Alpha-2 Macroglobulin [A2M] for the treatment of Osteoarthritis

Alpha-2 Macroglobulin

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Osteoarthritis [OA] is a common and often debilitating health problem. The degenerative joint disease causes your cartilage to wear down and leads to stiffness and pain when your bones rub against each other. You’re more likely to develop OA if you are older, overweight or if you’ve suffered a joint injury in the past.

There are some options to treat OA, but they only offer temporary relief and treat the symptoms rather than the root cause. A2M is different. A2M treatment works at the source of OA – by neutralising the chemicals that cause joint degeneration; A2M treatment can not only tackle the symptoms but also slow the progression of the disease and even reverse it.

How does it work?

The root cause of OA is the presence of damaging chemicals in the joints. Catabolic proteases work by degrading cartilage and damaging your joints by breaking down the cells. This causes the pain, stiffness, swelling and restricted range of motion. A2M, which is found naturally in the blood, captures these chemicals produced in the damaged joint and neutralises their degenerative effects. A2M can protect your joints and will create an environment where cartilage cells can thrive.

The process

By using injections of highly concentrated A2M – directly into the affected joint – it is possible to achieve symptomatic relief of arthritis pain, swelling, stiffness and restricted motion, and to actually slow the progression of the degenerative joint disease process. The effect of this treatment is to reduce the breakdown of cartilage and prevent cartilage loss, improve joint function and promote healing.</p<

The research

A significant research study out of Brown University, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health, found that a joint injection of concentrated A2M provides cartilage protection in OA by stopping the progression of arthritis.

The results of this groundbreaking study suggest that an injection of concentrated A2M may stop the breakdown of cartilage and shut down the destructive inflammatory proteins in the joint. The study also found that early intervention could be critical for minimising the development of OA. An injection of A2M during the early phase of an injury is proving to be a powerful tool in preventing progressive arthritis in the affected joints. This can be especially powerful in preventing arthritis after an ACL repair.

The Clinic

Dr. Ralph Rogers, MD PhD MBA a Consultant in Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, says this treatment can reduce pain and provide long-lasting relief from chronic tendinitis, arthritis and cartilage damage in the joint.

The Regenerative Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Clinic (ROSM) on Harley Street specialises in helping people with joint problems get back to the functional level of life using non-surgical techniques. The aim is to get you back to your best without major discomfort or lengthy recovery time.

The ROSM Clinic includes a team of dedicated professionals with access to MRI, X-Ray and cutting-edge Ultrasound imaging. Patients visit from across the globe for world-class non-surgical orthopaedic care.

Dr Rogers says Regenerative Medicine treatments offer another alternative to patients who suffer from joint problems or those who are facing joint-replacement surgery. If you are seeking a minimally invasive alternative to surgery to allow you to return to your normal daily activities, a fit and active lifestyle or perhaps improve your sporting performance, Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatment with A2M may be the best option for you.

You may be a candidate if:

  • You need relief from pain and/or improvement in function
  • You suffer from an injury that limits your normal daily functioning or physical activity
  • Treatment options – including physical therapy, NSAIDs, steroid injections or viscosupplement – have not provided significant relief
  • You would like to explore an alternative to major surgery

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