If you have chronic pain due to inflammation and tendonitis, you can get immediate relief without a cortisone injection. If you’ve maxed out on the number of cortisone injections you can have or just prefer to try an alternative, Mark A. Yaffe, MD, at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists offers biologic injection therapy such as AmnioFix® and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to reduce your inflammation and pain and get you back to your normal active life right away.
What is biologic injection therapy?
Biologic injection therapy is an alternative to cortisone injections and surgery for treating different forms of inflammation and tendonitis. These alternative injections, such as AmnioFix and platelet-rich plasma, are natural treatments, have fewer side effects, and, in some cases, longer-lasting benefits than a cortisone injection.
What is AmnioFix therapy?
AmnioFix is made of amniotic membrane tissue donated by healthy consenting mothers scheduled for Cesarean-section deliveries. Don’t worry about safety and ethical concerns: The recovery of the amniotic membrane does not affect the baby; therefore, the process is not subject to the same concerns associated with embryonic tissue.
The amniotic membrane is cleaned and sterilized before being converted into a powder form ready to be injected. Dr. Yaffe recommends this injection as an alternative to cortisone to reduce inflammation, reduce scar tissue formation, and enhance the healing of micro-tears in soft tissue. It works by stimulating cell growth to heal the tissue.
This therapy is most commonly used to treat:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Jumper’s knee
What is PRP therapy?
A platelet-rich plasma treatment is an injection of concentrated platelets of your own blood. With this type of alternative injection, Dr. Yaffe draws your blood, puts it in a centrifuge, and spins it down to concentrate the platelets. He then takes those concentrated platelets and, guided by an ultrasound, injects them into the problem area.
The platelets move into that area and release growth factors, which reduce inflammation and promote healing. Studies show that PRP injections are effective for a longer period than cortisone injections.
What can I expect after PRP and AmnioFix therapy?
The injection site may be tender and red for a short period. With both PRP and AmnioFix, you should rest and allow time for recovery. After your recovery period, you should start a physical therapy program to ensure the long-term success of your treatment.
To learn more about biologic injection therapy, call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today to book an appointment with Dr. Yaffe.