Although the month of May was National Arthritis Awareness Month, Dr. Joseph Purita—a board-certified medical professional specializing in regenerative medicine and traditional orthopedics—encourages citizens to remain aware of this debilitating condition all year long. At Stem Cell Orthopedics, a regenerative medicine treatment facility in Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Purita remains focused on offering progressive treatments not only for different forms of arthritis, but other debilitating conditions caused by sports injuries or orthopedic damage.
Utilizing the latest practices and treatments in regenerative medicine, the board-certified orthopedic specialists at Stem Cell Orthopedics strive to reduce pain or restore physical function in patients by 80 percent. This is a considerable amount for those who have proven long-time sufferers of rheumatoid or degenerative arthritis. So how do these progressive professionals create such impressive possibilities for improvement for arthritic patients and others suffering from orthopedic issues? Specifically, this facility specializes in platelet rich plasma injection or stem cell therapies, utilizing the adult stem cells found in the patient’s own bodies to promote internal recovery and growth factors.
Although stem cell therapy continues to expand under modern research and improved treatments are discovered at a rapid pace, Dr. Purita believes it is important for all patients to understand the nature of arthritis. He explains that those who have a better grasp of arthritis will typically experience greater success in finding a specific treatment that works for them as individual patients. For this reason, Purita points to a recent article from Health Magazine that strives to dispel common myths surrounding arthritis conditions.
One of the myths featured in the article is that arthritis is a condition that only impacts older patients. However, in reality the article explains, “Arthritis does not discriminate. Anyone, at any age can be affected, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The most common type is osteoarthritis, the kind due to wear and tear on the joints over time, but also rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can occur at any age, juvenile arthritis, an autoimmune disease in children, and other types.”
In response, Dr. Joseph Purita adds, “Given that arthritis is a problem that can happen at any age—even in patients who have remained physically active—it is always important for individuals to keep joint health in mind. The earlier you can identify developing problems, such as arthritis, the sooner you can take steps to promote better joint and bone health or seek out treatment options—such as stem cell therapy.”
Another myth highlighted by Health that correlates to Purita’s sentiment is that “joint health is not a serious issue.” However, the article presents evidence that argues that arthritis and joint conditions are, in fact, a matter worth paying attention. The article states, “The population of those with arthritis in the United States is increasing, with 67 million American predicted to have arthritis by 2030. It has slowly become the number one cause of disability in the United States.” Dr. Purita comments, “Although the prevalence of arthritis in the United States is projected to increase, there are many fortunate developments that can help battle these rising numbers. For example, continuously developing and emerging treatments in regenerative medicine can vastly improve this serious, widespread medical issue.”
As an orthopedic surgeon who has become vastly familiar with sports medicine—in addition to traditional orthopedics—Dr. Joseph Purita notes that one of the crucial myths worth dispelling in the Health article is that “those with arthritis should avoid exercise.” He explains that while arthritis is sometimes painful, sufferers should strive to improve mobility if possible. As such, he supports the recommendations highlighted in the article. It states, “The Arthritis Foundation recommends starting out walking or doing water workouts.” The report also suggests that light stretching exercises and resistance training can offer a myriad of benefits to those suffering from arthritis.
However, Dr. Purita encourages patients who cannot push themselves to exercise due to arthritis should seek out medical advice from a trusted professional immediately. While some may choose to ignore the pain, he explains that many patients at Stem Cell Orthopedics have experienced improved function and mobility as a result of seeking out treatments found in regenerative medicine.
On the subject of available treatments, Dr. Purita highlights the final myth addressed in the Health Magazine article—that there are no solutions for improving arthritis. The article explains, “There are medication and treatments, as well yoga moves to help ease pain, natural remedies, and new treatments are in the pipeline, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Treatment also varies with the type of arthritis. Doctors often recommend those with rheumatoid arthritis get early treatment with medication that can slow the progress of the autoimmune disease, while osteoarthritis treatments may include weight loss, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, and other remedies.”
“Arthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability and there are various options for pain relief such as medications, braces and physical therapy. However, these types of relief are usually temporary and—in the long run—costly. Stem cell therapy, on the other hand, is a treatment that we have experienced great success with, especially when combined with the recommendations found in the Health article. At Stem Cell Orthopedics, we love being able to treat a patient by the whole, offering supplements for specific conditions, as well as offering consultation on additional sports and physical therapy. While every patient’s conditions are different, I have found that the key is giving the body the push it needs to first get the healing going. Following this line of thought Stem Cell Orthopedics offers various enhancement therapies using stem cells. Our goal is to get patients back to the things they love most—using what their own body created to establish have everlasting success,” Dr. Joseph Purita concludes.
Dr. Joseph Purita is the Medical Director Stem Cell Orthopedics, a medical facility based in Boca Raton, Florida that specializes in regenerative medicine treatments. The facility serves a wide range of patients who are experiencing chronic pain as the result of a degenerative disorder or physical injury. This center is equipped with experienced board-certified orthopedic surgeons who understand how to target and treat specific conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to tears in muscle tissue. While founded on a conventional knowledge of traditional orthopedics, this facility is regarded for its progressive use of emerging methodologies, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection, stem cell and cytokine therapies.