That pain you’re feeling under your kneecap isn’t just a sign of “gettin’ old.” It could be osteoarthritis — the wearing away of the spongy, protective cushion of cartilage in your joints that keeps your bones from rubbing together. With less of the shock-absorbing benefits of cartilage, this rubbing results in pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased ability to move and, sometimes, the formation of bone spurs.

Osteoarthritis may occur because of your weight, an injury, maybe the wear-and-tear of a physical job. But why it strikes matters less than the fact that osteoarthritis can be quite painful.

Treatment for osteoarthritis, historically, has been pain management — acetaminophen, analgesics, or injections that do little to stop the erosion of protective cartilage.

But hope may be on the way.

Dr. Edward Magaziner, owner and director of the Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine, recently launched a breakthrough study for treatment of arthritic knee pain, using AminoClear LCT. AminoClear is a new product that provides a protective covering for joints (like the knee) that contains hyaluronan from healthy, living human donors.

Hyaluronan is a key component in joint fluids. Its gelatin-like consistency cushions and protects the knee components as they move, and its presence in AminoClear may lead to true regeneration of that protective cushion between your bones.

This approach fits in well with Magaziner’s focus on regenerative therapies over simple pain management. “Finding natural treatments to help reduce joint pain and improve overall function is a goal at the Center For Spine, Sports, Pain Management, and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine,” Magaziner says. “We have been involved with regenerative medicine treatments for the past 10 years.”

Says Magaziner: “AmnioClear LCT can be the initial step in your knee discomfort or stiffness management plan. It can supplement your knee’s naturally occurring ability to cushion and move; re-establish protection, lubrication, and shock absorption.”

The center’s new trial, providing treatment for 20 patients who meet study criteria, began on October 31. “We have been selected as one of 50 clinics across the country to participate in this study,” Magaziner says. If you believe you may be a candidate for regenerative therapy for osteoarthritis in your knees, call Dr. Magaziner’s office at 732-297-2600, or visit

Dr. Edward Magaziner, Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management, and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine, 2186 Route 27, North Brunswick. 732-297-2600.

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