Sports Medicine/Orthopedics Specialist
Whether your pain is caused by sports, an occasional round of tennis, or you suddenly have pain in a joint or muscles and you don’t know why, Daniel Lebowitz, MD, can help with musculoskeletal therapy. Contact World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, to learn about Dr. Lebowitz’s holistic approach to relieving pain, and get back to an active life.
Sports Medicine/Orthopedics Q & A
What’s musculoskeletal therapy?
Musculoskeletal therapy focuses on exactly what its name suggests — treating muscles, bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and connective tissues. However, this type of therapy specifically explores ways to relieve musculoskeletal pain by identifying and treating problems with the core muscles — the lower abdomen and back, hips, and buttocks — because they must have the strength to stabilize the rest of the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Lebowitz begins by analyzing the patient’s posture and body alignment, identifies problem areas, and then develops a plan to rehabilitate problems including any or all of these components:
- Stretching exercises to increase flexibility and strengthen muscles
- Deep tissue massage for joints and soft tissues
- Nutritional plans, including supplements to relieve swelling and pain
- Meditation to ease stress
- Lymphatic drainage
How does platelet-rich plasma promote healing from sports injuries?
Platelets are cells in the blood that contain proteins called growth factors. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood that has extra platelets added to it, which is injected into patients so that the injection site gets a higher concentration of platelets. Having the extra platelets helps wounds and injuries heal because growth factors are essential for the healing process.
PRP is always produced from each patient’s own blood, then injected back into the same patients injury, so there’s never any concern about compatibility. It may speed the healing process in any type of musculoskeletal injury, but it’s often considered for chronic tendon injuries, acute ligament and muscle injuries, and knee arthritis.
How do stem cells treat musculoskeletal injuries?
Stem cells have the ability to grow into any type of tissue in the body, although they usually develop into the same type of tissue where they live; so, stem cells located in muscles produce muscle cells, while stem cells located in bones produce bone cells. However, stem cells can be harvested from various parts of the body and injected back into a different part of the body, tus duplicating the tissues from their new location.
Dr. Lebowitz harvests stem cells found in fat tissue. Then, the stem cells go through a procedure that mixes them with platelet-rich plasma. When the mixture is injected into an injured area, the platelets and stem cells stimulate the natural healing process. While stem cell therapy may promote healing in damaged muscles, tendons, ligament, and cartilage, Dr. Lebowitz primarily uses this treatment to relieve joint pain.
*Individual results may vary