Joint pain is a chief complaint among millions of Americans. In fact, according to a national survey, approximately one-third of American adults reported experiencing joint pain within the past month.
If you’re a statistic, you are most likely familiar with the misery that joint pain brings on. The good news is that there are a variety of effective nonsurgical treatment options, which can help prevent, or delay, the need for invasive surgery as well as eliminate reliance on habit-forming pain medications.
Listed below are a few of the innovative nondrug and nonsurgical treatment approaches for joint pain that have been touted by experts for their long list of benefits.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) involves gently running a wand over the target area to deliver low- and high-frequency sound waves, which create microtrauma to the tissue under the skin, thereby promoting the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis). This biological process is highly essential for healing.
ESWT can be used to treat various conditions, including tendonitis and ligament injuries, but research has also found it to effectively improve joint function and reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Cryotherapy, simply known as cold therapy, is a therapeutic technique in which your body is exposed to extremely cold temperature for several minutes to jump-start its natural healing mechanisms.
Unlike other treatment approaches that target only one joint at a time, cryotherapy works on several joints simultaneously, thereby providing you with full-body relief. In addition, cryotherapy improves blood flow and reduces swelling in the affected area by counteracting your body’s inflammatory response. It also has a number of beneficial effects on your overall health, including increased metabolism, improved quality of sleep, and detoxification.
Cryotherapy is performed in a specialized padded chamber where the air inside it is set to near-freezing temperatures using liquid nitrogen. The entire session takes no longer than three minutes.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP therapy involves drawing a small amount of your own blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge to extract and separate the growth-factor-rich platelets from the rest of the cells. The solution is then injected into your affected joint, where the growth factors help your body to repair significant amounts of damage that it can’t handle by itself.
PRP therapy can be used either as a standalone treatment modality for joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, or as an adjunctive therapy—to enhance the outcomes of other treatment approaches.
Joint Pain Treatment at NIVA Health
At NIVA Health, we take pride in our unique approach to health care. We offer a vast variety of nondrug and nonsurgical treatment options, which deliver equally exceptional treatment outcomes for a broad range of acute and chronic conditions—including those that cause joint pain.