August 10th 2018 - General Public
Do I have osteoarthritis?
Ranked as the 11th highest contributor to disability, osteoarthritis is a degenerative, multifactorial condition that mostly affects the knee joint. Osteoarthritis is highly prevalent and affects millions of individuals around the world. It is estimated that more than 27 million US adults are now living with osteoarthritis. Some of its symptoms include pain, stiffness, a grating sensation, tenderness, bone spurs and loss of flexibility. These symptoms tend to deteriorate over time, affecting the ability to climb stairs, walk and even stand.
Physiologically, osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, stress on the joint, and repetitive movements. Some of risk factors, such as previous sports injuries and obesity, may further increase the risk of getting osteoarthritis. In healthy individuals, cartilage functions as a protective cushion, helping to facilitate the bone movements of the joint. When osteoarthritis occurs, the hyaluronic acid i ...
About Radiesse and Restylane
Both Radiesse and Restylane are dermal fillers commonly used as anti-aging treatments. Radiesse is manufactured by Merz Aesthetics while Restylane is a product of the Uppsala-based Q-Med AB. Although developed by different companies, the two fillers have similar indications. Both are highly effective in treating wrinkles, lines, and folds. This includes nasolabial folds (which are the smile lines extending from the sides of the mouth all the way up to the nose) and lined regions around the mouth. Radiesse and Restylane (in particular, Restylane Lyft) have also been approved by FDA for the correction of aging-related volume loss in the backs of the hands. At the same time, both Restylane and Radiesse help to augment the cheeks by adding volume to sunken areas. They can also be used in lip augmentation for a more defined appearance.
Formulated with different active ingredients, the ways Radiesse and Restylane work are fundamentally different. R ...