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Regenerative Injection Therapies

Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT) in Richmond

Regenerative Injection Therapies in Richmond

Prolotherapy injections

  • This is a regenerative injection therapy which involves injection of dextrose (a type of sugar) and procaine solution into injured/damaged tissues such as ligaments, tendons, joint spaces or along a nerve pathway. This causes slight irritation in the joint which in turn brings immune cells to the area to facilitate healing of the tissue, decrease inflammation and strengthen injured tissue to restore function
  • Most of us know trigger points as “muscle knots” that are painful to touch and are caused by essentially tight muscles.
  • Trigger points are notorious for causing shoulder and neck pain along with headaches.
  • With neural therapy, trigger points are injected with procaine (an anesthetic) which can loosen up the muscle knot and give long lasting pain relief.
  • There is always time and place for both. This depends on what the patient wants and needs
  • If the joint is severely inflamed, Prolo therapy or PRF injections might not be the right option in the beginning.
  • Corticosteroid injections are great at decreasing inflammation fast and relieving symptoms, which is sometimes what is needed. Corticosteroid injections, however, are not the best option if your goal is to promote long term tissue healing or to strengthen surrounding tendons and ligaments. Repeated corticosteroid injections can have a negative effect on joints long term, such as cartilage and bone damage.
  • The biggest difference between cortisone injections and RIT is that cortisone decreases inflammation (which is why patients feel the benefit of the treatment right away) and RIT is rebuilding tissue (which is why it takes several treatments over a period of time to see results)
  • This is where regenerative joint injections are more beneficial and and can give long term results and decrease in pain.

 

PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) injections

  • This is also a regenerative injection therapy which has similar methodology as Prolo therapy; however, it uses your own platelets and fibrin to regenerate and heal the joint.
  • PRP and PRF has been used for many years in aesthetics, dentistry, and orthopaedics due to its regenerative qualities.
  • It is done by having your blood drawn and having the platelets and fibrin isolated. This is then injected into the affected joint.
  • PRF/PRP can work great for any type of injury, but it works better than Prolo for meniscal and labral tears. This is because cartilage doesn’t have much blood supply which would result in less healing factors delivered to that area vs more vascularized areas of the body. With PRF/PRP, the growth factors and platelets are delivered right to the injured area.
  • PRF/PRP also can be beneficial with patient with OA and RA.

 

Trigger point injections (neural therapy)

 

Both injection therapies work great for chronic joint pain due to new and old injuries, scars, laxed ligaments, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

For best results it is usually required 3-6 treatments with PRF or Prolo therapy to see clinical results.

 

What is the difference between corticosteroid joint injections and regenerative joint injections?

  • There is always time and place for both. This depends on what the patient wants and needs
  • If the joint is severely inflamed, Prolo therapy or PRF injections might not be the right option in the beginning.
  • Corticosteroid injections are great at decreasing inflammation fast and relieving symptoms, which is sometimes what is needed. Corticosteroid injections, however, are not the best option if your goal is to promote long term tissue healing or to strengthen surrounding tendons and ligaments. Repeated corticosteroid injections can have a negative effect on joints long term, such as cartilage and bone damage.
  • The biggest difference between cortisone injections and RIT is that cortisone decreases inflammation (which is why patients feel the benefit of the treatment right away) and RIT is rebuilding tissue (which is why it takes several treatments over a period of time to see results)
  • This is where regenerative joint injections are more beneficial and and can give long term results and decrease in pain.

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