Interventional Orthopedics

Physical Medicine Institute

B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME

Interventional Orthopedic & Physical Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

When you have chronic musculoskeletal pain and are hoping to avoid surgery, you can benefit from the advanced interventional orthopedic services available at Physical Medicine Institute. The Sherman Oaks, California, office is fully equipped with advanced technologies that help B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME, provide a fast, accurate diagnosis. Dr. Tabibian uses the latest ultrasound equipment to guide PRP or anesthetic injections in the right place, so you can start healing. Learn more about the benefits of interventional orthopedics by calling Physical Medicine Institute, or request an appointment online today.

Interventional Orthopedics Q & A

What is interventional orthopedics?

Interventional orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on reducing pain and increasing mobility when you have a musculoskeletal injury or degenerative disease.

Dr. Tabibian offers several interventional orthopedic therapies to provide long-lasting relief of persistent pain, including injections of a steroid medication and an anesthetic. He may use these injections to treat chronic pain in your joints, spine, or tendons.

You can also receive injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a substance found naturally in your blood. PRP contains special growth factors that promote more efficient healing of muscle strains, ligament tears, and other soft tissue injuries.

Interventional orthopedics does more than provide relief of chronic pain. The treatments can help you avoid surgery and help you heal faster and more efficiently.

What can I expect during my interventional orthopedics visit?

To determine if interventional orthopedic injections are the right treatment option for you, Dr. Tabibian reviews your medical history, your general health, and the severity of your pain.

Physical Medicine Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound guidance technology that Dr. Tabibian uses to confirm the nature of your injury. He also relies on ultrasound to ensure that injections go in the precise location.

During your procedure, you lie comfortably on an exam table while Dr. Tabibian uses the ultrasound equipment to locate the injury site. Watching the ultrasound monitor, he carefully injects the medications or PRP into the soft tissue.

Depending on your needs, you may receive more than one injection during your procedure. Following your injection, you can go back to your usual routine but may need to limit high-impact exercise and strenuous activity for several days.

How long before interventional orthopedic injections start to work?

You may notice a difference in the severity of your pain immediately after treatment. However, it can take several days for the anesthetic and steroid medications to provide optimal pain relief.

If you’re receiving PRP injections, you might notice that your pain increases for a week or more before beginning to improve. As new cells replace the old ones, you should experience a decrease in inflammation and an increase in your mobility.

To find relief of chronic orthopedic pain, schedule a diagnostic evaluation by calling Physical Medical Institute or requesting an appointment through the online booking system.