Arthritis and injuries sustained during sports and daily activities can leave you with joint pain and stiffness that often fail to respond to traditional therapies. When you struggle with ongoing joint problems, Joe Clinkenbeard, PA, can help with joint injections that soothe the joint, promote healing, and relieve your pain along with a rehabilitation program to help retrain the muscles to better support your frame developed by Dr. Casey Walker. To learn more about our approach to joint pain, call the office in Lowell, Indiana, or schedule an appointment online.
Your joints are frequently in motion, often repeating the same movements while supporting your body weight, not to mention the weight of objects you may carry or pick up. This continuous stress makes joints susceptible to injuries and degenerative diseases that cause ongoing pain.
The most common causes of joint pain include:
Joint problems can progressively get worse, leading to chronic pain. That’s when a joint injection can help.
What types of joint injections are available?
The doctors at R2 Medical Centers specialize in nonsurgical options for treating a wide range of joint problems. After evaluating your medical history and physical condition, they may recommend one of the following joint injections:
Regenerative therapy involves using your body to heal itself, using naturally occurring cells and specialized fluids. R2 Medical provides patients with regenerative therapy treatments with Wharton’s Jelly Allograft for regenerative healing purposes.
These treatments are made up of proteins, hyaluronic acid, regenerative cells, and cytokines, which are all powerful growth factors that help regenerate your body’s tissues. After the regenerative therapy is injected, they reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote healing by creating new cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bone.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Like regenerative therapy, platelets are also one of your body’s natural healers. When you’re injured, platelets migrate to the damaged tissues and release growth factors that stimulate new tissue growth.
The team at R2 Medical Centers can take a sample of your blood, extract your own stem cells, then inject them into your damaged joint. This concentrated injection of PRP triggers the production of musculoskeletal tissues and blood vessels, reduces inflammation, and helps prevent degeneration of healthy tissues.
The doctors use advanced imaging that allows them to see the needle in real time. With this image-guided technique, they precisely place the needle where your injection achieves an optimal effect.
Your physician might write you a prescription for rehabilitation if you’ve recently undergone orthopedic surgery, if you have a chronic degenerative condition — like certain types of arthritis — or if you need to heal after an injury. It might seem inconvenient to head to rehab a few times each week, but it’s essential to your recovery. Rehabilitation helps:
It depends on your needs and how quickly you recover. Most patients start out by coming to rehab two to three times each week for at least a month. As you continue to gain strength and mobility, you can gradually cut back to one to two times per week. You continue to decrease your therapy sessions as you improve. But you should expect to go to rehabilitation appointments from two to six months or longer, in some cases.
Yes, but it’s not the only part. Your rehab plan is tailored to your specific injury, as well as to your progress. In the beginning stages, when you’re in the most pain, you perform passive or static exercises. These are gentle movements made by your therapist, meaning they gently stretch the area for you.
For example, if you recently had rotator cuff surgery your therapist lets you relax while they move your arm around for you. These exercises promote flexibility and mobility, without straining the fragile area. When you’re ready, you start learning some exercises on your own. Your therapist teaches you both flexibility and strengthening exercises, and ensures you have proper form with each movement.
You also work on ways to get back into your normal routine at home and work, while learning tricks to improve pain and inflammation between visits. Each session generally includes some sort of soft tissue treatment such as electrical stimulation therapy, ultrasound, massage therapy, decompression, or simply applying heat or ice packs to minimize inflammation
If your life is limited with ongoing joint pain, call R2 Medical Centers to schedule an evaluation and expert treatment for joint pain.