Wednesday, January 26

The best treatments for osteoarthritis, without surgery

The osteoarthritis is a degenerative illness in which a progressive destruction of a joint. With the progressive aging of the population, the prevalence of this disease is becoming more frequent.

“Among the main non-surgical treatments that offer the best results for knee osteoarthritis, we find treatment with platelet growth factor or platelet rich plasma and the hyaluronic acid”, Explains the Dr. David Perea, traumatologist at Vithas Medimar Hospital. “Both treatments can be combined with hydrolyzed collagen to obtain a better result,” he explains.

Growth factors are proteins with a key role in the process of tissue repair and regeneration. Your application stimulates and accelerates the healing and regeneration process of most tissues in the body.

On the other hand, “hyaluronic acid is a substance found in our joints that supports load and whose function is to lubricate and cushion said joint. Infiltrations of this acid make it possible to increase the concentration in the joint fluid, thereby reduces friction between bones”, Details the specialist.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which there is a progressive destruction of a joint.

Risk factors for knee osteoarthritis

The obesity, activities sports of impact, the age, trauma previous and have family background osteoarthritis are risk factors for suffering knee osteoarthritis.

“Having good weight control, cardiovascular health, endurance and muscle strength are protective factors for the prevention and development of osteoarthritis”, specifies Perea.

“Making a regular physical activity we improve our joint capacity and there are already studies that link regular sports practice with the prevention of osteoarthritis ”, he concludes.

Surgical treatment of osteoarthritis

“When osteoarthritis is localized in the form of focal chondral injury (osteoarthritis located in one area), arthroscopy with the CMA technique (mesenchymal stem cell) allows us to treat and recover the injury in many cases; Every day more importance is given to the alignment of the knee load axis through osteotomies and meniscal grafts or meniscus substitutes to correct osteoarthritis that is located in a single compartment of the knee ”, says the doctor.

“In any case, when knee osteoarthritis has evolved, tricompartmental knee arthroplasty surgery (knee prosthesis) makes it possible to recover normal alignment of the load axis, mobility, significantly reduce pain and, in general, recover lost functionality. With the use of navigation systems and personalized templates for each patient, we are able to improve the prediction of the best clinical outcome ”, explains Dr. Perea.

Obesity, age, previous trauma and having a family history of osteoarthritis are risk factors for suffering knee osteoarthritis.

Vithas hospitals are safe hospitals

The 19 hospitals in Vithas are safe hospitals for patients and professionals thanks to the implementation of strict security protocols against covid-19. Among the implemented measures, the establishment of of differentiated circuits: one for people with symptoms compatible with covid-19, and another for the rest of the patients.

Further, we supply masks and hydroalcoholic gel to all people who go to the hospital for any reason. What’s more, the Group is conducting massive virus detection tests on all staff, which is equipped with all the necessary self-protection measures.

A security that has always been reinforced thanks to the fact that all Vithas hospitals implement the strict protocols of the Joint Commission International, a world reference body that accredits patient safety and healthcare excellence.

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Vithas’s commitment: accredited quality of care, personal and long-term service

Vithas’ strategic commitment is that all health care is endorsed by the standards of the most prestigious international quality accreditation, the Joint Commission International. Only 15 prestigious hospitals in Spain have such accreditation and recognition, and three of them are part of Vithas, in Madrid, Malaga and Granada. Every year Vithas attends more than 5,200,000 occasions to its patients in their 19 hospitals and 26 Vithas Salud medical centers. The 45 centers are distributed throughout the national territory and Alicante hospitals stand out, Almería, Benalmádena, Castellón, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Tenerife, Vigo, Valencia and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The 26 Vithas Salud centers are located in Alicante, Elche, El Ejido, Fuengirola, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Nerja, Pontevedra, Rincón de la Victoria, Sanxenxo, Seville, Torre del Mar, Torremolinos, Vilagarcía de Arousa, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. Vithas also has more than 300 extraction points spread throughout Spain in the Vithas Lab network of laboratories. Its PlazaSalud24 purchasing center, a benchmark in the sector, serves 44 hospitals, 35 medical centers and 20 dental clinics.

Vithas has a stake in the leading hospital project in the Balearic Islands, the Red Asistencial Juaneda, which has 5 hospitals and a wide network of medical centers throughout the region.

Vithas’ bet for a accredited quality healthcare and personalized service it goes hand in hand with the strong support and long-term vision of Vithas shareholders: Goodgrower, who controls 80% of the capital, and CriteriaCaixa, with the remaining 20%.

With a growth model based on geographic diversification and sustainability, Vithas plans to continue consolidating its national presence both with the opening of new centers and through acquisitions and strategic agreements.

Vithas’ commitment to accredited quality healthcare and personalized service

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Vithas Medimar Alicante

Tel: 965 162 200

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