Did you know that joint injuries are among the most common health problems affecting the adult population? Injuries do not have to occur due to trauma, either – they can develop due to internal health conditions that cause degenerative effects.
For addressing many types of joint injuries and joint pain, doctors often recommend noninvasive treatments such as over-the-counter (OTC) medications, physical therapy, or the RICE method (resting, icing, compression, and elevation of the area). However, these methods usually produce only temporary relief and don’t lead to long-term recovery. Long-lasting pain relief can be achieved through surgery, but this of course comes with obvious risks such as infection, blood clots, and a long recovery period that interferes with your life.
A long-lasting, effective, minimally invasive treatment for injured joints – that also avoids the need for surgery – is PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy. Let’s talk about how PRP treatment works to provide lasting joint pain relief, how it helps your own cells to heal injured ligaments and tendons, and where you can go in Caldwell to receive this revolutionary nonsurgical treatment.
Advantages of PRP Therapy
Regenerative medicine harnesses the power of your own cells to heal your own body, and PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. In PRP treatment for joint pain, platelets from your own blood are injected directly into the joint to accelerate the healing of slightly torn ligaments and injured tendons.
The treatment involves a physician taking a small sample of your blood (via a normal blood draw from your arm), running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, and retrieving the platelet-rich plasma solution. Then, the PRP is injected directly into the site of the injured joint, where the treatment will help to boost your cells’ ability to heal the injured tissue. It also promotes the growth of new, healthy tissue.
Unlike surgery, PRP treatment is a safer, minimally invasive outpatient procedure that – because your own blood is being reintroduced into your body –carries almost zero risk of infection. In addition to accelerating the healing process, PRP treatment can also help reduce inflammation, thereby lessening pain and allowing you to avoid the need for pain-relieving drugs.
PRP is also much less expensive than surgery. Plus, it does not create scar tissue that can cause further pain and discomfort like surgery does.
Advanced PRP Therapy for Optimal Results
An advancement in PRP treatment is photo-activated PRP therapy. This involves using a double-spin technique to isolate the platelets from the rest of your blood and then activating the solution with three different wavelengths of light – which makes the PRP treatment more potent and less inflammatory.
Photo-activated PRP injections are an incredibly versatile treatment, as they can help people who are dealing with:
- Joint pain
- Arthritis pain
- Minor ligament tears
- Minor tendon tears
- Sports injuries
Joint Pain Treatment in Caldwell, NJ
At Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey, triple board-certified physician Dr. Warren Bleiweiss offers photo-activated PRP therapy – a unique and more powerful regenerative medical treatment than standard PRP therapy.
If you have persistent joint pain but don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure such as surgery, consider PRP injection treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call our practice in Caldwell today at (973) 403-3334 or fill out our request an appointment form online now. You can also visit with Dr. Bleiweiss virtually through our telemedicine option. We look forward to helping you feel healthier, with less pain, and more energized!