During the autumn meeting of the Society for General Microbiology, a scientist had stated a surface molecule on bacteria that directs bone cells to die could be the aim of a new treatment for bone disease.
By way of blocking the death signal from bacteria possible could provide a means in the treatment of agonizing bone infections that do not respond to antibiotics, like those that are caused from Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Bone disease affects one in five thousand persons around the world. It can happen at any age and can affect any bone located in the body, where it advances to bone destruction.
Bone disease is commonly caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus that reside usually on the human skin and in the nose. It can approach the bones by the way of open wounds or during surgery and usually incites infections in those persons with compromised immune systems.
Dr. Steve Kerrigan with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland had led the research along with Trinity College Dublin, has disclosed the ability of the S. aureus to attach onto bone cells is dependent on a particular protein referred to as Spa, which is located on the bacterium’s surface. Once it is latched onto the bone cell, the bacteria sends signals incite the bone cell to die. This then brings a slow bone loss of bone cells inducing the continuing bone destruction along with weakening the skeletal system.
Ms. Tania Claro, who is introducing the work of the group, described how the groups discovery could point towards new therapies for bone disease.
Ms. Claro explains that bacteria which does not have the Spa protein upon their surface cannot attach to the bone cells, this stops them from sending suicide messages. By barricading the bacterial attachment to sells by way of Spa possibly then can provide a method for the treatment or prevention of bone disease at the start.
Treatments in which could adequately stop and or treat bone disease could extremely improve the quality of life from those who endure this disease. This disease is excruciating for patients and disheartening for both the patient and healthcare practitioner. The current treatment consists of enduring intrusive antibiotic therapy, however, this method is usually less than favorable and surgery is usually required.
New treatments for this disease in which do not require current antibiotics would be favorable. The danger of obtrusive bacterial disease is intensified by the quick appearance of numerous drug resistant bacteria worldwide. The data from this study will aide in producing better diagnostic tools and treatments for bone disease that are not dependent on antibiotics.
The following are bone diseases:
Fibrous dyspepsia which is the skeletal development abnormality of the bone forming mesenchyme which appears as a defect in osteoblastic difference and maturity.
Osteomalacia which is the bones becoming soft caused by a lack of Vitamin D or problems with digesting Vitamin D.
Rickets an unnatural bone formation in children produced by not enough calcium in their bones.
Ostecomyelitis which is an infection in the bone, caused usually by pus-forming bacteria.
Avascular necrosis is a disease which comes from poor blood supply to an area of the bone in which produces bone death.
Osteoporosis bone disease in which the amount of bone is lessened and the strength of trabecular bone is decreased, cortical thins and bones are prone to fractures.
Paget’s disease of the bone is a chronic disorder where the bones become large and deform. The bones can become dense but are not fragile. This disease can weaken the bones leading to conditions such as bone pain, arthritis and fractures.
There are numerous alternative treatments for bone disease dependent upon which one you have. Below are a few alternative practitioners that treat bone diseases, once again dependent upon the type you have.
Chiropractic is now one of the main sources for alternative treatments which has been nationally evidence based.
Chiropractic relies on the bodies own ability to heal its self. Chiropractic concentrates on the bone structure (usually spine) and functioning (coordinated by the nervous system).
Chiropractic employs the use of different therapies some of which are spinal manipulations, soft tissue therapy and trigger point therapy.
Chiropractic can aide in bone pain, treatment of osteoporosis, arthritis, rickets, Paget’s disease, Fibrous dyspepsia and more.
Acupuncture ancient Chinese medicine treatment by the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points. Acupuncture activates the bodies own natural pain killer in order to reduce pain. Acupuncture also aides in a variety of bone diseases.
Massage therapy employes a variety of techniques. Therapeutic massage can aide in many bone disease by decreasing pain, stress, anxiety and fatigue. It is always best to seek out a therapist who is familiar with working with patients who have a particular disease or condition.
Naturopathic medicine consists of a variety of treatments including nutrition, herbs, supplements. Each person is evaluated and medical records are gone over before any assessment will be given. This ensures the patient the best quality of care to be received.Sources:
Medical News Today
Bone Muscle Health Care
American Cancer Society