Our unique approach to care is help you get back to life without surgery where possible. Core Medical & Wellness is one of the premier non-surgical orthopedic practices in the New Jersey, New York Metropolitan Area and we are proud to be recognized as leaders in the field. Contact us today to learn more.
While there are a variety of sports related conditions that can be treated via non-surgical methods, we specialize in the following:
Regenerative medicine allows our expert physicians replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or congenital issues by using cellular therapies, and medical devices and other modalities.
Combinations of these approaches can amplify your body’s natural healing process in the places it is needed most, or take over the function of a permanently damaged organ. A relatively new field, Regenerative Medicine can help your body help itself. To learn more about Regenerative Medicine and how it may help your particular situation, please contact us today.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) therapies are growing in sports medicine because they are autologous. Physicians are now utilizing a patient’s own blood to heal an injured site. Moreover, PRP and BMC can be the difference between an athlete missing the rest of a season from surgery or getting back on the field or court.
Both treatments require a doctor to extract blood from the patient. This is fairly simple and similar to a routine blood drawing. Next, the physician places the sample in a centrifuge to separate the various blood layers (white blood cells, red blood cells, plasma, and platelets). Once the doctor has extracted the stem cells or platelet-rich plasma, they will inject the sample into the injured site. These forms of regenerative therapy are proven non-surgical alternatives for a variety of injuries and patients.
These conditions are quite common in athletics and could be relieved by either PRP or BMC injections. Once evaluated, your doctor will decide which is the correct course of action to take and discuss the potential benefits associated with these treatments. While invasive surgery generally requires a prolonged recovery time followed by physical therapy, both of our non-surgical treatments have a fairly quick recovery time and may require little or no physical therapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used for the repair of chronic degenerative joints, ligaments and tendon injuries. It uses concentrated cells from the patient’s own blood to stimulate repair.
CORE Medical & Wellness is proud to offer Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments. Sometimes pain can be so debilitating that it typically leads patients to consider invasive surgery. However, there is a procedure that allows certain patients to forgo surgery while achieving pain relief. PRP injection is a fairly simple outpatient treatment. While it has been in the news recently for its use in orthopedic sports medicine, PRP is used by every type of patient.
It is important to note that while some may think cortisone injections are similar to PRP, they are actually quite different. Cortisone simply masks inflammation and has no healing capabilities, while PRP, if successful, generally results in long-lasting relief.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma with concentrated platelets, bioactive proteins, cytokines, and other growth factors that accelerate the healing process of bone and soft tissue, and thus improves the surgical progress.
PRP is a fairly simple and painless procedure conveniently done at our office. The entire process takes around 30 minutes. A medical professional draws blood from the patient. Following this, the blood sample is then placed into a centrifuge (a machine that spins the sample at high speeds in order to separate blood components). Once the red blood cells have been separated and discarded, the concentration becomes platelet-rich plasma. For guidance, your doctor uses an ultrasound machine and administers the PRP injection into the site of injury.
Since every patient and injury is unique, your doctor must first diagnosis the injury to determine a treatment plan. The number of injections can range anywhere between two to six over time. Most patients typically experience pain reduction after the first or second injection.
Generally speaking PRP injections are not painful. On the other hand, discomfort levels are subjective and depend on a number of factors. On occasion, patients will report discomfort after the procedure; however, this lasts for no more than a few days and can be minimized with Tylenol.
The short answer is yes. PRP is a safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it is your own blood. While they are very rare, there a few risks associated with using needles: infection and bleeding being two of them. If you are unsure of the risks of your specific condition, consult your physician.
Patients should consider PRP therapy if they have been diagnosed with any of the following:
This is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis. The physician will use an MRI or Ultrasound result to determine the number of injections. Typically, the physician will suggest between 1 to 3 injections.
Our bodies have the ability to regenerate arthritic joints, repair tendons and meniscal tendons without surgery. We harvest the patient’s own stem cells and re-inject them the same day. This is the most powerful option for tissue repair.
Cold Water Imersion, Epson Soaks, and Perioidc Lymphatic Drainage are all used regularly by elite athletes to reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. This allows for optimal performance.
Nerve Blocks and Epidurals: People who suffer from either acute or chronic pain may benefit from periodic nerve blocks to decrease inflammation, provide pain relief, and improve overall function.
Trigger Point Injections: This procedure helps to relieve intense muscle spasm.
Lubrication Joint Injections: These injections decrease joint friction and pain without steroids. They increase natural hydration and improve total joint function.