Over 54 million people in the United States are diagnosed with some form of arthritis, and this number is expected to grow as the Baby Boomer generation ages — to 78 million by 2040. As arthritis becomes more prevalent, the medical community is finding new ways to treat the chronic condition using innovative regenerative therapies. Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, offers these innovative treatments to his patients in Brooklyn Heights, New York, providing long-term solutions to degenerative arthritis. To learn more, call to book a consultation.
Arthritis isn’t one disease, but a catchall term for a host of conditions that causes inflammation in your joints. In fact, there are over 100 different types of arthritis, with the following leading the pack:
Osteoarthritis alone affects 31 million of the 54 million arthritis sufferers. As a degenerative condition, there’s new hope for this group with regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine is a treatment method that’s designed to move past treating arthritis symptomatically and rebuild and repair the soft tissue inside your joints, providing a long-term solution. Dr. Lefkowitz offers two main types of regenerative therapies.
Your blood contains four ingredients: red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The platelets in your blood are largely responsible for clotting, but they also contain proteins and growth factors that help with healing. With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Dr. Lefkowitz draws some of your own blood and isolates the platelets in a centrifuge. Once isolated, he mixes the platelet concentrate back in with your plasma and re-injects them into areas that need help.
The platelets go to work immediately to repair and rebuild your soft tissue and reduce the inflammation. The platelets also signal your body to send in more resources to help strengthen your joints.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can become other cells and multiply indefinitely as that cell. These cells are most powerful and prevalent during embryonic development as they help create a new life. Dr. Lefkowitz recognizes their potential in repairing your tissue and turns to Wharton’s Jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in the umbilical cord. Wharton’s Jelly contains up to 50 times more growth factors than are found in amniotic tissue.
Injecting these cells into your joints promotes healthy new tissue growth to replace your damaged tissue. The stem cells found in Wharton’s Jelly also contain anti-inflammatory cytokines to help with inflammation.
If your arthritis pain is particularly problematic, Dr. Lefkowitz also offers cortisone injections to relieve the inflammation in your joints. He can inject cortisone into most any joint that causes you arthritic-related pain, bringing you swift relief.
For relief from arthritis inflammation and pain, call Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, or request a consultation using the online form.