As modern medicine and technology continue to evolve, there are a number of shoulder, elbow and knee surgery alternatives available.

The trick is assessing the relevant factors and discovering which surgery alternative is right for you.

When it comes to the best shoulder, elbow and knee surgery alternatives in Ohio, the Columbus Shoulder Doc has you covered.

Led by Dr. Thomas Kovack, a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon with years of experience, our team is able to deliver some of the top shoulder, elbow and knee surgery alternatives available to our patients. Our goal is to help these patients to return to a lifestyle that suits them, whether they are a young athlete or a middle-aged adult with an affinity for activity.

Our procedures are non-invasive, utilizing the latest technology and innovative techniques which help patients discover the benefits of stem cell treatment and arthroscopic surgery. We aim to provide great service with the least amount of recovery time possible, and finally our methods are designed to help patients fully recover with zero restrictions.

Now, while we’ve been making headway with our arthroscopic total shoulder resurfacing in recent years — and with good reason — it’s time we talk about a new treatment that is quickly catching steam across the nation.

It’s called stem cell and PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection therapy, and it has been shown to help the body heal itself, cut down on recovery time and provide a non-surgical approach to orthopedic shoulder, elbow and knee conditions such as tendinitis, bursitis, rotator cuff tears, labral tears and arthritis.

How do these treatments work for shoulder conditions? Let’s find out. Contact the Columbus Shoulder Doc today to learn more and get your initial consultation.

What Is Stem Cell/PRP Therapy?

Some doctors, insurance companies, and healthcare professionals have shied away from stem cell/PRP therapy as they wait for more research to surface. Fortunately, these studies are now coming out showing the benefits of these treatment options.

However, there are numerous cases of successful treatments involving stem cell injections out there, including one involving professional baseball player Bartolo Colon receiving stem cell therapy prior to the 2016 season.

The fact of the matter is, this simple office or outpatient procedure is handled within a few minutes. The simple process involves extracting stem cell or platelet rich plasma from a patient’s own bone marrow and blood.

Stem cells are known to have regenerative properties, and once they are extracted from the bone marrow and blood they are injected into the afflicted area. This allows them to go to work immediately by transforming into the type of cells that are needed to repair damage to that specific area, such as in the shoulder, elbow or knee, for example.

Therefore, stem cell/PRP therapy is also a way for the body to heal itself using healing cells and growth factors that are readily available within itself. Stem cell/PRP therapy has been heralded for its ability to serve as a viable, non-surgical alternative for many conditions, including shoulder, elbow and knee injuries and conditions.

Conditions Treated

Stem cell/PRP therapy has been known to aid in the treatment of a number of injuries and conditions.

The Columbus Shoulder Doc, for example, can utilize stem cells as a viable surgical alternative in many cases, allowing patients to recover from their injury without grueling shoulder, elbow and knee surgery or complete replacement. It is considered low-risk, beneficial, and downright remarkable.

Some of the conditions which may be able to benefit from stem cell/PRP therapy include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Torn labrum/rotator cuff
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains/strains
  • Arthritic joints
  • Overuse injuries
  • And more

The cost of these treatments, as well as how many treatments are needed, depends on a number of factors including the severity of the condition or injury, how long it has existed, and the number of affected areas.

Where Do Stem Cells Come From?

While we touched on this subject earlier, it’s important to know where exactly these stem cells are coming from before you elect for stem cell/PRP treatment.

Because nobody knows your body quite like your body, that is where the stem cells are harvested. Your body keeps an abundance of this helping healers on hand within the marrow of your bone at all times. Typically, the easiest extraction spot is located on the back of your hip, inside the iliac bone, around the knee and shoulder. Other areas can be used as well.

There is some discomfort associated with this procedure, though it should be noted that it’s nothing compared to the pain and discomfort that comes as a byproduct of total joint replacement surgery.

Sometimes the cycle is repeated weekly or monthly until there is ample progress depending on the condition treated.

Stem Cell/PRP Therapy in Columbus

When looking for shoulder, elbow and knee replacement alternatives in Columbus, you can always turn to the top shoulder, elbow and knee specialist in the area: Dr. Thomas Kovack.

Also known as the Columbus Shoulder Doc, Dr. Kovack specializes in a number of shoulder, elbow and knee procedures which are low-risk, minimally invasive, and highly successful.

From arthroscopic biologic total shoulder resurfacing to stem cell/PRP therapy, our clinic offers the latest and greatest shoulder replacement alternatives available.

Make an appointment with Ohio’s top-rated shoulder, elbow and knee specialist today.