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Are you living with joint pain, but not quite ready for joint replacement surgery? Joint pain doesn't have to lead you straight to the operating room. Let's explore advanced arthritis pain management options that are non-invasive yet incredibly effective.

Corticosteroids: The Inflammation Busters

Corticosteroids are highly effective when it comes to reducing inflammation and pain in your joints. These powerful medications can be injected directly into the affected joint, providing relief that can last for weeks or even months. They're fast-acting and can help you get back to your daily activities with less discomfort.

Hyaluronic Acid: The Joint Lubricator

Hyaluronic acid injections, also known as viscosupplementation, aim to lubricate the joint, mimicking the fluid naturally found in healthy joints. This treatment can decrease friction, ease movement, and reduce pain. It's particularly beneficial for individuals with osteoarthritis, offering a cushioning effect that can last for months.

Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate: The Natural Healer

Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, is a orthobiologic procedure that concentrates the healing elements from your bone marrow and injects them into the painful joint. It's particularly promising for patients with moderate osteoarthritis.1 The process involves drawing a small amount of your bone marrow, concentrating it, and then reintroducing it to the affected area, aiming to reduce inflammation and promote the repair of damaged tissues.

PRP: The Regeneration Promoter

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is another orthobiologic procedure where your own blood is drawn, processed to increase the number of platelets, and then reintroduced into the joint affected by arthritis. These platelets are rich in growth factors that help tissue repair and reduce swelling. The therapy is becoming well-regarded for its ability to enhance the functioning of joints and postpone more aggressive treatments.

Joint replacement surgery can be a game changer for many, it's not the only route to pain-free living. These advanced pain management options offer hope and relief for those looking to postpone surgery and still enjoy an active lifestyle.

AUTHOR: Dr. Christopher W. Palmer, DO is board certified, fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon at Signature Medical Group in Missouri, specializing in robotic assisted hip and knee replacement. Dr. Palmer has specialized training in the Mako SmartRobotics™ System with a focus on compassionate, individualized patient care.

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