Quality Orthopedic Bracing in Kansas City
Orthopedic Surgery isn’t recommended for all injuries and conditions. For many orthopedic conditions, nonsurgical treatments are sufficient – and this includes orthopedic bracing.
Orthopedic bracing is designed to stabilize various parts of your body and promote healing and recovery in the event of an injury, or to help in mobility and function. Sometimes, a well-fitted brace is the best treatment for a condition or injury.
Our local Kansas City sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons are skilled in the use of orthopedic braces and can recommend bracing for your situation that will help you regain as much function as possible in your day-to-day life. This can be applied in addition to or as an alternative to surgery and can help improve your quality of life.
Talk to one of our orthopedic surgeons for recommendations about orthopedic bracing options and how it may benefit you.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
To assist in the healing of injured ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles, OSI offers platelet-rich plasma injections that use a patient’s own blood to promote healing through a concentrated application of platelets and other circulating healing factors in the bloodstream.
Platelets are what the body uses to help heal wounds and injuries. When blood that is rich in platelets is injected into an affected area, that area can potentially heal and recover faster than it would without the injections.
Platelet-rich plasma has been shown to reduce pain and increase function in a wide variety of areas, such as tendinosis in the elbow, hip, knee, wrist, shoulder, and ankle. It is also being applied to treat osteoarthritis. Since the plasma comes from a patient’s own blood, the chance that the body will react to the injection is minimal.
Talk to an orthopedic surgeon at OSI to learn more about the benefits of platelet-rich plasma injections and how they can promote better healing for your condition.
Viscosupplementation Injections For Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the bones and joints of your body. One effect of this condition is that your joints – particularly your knee – contain a lower concentration of something called hyaluronic acid, which is found in the fluid surrounding a joint that keeps it lubricated.
Viscosupplementation injections for osteoarthritis are injections that place hyaluronic acid into the joint fluid, helping to increase movement in the joint, reduce pain, and sometimes even help impede the progress of osteoarthritis. This can be a nonsurgical treatment option that can improve the pain and immobility caused by osteoarthritis.
Speak with an orthopedic surgeon at OSI to learn more about these injections and if they would be recommended for your case.
Stem Cell Injections (bone marrow aspirate concentrate)
Stem cells are immature cells found in our bone marrow. These cells are unique because they have not necessarily differentiated into what type of cell they are ultimately going to become. This theoretically gives them the potential to help repair damaged tissue.
These cells are usually obtained from an area on the back of the pelvis. A local anesthetic is used to minimize the discomfort felt during this process. The bone marrow is then placed in a specialized centrifuge which will separate out the stem cells. The stem cells or “bone marrow aspirate concentrate” are then injected back into the area of concern.
This is a very exciting and promising treatment option for various problems. Although stem cell therapy could be used in a number of situations, current research suggests conditions such as osteoarthritis and severe tendon injuries show promising results.