At his Coachella Valley practice, reclaiming and replacing ailing joints has been the personal mission of Dr. Raj Sinha. He offers what patients need to provide their recovery, from pre-procedure consultations to surgery, from noninvasive procedures to rehabilitation programs.

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Hugh Owen Thompson and his nephew Dr. Robert Jones of Wales first discovered orthopedic surgery. The procedures gained attention in World War I when Dr. Jones used them on soldiers. It was not until the 1960s that hip replacements and knee replacements were first developed. Over the last decades, many new techniques have been developed, largely due to the efforts of surgeons like Dr. Sinha.

At the Sinha clinic, the team of doctors repair or replace damaged, worn out and diseased joints to make them more functional and mobile. They use the latest techniques; they are pioneers in developing less-invasive procedures. The artificial joints used for patients are fitted precisely to the patient, which leads to quick healing, less residual pain and a more natural feel. Dr. Sinha, responsible for creating many innovative techniques, is so confident in their advantages that he replaced his own father's knee.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-invasive treatment for chronic conditions such as Arthritis, Bursitis, and Tendonitis, and even sprains. The PRP process both mimics and improves upon the body's own response to injury: to produce more platelets. Concentrated blood plasma loaded with platelets is injected into damaged tissue and speeds up healing and growth at a much quicker pace than surgery. Since your own blood is used to complete the procedure, there is no risk of transmitting infection or causing allergic reactions. The process is performed in an office visit in less than an hour, without even requiring a general anesthetic. Patients often receive a series of up to three shots that are a given two or three weeks apart within a three-month period.

Since the process is quick and effective, it is popular among athletes who can recover from injury within a couple months rather than an average of 14 months after surgery. PRP successes include NFL players Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, NBA star Kobe Bryant, MLB pitcher Takashi Saito, golfer Tiger Woods, and tennis great Rafael Nadal.

Stem Cell Therapy

While surgery is often the solution for badly deteriorated or damaged joints, approaches such as Stem Cell Therapy may be an effective less-invasive approach. Years ago, Dr. Sinha pursued stem cell research as he completed his doctorate in Molecular Biology, but the techniques have been slow to take hold as stem cell research is often associated with the controversial practice of harvesting Embryonic Cells. Modern practice uses stem cells from the placenta from live births, bone marrow, or even human fat, which are injected into a damaged joint to help rebuild it. While the process is not effective in cases where bone rubs against bone, it is helpful in restoration when some cartilage if present.

Under the guidance of a musculoskeletal ultrasound, the physician injects stem cells into a damaged area of a joint, where it contributes to new tissue formation. In the weeks and months after the procedure, the new tissue develops and strengthens the joint. This technique can reduce or eliminate the need for surgery, while reducing pain and inflammation. It is often used in cases where the degeneration is too great for PRP.

Physical Therapy

After surgery or a noninvasive procedure, the patient must take an active part in recovery by stretching and strengthening repaired and replaced joints. Under the direction of a physical therapist, you will undergo rehabilitation and pain management. Over time you will regain flexibility in the joint through exercise.

Recovery Plan

Once the surgery or other procedure is complete, you will receive a detailed recovery plan to assist your healing. The plan will cover not only exercise and self-care to protect your repaired joint, but will offer recommendations about diet and medication, the amount and type of activity you should attempt, and avoiding social contact that may expose you to germs during your initial recovery period.

For more information, call STAR Ortho at our Rancho Mirage office at (760) 915-1515 or our La Quinta office at (760) 915-1515.