Injection Therapy is able to provide relief for many of the common hand and upper extremity conditions prevalent in today’s society - from Dupuytren’s Disease to arthritis. In some cases, it enables patients to more comfortably utilize occupational therapy and other conservative treatments with less discomfort - and in others it is able to provide less invasive relief for debilitating symptoms of certain diseases such as Dupuytren’s Contracture.
From steroid (cortisone) to XIAFLEX® injections, the less invasive options for many of today’s common hand, wrist and elbow conditions continue to evolve.
XIAFLEX is among the newest injection therapies and the latest in the management of Dupuytren’s Disease. A treatment that enzymatically disrupts collagen when injected directly into an overly thickened and contracted Dupuytren’s cord, the treatment breaks down the contraction for improved range of motion.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures are among the innovative new treatments evolving to accommodate the natural healing process of the body and the growing demand for more rapid, less invasive treatments for injuries affecting the hand and upper extremity.
While it is not a new concept, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is utilized today in new ways that are accelerating the healing of tendon injuries and slowing the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis, by utilizing the patients own blood (autologous) - and creating a unique/optimal blend of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets to facilitate tissue regeneration and create an optimal healing environment.
PRP procedures are gaining attention for their use in the treatment of professional athletes and the rapid healing results achieved in varied medical treatments. It is particularly effective for soft tissue injuries and conditions such as tendonitis - as well as wound healing associated with trauma and for optimal results in bone grafting procedures.
Containing growth factors which begin the healing process and work to accelerate tissue repair and regeneration of the affected area, the exact placement of PRP is key. A physician trained in the administration of PRP uses ultrasound needle guidance to place it in the exact location.
It is important to discuss the use of any other medication with your physician as anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs may reduce the effectiveness of PRP.