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Regenerative Joint Injections

DR 95350

Aesthetics located in Modesto, CA

Joint Injections are non-surgical treatments that offer pain relief for the patient. Pain treated can range from back and acute pain, to chronic and orthopedic pain. We offer several injections currently available in the industry. The type of injection administered depends on the type of pain the patient is experiencing, and where it is located. Injections relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries and back pain.

Regenerative Joint Injections Q & A

UNDERSTANDING REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine and is defined as the process in which human cells, majorly tissues and organs go through regeneration or replacement for the rejuvenation of the body’s normal physiological state. In regenerative medicine, scientists look forward to developing different techniques that help in the rehabilitation, repair and replacement of affected biological units – the cells, tissues or organs of the human body. Therapeutic stem cells are utilized and are undergone through innovative techniques such as tissue engineering and organ production.

It is regarded as a part of a network of a biomedical approach in clinical therapy related to different cell therapies – stem cell or progenitor cell injection, immunomodulation therapy – involvement of biologically active substances and infused cells secretion, and tissue engineering – lab grown organ and tissue transplantation.

In a broader term, this branch is closely linked to the different scientific and biomedical applications that replace portions or a tissue as a whole like in cartilage, blood vessels, bone, skin, or some other body organ or connective tissue. In most cases, the different tissues that are present need some specific structural as well as mechanical characteristics in order to work at a balanced rate. The term has found its application in the performance of many biochemical methodologies that are utilized in the cells. These are present in the vicinity of a support system that is created artificially. Example includes an artificial organ such as an artificial liver or pancreas.

SACROILIAC JOINT INJECTIONS

A sacroiliac joint injection involves the use of an injection that is a localized anesthetic and a steroidal drug inserted into the sacroiliac joint of the body. One might experience a transient pain relief after the injection that might go on for a couple of hours. This might happen because of the use of a numbing – desensitizing medicine.

Your pain can come back after its effect. A steroidal drug used in this regard might have more benefit as its effect lasts much longer and it begins to work after a day or two of its administration in the body. 

If the medical practitioner suspects that the sacroiliac joint might be the causal factor of your lower back pain, the expert will run around a total of five diagnostic tests ranging from applying pressure to those joints at different angles and directions to other procedures.

If the majority of the total diagnostic tests appear to bring positive results, a final test for the diagnosis of the SI joint and prescribe you to go for the SI joint injection as the final treatment for the condition, in this case the lower back pain syndrome. 

Generally speaking, it takes about one to two days for you to notice the benefits of the steroidal drug injection. After fourteen days, you will be getting the peak effect coming from this injection, and afterwards, this effect will get to stable speed and would be lasting till a couple of proceeding months.

PRP INJECTIONS

PRP, or platelet rich plasma injections, are the new talk of the town. The main concept behind this is to use the body’s own fluid against the spread of any undesired consequence resulting from the degeneration or other damage to the human cell, organ or tissue of the human body. 

Many celebrities have been reclining towards this innovative technique to not only heal their wounds but also for aesthetic purposes such as revitalizing their skin cells against the oxidative damage that has ultimately resulted in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles – the signs of ageing. The shots are actually derived from the individual’s own blood and find their application in treating different injuries especially during sports and the repair of the wound injury after a surgical technique. Some medical practitioners are using this technique as a part of dermatological treatment procedure as described above. 

Platelet rich plasma injections have wide applications in healing injured and torn tendons and ligaments, inflammation of the tendons, injuries on muscles, pain caused by arthritis, and injuries to joints. These injections are equally popular in the dermatological area as well as experts for hair replacement where PRP injections are utilized in treating androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia is a type of hair loss known as male or female pattern baldness. It affects both males and females alike. On the other hand, dermatologists using this technique for wrinkle and fine lines reduction use the term as “vampire facial”, referring to the fact that the PRP used on the face is actually derived from the blood of the client, thus the name “vampire”.

TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS

Trigger point injections are used for the treatment of chronic muscle pain that is associated with myofascial trigger points. These myofascial trigger points are quite sensitive nerve fiber bundles in the form of muscular tight bands present in the human body. The treatment for the trigger point injections use the injection of drug right into the trigger points in the body. The medical practitioner will find about the most appropriate type of medicine that is based on the intensity as well as the causal factor behind the pain. 

Trigger point injections can often involve a local anesthesia that has the aim to block down receptors for pain found in the body muscles, a corticosteroid that has the function of reduction of inflammation in the body muscles as well as the connective tissue that surround a nerve, a botulinum toxin A, or Botox, that interacts with the nerve signalling pathways and is responsible for the prevention of muscular contractions in the body. 

In the process, the medical practitioner will be putting in a needle into the myofascial trigger point and then will be injecting the drug. Individuals having tense body muscles might feel a crunching feeling right when the practitioner injects the small needle. The sensation dilutes away when the tense muscle gets relaxed. 

Trigger point injections might be offering relief from pain on immediate levels and provide better motility for individuals who are affected by chronic muscular pain. On the other side, the injections might not produce the same effect for all people alike. Some might experience an immediate relief from the chronic pain, whereas some individuals would need to wait for a couple of weeks to see the improvement. Some individuals are not at all benefited from the therapy. 

A pilot study conducted in 2019 analyzed the positive effects of this therapy in individuals having abdominal muscular pain. The individuals reported that they felt a huge alleviation in the symptoms within two years of the injections. Even though the myofascial trigger point injections could be offering a lot of advantages for a lot of individuals, some research work proves it rather ineffective.

INTRA ARTICULAR JOINT INJECTIONS

Intra articular injections are often described as shots inserted through needles into a joint where there are symptoms of pain showing. At first, corticosteroids were utilized as a substance in these injections which is a type of a steroidal substance. Now, there are a lot of substances used in place of corticosteroids that have more efficiency in the treatment. These substances include hyaluronic acid, local anesthetics, Botox, and others.  

An intra articular injection is inserted with the aim to alleviate the pain in the joint when other types of pain treatment protocols do not work that include analgesics, pain killers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal medications and physical therapy. 

The intra articular injections used for glenohumeral joint are generally utilized for pain that comes through arthritis – osteoarthritis, which is secondary to a trauma, or in some cases, adhesive capsulitis – frozen shoulder. 

For that matter, normally an injection is used afterwards a proper course of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as physical therapy in some cases with some exercises like weighted pendulum stretch, isometric strengthening of rotator external, and abductor muscles.

This also includes a debridement or grafting of the glenohumeral joint for the purpose of replacement and is considered as a feasible option. The injection might be diagnostic for differentiating between the rotator cuff disease or the joint disease that is causing the shoulder pain. 

In this case, intra articular injection can be given in combination with capsular dilation (the involvement of saline in assisting in the creation of more volume in the affected joint and break down of adhesions) in the case of adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder.

IN CONCLUSION ON REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine and is defined as the process in which human cells, majorly tissues and organs go through regeneration or replacement for the rejuvenation of the body’s normal physiological state.

In regenerative medicine, scientists look forward to developing different techniques that help in the rehabilitation, repair and replacement of affected biological units – the cells, tissues or organs of the human body. Therapeutic stem cells are utilized and are undergone through innovative techniques such as tissue engineering and organ production.

It is regarded as a part of a network of a biomedical approach in clinical therapy related to different cell therapies – stem cell or progenitor cell injection, immunomodulation therapy – involvement of biologically active substances and infused cells secretion, and tissue engineering – lab grown organ and tissue transplantation.

Regenerative medicine comes with the aim to bring a radical change in the treatment procedure of disease and injury in the medical field. This biomedical approach brings hope that there could come a time when because of regenerative medicine, patients having paralysis might be able to regain their movement, individuals having cardiac conditions can get regeneration facility, and patients diagnosed with diseases like Parkinsonism and Alzheimer’s disease could be able to live symptom free when there is no neurodegeneration, all thanks to regeneration of the vital human cells necessary for normal functioning. With the increase of lifespans of individuals, different conditions like dysfunctional knee cartilage could be treated, and might be even reversed through a regenerative source injected in the problematic area of the body. 

Investments in revolutionary ideas like regenerative medicine can help bring this dream into reality.