Your Injection Options for Joint Pain

Your joints are meant to move, and move they do, whether it’s helping you ace your opponent on the tennis court or simply work in your yard. Problems in your joints, whether in your knees, shoulders, or any other of your major joints, can cast a wide net over your overall ability to function. The good news is that relief may be found in something as simple as an injection.

At The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, under the experienced guidance of Dr. Daniel Fox, we provide solutions for all of our Toms River, New Jersey, patients, from avid athletes to those who are dealing with arthritis.

As one of our first lines of defense, we choose from among several joint injections to restore pain-free movement, with great success. From regenerative therapies like platelet-rich plasma and stem cells to lubrication and cortisone injections, we can help you overcome joint pain.

A regenerative solution

Regenerative medicine is making great inroads in orthopedic practices, helping us provide our patients with long-term solutions that rebuild your tissue by tapping the amazing resources that lie within your own body.

To start, we offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which is an exciting technique that uses your own platelets to help your tissue heal and regenerate more quickly. Your platelets are mostly known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain powerful growth factors, or proteins, that play an important role in signaling your body’s healing resources.

For example, your platelets contain a platelet-derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, and transforming growth factor, all of which work together to stimulate fibroblasts and wound healing in your tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage.

Your platelets also contain leukocytes, which may interfere with healing by encouraging inflammation, so we offer leukocyte-poor PRP for intra-articular problems. For tendon injuries, however, these cells don’t seem to have the same effect, so we turn to leukocyte-rich PRP.

Another treatment protocol that’s helping our patients heal more quickly and battle degenerative joint problems is stem cell therapy. Your stem cells are what we call undifferentiated cells, which means they’re not designed for any one purpose. Rather, they have the incredible ability to become other cells and multiply indefinitely as that cell.

With our stem cell therapy, we introduce these powerful cells into your damaged tissue so that they become the cells needed for repair and regeneration.

Between PRP and stem cells, these two regenerative therapies are helping our patients gain the upper hand on conditions like arthritis, while also enabling our active clients to heal more quickly after sports injuries.

Easing pain and motion

While our regenerative therapies work well for longer-term results, we also provide fast-acting joint injections that have more of an immediate effect on the pain and inflammation within your joints.

For example, our corticosteroid injections work very well on both fronts — pain and inflammation. The steroids work quickly to reduce the inflammation inside your joint, offering you relief within a day or two. But these injections are best for short-term solutions as the effects of the cortisone dissipate quickly.

We also offer lubrication injections, which help you regain the freedom of pain-free movement by introducing renewed hyaluronic acid into your joints. The hyaluronic acid we use mimics your natural joint lubrication in all ways, even chemically, and it helps restore the right balance of fluids inside your joint for easier movement. These injections typically last up to six months.

To figure out which injections are right for your unique needs, we fully assess your situation and come up with a plan that will address your immediate discomfort while also providing you with a longer-term solution.

If you’d like to explore your options in joint injections further, please give us a call or use the easy online booking tool to set up a consultation.

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