arthritis. Over six million people between 45 and 65 suffer from OA, roughly the same numbers as those over age 65. The progression of osteoarthritis may be halted by both corrections of poor biomechanics, and regeneration of damaged joints, cartilage, ligament and tendon tissue.

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects roughly 1.5 million Americans. This disease is more common in women and symptoms can start occurring between the ages of 30 and 60. Rheumatoid arthritis is known as an autoimmune disease which means the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your joints as opposed to bacteria and viruses, although new research is indicating that Rheumatoid Arthritis may be caused by specific bacterial infections such as Mycobacterium Avium in genetically susceptible people. Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include joint pain -more typically in the shoulders, wrists and hands, swelling of the joints, redness around the joints, tenderness, numbness in the hands, tingling in the hands, stiffness, and inflammation.
Ankylosing Spondylitis, also known as AS, is a type of arthritis primarily affecting the spine, but other joints are often involved as well. Ankylosing spondylitis is more common among men and can begin in early adulthood. Symptoms include pain in the back and joints, pain in ligaments and tendons, fever, fatigue, inflammation in the eyes, loss of appetite, bowel inflammation, and in rare cases heart problems. AS has been linked to a genotype HLA-B27 and also has had links to infection with a bacteria known as Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Researchers in regenerative medicine have demonstrated that symptoms of arthritis can be reduced through therapeutic treatments that help reduce synovitis activity, regenerate soft tissues and strengthens bone structures.

To assess if regenerative treatments can help you, Dr. Scott Greenberg and his team will review your medical history and perform The Greenberg Method that includes a hands-on examination of the site of your physical complaint and all areas related to it. The Greenberg Method seeks to identify the root cause of your spondylitis and create a roadmap for joint regeneration that improves functionality.

The long term success of Dr. Greenberg’s patients is attributed to a specialized approach of the examination process. Deemed “The Greenberg Method,” this strategy not only looks into the area of damage and pain, but also evaluates the mechanics and structure of the bone and joints related to the area of the pain. For instance, when a patient describes their condition or problem they’re experiencing, Dr. Greenberg will carefully examine the specified area in addition to surrounding areas, joints, tendons, and ligaments. In executing The Greenberg Method, Dr. Greenberg often discovers that conditions experienced in one area of the body are often rooted in a different area that hasn’t been treated before. While an isolated joint treatment ignores physiology and the evaluation of movement, The Greenberg Method’s full-body examination produces a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. In return, the patient experiences a greater reduction in pain and improvement in function, which helps them get back on their feet to resume their daily routines, pain free.

Depending on the severity of your arthritic pain, Dr. Greenberg may recommend The Greenberg Method (TGM). It is a proactive approach that seeks to halt the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and spondylitis. It is a low-risk, high-reward series of injection treatments that are steroid and opioid-free and completely natural.

Dr. Greenberg’s team will perform The Greenberg Method including a review of your most recent radiographs. They will carefully examine and palpate the focal area of your pain to gain a comprehensive understanding of the systems involved.

Based on the evaluation, Dr. Greenberg will determine if you are a candidate for The Greenberg Method. If so, he will administer the healing and synergistic cascade of Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Treatments to improve joint functionality.

The Greenberg Method uses the body’s natural biological compounds to break the inflammatory cycle of arthritis. Your body’s own components in the infusion will stabilize the affected joints and regenerate cartilage, bursae, ligaments and even strengthen bone structures and stop bone marrow lesions. Dr. Greenberg will discuss the features of each treatment and explain the therapeutic option that is most appropriate for your case.

Dr. Greenberg is a holistically-centered physician who not only treats the structural issues of arthritis, autoimmune arthritis like RA, and ankylosing spondylitis but he also addresses You. We work on your immune system through proper nutrition, supplements, innovative therapies and intravenous treatments to nurture a sense of wellness for your body and mind.

Dr. Scott Greenberg is a pioneering leader in prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell procedures. He serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board of the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians and is a founding board member. He was a member of the first team to repair a meniscus tear using stem cell therapy and has treated many pro and Olympic athletes among the thousands of people helped since starting his practice in 1999. He also has the distinction of being named Director of the Regenerative Medicine team at the Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.

If you or a loved one is looking for a regenerative strategy to treat your chronic conditions, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at (833) 440-4325.

Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Patients with Osteoarthritis Results in Overall Improvement in Pain and Symptoms and Reduces Synovial Inflammation; Jaskarndip Chahal Alejandro Gómez‐Aristizábal Konstantin Shestopaloff Shashank Bhatt Amélie Chaboureau Antonietta Fazio Jolene Chisholm Amanda Weston Julia Chiovitti; Stem Cells Translational Medicine; 4/9/2019

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