Cutting Edge Sports Medicine
- As we push our physical activity levels and even sometimes when we don’t we can pull or tear muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Depending on the location and severity of the tear it can take weeks or months to recover. Sometimes medical treatment is necessary to being able to function normally again. At Regenerative Orthopedic Clinic we specialize in sports medicine and have tools to help your body heal more quickly, and even regenerate damage told by other orthopedic Doctors need surgical intervention.
Sports Injury Treatment Options
- With the advancement in sports medicine over the last 40 years, we have different treatment options depending on the damaged involved and the goals of the patient. Some of these options PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy, and Medical ozone. Each of these unique treatments can facilitate healing in different ways.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
- PRP has been around for many years in professional sports. It is based on the principle the blood within the body carries nutrients the body needs for normal function and repair. Parts of the body like muscles, which have large amounts of blood flowing to them, heal quickly when damaged. For example when you work out and tear your muscles even to the point you are sore the next day, the muscles repair quickly, typically feeling normal within a day or two. Joints, ligaments, and tendons in the body have little blood going to them; hence the body has difficulty healing. Often a ligament tear even minor can take almost as long as broken bone to fully heal.
- PRP is used to treat meniscus, ACL, MCL, PCL, and LCL tears in the knee. Shoulder rotator cuff damage as well as tendons throughout the body can also benefit from PRP.
- PRP is very simply the portion of your own blood with high concentrations of growth hormones, enzymes, and other cells used in the healing process. The procedure is quick with minimal discomfort. To generate PRP we draw a small amount of the patient’s blood then separate and concentrate out the parts of blood used for healing. The concentrated PRP is then injected into the damaged joint or tissue.
- PRP in our office is typically done in a series of one to five treatments depending on the severity of the damage, and the patient. This treatment is NOT like a cortisone shot or painkiller where the pain is masked relatively quickly then fades away. It takes times to heal, and about a month to fully realize the benefit of each treatment. At the end of the month we reevaluate and determine if another treatment would be beneficial or not, and will repeat up to five times if needed.
Proliferation Therapy AKA Prolotherapy
- Prolotherapy has been used since the 1930’s for joint laxity and pain. It is used heavily with athletes who’s injuries caused ligaments to tear and stretch leaving a joint less stable. Prolotherapy is also used heavily in back injuries. Often times trauma can tear the ligaments and tendons destabilizing the spine, generating pain and stiffness.
- Prolotherapy helps repair and tighten the damaged joint by inducing specific and controlled inflammation. This irritation causes increased blood flow to the damaged tissue inducing healing and thereby decreasing pain and instability.
- Prolotherapy uses dextrose (sugar) injected into the different damaged parts of the tissue to induce healing. Full benefit of the treatment is typically felt after a month, at which time we reevaluate the progress and determine if additional prolotherapy treatment would be beneficial. Patients typically receive one to five treatments based on severity and the patient’s goals.