Non-Surgical Orthopedics - St. Cloud, FL
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If you frequently experience back pain, or if your knee never fully healed after an injury, non-surgical orthopedics from our St. Cloud, FL doctor of osteopathic medicine may be exactly what you need to finally recover and enjoy complete relief. The techniques detailed below are backed by science and proven to address a wide array of musculoskeletal problems, all without the use of medication or surgery. With just a few painless injections, Dr. Murphy can help your body function normally again and restore your quality of life at the same time. Which method would be best for you? Give us a call to learn more and schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Non-Surgical Orthopedics?
- Non-Invasive Way to Treat Chronic Pain Throughout the Body
- Long List of Options Used to Create Customized Treatment Plans
- Enhanced Accuracy Thanks to Ultrasound-Guided Injections
Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
X-rays are great, but musculoskeletal ultrasound has the advantage of allowing Dr. Murphy to look at a patient’s muscles, joints, and soft tissues underneath the skin while in motion so he can identify exactly what is causing someone’s problem. This leads to a more accurate diagnosis as well as a more precise and effective treatment. It essentially takes the guesswork out of orthopedic care and helps Dr. Murphy better personalize his approach for each patient.
Injectable treatments are a big part of non-surgical orthopedics, whether you’re talking about PRP, prolotherapy, or nerve blocks. Often, physicians perform these injections completely “blind,” in that they aren’t using any imaging to ensure the needle and healing substance are going where they’re intended. To avoid missing the target, Dr. Murphy utilizes ultrasound-guided injections. This way, he can make sure he’s reaching the exact part of the body he’s aiming for, which increases the likelihood of a successful treatment while also lowering the risk of complications.
Many different types of musculoskeletal problems cause inflammation, and in most cases, getting it under control is essential to making a full recovery. Rather than having a patient take systemic medication, Dr. Murphy can use localized injections containing a variety of therapeutic agents that directly treat an affected area. This can stop the inflammation as well as provide immediate pain relief right where a patient needs it. Some of the neuromusculoskeletal injections he offers include:
A corticosteroid is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that can deliver fast relief wherever it is injected for weeks or months at a time. Typically, we only recommend using them sparingly to help those suffering from severe pain while applying a more long-term, but time-consuming treatment.
Your joints require fluid to work properly, but injury or genetics can cause it to go away, leading to pain, stiffness, and a loss of function. Viscosupplementation involves injecting a synthetic, viscous fluid that replaces this lost joint fluid. It can be used to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip, and one injection can last anywhere from 3 months up to a year depending on the severity of someone’s condition.
Trigger Point/Tender Point Injections
Trigger points are small, specific areas of the body where a patient frequently experiences pain, while tender points are typically more widespread (they are common for those who have fibromyalgia). Trigger point/tender point injections involve administering a local anesthetic, often lidocaine, into these areas to stop the pain and relax the muscles.
Nerve blocks work by literally preventing pain signals from reaching the brain. These do not help the body recover from injury, but rather provide immediate pain relief, which can quickly improve someone’s quality of life. Nerve blocks can also help Dr. Murphy determine exactly what is causing someone’s discomfort by eliminating other possible sources of pain.
Nerves can sometimes become compressed by surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles, leading to pain, numbness, and a loss of strength in a specific area of the body. This often results from the nearby tissues becoming injured and swollen. Nerve hydrodissection involves injecting a fluid that goes around the nerve to provide a cushion and relieve this pressure.