Dr. Tobias Pintar

General Practitioner, LNB Pain Therapy, Acupuncture

Osteoarthritis is reversible

Osteoarthritis is widely seen as a destructive process of the joints cartilage, caused by wear and tear as people age. Addit genes are blamed as well. Yet a study published by researchers from Utrecht puts a different perspective on this illness. An illness that is believed to cause so much pain and puts such an enormous strain on health systems all over the world.

The current view on osteoarthritis leaves some significant questions unanswered. What about all the people developing osteoarthritis at a very young age? Many of those don’t do any strenuous activity. What about all the lucky people that despite having osteoarthritis don’t suffer from pain?

As you might know already from previous articles I have a different approach on where pain comes from and how destruction such as osteoarthritis come about. And now I found proof!

Browsing through the net I found a study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands found that osteoarthritis is reversible if you create the right condition for the cartillage to recover. Through the course of one year they observed what happens to people with osteoarthritis, when they had their joint facets surgically distracted for two months. Means the joint facets were pulled apart from each other by an apparatus built in surgically. One year later they revised their patients and found, that joint distraction can reverse ostoarthritis.

Now that is some message, huh? Even though I recommend a different kind of treatment, the message is loud and clear. Reducing the pressure on the joint facets – there I recommend stretching the muscles – will stop the pain and reverse osteoartrthritis which is a side effect of too much muscular tension.

Here’s the link if you want to read more about this, in my opinion, groundbreaking study: https://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2011/05/12/ard.2010.142364