Macquarie Stem Cells has provided this information to educate the public based on peer reviewed, published scientific and medical documents. We don’t aim to encourage consumers to seek out such treatments prior to an assessment by a health professional to determine your suitability for treatment.
During your consultation at Macquarie Stem Cells we will determine the stage of your osteoarthritis and will discuss stem cell therapy treatment for you. Our unique biological treatment is becoming increasingly popular for sufferers of this condition. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis our biological treatment process can work to decrease pain and improve your quality.
The stages of osteoarthritis are important for both the patient’s awareness and our team’s ability to assess and treat their needs. By first determining the scale of your condition we can then find the appropriate solution. The stages of osteoarthritis are measured in four levels, one being the least severe and four being the most.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage in your joints to break down, with less cartilage your bones cannot move as freely.
Stage 1: This is the most minor stage of OA, patients will show very minor bone spur growth. Usually, patients with Stage 1 OA do not experience any pain or discomfort as a result of the very minor wear on the components of the joint, if this treatment is found early however it can be treated with stem cell therapy to help encourage cartilage growth.
Stage 2: This is usually the stage where patients begin to experience symptoms. Commonly they will feel pain after a day of walking or running, greater stiffness in the joint when it’s not used for several hours and tenderness when kneeling or bending.
Stage 3: At this stage the cartilage between the bones shows obvious damage, and the space between the bones narrows, this stage is known as ‘moderate osteoarthritis’.
Stage 4: This is the most severe stage of OA, if you are in this stage you will experience significant discomfort when walking or moving the affected joint
Remember, any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.