The Amazing Healing Potential of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Based on this principle, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP therapy utilizes the patient’s own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues.

Your blood is composed of plasma, Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and Platelets. When there is an injury in the body, the platelets migrate to the site of injury to begin healing. Platelets release numerous growth factors and other proteins which assist with the healing process.

The PRP therapy uses injections of plasma, rich in platelets, to treat a variety of injuries to muscles and tendons, especially if fail to heal with conservative treatments.

PRP treatment at leading orthopedic clinics, such as Phoenix Shoulder and Knee, is used to effectively treat –

  • Patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Quadriceps muscle injuries
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Hip osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy or partial tears
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Medial and Lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (golfers & tennis elbow)
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament sprain or tear
  • Achilles tendonitis or partial tears

As more research with PRP is performed, it is likely that this list will expand to include numerous other orthopedic conditions.

To know more about PRP therapy in Phoenix, AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and experienced knee surgeon in Phoenix who specializes in sports medicine. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, ankle and knee as well as regenerative medicine, such as PRP therapy.

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4 Non Surgical Knee Arthritis Treatments in Phoenix

Are your knees swollen and painful? Do you feel a grinding sensation in your knees? Do your knees make a popping sound while walking? If yes, you may be suffering from knee arthritis.

The knee joint is the most vulnerable to osteoarthritis. In this condition, the articular cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in the joint, wears away due to wear and tear, injury or overuse.

Fortunately, medicine and technology have made it possible to treat knee arthritis without surgery, if the treatment is made available early.

Physical therapy

Stretching the muscles associated with knee movement, such as the quadriceps and the hamstrings, has proven effective in taking stress off the knee. Strengthening these muscles can decrease the pain.

Medication

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are effective in treating the swelling and pain for many patients.

Knee Injections

Steroid medication is injected directly into the knee to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Another effective treatment is hyaluronic acid injections. Hyaluronic acid is a natural lubricant and anti-inflammatory and the effects last an average of 6 months.

PRP therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy injects plasma from your own blood into your knee. It is a regenerative treatment that helps to repair the knee naturally.

If the above treatments do not yield satisfactory results, your orthopedic doctor may recommend knee surgery.

3 Reasons You Should Go For Orthopedic Bracing

Athletes and people with an active lifestyle are prone to injury. Ankle injuries are one of the most common sports injuries. Stumbling, an incorrect push-off or an over-rotation can often lead to ligament damage. A brace can be extremely beneficial to prevent injury.

STABILITY

Taping and bracing, when applied before exercising, can improve the stability of the ankle joint. They can protect the ankle in case of sudden twisting movements which can otherwise result in injury or trauma.

AID HEALING

Bracing can help to speed up healing and reduce the risk of re-injury.

RESTRICT UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT

It also helps to prevent unnecessary movement while allowing normal movements wherever possible.

Orthopedic braces are easy to fit, are usually washable, can be pulled tighter to adjust and are skin-friendly. It is recommended that apart from taping and bracing, athletes should warm up properly before indulging in any sport to prevent injury.

Leading orthopedic bracing specialist, Dr. Adam Farber in Phoenix, uses bracing for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including instability, ligament sprains, deformity, fractures, and arthritis.

To set up a consultation with one of the best orthopedic bracing specialist in Phoenix, AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342.

Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in sports medicine. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, ankle and knee. His focus is on shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries/conditions, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral pathology, Tommy John surgery, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal pathology, and ACL tears.

Top Benefits of Orthopedic Braces

Athletes and people with an active lifestyle are at a higher risk of injuring themselves than others. Sudden movements, abrupt change of pace, exercising without warm-up or not wearing the right gear can cause ligament and cartilage injuries easily. Depending on the nature and extent of injury, the musculoskeletal system can suffer trauma resulting in discomfort, pain, swelling and/or the inability to move a particular part of the body.

Orthopedic braces can be used to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions including instability, ligament sprains, deformity, fractures, and arthritis. Braces can keep the part of the body, where it is used, stable and provides support to it to prevent further injury and aid healing. They can also protect a graft post-surgically while healing.

One of the top orthopedic bracing specialists in Phoenix, Dr. Adam Farber at Phoenix Shoulder and Knee Clinic, uses orthopedic bracing effectively in the following conditions.

Knee Braces can help in –

  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • ACL injuries
  • MCL injuries
  • PCL tears
  • Patellar Instability
  • Cartilage Injuries

Shoulder Braces are useful in –

  • Rotator Cuff tears (after surgery)
  • Shoulder instability/labral tears

Elbow braces can help in case of –

  • Medial and Lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (golfers & tennis elbow)
  • Biceps tendon ruptures (after surgery)
  • Elbow dislocations

Ankle braces are effective in –

  • Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle sprains

Wrist braces are used for –

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s Tenoynovitis
  • Intersection syndrome
  • Thumb Osteoarthritis

To set up a consultation with one of the best orthopedic bracing specialists in Phoenix, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342.

3 Signs it is Time to Consult a Knee Surgeon

Your knees are subject to more stress than any other joints. Most people ignore occasional aches and pains but serious knee conditions can make your life difficult. So it is important that you know when it’s time to see a knee surgeon.

CHRONIC PAIN

Pain that doesn’t go away and continues over time, adversely affecting your quality of life, calls for a trip to the knee doctor. Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain and early treatment can improve the chances of pain relief.

KNEE INJURY

Injuries are common among athletes and people with active lifestyle but you need not be an athlete to suffer a knee injury especially the soft tissues around the joint. Knee injuries are typically caused by movements that twist the knee, like a sudden change in direction.

Knee injuries that require a professional attention include:

  • ACL or anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • Bursitis or inflammation in the fluid sacs that provide a buffer to the knee joint
  • Meniscus tear
  • Mechanical issues

KNEE ARTHRITIS

The knee joint is composed the kneecap (patella), thigh bone (femur), and shin bone (tibia). The ends of each of these bones are covered by a smooth layer of tissue called articular cartilage. This cartilage allows these bones to glide smoothly over each other during knee motion.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when this articular cartilage wears away. Although arthritis is typically the result of gradual wear and tear of the cartilage, it can also occur after injuries or surgeries. Apart from loss of cartilage, bone spurs often develop in the bones of the knee joint in patients with arthritis.

If you are looking for knee arthritis treatments or to set up a consultation with an experienced knee surgeon in Phoenix, AZ call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342.

Achilles Tendon Tear Treatment For Partial And Full Tears

The Achilles tendon is the common tendon attachment of 3 muscles from the leg to the heel bone of the foot. Tears of the Achilles tendon are often caused by a sudden injury. This can occur with running or jumping activities.

The two main types of Achilles tendon injuries are:

  • Rupture: Completely torn tendon
  • Tendinitis: Inflammation in the tendon

Treatment for Achilles tendon Injuries

The treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures depends upon the age, health, and activity level of the patient as well as the extent of the tendon injury. The leading orthopedic surgeons, such as Dr. Farber in Phoenix, offer both conservative and surgical treatment for Achilles tendon tears.

Older and Less Active Patients

Older, less active and those with severe medical problems which prevent safe surgery, non-surgical treatment is recommended.

Patients with partial tears (less than 50% of the tendon thickness, non-surgical treatment is typically recommended initially. Non-surgical treatment consists of icing, anti-inflammatory medications, casting, activity modifications, physical therapy, and a gradual return to activities as tolerated.

Active, Healthy and Young Patients

Active patients who have complete or partial tendon ruptures (more than 50% of the tendon thickness), surgical treatment is recommended.

Surgical treatment is ideally performed within 2 weeks from the date of the initial injury before the tendon and muscle begin to scar and shorten and make reattachment it to its native position more difficult.

Surgery consists of repairing the ruptured tendon edges back to each other with stitches.

To consult one of the top orthopedic surgeons for Achilles tendon tear treatment in Phoenix AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee at (480) 219-3342.

Are you a golfer? Beware of meniscus tears!

The meniscus is a disc of cartilage in the knee. It works as a shock absorber.  A torn meniscus can lead to arthritis, pain and swelling along with other symptoms.

Why Are We Talking About Golfers and Meniscus Tears?

It is because golfers’ knees are subject to turning and pivoting, stressing the meniscus. The constant twisting can make your knees hurt even more if you already have a meniscus injury. Wear and tear is another top reason for meniscus injury.

What are the symptoms of meniscus tears among Golfers?

  • Knee pain and swelling
  • Mechanical symptoms like catching and locking, instability or giving way

Mechanical symptoms indicate an unstable flap tear of the meniscus.  Complex meniscus tears may not have any of the mechanical symptoms. If you have any, consult one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix, such as Dr. Adam Farber at Phoenix Shoulder and Knee Clinic, before you go golfing again.

What are the treatment options?

The treatment depends on the cause and extent of the tear.  Most of you will not have Degenerative or complex tears can usually be treated with physical therapy.

For those with mechanical symptoms, surgery is often recommended. Minimally invasive surgery, known as arthroscopy, is used to repair the tear or remove a torn flap or piece.

Your doctor will consider many factors before recommending surgery. They include the type of tear, the cause of your tear, your overall health, and presence or absence of arthritis.

Are you considering going back to golf after treatment?

Before you go back golfing, you should have completely recovered from your injury and the treatment. Physical therapy can help recover strength, endurance and flexibility after a meniscus injury.

To consult one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee at (480) 219-3342.