Regenerative medicine vs Surgical Treatments for Pain Relief in NY
Regenerative medicine, such as Platelet-Rich Plasma injections for arthritis, has shown remarkable promise as an alternative to surgery for arthritis patients. As a result of changing the environment within an arthritic joint or injured tissue, the body can heal itself and reduce inflammation on a long-term basis.
There are other options we will review together with you depending on the specific condition, for example with osteoarthritis level of pain experienced differs for each stage (condition) — with 1 being minor discomfort and four being severe pain. Exercising on your own and changing your diet, as well as integrating physical therapy early may be enough to relieve your symptoms if they are not advanced. If you have attempted these approaches for finding pain relief and your symptoms do not abate, you should consult your doctor about knee injections.
Surgical options are the last priority and are suggested only after ruling out all other non-surgical and regenerative treatment options.
Regenerative medicine, also known as cellular therapy, leverages your natural healing process to rebuild damaged tissues. In regenerative medicine procedures, your pain management doctor uses cells from your body to replace, regenerate, repair or reboot injured or aged tissues, organs or joints. Regenerative medicine is the most advanced form of treatment you can get.
The process may rely on growth factors from your own blood, exogenous broth factors or bone marrow aspirate to promote the natural healing process. To accomplish this, your doctor takes bone marrow or other healthy tissues from one part of your body and delivers it into the diseased, degenerated or injured part. The procedure rebuilds damaged tissue, relieves pain and heals injuries without use of medication or surgery.
Dr. Ilana Etelzon, a pain management specialist in NYC, practices non-operative or minimally invasive treatment, including regenerative therapies. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehab/Interventional Pain Management. She works closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your diagnosis.