In The Moment ... November 14, 2019 Show 700 Hour 2

On Call with the Prairie Doc airs on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 Central 6 Mountain. Note, if you are looking to catch tonight's episode, you will have to tune in via Facebook due to state football.

Dr. Rick Holm is the Prairie Doc and he joins us today to talk about chronic pain and arthritis.

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Clinics and universities around the country are in the early stages of testing if stem cells can be used to treat osteoarthritis in the knee.  Sanford Health is one of the hospitals involved in the study and will test a group of around 120 patients.

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that occurs when the cartilage on the end of bones degrades over time, causing the bones to make contact. 

Dr. Chad Kurtenbach is an orthopedic surgeon with Sanford Health.  He says arthritis tends to happen naturally as people get older but can be accelerated by injuries and trauma.

Scott Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nano Science and Engineering and Nano Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He joins us to discuss his research into arthritis and his efforts in finding a way to reverse joint damage.