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Orthopedic Exams & Non-Surgical Treatments for Work-Related Injuries 

The orthopedic specialists at DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine have a keen understanding of all types of soft tissue, muscle and bone injuries, including injuries sustained at work. With a background in sports medicine, Dr. Jacob DiCesare is extensively experienced in treating acute, traumatic injuries as well as injuries that occur as a result of repetitive motion. 

Some of the conditions our patients seek treatment for include:

  • Osteoarthritis/arthritis
  • Sports/work injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hip pain
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Calf tears
  • Ligament tears
  • MCL injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Runners knee 
  • Acute neck or back pain
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Tendinosis or tendon tears
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Trigger fingers

We pride ourselves on treating each and every patient like family, and develop personalized treatment plans based on your individual lifestyle needs, occupational needs, and future health goals. Unlike big box orthopedic practices, we believe in the healing power of regenerative medicine, rather than simply resorting to surgery or steroid injections. 

Find a DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine location near you, and call or book an appointment online to find out how we can safely, gently return you to your active lifestyle!

Stem Cell Injections for Work-Related Injuries Near Greensburg, PA

You may be asking yourself: What exactly are stem cells? Stem cells are special human cells that have the potential to develop into many different types of cells (muscle cells, brain cells, etc.) Stem cells serve to repair tissue within the body, as they have the incredible ability to regenerate and repair diseased and damaged tissue. 

Stem cell injections have been used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, as they not only repair damaged tissue, but they can relieve pain as well. Stem cell therapy has benefited people who suffer from injuries and illnesses such as spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and osteoarthritis. 

Stem cell injections are particularly useful at repairing damage to:

  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Cartilage

When stem cells are placed at a site of damaged tissue, they become activated, and start to create new, healthy tissue within the body. Stem cell injections are performed as an outpatient procedure at our office; there is no need for anesthesia. 

Dr. DiCesare has extensive knowledge about stem cell injections and their ability to heal work-related injuries.  If you’re curious about trying stem cell injection therapy, contact our office and one of our staff will be happy to set up an appointment for you. Dr. DiCesare will perform a thorough evaluation to see if stem cell injections are the right course of treatment for you.

PRP Therapy for Work-Related Injuries Near Pittsburgh

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are essentially platelets from your own blood. Plasma is a part of your blood that contains special proteins that help blood and support cell growth. Platelet-rich plasma can be concentrated and injected into the site of an injury to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. 

PRP can be used to regenerate tissue and alleviate painful conditions like:

  • Tendinitis 
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee osteoarthritis

Steroid injections are the go-to for treating arthritic conditions, however, symptom relief from steroid injections tend to be only 2 or 3 months long. PRP injections seem to provide symptomatic relief for a longer period of time. The theory behind this is that blood platelets release different types of growth factors that are known to decrease degeneration of cartilage, improve blood supply to the supporting structure of the joint, and improve the quality of the lubricant in the knee. 

The PRP injection procedure is performed in our office using a closed-system centrifuge that separates the components of your blood in about 15 minutes. If you’re looking for lasting relief from arthritis pain or another painful condition, make an appointment with Dr. DiCesare for a complete orthopedic evaluation. After an examination, we can then make the best recommendation for treatment based on the nature and severity of your pain.

Begin your surgery-free treatment with an orthopedic doctor who really cares. Book an appointment online at a location near you!

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Frequently Asked Question

What Qualifies As A Work-Related Injury? 

Work-related injuries are any injury, illness, or condition you suffer during the course of your employment. They can be broken down into three categories: physical injury, occupational illness, and repetitive stress injury.  

Physical Injury - This is the most common type of injury that occurs on the job, and can result from incidents such falling, tripping, getting hit with a falling object, or hurting your back while lifting. 

Such injuries typically affect:

  • Bones
  • Muscles, ligaments, tendons
  • Feet and ankles
  • Hands and wrists
  • Head and neck
  • Shoulders and back

Occupational Illness - An occupational illness can be acquired or worsened from job duties, such as developing asthma from working in a construction site. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to many years for an occupational illness to manifest. 

Repetitive Stress Injury - This type of injury occurs when a worker performs the same task every day over a long period of time. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common repetitive stress injuries.

How Can I Help Prevent Work-Related Injuries? 

There are a number of things employers and employees can do to minimize the chances of work-related injuries. 

  • Create an accident prevention program
  • Perform pre-employment physicals
  • Research and identify the safety hazards unique to your business
  • Always use personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Keep workspaces organized and clean
  • Eliminate falling/tripping hazards

How Can I Safely Return To Work After An Injury? 

Returning to work once your worker’s compensation ends must be done carefully, otherwise you risk re-injuring yourself on the job. It’s important to speak with your doctor to make sure you are fit to return to work, and discuss any lingering aches, pains or other symptoms of illness. 

  • Don’t go back to work before you feel physically ready
  • Create a reintegration plan with your supervisor
  • Keep a copy of your work restrictions with you 
  • Communicate any concerns with your employer

What Can I Expect From A Visit With Dr. DiCesare? 

When you come to DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine, you will be given a thorough orthopedic examination. Dr. DiCesare will take into account your medical history, current lifestyle, work conditions, and your personal health goals going forward. 

Once the nature and severity of your injury is determined, Dr. DiCesare will proceed with one or more of the following surgery-free treatments:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

If you have been injured on the job and want to be evaluated by an orthopedic physician with over 10 years of clinical experience, request an appointment online today with DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine!

Non-Surgical Treatments for Work-Related Injuries Greensburg, PA

Trust Western Pennsylvania’s Top-Rated Orthopedic Medicine 

At DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine, we treat all of our patients like family. We strongly believe in providing personalized medicine that takes into account every patient’s unique lifestyle needs and health goals. 

Unlike standard orthopedic practices, we treat every patient’s illness or injury using regenerative medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and musculoskeletal ultrasound technology. Our alternative methods have helped residents in Greensburg, North Huntingdon, and Mount Pleasant heal properly and recover more quickly, without having to undergo surgery. 

Our dedicated medical team is fully equipped to diagnose and treat:

  • Muscle, ligament and tendon damage
  • Sprains and strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Frozen shoulder

The treatment methods we offer include:

  • Regenerative medicine (PRP, Prolotherapy)
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Stem cell injections (lipogems)