Breakthrough Techniques to Stop Arthritic Pain
June 22, 2005
You may be doing everything you can to take care of your body -- but arthritis can strike at any time. It did for 36-year-old Jack Halprin, who is one of 21 million Americans who suffer from the most common form of arthritis: Osteoarthritis.
"I never thought growing up that I'd had some sort of arthritis, at least at this age," Halprin admitted.
And football great, 49-year-old Joe Montana, agreed. "I myself thought it was an older person's disease," he said.
But now Montana suffers from Osteoarthritis, as does 47-year-old Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner.
Jack's arthritis struck when a sprained ankle developed into chronic pain. "Anything that involved using my foot at all, even a Stairmaster or a stationary bike would hurt," he revealed.
But now Jack can work out again, thanks to a cutting-edge new surgery called Oats. Halprin's Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Keith Feder, explained to us that the outpatient surgery involves transplanting an individual's healthy bone and cartilage from one area of the body to another.
"We actually get over a 90 percent success rate," Feder revealed.
Another breakthrough procedure is known as ACI, in which your healthy cartilage cells are multiplied in a lab and then implanted to replace damaged cartilage. "These procedures very often prevent people from having total joint replacements," Feder said.
For a newly pain-free Jack Halprin, the surgery has been life altering. "For all intents and purposes, I am back to full activity now," he told us. "I'm finishing rehab, and I'm getting back to everything I used to do beforehand."