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Therapeutic Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Hyaluronic Acid Injection

The healthy knee joint contains a small amount of a gel-like substance called synovial fluid. Synovial fluid contains a unique component called hyaluronic acid, which cushions and lubricates the joint during activity. As people age, the hyaluronic acid can break down, causing the synovial fluid to become thinner and less effective as a lubricator and shock absorber.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection

An injection of platelet-rich plasma is a technique that your practitioner may discuss using as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The injection consists of a natural substance, called platelet-rich plasma (PRP), into the knee that may help injured tissue heal more quickly. Platelet-rich plasma is composed of blood cells called platelets that are taken from your own blood. Platelets help tissues heal after an injury by releasing substances called growth factors that stimulate healing.

In this procedure, a doctor takes a small amount of your blood from a vein in your arm and uses a machine called a centrifuge to separate the platelets and growth factors from other blood components. This process takes about 15 minutes. A medical practitioner then injects this platelet-rich liquid, called plasma, directly into the knee joint. Our doctors use ultrasound guidance to ensure precision.

People often experience pain relief and improved function within two to six weeks.

Structural Tissue Supplementation

At IHS of Tampa bay, we offer injections of structural tissue supplementation. Wharton’s jelly is unique in that it has the intent on growing new cartilage and cells to provide a structural site for growth—for example, cells that help repair damaged tissue. When injected into an arthritic knee, whartons jelly may encourage the damaged cartilage to regrow and heal. Injections of Wharton’s Jelly can also reduce inflammation, and decrease pain.

The exact way these cells work is still being researched, but some people find that an injection of Wharton’s jelly structural connective tissue supplementation relieves pain and swelling and may help speed recovery.

Regenerative Injection therapy does not produce results right away. Over time, their regenerative effect may help damaged tissues to heal. Most people experience improved function and relief from pain after two to six weeks.

What to Expect After PRP or natural anti inflammatory Injections

Doctors recommend avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for four to six weeks after a therapeutic injection with regenerative medicine or platelet-rich plasma while the injury heals. This is because injections of biological material stimulate the body’s inflammatory response, an important part of healing. If the injection site is sore or swollen in the days after treatment, doctors recommend taking over-the-counter acetaminophen and applying an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time three times a day.

You should also avoid strenuous activities using the knee for four weeks after injection to give the injured tissue time to heal. Your doctor may provide you with a brace to help decompress the joint space of concern. All weight should be kept off of the knee for two days, and your doctor can provide you with crutches to help you move around without putting weight on the joint.

Your doctor schedules a follow-up appointment after three or four weeks to evaluate the healing process. He or she may recommend an additional platelet-rich plasma or structural connective tissue supplementation injection(s) depending on the extent of the injury.

If you are dealing with chronic pain, debilitating osteoarthritis, or sports injuries, IHS of Tampa Bay may be able to help.

Call today to schedule a consultation. 727-807-2224

Stop Suffering and Start Healing with Physical Medicine.

Too many Americans are suffering from chronic pain. The statistics are staggering.  Here at IHS of Tampa Bay, we have dedicated ourselves to reducing chronic pain and improving our patient’s quality of life. This is done by using a combination of physical rehab machines along with non-invasive medical treatments.

We now offer Neuromed Electroanalgesia for pain control. Here are some known users of this cutting edge technology.

 Hospitals, Universities & Medical Centers have used this type of advanced physical medicine treatment to treat patients in PAIN such as…Sarasota Memorial Hosp., Sarasota, FL

Columbia University, New York

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Loyola Medical Center, Forest Park, IL

LSU, Bossier, L

Why Try this Technology?

More than 40 million people are affected with musculoskeletal pain, resulting in more than 300 million physician visits and costing hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

For example, low back pain is a major medical problem. Worldwide, from 60 to 80% of people will have it during their lifetime and 2% to 5% will have it at any given time. In the United States, low back pain is one of the most common problems for which people visit a doctor and is the most common cause of disability under the age 45.

In the last several years, health policymakers, health professionals, regulators, and the public have become increasingly interested in the provision of better pain therapies. This is evidenced in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ dissemination of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of pain.

Conditions We Treat

  • Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Ankle Sprain or Tear
  • Back Pain
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injury and Pain
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Low Back Pain (Lumbar Spine)
  • Neck Pain (Cervical Spine)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow

If you are dealing with chronic pain or a debilitating injury, Integrative Health Solutions of Tampa Bay may be able to help.

Call today to schedule a consultation. 727-807-2224

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