Your knees are the largest joints in your body and provide an incredible amount of support and mobility. When knee pain strikes, it can have a serious impact on your ability to make your way through the world. As an interventional pain management doctor, Mathew Lefkowitz specializes in knee pain, helping his patients in Brooklyn Heights, New York, regain movement through pain management techniques and regenerative therapies. To learn more, call to schedule a consultation.
Every time you jump, turn, stop, or simply go for a walk, your knees are hard at work providing an incredible amount of support and a wide range of motion. This also means that these large and complex joints are vulnerable to knee pain, which any number of things may cause, including:
Whether wear-and-tear or an acute injury is the cause of your condition, knee pain can become a chronic and nagging issue that doesn’t get resolved without medical intervention.
When it comes to problems of the knee, Dr. Lefkowitz has a number of tools in his arsenal to address knee pain. Dr. Lefkowitz typically starts out conservatively with a steroid injection. Injecting your knee with a mixture of cortisone and a local anesthetic provides immediate relief from any pain and inflammation.
If your knee pain persists, Dr. Lefkowitz may turn to a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure. During an RFA, Dr. Lebowitz uses fluoroscopy (X-ray technology) to guide him to the genicular nerves in your knee. Once he targets the area, he releases a radiofrequency energy that heats up the nerves, creating a lesion that prevents the nerves from sending pain signals.
Knee pain is often the result of degenerative conditions that break down the soft tissue in your knee, including your cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Regenerative medicine is designed to help rebuild and repair this tissue.
First, Dr. Lefkowitz uses your own platelets, which he isolates from your blood, and then re-injects them as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) directly into your knee joint. Your platelets contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors, that set to work to rebuild and repair the area. They also signal your body to send in more resources to help strengthen your knee.
Dr. Lefkowitz also turns to the awesome power of stem cells when it comes to knee pain. Stem cells are different from all other cells because they are undifferentiated — meaning they’re not designed for any single purpose, but can, instead, turn into different cells and then multiply as that cell.
Imagine harnessing that ability and redirecting it to where you need it most; in this case, the soft tissue in your knees. Dr. Lefkowitz uses Wharton’s Jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells, which are more powerful than most stem cells and contain 50 times the number of growth factors as amniotic stem cells. Once Dr. Lefkowitz introduces these robust stem cells into your knee, they go to work to rebuild the joint with healthier tissue.
If you’re suffering from knee pain, call Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, to learn more about your treatment options. Or, use the online scheduler to book an appointment.