Dr. Alden recognizes that the use of conservative measures such as injections or physical therapy can often keep patients out of the operating room without requiring surgical intervention. With so many different product options saturating the market, Dr. Alden understands how confusing not only what injections should be considered, but how the appropriate use can help reduce a patient’s pain or heal their injuries.
Dr. Alden is a leader in regenerative medicine for sports and orthopaedic injuries and osteoarthritic pain. After a thorough evaluation, he utilizes one of the following conservative measure options when applicable:
Dr. Alden strongly believes that physical rehabilitation is an integral part of successful recovery, whether it is used as the primary treatment for a chronic condition, injury, or follows a surgical procedure to enhance the healing process. Dr. Alden works closely with therapists to design individual exercise programs for each patient, so that optimum recovery is achieved as soon as possible.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections use the patient’s blood to trigger the body to begin healing the injured area. The body’s natural response to an injury is to release platelets and white blood cells from the blood to begin the healing, although with modern technology, surgeons are able to concentrate this process and inject the PRP directly into the injured tissue.
Corticosteroids can be injected directly into the knee joint or for quick relief of pain and inflammation to injured areas.
Cortisone: A Cortisone shot can be administered every 3-4 months when appropriate.
Zilretta: Zilretta is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain that uses extended-release microsphere technology, studied in multiple clinical trials on hundreds of patients.
HYaluronic acid supplements (Gel injections)
Commonly referred to as Gel Injections, these are injected into knee joints to supplement naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. In healthy joints hyaluronic acid acts as a shock absorber and lubricant, allowing joints to move smoothly.