Promising Discovery in the Cause of Osteoarthritis


Over 100 million Americans are faced with the daily challenges of joint pain that produce signs and symptoms comprising Toxic Joint Syndrome. Pain is often worse after exercise and joints can become stiff and harder to move over time. Often, it presents as "morning stiffness," which may subside as the joints warm up. As underlying conditions and injuries progress, pain may interfere with sleep.


Oftentimes, inflammation and joint toxicity contribute to deterioration of bones and joints, leading to osteoarthritis.


Osteoarthritis (OA) may be diagnosed early in life and span 15 years or more and then may require joint replacement. During that time literally thousands of NSAIDS, analgesics and prescription medications such as Opioid Pain Relievers (OPR) can be ingested. Adverse effects of medication, drug reliance, and overdose often become complicating issues. This month the Centers for Disease Control reported that 14,800 deaths in 2008 were caused by overdose of OPRs.  


These findings, reported by senior investigator Dr. William Robinson at Stanford, are reported in the journal Nature Medicine.


Physician's Technology Medical Director Dr. Ronald Shapiro commented, "From a medical and scientific perspective, this new 'paradigm shift' from Dr. Robinson's report correlates well with the implication that Toxic Joint Syndrome (TJS) may be one of America's most pressing health care challenges.


Robinson's data suggests that early intervention becomes essential in preserving joint architecture and performance. WilloMD technology stimulates bio-physiologic actions and is supported by extensive favorable clinical outcomes as well as a positive study. This provides additional validation that this technology offers significant opportunity to help preserve joints and improve the quality of life for many patients with Toxic Joint Syndrome."


Since joints are natural "shock absorbers" they take extreme stress from the activities of daily living, sports, obesity d disease. Recent studies have quantified joint stress for many activities. Even "joint friendly" golf produces extensive stress to joints. A swing off the tee can produce a force 4.5 times the body weight on the forward knee. For a 150-pound person that's 675 pounds of knee stress. No wonder America is a "Nation in Pain."