Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine
Amun Makani, MD, MBA, FAAOS
Sports Medicine & Knee and Shoulder Specialist located in St. Petersburg, FL
Injections are a powerful orthopaedic treatment that can relieve your pain and support your recovery. At Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, Amun Makani, MD, MBA, FAAOS, and his team offer a variety of injections, including Synvisc-One®, cortisone, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. These injections can fit into orthopaedic treatment plans for conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to bone fractures. Call Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your treatment options.
Synvisc, Cortisone & PRP Injections Q & A
What are Synvisc-One injections?
Synvisc-One is a type of viscosupplement injection that can relubricate arthritic joints and provide up to six months of relief. Dr. Makani provides Synvisc-One injections to supplement other treatments for arthritis.
For example, if you’ve changed your diet and added exercise to your daily routine and other pain-relieving medications haven’t reduced your pain, Synvisc-One might be right for you.
What are cortisone injections?
Cortisone is a potent anti-inflammatory medication that can provide rapid and effective pain relief. Dr. Makani and the team at Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine offer cortisone injections to relieve joint pain.
For example, you might benefit from a cortisone injection in your ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. Dr. Makani can also provide spinal cortisone injections to alleviate back pain and sciatica symptoms.
What are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a type of regenerative medicine that harnesses the healing power of your platelets.
Your platelets are one of the solid components of your blood. While their primary job is to help with blood clotting, they’re also rich in the growth factors and proteins that your body needs for cellular repair and regeneration.
PRP is a serum that’s made from a sample of your blood. Dr. Makani separates your blood and combines your platelets and plasma into a serum that has 5-10 times more platelets than an average blood sample.
When the serum is injected into your injured or damaged tissue, it floods the area with the nutrients and growth factors your body needs to repair itself, accelerating your recovery process.
What should I expect while having an injection?
Injections are a fairly common procedure at Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine. Dr. Makani and his team begin with a thorough exam to identify the best treatments for your particular condition.
If a cortisone, Synvisc-One, or PRP injection is right for you, your provider explains your options and answers your questions.
The team uses state-of-the-art fluoroscopy X-rays to ensure correct needle placement when they inject joints. They also provide local anesthetics as appropriate to ensure your comfort during your injection.
Cortisone and Synvisc-One injections usually provide rapid pain relief. PRP injections stimulate your body’s healing response, so you need a little longer to see a difference in your pain and other symptoms following your treatment. You might also need a series of injections to achieve the best possible results.
If you have chronic or disruptive musculoskeletal pain, call Ascend Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine or make an appointment online today.