When you start to feel pain and discomfort in the knee joint, hips, shoulders or other joints that are critical to daily mobility, Dr. Ralph Venuto, one of the top orthopedic surgeons in Newport Beach encourages a visit with a specialist. Dr. Venuto knows that early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce pain and prevent progression of your condition.
With that in mind, if you are suffering from pain associated with arthritis you should be aware of a few treatments, procedures and non-surgical alternatives that can help reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and slow down the progression of arthritis; helping you get back to your daily life without discomfort. Your knees are critical to staying healthy. By addressing painful joints sooner rather than later, you may be able to avoid or postpone a more invasive joint replacement surgery.
Viscosupplemention – A Lubricating Injectable Treatment for Osteoarthritis
The normal joint produces a naturally-occurring gel-like fluid known as Hyaluronic acid. It is this substance that lubricates the knee joint and nourishes the cartilage cells inside the joint. But with age and arthritis (a chronic inflammation) the knee joint can no longer produce this much needed lubricating fluid. So the lubrication that was naturally produced by the joint is no longer in abundance, and no longer helping to create that smooth, gliding effect during movement.
With Viscosupplementation, Dr. Venuto is able to replace the lower level of Hyaluronic acid with a synthetic version made up of exactly the same type of lubrication and the same molecular weight that a younger person produces.
Viscosupplementation is injected into the joint to restore the normal lubrication needed that is no longer being produced. This treatment slows down the progression of Arthritis and decreases the pain from Arthritis.
Other non-surgical, no down time treatments and therapies that Dr. Venuto performs include:
- Platelet Rich Plasma: Accelerates the healing process for athletes who sustain sports-related joint and ligament injuries. It’s often used to heal shoulder and knee injuries.
- Stem Cell Therapy: Using ‘Mesenchymal’ stem cells to help regenerate new growth of cartilage where it has been damaged, depleted or degenerated due to age, arthritis, or traumatic injury.
There are several reasons that you may experience knee pain. In addition to arthritis, other common causes can include:
- Ligament injuries
- Meniscal Injuries
Don’t live with the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. Get the help you need. You may be a good candidate for an effective, non-surgical solution.
Dr.Ralph Venuto is an orthopedic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA who understands that surgery is not always the answer to many orthopedic injuries, knee pain, disease or other common orthopedic conditions. He focuses on orthopedic injuries and conditions of the knee and shoulder; helping thousands of patients reduce pain and increase mobility with non-surgical procedures, treatments and therapies that have been proven to be effective and safe.