Cartilage Supplements

Oral supplements

Collagen can deliver specific peptides to form building blocks for cartilage. Alpha Collagen can provide the best raw material for your body to recharge your cartilage in the right place at the right time. RCT clinical trials have proven that oral collagen supplementation can significantly improve arthritis symptoms and reduce pain.

Injection Supplements

  • HA keeps the bones slightly apart, protecting their cartilage coverings from wear and tear.
  • HA absorbs shocks, again protecting the cartilage.
  • HA lubricates the joint, helping it to work freely and easily.
  • HA acts as a filter, letting nutrients reach the cartilage, but blocking the passage of harmful cells and substances.

Cartilage Hyaluronan (HA) injection is a treatment for Osteoarthritis that can help to reduce pain and stiffness in your joints.

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Hyaluronan & Osteoarthritis

Hyaluronan is the most important substance in synovial fluid and is continuously broken down and replaced. Normally, there is a balance between the Hyaluronic Acid that is broken down and the production of new Hyaluronan.

In patients with osteoarthritis, this balance is disturbed, and breakdown happens faster than production, which leads to the gradual wear of cartilage in the joint. This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint.

Not all Hyaluronan or Hyaluronic Acid injections are the same. The knowledge of its biology is the key to success.

MSK Doctors offers Hyaluronan injection into joints that can help to restore the normal balance between the breakdown and production of Hyaluronic Acid.

Platelet Rich Plasma

Properly practised PRP treatment should be knowledge and evidence-based. It is very important for the clinician to interpret studies relevant to the condition they are planning to treat and the preparation of the PRP they choose to prescribe. It is no different to any kind of medicine. PRP is in our blood. Scientists around the world have been working on the treatment of joint pain and there are many approved substances designed specifically for joint injections.

Each person’s needs should be taken into account with their individual circumstances and at the same time, each joint will have a specific environment and need.

What is PRP and how can it treat MSK and Sports injuries?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) promises enhanced recovery from injuries. However, it’s still an emerging treatment, it’s important to understand how it works and how to navigate the options on offer. There are over 400 types of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) on the market and there are 10 medical articles relating to PRP every hour.

It is a rapidly evolving field of medicine. Over 10 level 1 randomised control trials (RCT) have confirmed the effectiveness of PRP, on the other hand, there are many studies reporting PRP being ineffective. Effective treatment with PRP requires a solid understanding of the biology of the condition. Although it is true to claim that PRP can treat a number of conditions, the devil is in the details when it comes to preparing the solution.

Steroid and Cortisone for Joint and MSK injury?

Many clinics offer joint injections; depending on the funding and the expertise of the practitioner, results vary. In the public sector, local anaesthetic and steroid mixtures are the commonest substances used for joint injections. Although the toxic effects of this combination of drugs are well known and published in the scientific literature, it is still the treatment of choice in the public sector based purely on cost.

High concentrations of local anaesthetic and steroids are toxic to cartilage cells (chondrocytes), in fact, it is the substance that scientists use in the lab if they want to kill these cells. It makes little sense to inject such a high concentration of toxic substances into an enclosed environment such as the knee joint. Perhaps the objective is to ‘kill’ the cells and nerve endings so it will not be painful anymore.

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Other Treatments

Cartilage repair, biological, stem cells and salvage treatment for cartilage damage for the whole body.

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