Hip Pain Specialist

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD -  - Interventional Pain Medicine

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine located in Brooklyn Heights, NY

As joints go, your hips are among the hardest working as they propel you through the world. Because of this role, they’re also prone to pain, usually stemming from degenerative issues. To combat hip pain, Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, offers several non-surgical treatments that restore your mobility and help rebuild worn-down joint tissue. If you’re in the Brooklyn Heights area of New York and hip pain plagues you, call to find out how you can get relief from chronic hip pain.

Hip Pain Q & A

What causes hip pain?

If you consider that your hips are responsible for a large amount of your body’s support and mobility, it’s no wonder that they’re also susceptible to pain, especially as you grow older and the wear-and-tear over the years begins to take its toll.

Far and away, the primary drivers of hip pain are degenerative conditions that wear down this ball-and-socket joint, leaving the bones to rub together, causing inflammation and pain.

How is hip pain treated?

When it comes to hip pain, Dr. Lefkowitz’s goal is to help you find relief without resorting to surgery. To that end, he offers a number of pain management techniques, including:

Steroid injections

Dr. Lefkowitz injects cortisone (a steroid) and an anesthetic into your hip to relieve the inflammation in the joint. These injections are fast-acting and provide almost immediate relief.

Radiofrequency ablation

Using radiofrequency energy, Dr. Lefkowitz heats up and coagulates the nerve proteins responsible for sending the pain messages to your brain. In the case of hip pain, Dr. Lefkowitz targets the articular branches of your femoral and obturator nerves with this technique.

How can regenerative therapies help hip pain?

Since most hip pain stems from degenerative conditions, it makes sense that regenerative medicine can play a role in eliminating hip pain. Dr. Lefkowitz has had great success using two forms of regenerative medicine:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Dr. Lefkowitz harnesses the power of your platelets by isolating them and then re-injecting them back into your hip to help rebuild and repair damaged tissue. Your platelets contain growth factors, or proteins, that help you heal more quickly. Redirecting your own platelets to where you need them most makes it possible for Dr. Lefkowitz to help relieve your hip pain.

Stem cell therapy

Using Wharton’s Jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells, which are powerful stem cells that come from an umbilical cord, Dr. Lefkowitz is able to encourage regeneration of the soft tissue inside your hip joint. These stem cells contain 50 times the amount of growth factors than stem cells derived from amniotic tissue, which means they work faster to help you regenerate healthier tissue.

If you want to explore your options for treating hip pain, call Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, or request an appointment with the online form.