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Functional Medicine
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LA Ortho and Wellness believes in taking a holistic approach to orthopedic medicine. Dr. Gelber, our board-certified orthopedic surgeon, combines integrative techniques and functional medicine in Burbank to treat the root causes of musculoskeletal conditions rather than just their symptoms. By combining traditional medical interventions with personalized lifestyle assessments and complementary therapies, we optimize your overall well-being, helping you achieve lasting health and vitality.

Conditions Treated:

  • ACL Injury: A tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee.
  • Dislocated Shoulder: When the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder socket.
  • Hip Pain: Pain in the hip joint due to arthritis, bursitis, muscle strain, or other factors.
  • Hip Impingement: Abnormal contact between the hip joint’s ball and socket.
  • Knee Pain: General discomfort or pain in the knee due to injury, overuse, arthritis, etc.
  • Knee Arthritis: The inflammation and degeneration of the knee joint.
  • Meniscus Tear: A tear in the cartilage of the knee joint due to twisting or direct impact.
  • Osteoarthritis: The gradual breakdown of joint cartilage, leading to pain and stiffness.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear: Damage to the tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.
  • Shoulder Instability: When the shoulder joint is prone to dislocating or “slipping” out of place.
  • Shoulder Pain: General discomfort or pain in the shoulder due to various causes.
  • Shoulder Arthritis: Inflammation and degeneration of the shoulder joint.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of a tendon, often caused by overuse or repetitive motions.
  • Tennis Elbow: Injuries of the forearm tendons, leading to pain in the outer elbow joint.
  • Golfer’s Elbow: Injuries of the forearm tendons, leading to pain on the inner elbow joint.
Woman getting treated with functional medicine in Burbank.

Treatment Options

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injections

Combining integrative and functional medicine in Burbank opens up several natural options. PRP injections are a cutting-edge medical treatment that utilizes a patient’s own blood to promote healing. A small amount of blood is drawn and centrifuged to concentrate platelets, growth factors, and healing proteins. The resulting platelet-rich plasma is injected directly into the injured area, stimulating tissue repair and reducing inflammation. PRP injections are used in orthopedics and sports medicine to treat various conditions, from tendonitis to joint pain, offering a natural approach to healing.

Stem Cell Injections

Stem cell injections are a regenerative medicine therapy that harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal and repair damaged tissues. Stem cells, often sourced from the patient’s bone marrow or fat tissue, are injected into the site of injury or degeneration. These cells have the remarkable potential to differentiate into various cell types, aiding in tissue regeneration and reducing inflammation. Stem cell injections can treat conditions like osteoarthritis and orthopedic injuries, offering a safe, natural means of healing. This option of function medicine in Burbank is very popular in resolving a variety of issues.

Cortisone Injections

Cortisone injections are a common medical treatment for reducing inflammation and relieving pain caused by various conditions. They involve injecting a synthetic steroid medication directly into the affected area, such as a joint or a tendon sheath. Cortisone injections can provide rapid relief from conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, or bursitis by suppressing inflammation. Cortisone injections provide almost immediate pain relief, following which other treatments address the root cause of joint pain.


Viscosupplementation is a medical procedure primarily used to treat osteoarthritis, especially in the knee joint. It involves injecting a thick gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid into the joint. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of joint fluid and acts as a lubricant and shock absorber. By adding more of it to the joint, viscosupplementation reduces pain and improves joint mobility for individuals with osteoarthritis, offering a non-surgical option for managing joint discomfort, as part of function medicine in Burbank.

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique to diagnose and treat various joint problems. It involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube with a camera and surgical instruments (arthroscope) through small incisions near the affected joint. Dr. Gelber can visualize the joint’s interior on a monitor and perform procedures like repairing ligaments, removing damaged tissue or smoothing rough joints. While less invasive than traditional surgery, it is still a last resort when all non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief.

Functional Medicine FAQs

How does functional medicine differ from conventional medicine?

Functional medicine focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease. It integrates various disciplines to tailor treatments based on individual needs, whereas conventional medicine focuses on symptom management.

Can functional and integrative medicine be used alongside conventional treatments?

Yes, functional and integrative medicine can complement conventional treatments. Combining these approaches can enhance overall health by addressing underlying causes of illness, promoting holistic well-being, and improving the effectiveness of standard medical interventions.

What conditions can functional and integrative medicine treat?

Functional and integrative medicine can treat various conditions, including ACL injury, dislocated shoulder, knee pain, knee arthritis, meniscus tear, shoulder pain, tendonitis, golfer’s elbow, and more. By focusing on the root causes, these approaches aim to restore optimal health.

Are functional and integrative medicine approaches evidence-based?

Yes, many approaches in functional and integrative medicine are evidence-based, utilizing the latest scientific research and clinical evidence to provide comprehensive and effective care.

Consult Dr. Gelber Today

Dr. Jonathan Gelber, the board-certified orthopedic surgeon at LA Ortho and Wellness, leads the way in offering functional and integrative medicine in Burbank. By addressing the root causes of orthopedic issues, he helps you reclaim optimal mobility and relieve pain without resorting to surgery (unless absolutely necessary). Dr. Gelber combines traditional medical expertise with personalized lifestyle assessments and recommendations. Your overall well-being is our primary focus, and we offer functional medicine in Burbank to help you return to an active lifestyle promptly.

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