Amniotic Fluid Injections for Joint Preservation
Joints are very susceptible to wear, tear and damage from injuries, especially mobile joints like the knees. When cartilage wears thin or tears occur in the cartilage, it causes friction and inflammation in the joint. Joint tissue like cartilage does not receive the elements needed to repair damage – there is very little blood supply to the ends of the bones. One option to stimulate joint repair is with amniotic fluid injections for joint preservation, available through Jonathan L. Glashow, MD in Miami, FL.
Amniotic fluid is the substance that surrounds the fetus during pregnancy providing nutrients, growth factors, hyaluronic acid and other elements that promote tissue growth and regeneration. This fluid is valuable for allograft, meaning a substance harvested from another person, regenerative medicine uses – it is often harvested with the consent of the mother after a healthy c-section delivery of the infant. Once it is harvested, it is purified and concentrated to be used in allograft treatments, such as injections for joint preservation.
Joint Pain Relief
Amniotic fluid injections can provide biological elements to stimulate tissue repair and reduce inflammation. This can provide pain relief and improve the function of the joint. The regenerative properties of amniotic fluid can provide repair and pain relief for many joint conditions. Knee sprains such as ACL tears or strains of tendons can benefit from amniotic fluid injections. Joints affected by osteoarthritis and inflammation can also be treated with these injections. The reduction of inflammation can help reduce deterioration of cartilage and other tissues, helping preserve joint function.
Amniotic fluid injections for joint preservation are a safe and effective treatment. The purification of the allograft injection ensures that it will not be rejected by the receiving patient. There are no side effects to the amniotic fluid except tissue repair and reduced inflammation. The only side effects patients may experience are due to the needle, as swelling, tenderness or bruising can occur at the injection site.
If you have joint pain due to inflammation or soft tissue injuries, amniotic fluid injections can be beneficial to reduce inflammation and pain while protecting the joint. To learn more about joint injections for pain relief, contact the office of Jonathan L. Glashow, MD in Miami, FL, for a joint preservation consultation.