At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we focus on the non-surgical orthopaedic treatment of various back and neck pain and musculoskeletal injuries. We offer a range of non-surgical options to treat pain including: injections, physical therapy, and pain management programs. Our focus is curing the cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.
If you suffer from long-term conditions or an acute injury, we work with you to achieve the maximum level of recovery and wellness using non-surgical approaches. One of our doctors will conduct an evaluation to develop a medical treatment plan to address your orthopedic ailments, including back, neck, and join problems (muscle, tendon, ligament), as well as nerve injuries, sports injuries, and arthritis.
Some sports are inherently dangerous and most people will at some point experience an orthopaedic injury on some level. Whether or not surgery is a viable solution is currently up for debate. In 2015 Buffalo Bill’s defensive end Shaq Lawson, for example, underwent shoulder surgery to help alleviate a pre-existing sports injury. The problem is, medical professionals and the Bill’s argue as to whether or not surgery was the correct course of action. Perhaps a more viable alternative would have been to seek non-surgical orthopaedic therapy for his injury.
What Injections are Used for Non-surgical Orthopaedic Therapy
A Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection is a therapy for chronic joint pain that is rapidly gaining support amongst the medical community. This type of injection therapy aims to utilize a patient’s own blood to heal the tissues of the body. PRP is effective in managing chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and also in healing damaged soft tissue such as ligament tears and tendinitis.
The procedure begins with a sample of the patient’s own blood, which is then manipulated by placing the sample into a centrifuge until a plasma forms with a very high concentration of blood platelets. The blood sample is then injected to the injured area in order to send growth signals to the body. New cells begin to emerge in order to repair damaged tissue. This procedure, due to its minimal side effects, can be used as a regular therapy until pain subsides. Typically, a patient will receive 1 to 3 injections to recover fully.
A second alternative are Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) injections. Similar to PRP, BMC injections are a recent cutting-edge therapy used as an alternative to invasive surgery. Doctors are turning to bone marrow because it contains a significant portion of our bodies’ stem cells. The doctor begins the procedure by drawing blood from the hip bone, then placed into a centrifuge to generate a powerful concentrate that will be injected into the painful area. The hip bone marrow contains a rich reservoir of “pluripotent” stem cells that replicate themselves into various types of tissue.
Both of these injections are often used in collaboration with a physical therapy regimen. Physical therapy encourages blood flow to the area, further strengthening the immune system. While every patient is different, physical therapy may be suggested for a 2 to 8 week period.
Can PRP and BMC Help Me?
Yes. Since PRP and BMC focus on pain management, they are fairly universal in what they are capable of healing. Metropolitan Pain Consultants usually focuses on treating the following orthopaedic conditions:
- Bicipital Tendonitis
- Joint Pain
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Tennis Elbow
If you are curious as to the various non-surgical orthopaedic alternatives that are available, please contact us at 201-729-0001. We also offer evaluations and consultations for surgery if that is indeed the correct course of action. Our conveniently located clinics can be found in West Orange, Aberdeen, Lyndhurst, and Fort Lee. We offer weekday and weekend appointments.