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PRP Injections for Joint Pain

Dr. Roshni N. Patel was the founder of interventional spine and pain management of Grove Hill Medical Center (now Starling Physician) and worked for ten years serving patients at her Newington office performing Interventional pain management procedures, migraine & headache management.

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Dr. Roshni N. Patel is a NYU trained interventional pain management specialist and has received her training from highly acclaimed leaders in the field of medicine. Her training spans over 20 years from University of Connecticut, NYU Medical School, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford and many more esteemed institutions. And that is not all, With quadruple board certifications in the field of Pain Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine, Headache Medicine and Neurology she is one of the only two physicians worldwide and considered highly qualified and trained in her field of medicine.

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What is Regenerative Injection Therapy?

Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) is a minimally invasive injection procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to repair damaged ligaments and tendons. RIT includes prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma and other injections that help regenerate tissues.

The History of Regenerative Injection Therapy

RIT is not a new technique. The concept of irritating tissue to promote healing dates as far back as the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates treated Olympic javelin throwers with unstable shoulders by touching what he described as a “slender hot iron” to the ligaments holding the shoulder joint together. The heat would irritate the ligament capsule, causing it to tighten up. (Interestingly, modern-day orthopedic surgeons use heat probes and lasers to do the same thing surgically!) Prolotherapy was used in France to treat hernias before modern surgical techniques became available. The techniques we use today were developed in the 1930’s by G.S. Hackett, MD, a surgeon from Ohio, along with other MD’s and DO’s. The same techniques subsequently have been used successfully for pain relief from ligament laxity for nearly sixty years. Hackett coined the term “prolotherapy” because his initial work demonstrated that the new tissue laid down during the healing process was new healthy tissue, not scar tissue.

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What does Regenerative Injection Therapy treat?

RIT is a safe technique for treating those ligament and tendon injuries that have failed other conservative treatments. Some common conditions that can be treated with Regenerative Injection Therapy include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine Conditions including Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Joint Injuries & Pain
  • Chronic Pain

What are Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP Injections?

Human blood is made up of a number of components including red blood cells, white blood cells, serum and platelets. Platelets are very important for clot formation. They stick to each other and form a blood clot. Medical research has found that platelets also contain a number of chemicals and proteins that are involved in wound healing. When platelets are activated, they release these components collectively called “growth factors.” When blood cells are separated from blood, the resulting fluid is called plasma. Processing of plasma can concentrate the platelets and their corresponding growth factors. A PRP injection is a concentrated solution of the patient’s own platelets that is mixed with a buffer and anticoagulant. This is then injected into the injured tissue to promote healing. In essence, the body’s own healing factors are injected back into the injured area.

Is PRP a new procedure?

PRP injections have been used for years in surgical applications and wound care. The use of PRP for musculoskeletal injuries is fairly new and evolving into a promising treatment for both acute and chronic injuries. There are a number of medical studies supporting the use of PRP for tendon and ligament injuries.

How long does the PRP injection procedure take?

Generally, a PRP injection requires an initial visit to see if the patient’s injury would benefit from the injection, then a follow up visit for the injection itself. The actual injection process takes about 30 minutes. The majority of the time involves drawing and processing the patient’s blood for the injection. There is then a 1 week and 4 week follow up appointment to access for healing and complications.

What conditions benefit from PRP injections?

PRP injection treatments work best for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder pain and instability
  • Tennis & golfer’s elbow
  • Hamstring and hip strains
  • Knee sprains and instability
  • Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendinosis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendinosis & plantar fasciitis

How often are PRP injections given?

After the initial treatment, a follow up visit is scheduled 6-8 weeks later. Some people respond very well to just one treatment. However, typically 1-3 treatments are necessary.

New practice location

The practice will open on Jan 1, 2019 and start seeing patients at two locations.

399 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032

1001 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

The new practice will be based on the field of Regenerative medicine. Regenerative therapies are a spectrum of cutting-edge therapeutic techniques used to naturally treat and heal the cause of a painful condition rather than masking the symptom. Regenerative therapies stimulate and accelerate your own body’s natural ability to heal itself. Two of the most effective Regenerative therapies include stem cell and platelet rich plasma injections.

Treatments

Injuries and conditions commonly treated by regenerative therapy procedures include:

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Hip & Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Joint Injuries
  • Ligament, Cartilage, & Tendon Injuries

Dr. Patel, with over 10+ years of experience in minimally invasive procedures and rigorous additional training in regenerative injection techniques believes that thousands of patients who have already put their trust and faith in Dr. Patel could benefit from the healing power of regenerative therapies and help them live a fuller life.

Starting Jan 2019, Dr. Patel will also be qualifying patients for medical marijuana certification if they meet the qualifying conditions as approved by the state of Connecticut. More information, can be found on our website https://ctmedicalmarijuanamd.com

The new practice will be a zero-opioid practice with focus on Integrative pain management & regenerative medicine at the core of treating patients.