New Therapies to Treat Arthritis

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) is one of the most common conditions veterinarians will diagnose. While most common in older patients, we are seeing more and more younger patients with this disease. DJD/Arthritis is by definition an inflammatory disease of joints, particularly within the cartilage. There are many therapies available to treat and control DJD, but there are two new emerging therapies that are having remarkable results.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is a new and emerging non-invasive treatment option for animals with inflammatory conditions such as DJD/Arthritis. It works painlessly by emitting laser light into the tissue causing a reduction in inflammation and swelling by stimulating blood and lymphatic flow which results in the enhanced delivery of pro-healing mediators and then prompt removal of pro-inflammatory mediators. In addition, Laser Therapy interferes with the painful nerve transmission to the brain centers therefore having a quick analgesic benefit. Often results are noticed after the first treatment, but as DJD/arthritis is a chronic condition, a long term treatment plan is recommended and the frequency of treatments varies with the degree of severity of the disease. The therapy sessions are performed in the examination room with you present.
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Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy is another new and emerging therapy to treat DJD/Arthritis in dogs and cats. Stem cells are cells that are undifferentiated and have the ability to develop into many different cells types. Stem Cell Therapy for arthritis works essentially by stimulating the stem cells to differentiate into tissue types such as cartilage, ligament and tendons to reduce pain and inflammation. The procedure first involves the collection of adipose tissue (fat) from the patient. This tissue is then sent to a lab where they carefully isolate the stem cells and send them to us for use in the patient. We then will inject these stem cells directly into the affected joints. Results are often noticed within two weeks after the procedure and the benefits may last up to two years! In addition, the lab will store some of the stem cells isolated from the patient so that we may inject the joints again at a later date if needed without the need to re-collect adipose tissue.
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We are very excited about these two new forms of therapy as many dogs and cats are responding so favourably to these treatments!
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