Painful and stiff joints can make daily activities challenging to perform and diminish your quality of life. But recent innovations in regenerative medicine present effective procedures to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Discover Cary joint injections and other non-invasive treatment options to eliminate inflammation and restore joint function.
Hyaluronic acid for knee joints
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in your body’s cartilage and connective tissue. It serves as a crucial component of the fluid that lubricates joints. It also increases skin and tissue flexibility and eliminates scarring.
Hyaluronic acid plays a crucial role in tissue and cell regeneration. It triggers an inflammation response to facilitate wound healing. Its function in cell replication improves joint mobility by healing torn tissues responsible for movement.
In a review by the Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy journal, researchers found hyaluronic injection can manage knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Injections to the joint help patients with knee osteoarthritis reduce pain and improve the knee’s function.
Manage pain and swelling with corticosteroid injections
Corticosteroids are a form of steroid that helps to address swelling and pain around joints of the body. The compound helps ease pain by limiting immune response, which reduces inflammation after an injury. The injection encourages the release of hormones responsible for immunity and anti-inflammatory action.
A corticosteroid injection can be beneficial for people with auto-immune and inflammatory diseases. It can limit the immune system attacks on joints for patients with Rheumatoid arthritis. By reducing inflammation, corticosteroids help alleviate pain and swelling. It can also treat back pain, tendinitis, and osteoarthritis.
Your specialist injects corticosteroids directly into the joint. The treatment can benefit all joints, including hands, elbows, fingers, knees, and wrists. Corticosteroids alleviate swelling to improve mobility with results that can last for months.
PRP injection for healing and tissue regeneration
PRP injection is an innovative regenerative medicine treatment that facilitates healing and tissue regeneration. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is blood plasma with a high concentration of growth factors. When you are injured, the body triggers the release of platelets to clot and repair the wound.
A PRP injection utilizes platelets from your body. A blood sample is placed in a centrifuge. The process separates the growth factors and the fluid portion of your blood called plasma from other cellular components. The remaining plasma will have a high concentration of growth factors that promote healing and cell regeneration.
Your specialist will inject the plasma rich in growth factors into the joint. The platelets rich in growth factors start repairing tissues and wounds in the target area. PRP can facilitate cartilage regeneration to relieve symptoms for people with osteoarthritis or joint problems.
Unlike other conventional treatments, PRP relieves pain by addressing the root cause. By reducing inflammation, PRP limits osteoarthritis progression, stimulating the regeneration of new cartilage and tendons.
PRP eliminates swelling and contains proteins that can minimize the sensation of pain. Cell regeneration encourages the production of joint lubricant fluid to improve mobility.
If you have joint swelling or pain, learn more about joint injections. Contact Generations Family practice to find out if the treatment is ideal for you.