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A Holistic Approach to Pain Management

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar
Joint Therapy is a form of nonsurgical ligament reconstruction and is a highly effective treatment for chronic pain. It is a connective tissue injection therapy of collagen producing substances which can reconstruct damaged or weakened connective tissue in and around joints. Joint Therapy can reduce pain and inflammation in the joint quickly, restore circulation and provide ingredients needed for damaged tissue to heal.

In a Joint Therapy session, the patient gets an injection that consists of vitamins, minerals and anesthetic that provides immediate pain relief. These natural substances induce healing within the body. The pain relief may continue even after the anesthetic subsides as the treated joints stabilize. Joint Therapy for a fresh injury is highly effective in allowing the joint and surrounding tissues to decrease inflammation and heal properly.

It has been shown that Joint Therapy is an effective alternative to cortisone injections. Although cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it may also cause joint and cartilage damage, sometimes leading to tendon rupture. The complications of cortisone injections include nerve damage, joint infection, thinning of skin and soft tissue around the injection site, temporary flare of pain and inflammation around the joint, tendon weakening or rupture, thinning of nearby bone and whitening or lightening of the skin around the injection site.

Joint Therapy may include PRP (platelet rich plasma), ozone, and/or stem cells depending on the chronicity and degree of tissue and joint degeneration. This therapy has had excellent success in keeping patients out of surgery. Depending on the degree of damage, weekly injections are given—ranging from six to 12 weeks. Sometimes progress is made in just a few short weeks.

Knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow joints respond most favorable to Joint Therapy. Sprained ankles may heal faster with this therapy in a fraction of the time. Joint Therapy can be injected into joints, under the skin, into tendons and muscles.

Conditions most often treated include anything associated with pain, chronic back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic knees, Plantar fasciitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tennis elbow, scars, shoulder pain and many sports injuries.

Joint Therapy is a nonsurgical treatment that leads to long-lasting joint strength, increased joint function and elimination of pain by stimulating the body’s own cells to replace and repair degenerated tissue.

Dr. Isabel Sharkar, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of the Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit

June 2020




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