Orthopaedics focuses on the health of the shoulders, elbows, wists, hips, knees, ankles and feet. While orthopaedic surgeons are already well equipped to treat injuries through surgical intervention, a whole new world of regenerative care has opened up in orthopaedics with the introduction of revolutionary new treatments and methodologies.
Regenerative medicine allows the body’s own natural healing powers to be leveraged as a complementary therapy alongside traditional medical options. These regenerative therapies are science based and extraordinarily effective in reducing healing times minimizing pain, and restoring range of motion.
At Syracuse Area Health – Strasburger Orthopaedics, we provide several regenerative medical options alongside and in conjunction with surgical solutions, to keep care holistic, minimally invasive, and high quality. Dr. Scott Strasburger may recommend either or both of the following:
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is created from your own blood, making it perfectly biocompatible with your body. Dr. Strasburger draws a small vial of blood, then centrifuges it to make the powerful platelets collect in one end of the vial where they can be drawn off and concentrated in the plasma. Then he injects the prepared PRP into the site of your pain or injury. The PRP attracts growth factors to the site of injection, which can help you heal faster.
If you’re slated for knee surgery or have chronic knee pain, the answer could be to “freeze” the pain away. Since pain travels along the same nerves that cold sensations do, deadening the nerve sending pain to your brain with a shot of supercharged cold can effectively turn off the pain signal while you heal. Dr. Strasburger can inject your knee using the iovera° treatment system. The nerve goes numb, and stays that way for several weeks or more; long enough to heal from a knee surgery or an injury.
These regenerative therapies can be combined with Dr. Strasburger’s skill and expertise as an orthopedic surgeon. For example, Dr. Strasburger can perform arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive kind of surgery using tiny cameras, tools, and incisions to access the inside of your joint, then inject PRP to speed up healing. Alternatively, he can do your knee replacement, and use iovera treatment before you go on the operating table so you wake up with minimal pain.
Using regenerative medicine as part of your orthopaedic treatment plan can significantly improve your outcomes. If you’re interested in learning more about regenerative therapies, contact our office or book your appointment with Dr. Strasburger today by calling 402-466-0100.