Regenerative Medicine/Non-Operative Sports Medicine
When you’re in pain, finding relief as soon as possible is important. At Longevità Medical, board-certified orthopedic physician Dr. Maria Karipidis Pouria treats patients ranging from competitive athletes and weekend warriors to women and men experiencing acute and chronic osteoarthritic pain. Dr. Karipidis Pouria specializes in non-operative sports medicine and treating osteoarthritis of the large joints at our Victor, NY office near Rochester. She takes a conservative approach and ensures that your treatment plan aligns with your lifestyle and your goals.
What Is Non-Operative Sports Medicine?
When you feel the pain that results from overuse injuries, such as a sprained knee or tendonitis, it involves the body’s musculoskeletal system. This system is made up of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, and it sends pain signals to the brain when inflammation or injury occurs.
Most people who get injured or who experience pain due to repetitive physical activity don’t require surgery to improve their conditions. In many situations, conservative treatments such as physical therapy and injections can reduce pain and help patients return to their daily activities, whether that means getting back to their sport, working out at the gym, or simply playing with their grandchildren.
Dr. Karipidis Pouria can utilize ultrasound-guided injections to treat either acute or chronic pain. In both cases, injections to address pain and swelling can enhance your quality of life even if the treatments don’t completely eliminate your pain. You should feel significant relief based on Dr. Karipidis Pouria’s customized treatment plan. If your pain persists, she encourages close follow-up to modify the plan and achieve satisfying results.
When Should Osteoarthritis Patients Get Injections?
Dr. Karipidis Pouria uses a conservative treatment approach that’s tailored to each specific patient’s needs. When a condition such as osteoarthritis causes pain in the knees, hips, shoulders, or other joints, swelling, or both, a consultation at our office is advised. If initial conservative measures, such as over-the-counter medication, ice/heat, bracing, or physical therapy, fail to improve your condition, Dr. Karipidis Pouria may then recommend injections or aspiration (drainage of fluid) for pain relief.
What Types of Injections Are Used?
Advances in regenerative medicine have resulted in multiple treatment options. Regenerative medicine involves using orthobiologics under ultrasound guidance, such as injections using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate (BMC) that enhance and augment the body’s own healing response to address pain, swelling, and injuries to the knees, hips, and shoulders.
The injections Dr. Karipidas Pouria uses at Longevità Medical include:
Similar to cortisol, one of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormones, corticosteroid injections quickly reduce inflammation and are used to treat a variety of skeletal, muscular, and spinal conditions. Injecting corticosteroids directly into an individual joint or bursa effectively reduces pain caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis, with results that may last for several months.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is produced by the body and is part of the fluid that naturally lubricates and cushions joints to help them move smoothly. If you have osteoarthritis, the HA in the affected joint becomes thinner, reducing its effectiveness. Hyaluronic acid injections can be a good option if you can’t take other medications (such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs), are not ready or not a candidate for knee replacement or arthroscopy, or have failed to respond to other injections. HA has shown to provide 6 months of benefit to the appropriate candidates.
Using a patient’s own blood as a safe, nonsurgical treatment option for sports-related and orthopedic injuries has become very popular in the treatment of sports injuries and mild to moderate osteoarthritis. The PRP includes growth factors that are essential in the body’s healing processes to reduce pain and swelling. The concentration of platelets in PRP allows your body to recognize the injury as a priority to promote a more rapid healing response. PRP is produced by drawing a patient’s blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma. It’s then injected directly into the tissue, ligaments, or joint. As with other injections, ultrasound technology is utilized to guide the injections and ensure exact placement.
Bone Marrow Concentrate
Bone marrow cells obtained from your bones’ soft, elastic interior can be injected into injured tissue, ligaments, and joints to promote healing. What makes bone marrow concentrate so powerful as a regenerative medicine tool is their ability to take on the characteristics of other cells in the body, including those in injured joints, which helps speed up the recovery process. Bone marrow aspirate is a procedure in which the doctor obtains a patient’s own bone marrow, concentrates regenerative cells in an FDA-approved device, and utilizes ultrasound guidance to inject the site of pain or injury. The concentration of regenerative cells works directly at the site of injury or degeneration to increase the healing potential tenfold.
Choosing a Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialist
Whether you’re sidelined from a sport, want to return to an active lifestyle, or are seeking relief from chronic pain, it’s important to choose a specialist who understands the complex nature of joint pain. As an experienced and triple board-certified physician, Dr. Karipidis Pouria mission is to combine proper diagnosis, rehabilitation, and non-operative measures to enhance the well-being and quality of life of those suffering from acute and chronic joint pain.
Request Your Consultation
Patients looking for a nonsurgical sports medicine and regenerative medicine specialist travel from Buffalo, Syracuse, and throughout western New York to our practice in Victor for treatment. You can request a consultation using the online form or call us at
(585) 244-1506 to schedule an appointment.