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Regenerative medicine encompasses a medical branch dedicated to utilizing stem cells and tissue engineering in order to restore damaged tissues that have failed to undergo self-repair. While the field holds tremendous potential for repairing and reconstructing cartilage, it has not fully realized these expectations yet. However, it has shown notable successes, particularly in providing relief from pain. Choose our regenerative therapy pain doctor for arthritis. Dr.Etelzon and her methods have garnered high success rates, as evidenced by the positive feedback from her satisfied patients.
Regenerative medicine offers potential solutions for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis by targeting the repair and regeneration of damaged cartilage within the knee joint. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, arises when the protective cartilage that cushions the bones in a joint starts to deteriorate. As the cartilage wears away, the bones may rub against each other, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
Several regenerative therapies have been investigated for their efficacy in treating knee osteoarthritis. These include:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
This approach involves the injection of a concentrated mixture of platelets and growth factors into the knee joint. The platelets and growth factors are believed to stimulate the production of new cartilage and alleviate inflammation.
Cell therapy entails the injection of specialized cells, typically immature cells capable of differentiating into various cell types, into the knee joint. These cells aim to facilitate the repair or regeneration of damaged cartilage.
Hyaluronic acid injections
This treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid, a lubricating substance, into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is thought to alleviate pain and enhance joint mobility.
While these regenerative therapies hold promise, their effectiveness for knee osteoarthritis is still being extensively studied, and further research is required to comprehensively assess their therapeutic potential. It is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if regenerative medicine is a suitable option for individual cases of knee osteoarthritis and to obtain personalized guidance and recommendations.
Arthritis and the Regenerative Approach
The application of regenerative medicine primarily focuses on osteoarthritis (OA) and can be categorized into two branches. Tissue engineering aims to develop substitutes for impaired tissues, while self-healing involves the administration of stem cells or blood products via injections to stimulate the body’s innate repair mechanisms. One of the most commonly performed procedures within the realm of regenerative medicine is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This technique involves drawing blood from the patient and subjecting it to centrifugation, separating the platelets from other blood components. Subsequently, these platelets are injected into the specific areas requiring treatment.
Viscosupplementation, also known as viscosupplementation, is a therapeutic procedure designed to alleviate joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. This approach involves the introduction of a gel-like substance known as hyaluronic acid into the affected joint, with the aim of restoring lubrication and cushioning when the protective pads between the bones have deteriorated. Viscosupplementation is particularly prevalent in the treatment of knee pain resulting from osteoarthritis.
The procedure entails the injection of hyaluronic acid directly into the affected joint space. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid, which surrounds and lubricates the joints. However, in cases of osteoarthritis, the levels of hyaluronic acid may diminish, leading to joint stiffness, discomfort, and limited mobility. By supplementing the joint with exogenous hyaluronic acid, viscosupplementation aims to restore the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of the synovial fluid, thereby reducing pain and improving joint function.
Viscosupplementation is typically administered as a series of injections, with each session spaced out over a designated timeframe. The number of injections and the specific schedule may vary depending on the severity of the osteoarthritis and the individual patient’s response. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, and patients often experience immediate relief following the injections.
When your body experiences an injury, its initial response is to dispatch platelets to the affected site. These platelets contain growth factors and essential nutrients. PRP therapy is believed to enhance this natural response. PRP therapy is a relatively quick procedure and typically necessitates only a single injection. It offers symptomatic relief that can last anywhere from three to six months.
Dr. Ilana Etelzon, an experienced and accomplished Pain Management Specialist, is dedicated to helping patients overcome pain through a non-operative approach. As a Fellowship trained Interventional Pain & Musculoskeletal Medicine Specialist, she offers a range of effective treatments for various pain syndromes such as lower back pain, sciatica, pinched nerves, neck pain, CRPS, failed back surgery, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Utilizing Minimally Invasive Procedures and innovative Regenerative Therapies, Dr. Ilana Etelzon tailors treatment plans to break the cycle of pain. She employs fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided techniques to ensure precise and targeted pain relief. Dr. Etelzon’s focus is on collaborating with patients to develop practical and effective treatment strategies. The goal is to alleviate pain and provide proper rehabilitation to prevent its recurrence. By establishing individualized treatment plans, Dr. Etelzon strives to meet the unique needs of each patient. To schedule an appointment or learn more about Dr. Ilana Etelzon’s pain management services, please call 718-682-3686. Take the first step towards a pain-free life.