Osteoarthritis Services

The goal of The Active Joint Institute is to reduce pain and slow progression of osteoarthritis.

After a brief medical history, x-rays, and gait analysis, Dr.Ryan Riggs makes a diagnosis and discusses all of the appropriate options for your care and the importance of each. Services provided onsite:

  • ActiJoint FLEX Shot™ series— Unlike standard procedures for Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections (which have only about a 75% accuracy of placement), Dr. Riggs uses ultrasound, the newest guided-injection instrument available with a 100% accuracy of placement. He is the only physician in the Intermountain area to routinely offer this precision for HA injections.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) is a new, cutting-edge treatment for OA which takes a small sample of your own blood and spins it in a centrifuge to separate the whole blood into special components, including growth factors. The basic idea behind PRP injections is to deliver high concentrations of growth factors to an area of injury with the hope of stimulating a healing response.
  • Stem Cell Therapy is the most advanced treatment for osteoarthritis available in medicine today. This non-surgical procedure harnesses the regenerative power of your own body to heal and repair in a natural way. Stem cell therapy has the most significant effect on pain associated with osteoarthritis than any other existing treatment modality, including surgery, even two years after treatment.
  • Offloading knee braces are custom made for you, so you can get back to your active lifestyle without worrying about knee injuries. Knee braces do more than provide stability. They can also help with varus (bow-legged) deformities, valgus (knock-kneed) deformities, and pain relief during weight-bearing activities.
  • Cortisone injections do not treat the root cause of your pain but are considered to be a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. When inflammation is an underlying problem in your condition, cortisone injections may be included as a potent therapy for pain relief.

Dr. Riggs may also recommend the following:

  • Physical therapy provides services that help to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities suffered by arthritis patients. Particular movements will stimulate the production of HA within the knee joint, thus slowing down the deteriorating process of arthritis.
  • Weight loss assistance can often be helpful in cases where excess weight has put pressure on your joints and has contributed to the deterioration of the natural lubrication in the joint. If you would like to be a part of the ActiJoint weight loss team- join us! Learn more by calling or click on the link to our weight loss program.
  • Orthopedic surgery may sometimes be necessary when non-surgical attempts at pain control fail, or when there is a mechanical defect causing severe disability (like the knee locking up randomly for over an hour at a time), or in the rare case of an infected joint.

For help overcoming your joint pain, call today to schedule an appointment with ActiJoint!