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"Navigating Joint Pain Treatments: The Science Behind Steroids vs. Orthobiologics.

Updated: Dec 24, 2023

By Deborah Westergaard, MD

Pain Experts

When confronting joint pain, patients and clinicians alike seek effective, long-term solutions. The journey through various treatment options can be complex, with steroid injections and orthobiologic treatments like PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) and bone marrow injections at the forefront of discussion.

The Short-Term Relief of Steroids

Steroid injections have been a mainstay in managing joint pain, offering prompt relief. Corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation rapidly, providing a semblance of immediate comfort. However, this relief can be fleeting. Studies have shown that repeated steroid injections may contribute to cartilage degradation in the joints, raising concerns about their long-term use. For instance, McAlindon et al. (2017) in their research published in the 'Journal of the American Medical Association', highlighted the potential cartilage volume loss associated with frequent steroid injections (McAlindon, T. E., et al., 2017).

The Reparative Potential of Orthobiologics

In contrast, orthobiologic treatments like PRP and bone marrow injections represent a paradigm shift. These treatments harness the body’s own reparative capabilities, utilizing growth factors and bone marrow stem cells to not just help alleviate pain but also promote tissue repair. The beauty of orthobiologics lies in the approach: the aim to address the root cause of joint pain by fostering the repair of damaged tissues.

Balancing the Benefits

While steroids can be beneficial for short-term relief, particularly for those without access to advanced treatments like orthobiologics, orthobiologics may offer a sustainable longer-lasting solution. Advanced orthobiologic treatments not only augment tissue repair with a controlled inflammatory response but also can contribute to the holistic health of the joint tissue.

Let Pain Experts Help You with Your Joint Pain

Are you navigating the complexities of joint pain management? Embrace a treatment that aligns with the sophistication of your lifestyle. Explore the world of orthobiologics for the possibility of a long-lasting solution that harmonizes with your body's natural repair processes. Contact us for a consultation where science meets care and discover a path to enduring joint health.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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