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Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Back, Knee, Shoulder, Hips and Joints Disorders

 

Is Stem Cell Therapy Really The Alternative To Joint Replacement?

For years, the only long-term treatment option for osteoarthritis or bone on bone joint problems was joint replacement…typically knees and hips. Then, viscosupplementation came along, where hyaluronic acid was injected into the joint capsule. This lubricated the knee to facilitate better movement and relieve pain, but it wasn’t a long-term solution.

the top 4 questions to ask a medical facility about joint painIn my last article, An Alarming Trend In Joint Replacement Surgeries, I talked about how knee replacement surgeries alone are projected to increase to 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030. This is a scary prospect given the risks of this type of surgery…anesthesia reactions, infections, blood clots, rejection of the artificial joint, just to name a few.

Even with all these risks, many people still don’t know that there is another option and are going under the knife daily.

But, thanks to advancements in modern medicine, stem cell therapy is emerging as a viable candidate to stop that alarming statistic in its tracks.

 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

 

Stem cells are essentially the “building blocks” of our body. Stem cells are found in our bone marrow, blood, and adipose tissues. They come from the same family of cells that form joints, cartilage, menisci, ligaments, muscles and bone.

As we age, our bodies continue to produce these stem cells to treat and maintain our bodily systems. By extracting these stem cells from a patient’s own adipose tissue and injecting them into the damaged joint, new cartilage can actually be regenerated.

 

How We Know It Works?

 

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In a 2008 study by Dr. Christopher Centeno reported in the The American Journal of Case Reports, mesenchymal stem cells were obtained and injected into a patient’s knee along with autologous platelet lysate to enhance growth. MRI imaging was done pre and post treatment to analyze changes.

The results showed that the cartilage had increased in volume, the size of the defect in the cartilage had been reduced and pain in the patient had decreased to 0 on a scale of 10.

While a patient will typically require multiple treatments to “build up” cartilage, this study shows that it can be done.

 

What is Stopping People From Getting Stem Cell Therapy as an Alternative to Joint Replacement?

Knowledge – As we already discussed, many people are not aware of stem cell therapy as an alternative to joint replacement.

Doctors – Orthopedic surgeons perform joint replacement surgery, so they will recommend what they know and what they do. Medical practices are also a business. According to Medical Group Management Association’s 2015 Provider Compensation and Production Survey Report, general orthopedic surgeons make an average of $421,000. So, is it surprising that they would recommend surgery?

Insurance – Insurance companies haven’t caught up with this advancement in medicine yet, so these treatments aren’t covered yet. This may be another reason why doctors may not recommend it yet.

 

Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

stem-cell-joint-replacementThe benefits of stem cell therapy are significant:

Relatively Quick Procedure – Doctors that perform this treatment have the equipment and labs in-house, so the outpatient procedure can be done in a few hours.

Reasonable Cost – Many doctors will do a free initial consultation and exam. Treatment will typically cost between $1,500 to $8,000, depending on your specific situation. Finance options are usually available also.

Natural Therapy – Each patient’s own stem cells are being used for the treatment. No synthetic or donor cells are used.

Minimal Risk – While there is a small risk of infection from the injection, this is very uncommon.

Minimal Recovery Time – Unlike surgery, with stem cell therapy, the patient walks in and out of the procedure on their own. Their daily routine typically stays the same. In a few weeks, they begin to increase their activity levels and return to normal

Final Thoughts

It is the responsibility of each patient to do their due diligence and research alternative treatments before opting for surgery.

The promise of stem cell therapy means that patients will have a more natural and less risky alternative to joint replacement surgery.

Let’s hope that more doctors and insurance companies finally catch on and realize that this is the medicine of the future.

 

Pain-Meds

 

As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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An Alarming Trend In Joint Replacement Surgeries

If you are over the age of 50, chances are that you know someone who has had knee or hip replacement surgery. Just look at these statistics.

According to UpToDate, “Approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the US. This number is projected to increase to 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030.”

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

So, what does all of this mean? With each new year, more and more people are having invasive joint replacement surgeries.

 

An Alarming Trend

 

joint-replacement-surgeriesIt used to be that only older people would need to get these types of surgeries, but now we are seeing people in their forties having them done.

A study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting indicated that there was a 188% increase in knee replacements over a 10-year period for people aged 45 to 64.

According to AHRQ, mentioned above, hip surgeries increased 205% over a 10-year period for people 45 to 54.

Why are the patients having full joint replacements getting younger?

Dr. Mark Pagnano, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota., says that the growing number of cases of arthritis is a major factor in the trend. Higher numbers of active people translate into more arthritis that causes wear and tear.

Add in the increasing rate of obesity and the stress it puts on the joints, and you can see why the prediction of 3.48 million knee replacements isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

 

Why Should We Be Concerned?

 

So, why is the fact that joint replacement surgeries are being done at younger ages a concern? Because there are inherent risks in having joint replacement surgery:

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  • Anesthesia Reactions
  • Infections
  • Blood Clots
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Loosening
  • Loss of Motion
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Allergy to the Artificial Joint
  • Rejection of the Artificial Joint

In addition to all of those risks, many patients don’t realize that the artificial joints that are put in don’t last forever. The lifespan of an artificial joint is typically 10 to 20 years.

So, if a person has a knee or hip joint put in at the age of 45, chances are they will be having a revision surgery done on the same joint by time they are 65.

In revision surgery, your doctor removes some or all of the parts of the original prosthesis and replaces them with new ones.

Although both procedures have the same goal—to relieve pain and improve function—revision surgery is different than primary total knee replacement. It is a longer, more complex procedure that requires extensive planning, and specialized implants and tools to achieve a good result.

The bottom line is this…once you take the joint and replace it with a prosthesis, there is no turning back. You have set yourself on the path of multiple surgeries.

 

There Is Hope

 

Many cases of joint replacement are done because of wear and tear of the cartilage, which leads to “bone on bone” conditions.

Advances in regenerative medicine are showing promise for alternative treatments to surgery. Studies are showing that stem cell injection therapy can actually regenerate cartilage.

The result of one such study, by Dr. Chris Centeno, showed “at 24 weeks post-injection, the patient had statistically significant cartilage and meniscus growth on MRI, as well as increased range of motion and decreased modified VAS pain scores.”

With results like this, many people who would normally get joint replacement surgery may instead opt to get stem cell injections. And, with that promise, let’s hope that scary prediction of reaching 3.48 million knee replacement procedures by 2030 never comes to fruition.

Stay tuned…

 

Free-Medical-Screening

 

As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Worth The Cost

One of the questions people ask me all the time is if non-surgical spinal decompression is worth it. Obviously, it depends on your individual condition. But if you ask my patients, they will tell you it is.

 

Jonathan’s Story

 

spinal-decompression-worth-the-costMy patient, Jonathan, is a good example of this. He came in to see me recently, so I asked him how his back was doing. Six years ago, we had performed non-surgical spinal decompression on his back for a herniated disc. I was interested to see how his back was doing after this many years. He told me his back was doing great and that he was thankful that he had chosen to do non-surgical spinal decompression.

You see, Jonathan is a real estate agent who is very active. His family’s income is dependent on his ability to do his job. And, real estate agents are active people. Networking to meet potential clients, going to prospective clients’ homes to get listings, showing buyers homes, and going on inspections are just some of the things they do.

Downtime is NOT AN OPTION!

The bottom line for him was that he couldn’t afford not to work or to be “down and out” trying to recover from surgery. That is one of the reasons he chose to do spinal decompression.

Jonathan also shared with me that he has a friend who had a herniated disc in his back at the same time he did. Unfortunately, his friend had chosen not to do anything about his back, even though Jonathan had referred me to him.

As it turns out, his friend is now regretting that he didn’t have spinal decompression when he sees how Jonathan is doing. He is in pain all the time and his quality of life has been greatly impacted.

 

Who Is A Good Candidate For Non- Surgical Spinal Decompression?

 

Spinal decompression technology is typically used for the treatment of back pain due to:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated and/or bulging discs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

 

While it works for most of these conditions, it is important to make sure you consult a doctor who specializes in spinal decompression about your specific situation before getting treatment. There are some people who should not undergo treatment. For instance, you should not have spinal decompression treatment if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A Tumor
  • Fractures
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Metal Implants in your spine
  • Advanced Osteoporosis
  • Pregnant women
  • You’re under the age of 18

 

Benefits of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

 

If you have gone to an orthopedic surgeon for back pain, you may have been recommended for surgery. While surgery is usually covered by insurance and spinal decompression is not as of yet,, it is important to consider the benefits of paying spinal decompression:

  • Faster recovery time Patients usually start feeling relief after the first couple of treatments.
  • Minimal or no time off of work Patients who are working can typically return to work the same or next day.
  • No risk of infection as with surgery There are no invasive procedures involved.
  • No anesthesia There is no risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia as it isn’t used.
  • No risk of blood clots There is no risk of blood clots as with surgery.

 

The Cost of Non-Spinal Decompression

 

On average, spinal decompression from a qualified doctor will cost approximately $4,000, and most doctors will have some sort of payment option available.

I hear stories all the time from people that come to see me that they opted to have the surgery because insurance covered it, and then regretted it when they experienced problems. That is why it is so important to do your research up front, weigh the benefits and risks and make the decision that best fits your situation.

At the end of the day, your quality of life may depend on the decision you make, so it is important that it is an informed one.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

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Does TV Binge Watching Cause Inflammation

Many doctors in all avenues having been sounding the alarm about the effects of sedentary behavior on our health. But recently, a team of doctors have measured the impact through a recently published study.

What the Studies Say

tv-binge-watching-inflammationAn Australian research team has linked the risk of developing inflammatory diseases to excessive hours of sitting, particularly as related to TV binge watching……….and Netflix may never be the same.

Researchers followed nearly 9,000 adults and tracked the number of hours they spent each day sitting and watching television. Every hour of sitting increased their risk of developing an inflammatory disease by 12 percent.

Naturally, those that spent more than four hours a day sitting and watching TV were at greatest risk. Patients were followed, and at 12 years after the study, about 10 percent of the subjects had died. Of those that had passed away, 130 /909 people died of inflammatory diseases.

 

Why Being Sedentary Causes Inflammation?

Under normal conditions, inflammation is a natural response to a harmful event; the body releases chemicals that help the body recover. When people are sedentary for long periods of time, these chemicals hang around for too long and can cause disease.

Doctors don’t understand all the mechanisms for why sitting causes these chemicals to hang around, but they’re learning through research.

In one study conducted in the United Kingdom, subjects were asked to self-report how much time they spent sitting during the week. Researchers used the standard International Physical Activity Questionnaire to log how much sitting and physical activity each person did.

Researchers then measured blood values of inflammation markers like leptin, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (IL-6). In 500 individuals, sitting time was associated with higher levels of these biomarkers. Females had significantly more biomarkers present than men did. By hanging around in the blood stream too long, these biomarkers created a situation of low-grade inflammation, particularly in women.

 

How Biomarkers Affect Your Joints

There are many diseases that are characterized as inflammatory in nature, and many of these diseases affect the bones and joints.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a global epidemic. Doctors and researchers have shifted their thinking about the disease. Once thought to be strictly caused by mechanical “wear and tear”, research now indicates that OA is really an inflammatory disease by nature.

These same biomarkers wreak havoc in the joints, creating the pain, stiffness and loss of mobility that so often characterizes OA.

 

What You Can Do About It

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Knee PainDoctors are working to develop tests that could identify inflammation at its first stages, when it first becomes a problem, and before it becomes chronic. The rapid development and acceptance of regenerative therapy treatments like stem cell therapy and PRP can be helpful in reducing chronic pain for those already afflicted with such maladies.

Until researchers have more information, there is still a lot you can do to help yourself and your situation.

Lifestyle changes can perhaps be the first line of defense. Changing habits can include:

  • Limit the amount of time you’re sitting or otherwise sedentary.
  • Get moving!
  • Introduce daily walks into your schedule. Moderate walking for as little as 20 minutes per day can rev up your metabolism and work wonders to prevent inflammation from setting in.
  • If you’re one to watch television several hours per day, get on the treadmill and watch your favorite shows while you’re moving.
  • Control your weight by eating a healthy diet; obesity also causes inflammation biomarkers to run out of control.

Remember, small changes can have a big impact over time!

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

 

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What Are The Risks Of Too Much Sitting?

Do you suffer from chronic back or neck pain?

Many people do, and while there are many acute causes that can be a source of your pain such as a traumatic accident or a sports injury, one prominent lifestyle choice is becoming a growing concern in medical circles— “too much sitting.”

too-much-sittingFrom television binge watching to computer gaming, or simply because of the change from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, Americans are sitting now more than ever……. and all of this sitting may be becoming a problem.

According to the Mayo Clinic, extended periods of sitting can have very detrimental effects on your spine and joints. Despite what you might think, sitting is not a natural position for your body to be in for long periods of time.

Is sitting the new smoking?

 

Why Sitting Is Bad for Your Health?

Sitting for long periods creates tremendous stress not only on your spine but also on your knee and hip joints. The growing body of scientific research is leading doctors to conclude that sitting is now a significant risk factor in and of itself for spinal and postural issues.

It’s harder these days not to sit because most jobs these days require extensive computer work. Numerous studies point to the detrimental effects of sitting— in addition to chronic back, neck and joint pain, it can also lead long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart problems.

What You Can Do?

It’s best to think of it in terms of what movements are not happening because you are sitting. Standing up creates a change in posture that means that your body will better interact with gravity. And that means we constantly need to be engaged in movement (not necessarily exercise movement). Of course, a structured exercise program in addition to this reaps great benefits as well.

sitting-is-the-new-smokingBasically, the key is to move and shift your position often throughout the day when you’re sitting for long periods. Our bodies were designed to stand, squat and even kneel, but not necessarily to sit.

Doctors recommend standing up over 30 times per day to counteract the effects of sitting. You don’t even need to walk around—simply stand. Frequently interrupt those long periods of sitting.

There are more opportunities to stand up throughout the day than you might think. Do housework, garden, cook, stand to peek over a cubicle and tell your co-worker “hello”.

As the NIKE ad says…Just do it!

Keep in mind that standing continuously is just as bad as sitting continuously. It is about movement and changing position throughout the day. People with jobs that require a lot of standing, like nurses and retail associates, have long talked about the joint pain and spine problems they’ve suffered from standing for long hours.

 

Get Active

The key is to try to incorporate small movements into your daily routine. Think of it as providing your body with a gravity stimulus. For the stimulus to be effective, you must stand up over 30 times a day to get the benefit.

Some people set a timer on their computer or Fitbit. When it goes off, they stand.

Some people squat and then stand to get even more movement. The important thing to keep in mind is that it is never too late to start. Try it for a week at work and see how you feel. Our bodies are amazingly resilient and you can recover from the damage of excessive sitting.

Try it! You’ll be amazed!

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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Surgery vs Spinal Decompression - Which One Is Right For You?

If you have ever had a herniated disk, you know the pain is excruciating. The chronic pain that results from such an acute condition leaves no doubt there that you need medical intervention. And in the past surgery was generally the only option doctors had available to them that offered any remedy.

In recent years, however, therapies like spinal decompression have lessened and in some cases eliminated the need for any kind of invasive procedure at all.

 

What is a Herniated Disc?

 

herniated-discOften called a bulging disk, this is a very common spinal injury that affects many adults in the United States. A person can have a herniated disk without realizing it until a nerve becomes pinched or otherwise compromised resulting in what can often be excruciating pain, plus a loss of range of motion and many other adverse effects.

The discs in your spine serve as shock absorbers and distributors and ensure flexibility. They are essential for a person’s spine to function. Your disks are made up of a tough outer layer (annulus fibrosus) and a soft, gelatin-like center (nucleus pulposus).

Sometimes cracks occur in that outer layer and inner material of a disk begin to push out. There are numerous reasons this can occur including being overweight, poor posture, and physical injury, or being overweight.

 

What are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

 

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm pain
  • Leg pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness of the spine

Depending on which disc is herniated, pain usually begins in the back or neck. As more gel comes out of the disc, it usually beings to put pressure on the nerve. When that occurs, pain begins to radiate down the leg or arm often accompanied by a tingling sensation or numbness.

When not treated, the pain can become severe enough to prevent getting out of bed or performing normally routine tasks.

Even something as simple as sneezing or coughing may result in shooting pains.

 

What is Spinal Decompression?

 

spinal-decompression-in-los angelesThese treatments accomplished the same results spinal traction but are more effective and less time consuming. In this procedure, your spine is gently stretched decreasing the pressure of the disc. The process of stretching and relaxing the spine relieves pressure and promotes increased circulation. Better circulation means an increase in blood flow that carries necessary oxygen, nutrients, and water to travel a damaged disc.

When your disk is slowly stretched back into shape, a vacuum pulls oxygen, hydration, and nutrients into the disc. This process promotes healing from the inside. For long-term pain relief to occur, multiple treatments are often required.

Conservative, non-surgical spinal decompression has been shown to have positive results in alleviating the symptoms of a herniated disc in 90% of those suffering from the condition.

 

 

How Many Treatments are Required?

 

Although most people realize relief after their first treatment, a series of decompression treatments are generally recommended to ensure that lasting, internal healing takes place.

One of the advantages of spinal decompression therapy is each treatment session generally takes less than 30 minutes. Sometimes one treatment is all that is required but you may need multiple treatments over a four to eight-week period if your injury is severe.

 

Does it Always Replace Surgery?

 

Many patients who seriously considered back surgery to repair an injured disk, have been able to avoid surgery after completing a full course of spinal decompression. The treatment is approved by the FDA and often provides a viable alternative to surgery and long-term reliance on painkillers.

Each case of back pain is unique and your specialist can help you determine which good course of treatment is best for you – surgery vs spinal decompression.

There are some instances where surgery is the preferred course of treatment.

If you have had a prior surgery with metal plates and screws in the area to be treated, cancer in the area of treatment or severe osteoporosis, spinal decompression is not for you.

As with any physical condition, being proactive is always the best course of action. If you have recurring symptoms the sooner you see a specialist the better.

There is no reason to think surgery is the only option you have when it comes to severe back pain. Physicians are seeing more and more of their patients avoid surgery and resume their normal lifestyle quickly and with far less pain than ever before.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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What Is Regenerative Therapy?

Debilitating stiffness, throbbing achiness, swelling and redness from inflammation are some of the symptoms acute and chronic musculoskeletal sufferers endure. This includes the joints, bones and muscular system. Recent advancements in alternative regenerative therapy treatments offer new hope for pain sufferers.

Left untreated, these conditions can manifest in the form of arthritis, including osteo and rheumatoid, carpal tunnel syndrome, or knee, back, neck and shoulder pain just to name a few. Aging, genetics, trauma, obesity, repetitive actions on the job or in sports are typically the causes.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), “One in two Americans has a musculoskeletal condition. This adds up to a staggering $213 billion dollars for treatment, rehab and unemployment cost, stated in a report by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).”

 

What You Should Know About Orthopedic Surgery

 

regenerative-therapyConditions involving the musculoskeletal system can lead to further degeneration and threaten your quality of life. Not being able to participate in the activities you once engaged in could be devastating and depressing. It is understandable that individuals experiencing excruciating pain and limited mobility would seek a physician and perhaps feel the need to schedule an appointment for invasive surgery.

But, not so fast, it would a good idea to determine if there are other options to regenerate your affected area.

In a 2017 online blog post for Reader’s Digest, 50 Secrets Surgeons Won’t Tell You, Dr. Kevin B. Jones shares one of the secrets by saying that some problems you just cannot fix well with surgery like many cases of back pain.

It is important to recognize that most doctors are encouraged to perform surgery; that is their training. Many will not even suggest alternative methods. You can find out more about the reasons here.

Fortunately for people with musculoskeletal disorders, there are Orthopedic Specialists who offer Regenerative Therapy, with proven results to provide relief for their patients.

 

What Is Regenerative Therapy?

 

In the 1990s, Regenerative Therapy gained popularity in medical circles and provided hope for those afflicted with conditions, like musculoskeletal difficulties.

You could characterize Regenerative Therapy as being able to restore damaged body parts, tissues or organs with harvested or engineered cultures from the patient’s own body.

Two groundbreaking treatments involving stem cells and platelet rich plasma have emerged that have changed the landscape of regenerative therapy.

 

Two Groundbreaking Treatments

 

These two procedures are quickly becoming sought-after treatments within the medical field. The idea that an Orthopedic Surgeon can retrieve, isolate and inject components from your own body to repair damaged areas in your system is exciting, even after being in use for a couple of decades.

Adult Stem Cells and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) have studies backing them, which shows the benefits of these two therapies for various orthopedic problems.

In fact, one clinical trial concluded PRP injections benefited patients with osteoarthritis. The treatment proved to be safe and effective with no known side effects.

More individuals in the world of sports are rejecting the traditional method of receiving invasive surgery when they have injuries. Instead, they are going to progressive physicians using these types of rejuvenating methods.

In fact, sports figures, including Tiger Woods, Garrett Richards, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Maria Sharapova, have used stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma with wonderful results.

 

Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Therapy

 

adult-stem-cells-regenerative-therapyThere is a debate about when stem cells were discovered, but most people in the scientific community agree that it was in the 1960s, when scientists Ernest McCulloch and James Till detected the hematopoietic stem cell in mice.

For an element to have the classification of a stem cell, it must be able to renew itself by dividing into more cells and change into other cell types, including into the structures forming the ligaments, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc.

Currently, some health care practitioners dealing in regenerative therapy use adult stem cells and the numbers are increasing.

The process of using adult stem cells for restoring or repairing injuries in Orthopedic Medicine consists of drawing stem cell containing tissues such as bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat) from the body, this tissue is processed to isolate and concentrate the stem cells.

The stem cells are then taken and injected into the injured area, such as a knee joint which immediately encourages the body to begin the rejuvenation process.

 

Restoration With PRP

 

Platelet-rich Plasma is full of elements like proteins and peptides that promote healing of the damaged tissues.

This process begins with blood being drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, plasma and red blood cells.

The outcome is a concentration of platelets, growth factors and plasma, which is introduced back into the patient’s problem area. This starts the repairing of the tissues.

A combination of both therapies can be even more potent in obtaining recovery.

 

Finding the Best Physician for Regenerative Therapy

 

It is essential to select the proper medical practitioner when you want PRP or stem cell therapy. Look for one who has experience doing these procedures and is willing to let you speak to past patients.

Don’t forget to ask them about their physical experience having the injections, recovery time and results.

Often these patients will tell you that they would opt to have a regenerative therapy over traditional surgery any time.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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Why Doctors May Not Tell You About PRP Treatment

I had a patient who came in to see me about treatment for a meniscus tear in his knee. He was a personal trainer, so being able to get back to using his knee at as close to full capacity as possible without pain and discomfort, was important for his business. He had been to a respected orthopedic surgeon, who was recommending surgery to repair the tear and was almost ready to have that done. Fortunately for him, one of his friends had told him about our clinic and the stem cell and PRP treatment we perform, as a way of avoiding surgery.

prp-treatment-knee-injuryAfter evaluating his knee injury, we determined that he would be a good candidate for PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy. This is where samples of the patient’s blood are taken and the platelets growth factors and plasma are separated from the red blood cells through centrifugation. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the site of the patient’s injury, promoting healing of the injury whether it is for tendons, ligaments, muscles, or joints.

When this particular patient went back to the orthopedic surgeon for a last consultation before deciding which treatment he would have, he told the doctor that he had been to see me and asked what he thought about PRP treatment. To his credit, the doctor wasn’t negative about it. He told our patient that he had heard about the treatment, and that he should choose which one he thought was best for him. He also told our patient that if he chose to have the PRP treatment done, but wasn’t happy with the results, he could always come back and do the surgery.

So, why didn’t the doctor mention this non-surgical option in the initial consultations?

There are usually 3 main reasons why doctors may not tell you about these two alternative treatments.

Let’s look at what they are:

 

Lack of Time to Keep Up on New Treatments

 

Today’s doctors are extremely busy. Even with the use of technology, the endless stream of patients means lots of medical notes and reporting for insurance purposes.

According to a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine of 57 U.S. physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology and orthopedics , “For every hour physicians were seeing patients, they were spending nearly two additional hours on paperwork.”

All of this paperwork limits the amount of time that doctors have available to keep up on new research and treatments, which can be substantial.

According to Nate Gross, MD and co-founder of Doximity, “Medicine has a TL;DR problem (Too Long; Didn’t Read). It would take 20 hours of reading each day for the average physician to comb through everything published in their speciality.”

So, if doctors haven’t spent time on learning new information about treatments or don’t feel comfortable with their knowledge on a new treatment, you aren’t going to hear about it.

 

Medical Practices are a Business

 

While medical practices treat patients for illness and injury, they are also in the business of making money.

doctors-prp-treatmentAccording to Medical Group Management Association’s 2015 Provider Compensation and Production Survey Report, general orthopedic surgeons make an average of $421,000. If the orthopedic surgeon specializes in joint replacement, this number goes up to $563,890. And, if they specialize in sports medicine, the average is $549,048.

If you factor in the average orthopedic surgery range of $5,000 for a torn meniscus surgery on up to $39,299 for hip replacement surgery, you can see how orthopedic surgeons make this much money.

So, if you go to an orthopedic surgeon for an injury or condition that can be treated with surgery and they perform that surgery, is it surprising that they are going to recommend surgery as your treatment?

 

Insurance Companies are Slow to Catch Up to Alternative Treatments

 

The most basic concept in the world of healthcare and insurance is the provider network. Provider networks are made up of the doctors, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare professionals and facilities that a health plan contracts with to offer services at reduced costs.

It is important to remember that provider networks are an integral part of managed care plans. They are systems that have been put in place by health insurance companies to help manage the quality and costs of medical services that their members receive.

Traditional medical procedures are the hallmark of these systems, so sometimes it can take ten years or more for the insurance companies to catch up to alternative treatments, even if they save money in the long run.

What does this mean for you?

If the insurance company hasn’t approved a procedure yet, you will be referred to a specialist within their network, who will most likely recommend surgery.

 

Research Optional Treatments

 

Knowing these three things about the medical industry, it is up to each of us to be our own advocates when it comes to our health care.

There are alternative treatments available that can replace some surgeries, don’t require joint replacements or invasive procedures and mean quicker recovery time. But, if you don’t do your own research, you may never know about them. So, it is important to get another opinion and do your due diligence.

In the case of the patient we mentioned in the beginning, PRP treatment worked very well for him. He could already do more with his knee shortly after his first treatment, and it got better from there. And, he never did go back for surgery.

You can read more about how PRP treatments are gaining popularity with pro athletes here.

 

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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Garrett Richards Spring Return

Garrett Richards’ remarkable comeback story continues.

Updating a story that we have been tracking on the high profile Major League Baseball pitcher, Richards returned to the mound this spring, months ahead of schedule after a devastating torn UCL injury last year. Richards opted for a combination of stem cell therapy and PRP Therapy over the traditional Tommy John ligament replacement surgery that has been commonplace for these types injuries over the last 40 years.

The ace pitcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued his return to the Angels rotation this spring. In a cactus league game on March 16th, Richards velocity reached 98.5 MPH on the Tempe Diablo Stadium radar gun.

Richards improbable return is turning heads in major league circles and his early return will be a major storyline this season.

 

Why Did Richards Choose Stem Cell Therapy?

Garrett Richards faced a difficult choice after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL last May: Undergo Tommy John surgery and, at earliest, return following the 2017 All-Star break or follow the advice of his doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles, and try to salvage the ligament with stem cells.

Ironically, Dr. Frank Jobe is the doctor that performed the first successful surgery on Tommy John in 1974.

Why stem cells?

Richards on the advice of his doctors, took a chance on stem cell therapy, because of the promise of a quicker healing time, and because it is a less invasive treatment. For Richards it was a risk worth taking, and right now is looking like a great decision, one that might change the way these injuries are routinely treated in the future.

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. The extracted cells are concentrated by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body.

In Richard’s’ case, bone marrow was used. From a Yahoo article on the Richards’ procedure“On the day he hoped would save his elbow, Garrett Richards laid face down on a table with his back exposed. A doctor guided a needle into the iliac crest of his pelvic bone and began to extract bone marrow.”

 

Garrett Richards is a Believer

At the time of the injury, Richards’ decision was considered risky. Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. As we reported last May, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

Richard’s case was different because he is in his prime, and facing the prospect of a two-year layoff, was sure to cost the ace pitcher a significant amount of time and money. The success of the treatment has brought Richards back to the mound much quicker than the recovery time for Tommy John surgery.

It is estimated that the earliest possible return to working out and throwing would have been late summer of this year. He most likely would not have been able to play this season. The most optimistic prognosis would have been a return to the rotation sometime in September of this year. The Angels most likely would not have rushed him, so a 2018 return would have been most probable.

“After apparently succeeding with this still-unusual treatment combination, Richards is hoping other pitchers with elbow problems will consider every possible path back to the mound.

“If you can prevent being cut on and having surgery, that’s the No. 1 priority,” Richards said. “I hope guys don’t just jump right into Tommy John. I hope they at least explore this option. Figure out what you’ve got. Get a second opinion. … It’s only gotten better since it happened, so I’m a believer.” (Source: USA Today)

 

Good News for Pain Sufferers

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is becoming more available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries and ailments. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated, providing an alternative to more invasive surgeries.

For individuals suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

Speak with a specialist to determine if stem cell therapy may help you lead a pain free life.

 

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Treatment Options

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is one of the most feared injuries and it is very common among athletes and active individuals. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are approximately 150,000 surgical reconstructions performed each year.

anterior cruciate ligament treatment optionsThe ACL is important for knee stability and for preventing forward motion of the knee when stopping or turning. If you’re a sports fan, you have probably seen the many instances where a torn ACL has been labeled a “season-ending injury” for an athlete.

Recovery from a torn ACL is usually difficult and can take a long time. It does not heal on its own, so surgery was the only option for a long time.

Recent advancements with stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) offer a viable alternative for individuals who may be considering surgery due to a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear.

These alternatives may allow patients to avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and painful ACL surgery rehabilitation that follows traditional invasive anterior cruciate ligament surgeries.

 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cells are what the body uses to repair itself. They exist in the body’s bone marrow as well as in the muscles, skin and fat tissue.

Stem cell therapy is a simple process, broken down into the following three steps:

The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body

Stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own body via fat cells — also known as adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is loaded with stem cells. Fat is typically drawn from the stomach or hip area to harvest the stem cells.

The stem cells are prepared for use

The fat that is extracted from the patient is processed with special enzymes to separate the stem cells from the fat and then placed in a centrifuge to prepare it for reinjection into the affected area.

The active stem cells are reintroduced back into the patient’s body

In the final step, the stem cells are injected into the patient’s body at the site of the joint problem. Image guidance technology is used to accurately pinpoint the where the stem cells need to be administered.

Stem cells act like the body’s own repair system. Once they are injected into the affected area, they start to go to work and seek to repair the damaged tissue and even regenerate muscles and tendons.

In most cases, it is possible to complete the entire procedure in approximately four hours.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Overview

PRP therapy involves using a patient’s blood to treat an affected area. Under normal circumstances, the body responds to an injured area by sending platelet cells to the site of the injury.

These cells are loaded with healing growth components that help your body to repair damaged tissue such as a ligament. They stimulate the stem cells in the area so that they work harder to repair the tissue or ligament.

With PRP therapy, a patient’s blood is extracted. The extracted blood is then spun in a centrifuge. The spinning separates the platelets, and produces platelet rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into the knee. Most patients will see an improvement within 6 weeks of the procedure. Some patients continue to see improvements up to nine months after the administration of platelet rich plasma treatments.

In most cases, platelet rich plasma therapy consists of three injections over three months. Each procedure will take between one and two hours, which includes the time taken for PRP preparation and the procedure.

 

Benefits of treatment for ACL Injuries

Although you can go home on the same day as surgery, recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is not a quick process. From the time, you first undergo surgery through full rehabilitation, the process can take up to six months or more.

Current accepted medical theory concludes that ACL tears simply won’t heal without surgical intervention, however recent medical studies shows that stem cell therapy can help a patient heal faster and with potentially greater structural integrity than with ACL surgery.

Additionally, the fact that you can exercise earlier prevents your muscles from atrophy, which usually results in a faster return to normal activity.

Consult a specialist to find out whether stem cell therapy and/or platelet rich plasma therapy will be effective for treating your injury.

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Stem Cell Therapy For Thumb Injuries

Thumb injuries can occur when you least expect it, during skiing, workouts, gaming, redundant work and various other ways. Fingers and thumbs are part of what make humans special compared with most animals, as they help us do things other creatures cannot do. Damage to any part of the hand can be painful both physically and emotionally

The GOOD NEWS is that recent advancements and successes with stem cell treatments have provided hope for people afflicted with nagging hand injuries.

Understanding Stem Cells

Adult stem cells, unlike embryonic stem cells, are contained in adult bone marrow, fat, tissues and organs. These stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue. They have been nicknamed the “body’s own repair kit” for how effective they are in treating a variety of ailments.

Stem cell therapy involves stimulating the natural healing process for difficult injuries through injecting adult stem cells into damaged areas of the body. Initially, the stem cells are harvested from your own Adipose fat tissue. (Typically around your stomach or hip areas).

Once the adipose tissue has been gathered, the stem cells are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

By introducing stem cells to injured tissue, the process can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

Medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Instead of opting for surgery, which is usually the only option many doctors present, patients now have safe, natural and effective alternative for joint disorders and beyond.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is a recent high profile example of the success of stem cell treatment for a torn UCL in his pitching arm. The devastating injury usually requires Tommy John surgery. Successful stem cell treatment allowed Richards to avoid surgery and return to the field in half of the usual recovery time. He will be ready to resume his role as the Angels ace in spring training.

Common Thumb Injury Causes

Various thumb injuries that can hamper everyday activities include cuts, sprains, tears, fractures and torn ligaments, which often affect skiers.

stem-cell-therapy-for-thumb-injuriesLigament tears, while not as common as sprains, can be devastating to overall health and wellness, and certain activities can increase the likelihood of a long-term injury.

A very common thumb injury from skiing (known as “skier’s thumb“) occurs when the ulnar collateral ligament, which helps connect the thumb and hand, is sprained.

Another growing cause of hand injuries is connected to the rising popularity of gaming. Gamer’s Thumb” is a very real condition that can have long-term effects on the hands and upper arms if the proper precautions are not taken.

“Gamer’s Thumb” is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that causes swelling at the base of the thumb due to overuse of video games and hand-held devices.

RSI is an umbrella term for a collection of disorders most commonly affecting the hands, wrists, forearms, and shoulders. Symptoms can range from fatigue and loss of strength to minor aches and pains, burning, and tingling.

Other common causes of thumb injuries include:

  • arthritis
  • falling to the ground
  • getting hit with a high velocity baseball
  • cuts from sharp knives or tools like saws
  • accidentally hitting your thumb with a hammer
  • losing grip on rope
  • dropping heavy equipment

 

Treatment for Thumb Injuries

Depending on the severity of the thumb injury, traditional treatment ranges from bandages to orthopedic surgery. Patients, however, also have a more modern option, which is stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy is replacing traditional surgical treatments at a rapid pace for a wide array of conditions, including back, hip and knee injuries. The shift to this method has been visible with high profile athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus and Emmitt Smith.

Stem cell treatment has helped accelerate recovery for several sports figures, making it vital to their careers. But before a physician can usually determine if this innovative therapy is appropriate, he or she must give you a full evaluation.

The medical profession is very optimistic about the future of stem cell treatments, particularly how they can reduce human disease and suffering. It is a very promising procedure for arthritis patients.

A key reason why stem cell treatment is growing in demand and being favored by the medical community is that side effects and risks of rejection are minimal.

If you are suffering from a thumb injury, speak with a medical professional today to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

Alternative Treatment Options To Hip Surgery

Concerns about costs, complications (including equipment failures) and recovery from surgery have led hip pain sufferers to seek alternative options to hip surgery.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

New treatment options such as stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) have emerged as viable treatment alternatives to hip surgery and doctors and patients are seeing positive results.

WHY IS YOUR HIP SO PAINFUL?

The hip joint has cartilage just like any joint and this shock absorber can be worn away or torn through trauma. Less cartilage can mean pain and swelling, which is usually low to mid level aching and stiffness.

The hip joint tends to lose cartilage much more quickly and have more bone problems than other joints. Arthritis suffers can attest to this, bones can be strong, but reduced cartilage is the real problem.

Hip impingement occurs when either the ball or the socket have bone spurs or bigger areas that can wear down the labrum and joint. One concern based upon recent studies, is that this problem may be over diagnosed, leading to unnecessary replacement surgery.

AVN (avascular necrosis) or osteonecrosis is a disease whereby the hip bone begins falling apart. As cartilage deteriorates in the hip joint, the underlying bone becomes exposed. The irregular surfaces and the inflammation associated with bone moving against bone leads to pain and stiffness. The ball in socket joint becomes more like a square peg in a round hole causing pain that typically occurs in the groin or the side of the hip.

What Are the Risks Associated with Hip Replacements?

Surgery may not be the first, best option for hip pain sufferers if you consider all the variables.

There are other viable treatment options for hip replacements, but more on that in little bit.

treatment-options-for-hip-replacementHip surgery is considered major surgery, with anesthesia risks, post op pain, a one to four-day hospital stay, and a long recovery time.

The hospital stay won’t be just about watching the few TV channels in your room, the doctor will expect you to be up and walking that same day, or at best, the day after. You will be expected to walk with a cane or walker, climb two or three stairs and do some exercises that will be continued at home.

Returning home after surgery is no cakewalk either. Is the furniture arranged so you can get around? Simple things such as your toilet seat height become more important.

Somebody will need to be there to assist you for a week, possibly two and forget about driving for a period of time. If the surgery was on your right hip, your driving could be restricted as long as six weeks. You should not drive if you are taking narcotic pain medicine, and there could be auto insurance implications if you aren’t cleared by your doctor to drive.

Your first follow-up appointment will happen somewhere between six and twelve weeks after surgery, and this is a time when many eager patients ask about returning to sports, sexual activity, and other physically intensive work-related movements.

With the exception of high-impact activities such as jogging, skiing, or basketball, most patients recovering from hip replacement surgery are able to resume normal activities within three to six months.

Will You Need a 2nd Surgery?

One major concern with hip surgery is the chances of requiring follow up surgery. There have been problems with implant devices, particularly the metal on metal replacements.

Once a patient begins to have problems with a hip replacement, a more complicated revision surgery may be required.

Unfortunately, this surgery has an even higher complication rate than the original surgery.

Recalls of hip replacement implants are not uncommon.

The FDA has issued three manufacturer’s recalls listed on their site within the last 10 years.

Look at this recall of the DePuy hip system:

On Aug. 24, 2010, there was a voluntary recall of the DePuy ASR TM total hip system because of new, unpublished data from the UK joint registry indicating the revision rates within 5 years were approximately 13 percent.

13 percent revision rates with five years is very high. We are talking major surgery, and a huge increase in risk as we detailed above. It makes alternatives worth investigating as a better option for you.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is emerging as the low risk alternative to hip surgery.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. Adult stem cells, not to be confused with embryonic stem cells, reside in adult bone marrow and adipose fat tissue, as well as other tissues and organs of the body.

When you suffer an injury, these stem cells have the natural ability to repair the damaged tissue. However, in people with degenerative diseases, these stem cells are not released quickly enough to repair the damaged tissue.

How is Stem Cell Therapy Performed?

“Stem Cell Therapy is a minimally intrusive process that can be performed in one day, or over the course of several weeks depending on the severity of your injuries

A bone marrow or adipose fat tissue samples are taken via needle, without the pain of a bone marrow biopsy or surgical procedure. The cells are then processed to secure the natural growth factors from your own blood platelets.

The injections of the stem cells can then be reintroduced into your damaged joint area, using ultrasound or MRI imaging so the cells reach their intended target and ensure proper dispersion of the cells into the tissue. This supplementing of the body’s own mechanism’s to repair itself is the critical function of the stem cell therapy procedure.

Patients can typically resume their normal activities the same day. While rest and some minor medications may be prescribed for swelling etc., mobility is still maintained. A course of injections is normally the preferred treatment course, so be prepared to repeat the process every week or so.

PRP Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP Therapy, is fast becoming an emerging technology for the treatment of several medical conditions and injuries including chronic back pain, tendonitis, hip arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, and knee arthritis among others.

PRP Therapy has been used since the mid 1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in the recovery of soft tissues following plastic surgery. Since then, the use of platelet rich plasma therapy has increased especially in the world of sports medicine

PRP Therapy starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60 cc of their blood drawn. That blood is then placed in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins it at a high speed for between 10 and 15 minutes. The result is that the different types of blood cells that make up the blood are separated; the portion with the platelets is then extracted. The concentrated platelets are injected at the site of the injury. The doctor uses ultrasound image guidance to guide the needle to the precise point where the injection will be most helpful.

The PRP preparation may contain up to 10 times the amount of platelets found in blood.

Platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP as it is commonly called, may be administered as one injection or in a series. It depends on the severity of the injury and how each person’s body responds to the therapy.

As a hip pain sufferer, prospective patient’s should seek the full story of hip replacement options and alternatives. Pain killers mask symptoms and a full hip replacement can be a long and painful process.

Alternative therapies such as Stem Cell and PRP Therapy are quickly becoming viable options and should be discussed prior to life altering hip replacement therapy.

Reduced pain, shorter recovery times, and cost efficiency coupled with the use of your bodies own recovery mechanisms, could make these alternative, the first, best option.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition

 

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Treatment Options For Bone On Bone Joint Problems

Healthy cartilage works in harmony with bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other support structures to maintain joint function and mobility. If you don’t have cartilage, then you probably have bone on bone joint problems.

Millions of Americans are suffering from joint pain. Known also as osteoarthritis (OA), when a joint reaches an advanced stage of OA the joints may become bone-on-bone and range of motion can be very limited and it is typically very painful.

For patients looking for relief from OA pain, and who want to avoid or delay joint replacement surgery, viscosupplementation has emerged as an alternative treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulders.

A Disease of the Cartilage

Osteoarthritis is primarily considered a disease of the cartilage. Cartilage is a connective tissue found in many areas of the body. It is a firm tissue but is softer and much more flexible than bone, whose primary functions is covering and protecting the ends of the long bones at joints.

As cartilage wears away, the role it serves as a shock absorber and lubricant (to protect the ends of the bones and allow friction-free movement) is affected.

There are no blood vessels in cartilage to supply the tissue with nutrients. Instead, nutrients diffuse through a dense connective tissue surrounding the cartilage (called the perichondrium) and into the core of the cartilage.

Due to the lack of blood vessels, cartilage grows and repairs more slowly than other tissues which is why viscosupplementation is such a good alternative treatment.

Viscosupplementation – A Promising Alternative

Viscosupplementation is a lubricating cushion injected between the rubbing bones thus minimizing the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis. A gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.

Typically, patients with osteoarthritis have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. The theory is that adding hyaluronic acid to the affected joint will facilitate movement and reduce pain.

Viscosupplementation is ideal for patients with mild to moderate OA of the knee.

It may be especially useful for patients who have not responded to other OA treatments, such as physical therapy, weight loss, pain relievers, and cortisone injections.

The benefits of viscosupplementation injections are not immediate. Because the injections are given over time, you may begin to feel some benefit after the first injection, but the greatest benefit may not be felt until several weeks after your first injection. Most patients report the greatest decrease in discomfort occurs eight to 12 weeks after the initial injection. The injections should be repeated every six months for greatest relief.

But how can you be sure that your symptoms are related to OA?

OA Symptoms

For people that are suffering from OA, symptoms can be life changing and painful.

Typical symptoms may include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain that increases when you are active, but gets a little better with rest
  • Feeling of warmth in the joint
  • Stiffness in the knee, especially in the morning or when you have been sitting for a while
  • Decrease in mobility of the knee, making it difficult to get in and out of chairs or cars, use the stairs, or walk
  • Creaking, crackly sound that is heard when the knee moves

 

What Causes Bone on Bone Osteoarthritis?

The most common cause of osteoarthritis is age. Almost everyone will eventually develop some degree of osteoarthritis. In addition to age there are several additional factors that may increase the risk of developing significant arthritis at an earlier age.

  • Weight. Increases in weight as we age puts pressure on all joints, but particularly the knees. Every pound of weight gained places an additional 3 to 4 pounds of pressure on your knees.
  • Heredity. This can include genetic mutations that might make a person more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee. It may also be due to inherited abnormalities in the shape of the bones that surround the knee joint.
  • Gender. Women as they age (particularly over age 55) are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis.
  • Repetitive stress injuries. People with occupations that includes a lot of activity such as kneeling, squatting, or lifting heavy weights (55 pounds or more), are more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee because of the constant pressure on the joint.
  • Athletics. Athletes should take precautions to avoid repetitive stress injury. Running, soccer and basketball can be hard on the knees. Tennis, baseball can be hard on elbows and shoulders. All of these activities can increase cartilage damage if not managed properly.
  • Other illnesses. People with rheumatoid arthritis, the second most common type of arthritis, are also more likely to develop osteoarthritis. People with certain metabolic disorders, such as iron overload or excess growth hormone, also run a higher risk of osteoarthritis.

If you are suffering from pain in a joint, consider a consult with a licensed physician to determine if viscosupplementation a viable form of treatment to relieve your pain.

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Garrett Richards Stem Cell Treatment Looks Like A Success

Updating a story we brought you several months ago, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace starting pitcher Garrett Richards threw off of a mound earlier this week just a few months removed from opting for stem cell therapy instead of the traditional Tommy John surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

At the time, Richard’s decision was questioned by many in the baseball establishment as risky and unproven, however the news is decidedly more upbeat after Richards threw off of a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1st.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Amid the rubble of a brutal 2016 season rose a sign of hope for the Angels on Saturday.”

“It came three hours before a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, when Garrett Richards, who four months ago was “dead set” on having elbow ligament-replacement surgery that could have sidelined him for 2017, threw off a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1.”

“It was only 20 fastballs at 80% effort, but it was a significant step in a process that Richards, who opted for stem-cell therapy instead of Tommy John surgery, is confident will lead to his starting on opening day next season.”

“As of now, throwing off the bump today, doing everything I’ve done to this point, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be able to pitch next season,” Richards, 28, said. “I don’t feel anything abnormal. Everything feels rested and ready to go.”

Why Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow

Once the stem cells have been harvested, they are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the harvested cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Richards Gamble Appears to Be Paying Off

Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. As we reported back in May, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

Richards is however a radically different case than Colon. At the time of Colons treatment, he was considered advanced at age 35 at least by baseball standards. It was a what do you have to lose scenario.

Richards is an “in his prime” ace pitcher with a significant amount to lose in terms of time and money. According to the Times, Richards was hopeful that stem cell therapy can be a long term solution and provide alternatives and hope for others.

“I hope this paves the way for other guys going through the same thing,” said Richards, whose teammates applauded him, jokingly, as he walked to the dugout Saturday. “It’s probably the best decision I’ve made in my career so far.”

Good News for Pain Sufferers

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is becoming more available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries and ailments. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated, providing an alternative to invasive surgeries.

For individuals suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

Speak with a specialist to determine if stem cell therapy may help you lead a pain free life.

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Can Viscosupplementation Relieve Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the joints is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 22.7% of the U.S. population adults 18 and over, or approximately 52.5 million Americans reported doctor-diagnosed cases.

Patients often suffer from pain when standing, waking up from sleep due to joint pain, or stiffness after prolonged sitting. If you have used traditional pain relief remedies, or some of the less traditional remedies like, horse liniment, pain relief creams, herbal remedies, teas and juices and the popular medical marijuana option and none of them have worked, then patients looking for Doctor Examining Male Patient With Knee Painrelief from arthritis pain, and who want to avoid surgery, viscosupplementation has emerged as a successful treatment for mild to moderate cases of osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulders.

Mainstream Treatments for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, is the most common chronic condition of the joints. OA can affect any joint, but it most often affects the knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers and the bases of the thumb and big toe.

In normal joints, a firm, rubbery material called cartilage covers the end of each bone. Cartilage provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint motion and acts as a cushion between the bones.

Once OA sets in, the cartilage breaks down, causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. As OA worsens over time, bones may break down and develop growths called spurs.

Bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint. In the body, an inflammatory process occurs and cytokines (proteins) and enzymes develop that further damage the cartilage. In the final stages of OA, the cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone leading to joint damage and more pain.

OA develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options available to help people manage pain and stay active.

In its early stages, treatment consists of primarily nonsurgical methods. Your doctor may recommend a range of treatments, including:

  • Changes in activity level
  • Weight loss
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

How Viscosupplementation Works

Viscosupplementation is a promising alternative treatment option to assist with pain management. If you have tried all other nonsurgical treatment methods and your pain continues to limit your activities, viscosupplementation may be a promising option.

Viscosupplementation is a lubricating cushion injected between the rubbing bones thus minimizing the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.

In this procedure, a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.

Typically, patients with osteoarthritis have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. The theory is that adding hyaluronic acid to the affected joint will facilitate movement and reduce pain.

Depending on the product used, you will receive one to five shots over several weeks.

During the procedure, if there is any swelling in your knee, your doctor will remove (aspirate) the excess fluids before injecting the hyaluronic acid.

For the first 48 hours after the shot, you should avoid excessive weight bearing on the leg, such as standing for long periods, jogging or heavy lifting.

Many patients report significant pain relief with the procedure.

Viscosupplementation was first used in Europe and Asia, and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997.

How Long Does It Last?

As noted above there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis. Depending on the severity of the deterioration of the joint some patients may not be helped by viscosupplementation, while others may receive significant relief.

It may take a few weeks post treatment to notice an improvement. How long the effects last will vary from patient to patient. Some patients report pain relieving effects for several months following the injections.

It is important to note that while patients may realize decreased pain, improved mobility, and a higher quality of life, viscosupplementation is not permanent and may need to be repeated. If the injections are effective they may be repeated after a period of time, usually 6 months.

Although some patients report relief of arthritis symptoms with viscosupplementation, the procedure has not been shown to reverse the arthritic process or re-grow cartilage.

Typically, viscosupplementation is most effective if the arthritis is in its early stages (mild to moderate). If you have tried the mainstream remedies with little success, viscosupplementation may offer the pain relief that you are searching for.

Consult with one of our doctors to review your case and see if you are a candidate.


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Garrett Richards Chooses Stem Cell Therapy

In what is seen as a bold move in Major League Baseball circles, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace starting pitcher Garrett Richards chooses stem cell therapy. His announcement Monday that he is forgoing the traditional Tommy John surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and undergoing stem cell therapy instead, is another indication that alternative treatment options for sports related injuries is becoming more popular.

The big hard throwing right-hander received stem-cell therapy treatment on his elbow on Monday and will take a six-week hiatus, and attempt to rehab his injured right elbow if all goes well.

“That’s promising news for the Halos, who desperately need their staff ace back in action. It’s not yet clear what kind of timetable might be hoped for, and there remains a good bit of uncertainty in how quickly Richards can return to the hill and work his way back to the majors”.

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UCL’s and Major League Pitchers

Richards is the latest in a long line of promising young pitchers who have suffered the injury. As reported in this Grantland piece last year, baseball is suffering an epidemic of young promising pitchers who have suffered this injury.

From the Grantland article: “Tommy John surgeries are ripping through baseball at a faster pace than ever before. Twenty-five percent of active MLB pitchers have had the procedure, which reconstructs a pitcher’s torn ulnar collateral ligament, as have 15 percent of current minor league pitchers. Last season was particularly distressing: More pitchers had the surgery in 2014 than in the entirety of the 1990s.”

The UCL is a tiny ligament in the elbow that has to withstand a tremendous amount of rotational force or torque when a pitcher’s arm is stopped and makes its move forward to deliver a pitch to home plate.

Research director at the American Sports Institute, Dr. Glenn Fleisig describes the process in the Grantland piece.

“When the arm is cocked back, there’s a large — what we call — varus torque. In this position, it’s 100 newton meters of torque. A bowling ball weighs 12 pounds, let’s say. If you put a bowling ball in your hand, imagine what your elbow would feel like. That would not be 100 newton meters. One hundred newton meters would be 60 pounds. Five bowling balls. Picture five bowling balls of force. That’s the stress of that instant in the elbow.”

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

The big question on the minds of many this morning is how does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cell therapy is becoming a popular alternative medical treatment for many medical issues including those that once seemed like surgery was the only option, such as UCL replacement and rotator cuff surgery.

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow

Once the stem cells have been harvested, they are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the harvested cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Richards Big Bet

Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

At the time, Colon’s doctor did not believe that he would return to MLB form. Colon not only returned to major league form, but has been playing at a high level at the advanced age of 41.

If Richards big bet is successful and he returns to the field in 2016, it could become a revolutionary moment in sports injury treatment, much the same way the original Tommy John treatment had when it was first performed by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974.

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated.

If you are suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

 

Get a FREE Screening today and see if stem cell therapy is right for you!

 

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Treatment Options For A Torn Meniscus

The meniscus is a small piece of cartilage that protects your knee by cushioning the connection between your thighbone and shin. Severe trauma or wear over time can cause the meniscus to tear; when this happens, pain ensues and it becomes extremely difficult — if not impossible — to walk. If you have suffered a meniscus tear, then you should know how it can be treated for the best recovery potential.. Here are your options:

Rest

On rare occasions, it may be recommended to you that rest and anti-inflammatory action (ice, pain killers, etc) are the only necessary treatments for a torn meniscus. Doctors will only recommend this if there is only a small partial tear in the meniscus. Since there is no guarantee that your body will correctly heal itself, this treatment option is often used in conjunction with other forms of meniscus tear treatment. In these cases, rest and anti-inflammatory treatments serve as a way to prevent the body from undergoing further damage before the other treatments begin. Although rest is the least expensive treatment option, it is also by far the least effective.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy for meniscus tears is designed to optimize knee stability and reduce the level of inflammation during recovery. A physical therapy treatment usually includes a combination of strength and flexibility exercises for the muscles and tissues surrounding the meniscus, compression and the use of a brace.

Physical therapy is occasionally used in conjunction with other treatment options, including PRP therapy, rest and surgery; this usually enhances the success rate of all meniscus tear treatment options involved. When used alone, though, it costs less than half as much as surgical treatment.

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Surgery

Surgery has been a common torn meniscus treatment option for many years. If the meniscus is so badly torn that it appears to be impossible for the body to repair it without help, then surgery may be your only option. Because of its invasive and expensive nature (surgery is the most expensive treatment option on this list), surgery is often sought out if other treatments have not had enough success. There is not, however, a singular surgical approach to treating a torn meniscus. There are actually two:

Surgical meniscus repair

This meniscus tear treatment option involves sewing the torn meniscus tissue back together. This is the most common — and least invasive — form of surgical meniscus tear treatment.

Partial or total meniscectomy

Due to the invasive nature of a meniscectomy, and the fact that it increases the risk of osteoarthritis, this treatment option is to be avoided whenever possible.

*Full recovery from all forms of meniscus surgeries will take many months.

Platelet rich plasma therapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an extremely popular treatment option for treating a torn meniscus. This is a very straightforward treatment solution that only takes minutes to complete. During PRP therapy, a small amount of blood is removed from your body. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge so that platelets, which play a critical role in tissue repair, are highly concentrated. The platelet-rich blood is then injected at the site of the injury. PRP therapy is an outpatient treatment, so after this, you can go home. There may be some minor pain after the treatment.

In addition, PRP therapy can be seamlessly combined with other treatments to further enhance your ability to recover from a meniscus tear. For example, the rate at which you can recover from a meniscus tear via a combination of physical therapy and PRP therapy can dramatically enhance the quality and speed of your recovery; even if you only undergo rest and anti-inflammatory treatment, PRP will enhance the results. With a cost that is lower than that of physical therapy or surgery, PRP therapy is extremely cost effective as a standalone meniscus tear treatment solution.

Which meniscus tear treatment option is best for you?

It is important that you choose the best meniscus tear treatment option for yourself to maximize the chances of successful recovery while minimizing the recovery time — without breaking the bank.

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PRP Treatments Gaining Popularity with Pro Athletes.

A therapy using blood cells, favored by pro athletes is fast becoming the “go to” medical treatment option for both those with joint pain and those who seek a less invasive alternative to surgery. PRP treatments or therapy is no longer just for elite athletes, it’s now available to you and me.”

Research shows that PRP therapy can speed up the healing process for a number of muscle, ligament and joint related issues. For the professional athlete, whose career is finite, shortened recovery times can be crucial to their successful return to the field after injury.

The list of athletes using prp treatments reads like a who’s who of Hall of Famers:

The Pittsburgh Steelers all-time leading receiver Hines Ward, who used the treatment prior to the Super Bowl in 2009, and his teammate Troy Polamalu are two well-known NFL players who used PRP to get back on the field.

Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose from the NBA and Alex Rodriguez, who underwent five platelet rich plasma therapy treatments to increase the healing process and accelerate recovery following a hip surgery that had left him in a great deal of pain are advocates of the therapy. Rodriguez’ recovery time was shortened and his trainers were amazed at the incredible results.

Tiger Woods has used the therapy, and so has Maria Sharapova, and no, it’s not the issue in her recent failed drug test.

What is PRP Therapy?

The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP’s (Platelet Rich Plasma) natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need

To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The process is handled manually by a lab technician, producing higher concentrations of platelets and purer concentration of the beneficial blood components

The sample is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the healing process. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction

Which injuries are treatable with this therapy?

  • Knee Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
  • ACL Injuries
  • Pelvic Pain and Instability
  • Back and Neck Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Tendonitis and Ligament Sprains

 

Is the Therapy Good for Non Athletes?

Helping heal without surgery is good for all of us, including those of us who weren’t endowed with athletic prowess, or those that no longer have the recuperative powers we had when we were young. A new front has opened up with this therapy, moving away from just athletic injury.

PRP is now being used to treat chronic osteoarthritis. There are over 20 million Americans affected by this degenerative disease and with this therapy, PRP has the potential to help nearly 10 percent of the adult population. It’s not a cure, but a treatment that will improve joint function, reduce pain and possibly slow or repair cartilage damage. That could save so many from the long term adverse effects of this disease. This outpatient procedure only keeps you down for a few hours. Of course, recovery depends on which body part is being treated with injections, but the downtime is insignificant considering the upside and benefits.

Additionally, if you do choose surgery, take into consideration the other non-monetary factors like downtime, long term side effects, and infection to name a few. For these reasons, a “free surgery” can often be much more expensive than a paid PRP Injection.

This therapy whose trail was blazed by pro athletes trying to sustain their career, is helping all of us by making its way into mainstream treatment for injury. For those that are struggling with joint related issues, PRP may be just the ticket to help you recover from a nagging injury and a less invasive alternative to surgery.

Ask your doctor if PRP may be right for you.

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Treatment Options When Recovering From An Auto Accident

Injured in an Auto Accident? Therapy not helping? Want to avoid surgery?

We have been helping people recover from auto accidents for over 30 years. Patients who have been involved in an auto accident with minor injuries do really well with therapy like Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, and Physical Therapy. But those with serious trauma need surgical interventions to put the body together again. What do people do when therapy isn’t getting them back to normal but are not severe enough to justify the risks and side effects of surgery?recovering from an auto accident

Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic specializes in treating moderate to severe injuries where traditional therapies have not been successful and surgery is still trying to be avoided. Our medical treatments utilize the latest advancements in science to actually heal damage done to the body. By healing the injury not only is the pain significantly reduced, but also patients are able to get back to doing the things they love quickly.

Many auto accidents leave the neck and back injured. Non-Surgical Spinal decompression helps many of our patients, who suffer from sciatica, disc bulges, and degeneration. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and traditional therapy are good at treating the symptoms but sometimes struggle with fixing the actual problem. If you have therapy, and feel good walking out, but the pain comes back in a day or two you are most likely treating the symptoms, and not the problem. Non-surgical decompression focuses on treating the actual injury. Most of our patients experience long term relief, and high level of functionality following this treatment.

We are not a pain management clinic. Most medical facilities treating auto accident victims dispense lots of medication, inject steroids (cortisone), and want to perform epidurals to help mask the pain. Patients come to our office to resolve the problem so they can STOP taking all the pain medication, and get back to the life they had before the accident.

When injured in an auto accident typically auto insurances pay for the treatments to get you well. In some cases attorneys are involved and treatment is performed on a lien bases. Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic works with most auto insurances, and is willing to work with attorneys under lien.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, and are in pain, you need to make an appointment to meet with one of our doctors to find out if any of our non-surgical treatments can get you back to an enjoyable pain free life.

Common treatments available for Auto Accident Patients

  • Stem Cell Therapy: Use of patient’s own stem cells to regenerate tissue damage
  • PRP: Use of patient’s own platelets, and growth hormones to accelerate healing
  • PIT: Calms and treats neurogenic pain using sugar water and microinjections
  • Laser Therapy: Use of latest laser technology to repair damage and decrease pain
  • Ozone Therapy: Used around the world as a tool to accelerate healing
  • Sarapin: A natural alternative to cortisone steroid injections
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression: Computer controlled treatment for sciatica

Pain-Meds

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3 Medicare Covered Alternatives to Knee Replacement, Cortisone, and Pain Meds

Trying to find 3 medicare covered alternatives for treating knee replacements or cortisone injections can be daunting. Never mind whether they actually work or not, but will medicare actually cover them? Here are 3 medicare covered alternatives that do seem to work for most people when it comes to knee problems. So before having your knee replaced, stabbed with a bunch of injections or down a boat load of pain meds, try these three options and see if get better results.

1. Viscosupplementation

Knee replacements are typically used to treat knees that are bone to bone. Viscosupplementation is a treatment where a natural gel cushioning is injected between the bones. medicare covered alternativesThis gel helps to re-lubricate the worn down joint and protect from impacts such as stairs, getting in and out of cars, and other weight bearing activities. It lasts between 6 months to year, is repeatable every 6 months if needed, and because it is natural has very few side effects.

2. De-loading Brace

Most people do not wear joints down evenly; instead one side typically wears out while the other stays healthy. If you look at your knees and they are slightly bowing most likely the inside of the knee is wearing down. A knock-knee appearance suggests the wearing the knees outside. A de-loading brace helps to straighten the knee taking pressure off the damaged side of the joint. A well fitting de-loading brace can make a round of golf, or a walk around the park a much more enjoyable experience.

3. Nerve Therapy

Some patients have nerves of the knee pinched by the worn down knee. When the nerve is pinched it can mask any improvement made by the above treatments. Patients with this problem often sleep with pillow between their knees, have pain on the inner side of their knee, or have additional pain of the leg below the knee. Our therapy uses computers to visualize where the nerve is being compressed and allows us to non-surgically shift the nerve out of the way.

Knee replacement surgery has helped a lot of people and in some cases the best option. Replacement surgery does have significant risks, painful/challenging rehabilitation, and only lasts 10 to 15 years. By utilizing these Non-Surgical Medicare covered treatments allows our patients to get the most out of their natural joints.

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