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Joint Pain Specialist

Woodlands Center For Special Surgery

Hand Surgeon & Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialists located in The Woodlands and Willis, TX

Your knees, hips, and shoulders are the joints most likely to develop pain, but every joint in your body is susceptible to the degenerative and inflammatory conditions responsible for joint pain. Dr. Mark Ciaglia, DO, and Dr. William J. Jordan, MD, at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery in The Woodlands and Willis, Texas, are experts at detecting the cause of your pain and providing effective treatments, including regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. If you develop joint pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain can originate within the joint or in the structures surrounding the joint, which includes tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bursae. These are some of the most frequent causes of joint pain:

  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Injuries (sprains, strains, and fractures)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation that leads to pain. Although all types of arthritis can cause joint pain, the most common are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and psoriatic arthritis.

How is joint pain treated?

When your pain persists for a few days, it’s important to have it evaluated by the doctors at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery. With prompt treatment, you’ll get pain relief and prevent the problem from worsening.

Your treatment plan is determined by the underlying cause of your joint pain. Your doctor may prescribe medications, administer joint injections, or recommend physical therapy to fight inflammation, strengthen the joint, and improve movement. In some cases, surgery is needed.

How do platelet-rich plasma and stem cells treat joint pain?

PRP is a plasma that contains a higher concentration of platelets than the amount normally in your blood. Platelets are essential for healing because they contain growth factors that stimulate the production of new tissues used to heal old or damaged tissues.

When PRP is injected into a painful joint, it goes to work, doing what platelets naturally do:

  • Reducing inflammation and pain
  • Recruiting stem cells to the area to grow new tissues
  • Stimulating the growth of new blood vessels
  • Triggering the production of collagen, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage

Stem cells have the unique ability to continuously replicate then develop into different types of tissues. When they migrate to the area after a PRP injection, or when adult stem cells are included with your PRP injection, they produce cells that rebuild the damaged tissues in your joint.

PRP and stem cell therapy are safe and effective treatments offered by the doctors at the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery because both treatments regenerate tissues in your joints and promote healing. These regenerative therapies help treat all types of joint disorders, but they’re especially beneficial for osteoarthritis.

To get relief from joint pain, call the Woodlands Center for Special Surgery or book an appointment online today.