Conventional medical treatments for joint pain include ice, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), cortisone shots, and if all else fails surgery. Besides surgery, all of the previous treatments have one thing in common: they inhibit inflammation. Inflammation after injury can be painful but it is necessary in order to protect the joint from further injury. Inflammation is the body’s own signaling system to begin the repair process. If the process is disrupted, the entire healing process may not be completed.
With regenerative injections, the premise is to stimulate the natural healing response by initiating a local stimulation at the area of injury. With the start of inflammation comes the rest of the healing cascade which recruits cells that repair and rebuild damaged tissue. Over time the tissues can be restored naturally. Using regenerative injections, the need for surgery may even be eliminated.
Your blood contains life-giving fundamental protein growth factors, one of which is platelets. Platelets are the first responders in the healing process when your body is injured; they signal all the body’s growth factors to begin regeneration. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative and promising approach in tissue regeneration. PRP is defined as an autologous concentrated preparation of platelets and their associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma. Platelets are a natural source of a myriad of growth factors in their natural and biologically determined ratios.
PRP is thought to promote physiological wound healing and rapid soft and hard tissue regeneration by delivering growth factors at high concentrations to the treated site. PRP’s safety and effectiveness have been established for accelerating soft and hard tissue healing in treatment of tendinopathies, osteoarthritis and various joint and muscle pathologies in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
There are other factors that may improve healing alongside regenerative injections. First of all, nutrition is important to the healing process. The body must have the proper and adequate amounts of building blocks required to rebuild tissue. Therefore, intake of quality nutrition must be a priority. Second, many behavioral or environmental factors may interfere with healing such as smoking. Third, there may be underlying medical conditions that can delay the healing process such as diabetes. Every patient is unique and will have different conditions and needs. Dr. Barrera will evaluate you to see if you are a good candidate for PRP. Finally, proper exercise and joint mobilization is essential in maintaining the health of the joints. Physical therapy can provide this service. In order to optimize the healing process all of these factors must be addressed. As an Osteopathic practitioner, we are trained to treat all aspects of the person and can provide you with the care you need for your journey toward optimal health with as little pain as possible.
· Arthritis – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
· Back and sacral pain – disc issues, sciatica, facet injury, stenosis
· Hip pain – iliotibial IT band syndrome, piriformis syndrome, hip degeneration
· Headaches – migraines, tension headaches
· Neck pain – disc issues, whiplash, cervical instability
· Golfer/tennis elbow – forearm pain/weakness/numbness
· Knee pain – ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL, jumper’s knee, torn meniscus, cartilage defects
· TMJ – jaw pain, locked jaw
· Shoulder pain – rotator cuff injuries, SLAP lesion
· Ankle pain – Achilles tendonitis, sprained ankle, heel spurs
· Wrist pain – carpal tunnel, TFCC
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Shin Splints
· and more
Do you have pain or weakness associated with your joints? Does the pain limit your range of motion and/or affect your daily life? Do you occasionally have flare ups of pain with certain actions? Do you have muscle pain, spasm or soreness around the affected joint? Does the pain occasionally travel elsewhere in your body? Do your joints pop or click easily? If this sounds familiar, regenerative injection therapy may provide benefit for you.
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