How to Know If You Are a Good Candidate for a Joint Preservation Procedure

Chronic pain, aching, and stiffness in your joints prevents you from doing day-to-day activities and being as active as you’d like. At OrthoWellness in Boca Raton, Florida, we want to help you get up and moving again — but without invasive surgical techniques that require weeks or months of recovery.

Dr. Mirylsa Colón-Martínez provides innovative therapies to help you get the same relief from pain and dysfunction without surgery. In addition to traditional joint healing therapies such as physical therapy, exercise rehabilitation, steroid injections, and oral medications, modern science has progressed to include revolutionary therapies such as platelet-rich plasma injections, stem cell injections, viscosupplementation or placental tissue matrix injections, and cartilage transplants.

These modern therapies can offer sufficient improvement to delay the need for surgical joint replacement for years — or forever. They help your body heal itself by repairing, replacing, or regenerating damaged tissue. Read on to learn what makes you a good candidate for these less-invasive techniques and how you can begin healing painful joints with the help of the team at OrthoWellness.

Early stages of disease

Regenerative medicine can benefit anyone, but younger patients who are in the early stages of joint disease often see the best results.

Healthy weight

You also improve your outcome if you’re of a healthy weight. Carrying extra pounds puts a lot of excess pressure on your joints and makes any treatments less successful.

Supportive muscles

Regenerative techniques, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell injections, are most effective on people who already have strong muscles that protect the affected joint. For example, if you are having knee issues, strong quadriceps and hamstrings are helpful in your healing. We offer physical therapy that can be done in conjunction with other therapies to help build your strength and promote a successful outcome.

Location and extent of damage

Although most joints in your body can be painful, regenerative techniques for joint restoration are usually most effective on hips and knees. Physical therapy and changes in movement patterns, steroid injections, and oral medications can do a lot for other areas such as shoulders and wrists.

If you have extensive joint damage with little to no cartilage offering cushioning between your bones, regenerative techniques may be less effective in offering relief. You may be a good candidate for a cartilage replacement, however. Dr. Colón-Martínez reviews your condition to determine ultimately what type of minimally invasive joint restoration therapy is best for you.

Joint diagnosis

Joint restoration works best on issues of natural degeneration, such as osteoarthritis, or at points of inflammation, such as bursitis or tendinitis. Dr. Colón-Martínez can also help restore function in joints that have been injured in trauma or that have developed bone spurs.

The OrthoWellness team wants to help you feel your best and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Revolutionary joint restoration techniques get you back to doing the things you love. Call the office or book an appointment using the online tool to find out how you can benefit.

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