INJECTIONS

EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS

Epidural Steroid Injections, or ESIs can help soothe joint pain in the space around arthritic joints. While not a permanent solution by itself, Injecting corticosteroids into an arthritic joint space can dramatically reduce pain and inflammation. The effects will last for a variable amount of time between 1 week to 1 year. Specialists usually employ Epidural Steroid Injections as a more  conservative measure before committing to more drastic surgical options. While usually a stepping stone to surgery, depending on the patient some ESIs may reduce joint pain to the point where Physical Therapy can start to take effect, eliminating the need for further treatment and saving a patient from having to go under the knife.

STEM CELL AND PRP INJECTIONS

Stem cells make up the body’s building blocks — cells from which all other cells with specific functions emerge from. Under very specific conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells can divide to generate even more cells known as daughter cells. These daughter cells then either form brand new stem cells or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific job, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle cells or bone cells. No other cell in the human body has the ability to generate new cell types in the way that Stem Cells do.

Stem Cells Present in a patient’s own bone marrow can assist in the healing process when it comes to damaged tissues. Additionally, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) mimics the body’s natural healing process. Once an injury occurs in the body, blood platelets pool at the injury site to start the healing process. Platelet Rich Plasma harvested from a patient’s own blood allows a concentrated amount of platelets to gather at the site. The increased levels of platelets can lead to increased growth factors which potentially have the power to improve signaling and recruitment of cells to promote quicker and more efficient healing.