Today, surgery is no longer the only option for treating joint pain.
With a variety of non- or minimally invasive treatment options available, orthopedic doctors and pain management specialists can better help patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or nerve, muscle or soft tissue injuries.
Used as part of a multi-tiered strategy for reducing pain and restoring function, these alternative treatments provide an excellent alternative to orthopedic surgery.
Orthobiologic Treatments & Regenerative Medicine for Joint Pain
Orthobiologic treatments, a form of regenerative medicine, are widely used today for a variety of conditions, including joint pain. Orthobiologics provide a highly effective alternative to arthroscopic or open surgery.
The most common — and effective — orthobiologic treatments are bone-marrow-derived stem-cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Both procedures are performed using ultrasound-guided injections.
Orthobiologic injections use the body’s natural healing capacity to repair bone and soft tissues. These treatments are effective for relieving pain and restoring functionality. They also reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life.
Both PRP and stem-cell treatments are performed in our office, and take only an hour or two. So rather than spending days in the hospital — followed by weeks or months of rehabilitation — you will be back home that afternoon.
Depending on the nature of your condition, you may start to feel relief in a matter of days, allowing you to return to your active life much sooner than if you had undergone surgical intervention.
Relieving Joint Pain with an Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Supplements
By changing your diet and adding specific supplements, you can help reduce the inflammation that leads to joint pain.
Although the types of foods and supplements that are right for one patient are not necessarily right for others, a Mediterranean-inspired diet helps to fight inflammation. Staples include fish, olive oil and vegetables.
It’s also helpful to cut back on or eliminate certain foods that increase inflammation and your risk for other chronic diseases. These include white sugar, salt and alcohol.
Biomechanical Treatment of Joint Pain
Historically, sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons have treated the symptoms of pain, often without considering the underlying cause.
With functional screening and injury prevention assessments, doctors can identify specific biomechanical deficiencies in your movement that potentially can lead to pain and joint damage.
The doctor can design a customized workout regimen and teach you specific exercises designed to resolve these deficiencies. Your program may focus on strengthening certain muscle groups or increasing range of motion and flexibility
By combining these and other therapeutic protocols, including viscosupplementation and genicular nerve ablation, we can help banish your pain. But, even more important, we can address the underlying causes of your joint pain to help ensure that you don’t reaggravate your condition or reinjure yourself.