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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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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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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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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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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 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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Top Two Ankle Surgery Alternatives

Most people suffering from ankle problems are between the ages of 35 and 85 years. Most go opt for surgical treatments, more out of familiarity with surgery than knowledge of alternative options. But did you know that the chance that you’ll develop post-surgery problems when being treated for foot and ankle problems is 10%? Depending on how your problem affects your life at the moment, you may or may not consider surgery.Ankle Sprain

Some of the problems that could as a result of ankle surgery include:

  • Post-surgery pain which may last a long time, especially if the wound heals slowly
  • A long period in rehab. If you are the sole source of income for your family this could cause problems
  • Infection of the wound
  • The bone heals slowly
  • Depending on the foot being operated on your ability to drive could be affected
  • If you need screws or pins a second surgery may be needed to remove them
  • Infection of joint replacement parts
  • Possibility of another surgery if some problems are too major among others

Most of these issues will go away in the long term and do not affect whether the surgery helps you are not. The more serious issues like infections in the bone could result in a much longer recovery time. The “hassle” factor may be more of an issue for most people when considering ankle surgery than the potential for post-surgical problems.

Until fairly recently, alternatives for ankle surgery were virtually non-existent. Bone fractures and breaks were fairly easy to treat. Surgery or a cast was the normal course of action, but what about other types of ankle injuries?

Common Causes of Ankle Injuries

The most common injuries on the ankles are: Osteoarthritis, ligament tears, sprained ankle and instability of the joint.

Osteoarthritis

This is usually an “aftermath” of trauma, infection or injury of the ankles. Between the ankle bones is the articular cartilage, a smooth and slippery fiber that acts as a connective tissue and a cushion protecting the bones. If the cartilage starts deteriorating or gets lost, the space between the bones at the joint narrows. This usually signifies osteoarthritis of the ankle. It can easily be seen in X-rays.

Ligament tears, sprained ankle and instability

Bones are connected to each other by tough bands of tissue known as ligaments. On the side of the ankle furthest from the other ankle are three ligaments: The ATFL, the CFL and the PTFL. These form the ligament complex on that side. The sprained ankle alternativesATFL and the CFL are usually the ligaments involved in an inversion injury because the CFL prevents inward roll of the ankle while the ATFL prevents a forward slide of the ankle. An ankle sprain, if not attended to, result in the ligaments tearing or stretching. Depending on the degree of the sprain, all or part of the ligaments may be torn.

Ankle sprains are classified as grade 1, 2, and 3. Depending on the amount of damage or the number of ligaments that are damaged, each sprain is classified from mild to severe.

  • A grade 1 sprain is defined as mild damage to a ligament or ligaments without instability of the affected joint
  • A grade 2 sprain is considered a partial tear to the ligament, in which it is stretched to the point that it becomes loose
  • A grade 3 sprain is a complete tear of a ligament, causing instability in the affected joint.Bruising may occur around the ankle

In the past the typical treatment options revolved around R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), anti-inflammatory medication, ultrasound or physical therapy. Recent medical breakthroughs have now added two more treatment options for ankle injuries and postponed or alleviated the need for ankle surgery altogether.

These top two ankle surgery alternatives, Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures, are usually simple office procedures and you don’t have the same risks associated with surgery. In fact, patients who undergo these procedures are normally encouraged to exercise (walk) that same day with little to zero downtime resulting from the procedure.

Stem Cell Therapy for Ankles

The entire procedure should involve the following steps:

Step 1. Prolotherapy Injection

In order to stimulate the healing response prior to injecting stem cells, a prolotherapy injection is performed two days prior to the stem cell procedure. A typical prolotherapy injection consists of a solution made of dextrose (sugar) and water—and sometimes other harmless substances such as vitamins—which can be used to temporarily increase inflammation and activates the natural healing mechanism in the body.

Step 2. Harvest the Stem Cells

Once you are found to be a good candidate, the first procedure is to draw the adipose fat tissue in order to prepare the stem cells. Typically, the fat will be taken directly from your stomach or hip area.

Step 3. Prepare the Stem Cells

The adipose fat that was taken is placed in a centrifuge and spun at high velocity to separate out the stem cells from the other elements in the fat. Once separated, they are placed back into a syringe and are now ready to be reintroduced into the affected joint.

It is important to note that once the stem cells are harvested, they should be reintroduced back into the body within a few hours. If a medical facility tells you to come back tomorrow to complete the procedure, the stem cells will have degraded to a point that will render them virtually useless. Ensure the medical facility performs the entire procedure during the same doctor’s visit.

Step 4. Inject the Stem Cells Back into the Body

This next step is very important and one that is often overlooked by patients. How the physician determines where to place the new stem cells is critical. In most joints, there are very small areas that will be targeted for reintroducing the stem cells into the affected joint. To ensure the accuracy of the injection, image guidance technology should be used by the doctor.

This technology will guide the doctor’s injection into the correct place. If the injection is just slightly off, the procedure will most likely fail and the patient will receive no benefit at all.

If your doctor tells you he manually injects the stem cells into the joint based on experience, it would be wise to seek a second opinion before starting any procedure.

Step 5. Aftercare

After 3 months and 6 months a PRP injection should be given to the patient to aid in the healing process.

Platelet Rick Plasma Therapy (PRP)

PRP therapy for ankles is a fairly similar process to stem cell therapy, except that the process uses your platelets rather than stem cells. The procedure starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60cc of their blood drawn. That blood is then placed in 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.ankle treatment alternatives

The concentrated platelets are then injected back into the body at the site of the injury. Again image guidance is used 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.

PRP may be administered as one injection or in a series depending on the severity of the injury and how each person’s body responds to the therapy.

Types of Ankle Injuries That May Respond Well

If you have any of the following ankle injuries, you could be a very good candidate for Stem Cell Therapy of PRP Therapy:

  • Arthritis
  • Peroneal tendon split or tear
  • Instability of the ankle
  • Sprain or tear of the ligament
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Sub-talar arthritis (instability)
  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis.

Contact your physician to learn more about the alternative treatments for ankle problems. Advancements in the treatment of such disorders is always progressing and may suit your condition better than surgery ever could.

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PRP Injections for Hamstring Tears Show Promise

As one of the most common injuries suffered by athletes and adults, a hamstring injury is painful and can be debilitating. Worst of all, hamstring injuries are typically slow to heal and until now there are no optimal treatments proven to expedite recovery. However, new treatments have come to the forefront with great promise for treating hamstring injuries. Continue reading for more information about hamstring injuries and how platelet-rich plasma treatments are changing the way hamstring injuries could be treated.Hamstring sprain or cramps

What Are Hamstrings?

Your hamstrings are the tendons responsible for attaching your large muscles on the back of your thigh to your bone. The hamstring muscles are very large muscles that pull on the hamstring tendons. In most cases, when someone refers to the “hamstrings” they are referring to the long muscles on the back of the thigh.

The Function of the Hamstrings

Your hamstring muscles are responsible for bending and flexing your knee. In addition, your hamstring muscles are responsible for straightening or extending your hip as in the action of moving your thigh backward. When you are simply walking or standing, your hamstring muscles are not very active. As a result, people who aren’t very active can function with unconditioned or weak hamstrings. However, when you are participating in strenuous activities such as jumping, running, and climbing, your hamstring muscles are imperative. Individuals who are active and engage in physical activities must have well conditioned and healthy hamstrings.

What Causes Hamstring Injuries?

When someone has a hamstring injury, they have a strained muscle. In most cases, hamstring injuries are the result of instant acceleration when you are running or staring a running type of activity. If you participate in sports such as football, soccer, and track, hamstring injuries are extremely common.

Types of Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring muscles injuries are classified as a small minor strain (grade I tear), partial rupture (grade II tear), or a major tear or rupture (grade III tear). If you suffer a grade III tear, your muscle is considered to be severely torn, which causes impaired function. If you have a grade I injury, the muscle injury is considered to be mild because it will typically fully heal. In either case, athletic careers are often ended by severe hamstring injuries.

Typical Hamstring Treatments

In many cases, the treatments for hamstring injuries do not require operation. Instead, it involves the athlete resting from exercise or from the sport while the injury is allowed to heal. Other types of treatments include treating-a-pulled-hamstringanti-inflammatory medicines, compression, ice, and limited weight bearing with crutches. In any case, a hamstring injury can be disabling, and several of the more traditional treatments have been inconsistent. While corticosteroids injections have shown some type of success, these treatments can adversely affect other local tissue. Until now, orthopedic surgeons have had very few options for treating or speeding the healing time for injuries to the hamstring.

The Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged to the forefront as one of the most safe and effective treatments for several different orthopedic pathologies. Today, this treatment is emerging as one of the latest and most promising treatments for hamstring injuries. In PRP, the physician collects a small amount of blood from the patient and uses a centrifuge to remove the red blood cells from the blood. Then, the physician reinjects the remaining plasma fluid concentrated with platelets back into the patient. When the platelets enter the patients body, it theoretically helps the patients body’s healing response because it delivers several growth factors and cytokines into the site of the injury.

The Effectiveness of PRP Injections for Hamstring Injuries

To confirm the effectiveness of PRP treatments, a study was conducted and the findings were published in Ocotober 2014 American Journal of Sports Medicine. The results of the study show great promise toward the treatment of hamstring injuries with PRP. Simply put, the individuals who received PRP for hamstring injuries returned to play and activity much faster than those who didn’t. Particularly, patients who received PRP treatment returned to their activity in 26.7 days, while those who didn’t receive the treatment healed from their injury and returned to play in 42.5 days.

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Keynotes from the Study

It’s important to note the study didn’t use the instincts of physical therapists or orthopedic surgeons to determine when the participants could return to play. Instead, the study used intuitive pain assessments and objective findings on isokinetic tests. According to the authors, “Our results showed that patients with a grade 2a hamstring injury treated with a single autologous PRP injection combined with rehabilitation recover significantly earlier than controls.”

As the first study to test the effectiveness of PRP injections for hamstring injuries, it shows great promise for expedited recovery from potentially career ending hamstring injuries.

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Can PRP Injections Heal My Rotator Cuff Injury?

Your rotator cuff consists of four muscles with tendons that join to cover the head of your humerus and top of your shoulder. Rotator cuff muscles help to stabilize and move your shoulder joint. The rotator cuff is what enables you to lift and rotate your arm. Rotator cuff inflammation and tearing are often the result of repeated injury over a long period. The activities most likely to cause rotator cuff injury are those wherein you are required to raise your arms over your head. For example, rotator cuff injuries are common in sports like tennis; they can also occur if you fall on your shoulder or use your arm to break your fall.rotator-cuff

How Does PRP Work?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are a relatively new nonsurgical therapy that can be used to treat a rotator cuff injury. Platelets are one of the components of your blood along with white blood cells and plasma that happen to be a rich source of proteins called growth factors. Our bodies use these growth factors in the healing process. PRP involves the use of platelets in a far greater concentration than is found in blood and may be concentrated by as much as a factor of 10.

In order to concentrate the platelets and thus the growth factors, the patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. The amount of blood drawn depends on the severity of the injury and the desired concentration of platelets. Centrifugation separates the platelets from other blood cells. They are then added to blood and injected into the patient at the site of the rotator cuff injury. During the PRP injection procedure, the needle is guided to the exact point of the injury with the use of ultrasound image guideance.

In many cases, tendon injuries may not heal quickly because of poor blood flow to the area; in other words, the body is not able to get enough growth factors to the injury on its own. The result of the injection is that there are more growth factors at the point of the injury than there would be without PRP. Concentrating the growth factors provides the body with what it needs to heal itself.

PRP Therapy Recovery Time

The recovery period after PRP injections will last only a few days, whereas the recovery period after rotator cuff surgery may be as long as several months. prp-injection-recoveryFurthermore, there is no sling required after PRP injections the way there is after surgery. An additional benefit of PRP is the fact that there is no known link between the injections and arthritis; on the other hand, joint surgery has been tied to several cases of progressive osteoarthritis.

For the best possible outcome, you should undergo a rehabilitation program after receiving PRP therapy for your rotator cuff injury. After receiving the injection, you will be instructed to avoid exercise for a short period prior to starting your rehabilitation program.

 

PRP is Not Suitable for All Tendon Injuries

PRP is not effective for all types of rotator cuff injuries. For example, it may not be suitable for treating rotator cuff tears where the tendon has retracted. Retraction is the condition where the torn parts of the tendon have pulled too far from each other.

When seeking PRP therapy, it is important to choose a facility where the staff has experience in administering it. There are different ways in which PRP can be used and only those who are experienced in the administration of PRP will know them. For example, some doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication after PRP therapy, even though this is counterproductive since PRP is supposed to stimulate the body’s own natural inflammatory response. Others may inject PRP in much the same way that they would a steroid injection and completely miss the area the platelet rich plasma needs to be. Experienced clinicians can ensure that the plasma gets to the right spot by using ultrasound image guidance and harvest the best possible PRP to ensure a safe and effective treatment regiment.

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What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet rich plasma injections have been shown to improve joint function and relieve pain resulting from a variety of conditions. Platelet rich plasma therapy has been around since 1987 and was first used after open-heart surgery.

 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

There are many treatment options for this type of therapy, everything from vampire facials and hair restoration to sports injuries and joint disorders. Because of the regenerative properties that platelet rich plasma offers, it is fast becoming a sort after medical procedure, especially when it comes to joint pain. Joint-Pain

A person’s blood contains many components including red and white blood cells and plasma. Platelets are known for their role in blood clotting. They contain growth factors, which are proteins that aid in the healing of injuries. Studies have shown that concentrating these growth factors and injecting them into the affected area can speed up the rate at which the body heals itself.

Platelet rich plasma therapy may be used to treat conditions like:

  • Injured tendons
  • Injured ligaments and muscles
  • Tissue damage from surgery
  • Knee arthritis
  • Rotator cuff injuries

While the therapy is relatively new, it has a strong following. Many famous athletes have used platelet rich plasma therapy to help them recover from injury including basketball player Kobe Bryant and tennis’s Rafael Nadal. Both sports stars used platelet rich plasma to treat knee ailments.

 

How Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Works

The procedure starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60cc 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.

(Note: If your physician wants to use a manual approach for inserting the needle, the injection may be placed in the wrong spot and be of no benefit to you. Insist on image guidance or seek a 2nd opinion)

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..

 

How Safe is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Since the platelet rich plasma preparation comes entirely from your blood, there will be will little risk of your body rejecting it or any other complications. Note that under normal circumstances, the body responds to soft prp is safetissue damage by sending platelets to the injury site to promote healing. PRP is merely a way of enhancing this natural reaction by sending even more platelets. The concentration of platelets results in there being more growth factors at the location of the injury, which enables faster healing.

This therapy does come with a small degree of risk. Whenever a needle pierces the skin, there is always the potential for infection. Inflammation is a common side effect; however, inflammation is a result of the body’s own healing efforts.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Compared to Joint Replacement Surgery

Surgeries to replace joints are major procedures that should be reserved for the most serious and debilitating problems. They will require a hospital stay and a long recovery period, which means that you will have to take time off work. With PRP, there will be no need to stay in a hospital and the procedure can be performed in about two hours in a doctor’s office if you allow for preparation and recovery time. In many cases, patients are able to return to work immediately after having PRP performed.

How much your therapy costs will depend on the number of injections you receive. Expect to pay around $500 for each treatment. Keep in mind that the average cost of knee replacement surgery in the United States is $49,500 and that procedure comes with a lengthy rehabilitation period during which you may be unable to work.

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Why Did Kobe Bryant Choose PRP Injections

Over the last few years, platelet rich plasma (PRP) has received a lot of attention, partly because Kobe Bryant and other famous athletes have used it. PRP has been credited with helping Bryant and various aging sports stars recover from conditions like sprained knees and injured tendons in less time than would be possible with other forms of therapy. If you are unfamiliar with PRP, you may have questions like:

  • How does PRP work?kobe bryants knees
  • How is PRP administered?
  • Are PRP injections better than surgery?

What is PRP?

Blood consists mainly of liquid plasma that contains various particles like platelets and white cells. Platelets contain growth factors, which are proteins that are beneficial for the healing of injuries. Among other things, growth factors increase the secretion of collagen and encourage the proliferation of tendon stem cells; they may also improve blood circulation and thus make cartilage firmer and more resistant to injury. PRP therapy involves concentrating platelets and injecting them into the injured area. The PRP preparation will have a considerably higher concentration of platelets (and thus of growth factors) when compared to blood.

Lab tests have shown that concentrated growth factors are able to hasten healing and many professional athletes have testified to the benefits of PRP injections.

The Process of Administering PRP

The process of administering PRP therapy takes roughly 20 minutes from beginning to end and starts with the collection of 30 milliliters of the patient’s blood. A process called centrifuging is used to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The doctors will then inject the distilled platelets back into the patient at the point of their injury. The doctor performing the procedure should use image guidance to ensure that the PRP injections are placed in the correct areas where they will benefit the patient most. Should a doctor decide that his/her own judgment is better and wants to perform a manual placement injection, it would be advisable to ask for image guidance or a second opinion. The number of times a patient may need to have PRP therapy performed will vary depending on the severity of their injury. A single shot may suffice for some patients but others may need as many as five shots.

Why Kobe Bryant Chose PRP over Surgery

Kobe Bryant and many other athletes suffer from osteoarthritis of the knees. This is due to the toll that playing sports at a high level takes on their bodies. Early testing of PRP suggest that it is far more effective than other forms of treatment for osteoarthritis while offering a much shorter recovery time when compared to surgical alternatives.Kobe Bryant prp injections

Kobe Bryant has undergone multiple rounds of PRP therapy and has even recommended it to friends like baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

Recovery Time after PRP Injections

Soreness will last for about two to three days after PRP injections and painkillers may be prescribed to help with this. Many patients see a decrease in their pain in as short a time as 16 weeks. Along with the reduced pain, thickening of the cartilage has been observed. Thickening cartilage indicates that the patient’s body is actually healing. In one controlled study, 60 percent of patients who were given PRP saw a reduction in pain.

Are PRP Injections Better than Surgery?

In many cases, it is. While there are many patients for whom surgery may be a better option, there are many others where PRP will provide better and faster results. For example, patients who have excessive scar tissue within a tendon or ligament due to an incompletely healed injury may face reduced joint function. The tendon or ligament may be incompletely healed because there is insufficient blood flowing to the injury site. The growth factors within PRP can help to enhance the body’s own healing process thus making it unnecessary for the patient to have surgery.

Professional athletes have long been the first to try out innovative medical techniques to recover from injuries and to lengthen their careers. PRP appears to provide exactly those benefits if you consider Kobe Bryant’s resurgence after receiving PRP. PRP injections are now becoming popular outside of professional sports as well. People suffering from osteoarthritis in their knees are seeking out minimally invasive alternatives to surgery that involve shorter recovery times.

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How to Choose the Best Doctor to Perform PRP Injections

With the proliferation of PRP injection therapy more and more doctors are using this form of treatment for many different medical conditions. One of the most successful set of medical conditions that is showing to respond very well to prp injection therapy are joint disorders.

So if you have knee, shoulder, hip or ankle arthritis, have a torn rotator cuff or slight tear in a knee tendon, can any M.D. perform these types of injections? The simple answer is no!

It is important to understand what platelet rich plasma injections are and how they can help your condition if they are performed by the right doctor and medical facility.Doctor with female patient

What Type of Doctor is Best?

Different types of doctors use PRP injections when developing treatment plans for their patients. If you have a joint disorder or a condition that affects your skeletal system, you should choose a doctor that specializes in that particular practice area. For example an Orthopedic Surgeon is a doctor with a great deal of experience and specialized knowledge in arthritic joint conditions and degenerative bone disorders. They know exactly where the platelet rich plasma needs to be administered and how to ensure the correct placement of the injection. They understand joint function and can adapt each patient’s treatment plan according to their particular condition and need.

Because prp injections are becoming a more popular treatment option, doctors who specialize in other forms of medicine are starting to implement them into their practice. A doctor whose specialties are in internal medicine or dermatology may have some training in the musculoskeletal system, but not specialized knowledge or experience in joint disorders. Even regular family practice doctors should not be used for this type of therapy without the specialized knowledge the procedures mandate.

 

Get the Correct Diagnosis

DiffereDoctor Examining Male Patient With Knee Painnt conditions require different measures to be taken to trigger healing responses. Some patients respond better to aggressive forms of treatment, while others heal better with time, physical therapy and ample amounts of rest. For example, a torn meniscus in the knee of an athlete will be treated much differently than a patient who has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
Is the pain in your knee being caused by a torn meniscus or arthritis? Who is going to diagnose your pain more accurately and identify the correct treatment plan?

Are prp injections the right treatment option or is Viscosupplementation or stem cell therapy a better option?

A doctor who specializes in joint disorders will be able to recognize your symptoms and accurately identify your condition.

How Do They Separate Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma is obtained by first taking a blood sample for you and then separating the plasma from the whole blood. This is achieved either through centrifugal force or through an aqueous two-phase system that separates one from the other with the use of filters. The FDA requires that platelet rich plasma be separated from whole blood within four hours of being collected.

If a medical facility indicates that they will take your blood and then arrange for you to return the next day to finish the treatment, it’s a good time to get a second opinion.

Red blood cells are vital to the body because they carry much needed nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout the body. Platelets are tiny cells the blood needs to help control blood flow. They are responsible for allowing Platelet-Rich-Plasmathe blood to clot. During the separation process, the red blood cells are separated from the plasma and the platelets that it contains. Plasma also contains a large number of growth factors that elicit healing responses in the body.

 

Maintaining Quality Platelets

The highest quality of plasma can contain as much as 5 to 10 percent more platelets than lower grade plasma. So it’s important to use a medical facility that has a lot of experience in performing prp injections and separating the plasma and obtaining good results. Platelet rich plasma can be used to elicit healing in both muscle tissue as well as connective tissue, although it may take weeks for the benefits to become apparent, the higher the concentration of platelets, the stronger the healing response.

 

Get the Platelets Into The Right Spot

As the doctor begins to develop your treatment plan, they will need to determine the exact location of the injury and the amount of platelet rich plasma that will be needed to trigger healing. One of the ways a doctor can determine where the injection needs to be is through image guidance. By using ultrasound image guidance, they can place the plasma exactly where it needs to be to produce the best possible results. The potency of the plasma combined with the exact injection location are crucial elements in the success of the treatment.

If your doctor does not use image guidance and indicates they can perform the procedure by hand, your chances of a successful treatment are limited. Hit the wrong spot and the injection is useless, hit the right spot but place poor quality platelet rich plasma in the joint, the result will be the same.Guided-PRP-Knee-Injection

 

The successes of PRP Injection procedures are depended on 3 things:

  • Having a qualified joint disorder doctor, typically an orthopedic surgeon, diagnose and perform the treatments
  • Harvest quality platelet rich plasma from your own blood and perform the procedure within 4 hrs.
  • Inject the prp into the joint using image guidance technology

Each patient is different and your doctor should do everything possible to accurately diagnose your condition. If your doctor indicates you need surgery before attempting or counselling you on the possible alternative treatments available, look for a second opinion.

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Why Knee Replacement Surgery May Not Be Your Best Option

A study conducted by the Commonwealth University of Virginia has found that many people with knee osteoarthritis have knee replacement surgery even when their symptoms are relatively minor or low grade. In other words, the surgery was not necessary.

Knee replacement surgery is a serious procedure that presents potentially life-threatening risks like blood clots and failure of the implant. It should not be your first option for treating knee ailments. Several noninvasive alternatives are effective for easing the pain of knee osteoarthritis or trauma. If you are contemplating knee replacement surgery, you should consider looking into the following:

Prolotherapyknee-replacement-surgery-scar

This form of therapy involves the injection of a sugar solution like dextrose, phenol or glycerininto the knee to help relieve pain and stiffness, strengthen the tendons or ligaments that can hold the body’s structure more effectively. This type of treatment is not new; it has been around for 75 years and has proven effective for many patients. A study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has found Prolotherapy to be beneficial for patients who suffer from mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. In the study, patients received injections at intervals of four weeks. It was found that the patients who were given the injections saw improvements in the function of their knees when compared to those who were given saline or who received no injections.

Stem Cell Therapy

With Stem Cell Therapy the patient’s own stem cells are harvested from their own fat tissue,in a different part of their body,and then injected back into the injured joint. The Stem cells enhance the body’s own natural healing process and help regenerate damaged tissue and lower inflammation. The process is a minimally invasive procedure where patients can resume fairly normal activates after leaving the clinic. However, a 48hr recover period is often prescribed. The benefits of stem cell therapy far outweigh the risks associated with stem cell therapy, especially when compared to surgery.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP as it is commonly known is the process of injecting the patient’s own platelets into their knee. The platelets are obtained by first drawing the patients’ blood, then spinning the blood in a Platelet-Rich-Plasmacentrifuge to separate the platelets from the white blood cells. The Platelet Rich Plasma is then drawn off and injected into the injured area A study by the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York has shown that patients who were injected with PRP saw their pain diminish by as much as 56.2 percent over the first six months of the study. That result went up to 60 percent after a year; the patients’ ability to undertake daily living tasks improved by 46.8 percent at the six-month mark and 55.7 percent at a year.

Medical Ozone Therapy

Ozone is a soluble gas that consists of three oxygen atoms. It is used to treat a variety of ailments affecting joints, muscles and tendons. When it is injected into the joint capsule, ozone treatments can aid with the regeneration of cartilage, which is why it is effective for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. In many cases, pain is caused by low levels of oxygen, which may result in an accumulation of lactic acid; in these instances, the lactic acid is what causes the pain.
Aside from the risk of complications from medical ozone therapy, knee replacement surgery comes with a long recovery period. With some patients, it may take as long as a year for them to regain full use of the joint. Another fact to consider is that the prostheses may not last for the rest of the patient’s life. They have a lifespan of between 10 and 20 years. If they fail, it will be necessary to have them replaced again. In comparison, the alternatives to knee replacement surgery listed above are relatively safe and minimally invasive.

Knee-Replacement Alternatives

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.

 

PRP Injections for Knee Arthritis

If you suffer from bad knee pain, you’ll know it can seriously hamper your daily routine and your ability to do even the simplest things, such as climb a flight of stairs, or walk across a parking lot. Many people suffer from knee pain brought on by knee arthritis, or other common conditions which can lead to surgery or even knee replacement. However, not everyone knows that pain from knee arthritis can be greatly reduced, or even Guided-PRP-Knee-Injectioncompletely eliminated with the help of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections. This is because up until recently, there was no real way to treat painful knee arthritis without drugs, surgery or physical therapy. If you’ve been considering some of the surgical options available, chances are you could be one of the many to benefit from PRP injections.

What is PRP?

Since 1987, PRP has been used to promote cell regeneration in various types of surgeries. More recently, evidence has been accumulated to show PRP may also be an effective treatment for tendinitis, and since 2000, studies have been under way to assess PRP’s efficiency at treating osteoarthritis, and most research articles have only been published around 2010 or later. Because PRP injections for knee arthritis is such a new theory, research is still under way, however there is encouraging evidence to show PRP is an effective way to treat osteoarthritis.

Is It Hype or Does It Really Work?

There are plenty of studies showing the positive results of PRP for treating knee arthritis and knee pain, but PRP also has its fair share of critics and physicians who claim there has not been enough research done yet to really push this treatment. However, many patients who have had the treatment themselves and have experienced great results are more than happy to express their gratitude, such as 61-year-old Charlotte Marsden, who reported to feel completely pain-free after almost 20 years of suffering.

tiger-woods-prp-injections-for-kneePro golfer Tiger Woods received PRP injections to accelerate the healing process following his knee surgery. Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers also had treatments before their Super Bowl victory in 2009.

Many doctors who treat professional athletes are on the forefront of new medical technologies and treatment options for sports related injuries. Dr. James Andrews, the eminent orthopedic surgeon who has treated and performed surgery on many of today’s elite athletes, indicated in a recent interview on the Dan Patrick show some interesting insights into the future of sports medicine. Dr. Andrews indicted that the arthroscope has been the biggest invention in orthopedic surgery in the last 40 years and they were always wondering what was going to be the next big revelation. For him and many other sports medicine doctors the next big thing is going to be, what he calls the biologics, stem cell therapy, tissue engineering and gene therapy. You can see and hear Dan Patrick’s complete interview with Dr. Andrews here. Start at minute 7:28 if you just want to listen to this particular section.

The Procedure

PRP injections are usually undertaken as an outpatient procedure, and because an experienced physician must first draw the patient’s blood before preparing for injection, a typical procedure can last anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes. The number of procedures required really depends on each individual case, and that is something your doctor should decide in a consultation with you. The typical number of treatments is usually 3 – 5, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Sometimes when your doctor plans a series of injections, these can be planned with a single blood draw, so the remaining PRP treatments can be frozen for future use. However, some argue this lessens the effectiveness of the PRP, and recommend a fresh blood draw with every treatment.

Precision injections

PRP treatments for knee arthritis require an experienced physician and the use of imaging technology (such as an ultrasound) to ensure precision. This is because PRP injections are similar to Viscosupplementation treatments, and need to be injected directly into your joint capsule. There are also certain precautions that must be taken before these injections are carried out, as recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. These include:

  • Avoiding corticosteroid medications for around two to three weeks before treatment
  • Avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including arthritis medication (like Cerebrex), ibuprofen and aspirin up to a week before treatment
  • Avoiding anti-coagulation medication for five days before treatment
  • Drinking plenty of fluids one day ahead of procedure

Procedure explained step-by-step

As an in-office treatment, the procedure is relatively simple and involves the initial blood draw, followed by PRP preparation, and the actual injection. This is the order that your treatment will occur:

  1. Your doctor or physician will first extract 15 to 50ml of blood from your arm. This will go directly into a vial.
  2. A centrifuge machine then processes the blood.
  3. The centrifuged platelet-rich plasma is then prepared by a technician or doctor.
  4. The skin around the affected joint will be cleansed with disinfectant to ensure the area is clean.
  5. For ultrasound procedures, a gel will be applied so the ultrasound probe can be pressed against the skin. This allows the doctor to clearly see the joint on-screen.
  6. Relaxing will make the treatment a lot easier and less painful for you, so your doctor will try to ensure you are feeling relaxed. Some patients may prefer to take anti-anxiety medication before the procedure.
  7. Your doctor will inject a small amount of PRP (around 3 to 6ml) directly into your knee’s joint capsule.
  8. Your doctor will finish up by cleansing the area before applying a bandage.

Aftercare

Following the procedure you will be advised to rest and avoid putting unnecessary strain on the affected knee joint. You may be advised not to take anti-inflammatory pain medication, and your doctor may prescribe you with something suitable. A brace or crutch may be required. A cold compress can be applied for 20 minute intervals. You will probably be asked to refrain from doing most activities for 48hrs following the procedure.

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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.

Best Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain

An estimated ten percent of the population experiences some sort of shoulder pain. Everything from a frozen shoulder, chronic shoulder pain and rotator cuff pain to recovering from shoulder surgery.This means that over 31 million Americans have shoulder problems right now. Shoulder pain is a problem that can severely disrupt your life, as it can make it difficult for you to do many things, including activities as simple as washing dishes or even putting your clothes on.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat, reduce and even cure shoulder pain. But which of these treatment options are the best? We are going to take a look at two of the most successful modern shoulder pain treatments, why they work and how much they cost relative to other options.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP therapy is rapidly growing in popularity as an effective solution to shoulder pain. Many professional athletes including Kobe-Bryant PRP InjectionsKobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez have undergone this treatment to great success.

What PRP therapy does

Whenever we have tissue damage, we need fresh blood at the site of the trauma to fuel recovery. One component of our blood that is especially critical to the repair process is the platelet. Known for clotting blood and creating scabs so that we don’t suffer excessive blood loss when we get cut, platelets also offer another important benefit: they release growth factors (substances that incite cellular growth).

PRP treatment starts out by drawing blood directly from the patient. Then, using a centrifuge, the platelets are concentrated in the blood sample. Then, this platelet-rich plasma is injected back into the patient’s body at the site of an injury. This increases the platelet concentration at the site, thereby adding more growth factors and inciting the body to repair the area more quickly.

How often PRP therapy works

PRP therapy currently has a success rate between 80 and 85 percent. Patients typically only require between 2 and 5 treatments, with most patients requiring 2-3 treatments for successful recovery.

Other benefits of PRP therapy

Patients who undergo PRP therapy do not have to worry about the risks or strain associated with shoulder surgery.prp injections for shoulder pain

Risks associated with PRP therapy

As with all medical procedures, PRP therapy does carry some risks. The biggest risk associated with the procedure is the possibility of infection at the site of injection. Some people also complain of minor pain at the site of the injection; this dissipates after a few days.

Cost of PRP therapy

A single PRP therapy treatment is usually about a tenth of the cost of surgery, somewhere around $500 per treatment. Even with patients who require multiple PRP treatments, that is still a substantial savings in medical costs when compared to shoulder surgery. If you further consider the cost savings in terms of time lost from surgery compared to PRP injections, then the final cost savings benefits from PRP therapy is substantial.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is another treatment is fast becoming one of the best solutions for serious shoulder problems. Here is why:

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The human body has the capacity to heal all kinds of damage, including muscle, tendon and ligament tears in the shoulder. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our bodies become less effective at repairing such damage; as a result, our daily activities make the damage worse before our body can heal anything.

Stem cell therapy for shoulder pain uses the stem cells produced by a patient’s own body (youthful cells that can be instructed to act in certain ways) to speed up the healing process, thereby making recovery possible without invasive surgery.

How often stem cell therapy works

Stem cell therapy has an extremely high success rate with about 80-90 percent of all patients seeing results. Most patients see results within 1-2 months, with the rest seeing benefits within 3-6 months.

Other benefits of stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy has fewer risks and a much shorter recovery time than the more invasive treatment options such as surgery. Treated as medical office procedure, patients usually complete the entire medical procedure in a few hours.

Risks associated with stem cell therapy

As with PRP therapy, the risks associated with stem cell therapy are relatively minor. Patients who undergo stem cell therapy face an increased risk of infection, as the gathering of stem cells, which are taken from the patient’s own fat tissue, causes a reduction in white blood cells.

There is also a minor risk of infection at the site of injection during the procedure.

The cost of stem cell therapy

Depending on the needs of a patient, the cost of stem cell therapy for shoulder pain can vary greatly. In most cases, it is 30 to 50 percent less than comparable shoulder surgery.

Treatments like PRP and stem cell injections are changing how our bodies heal

These treatments are making relief from shoulder pain a reality for countless people. What’s more, they are reducing the need for surgery, which, due to its nature, will always carry lower success rates and higher risks.

Shoulder Pain Relief

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.

Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injury

Due to the flexible nature of the shoulder, the rotator cuff — a network of tendons that supports the shoulder joint — is especially susceptible to injury. Recovering from a major injury in this area is an especially long and tedious process. In fact, approaching treatment the wrong way could mean that you never fully recover.

Rotator Cuff Surgery – The Most Common Treatment Option

Surgery is an extremely popular treatment option to recover from rotator cuff damage. In fact, it is the only treatment that many people (including doctors) are aware of. As such, about 600,000 Americans undergo some form of surgery for such an injury each year.rotator-cuff-surgery

Being the most common treatment option, however, does not make surgery the best option. Here is what someone can expect when undergoing rotator cuff surgery:

Surgery Recovery Times

As the shoulder is an important part of your daily activities, you want to restore it to full functionality as soon as possible. Unfortunately, surgery won’t allow you to start grabbing, lifting and throwing things like normal after a week.

According to the U.S. national library of medicine, when someone undergoes shoulder surgery, their arm is often in a restrictive sling for between 4 and 6 weeks. After this, there is still some healing to do. The total recovery time for surgery can extend to as long as 6 months. When considering a treatment option, many patients also have to considered time off of work. Depending on the surgery performed and extent of the injury, and the type of profession you have, a patient may miss quite a few weeks or even months off work.

Typical Risks Associated with Surgery

Rotator cuff surgery is an invasive procedure. It requires surgeons to cut, sew and displace tissue deep within the shoulder. As such, there are a number of risks that are inherent with it. A few of the risks include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia
  • Breathing problems due to anesthesia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Inadvertent damage to a nerve
  • Major blood vessel damage

Is There Any Certainty?

Although people undergo surgery on a large scale, successful recovery is not guaranteed by this procedure. The likelihood of re-tearing a rotator cuff after surgery is usually anywhere between 1 in 5 to 9 in 10. As a result, there is a very large market for revision surgery.

This means that many doctors are expecting your rotator cuff surgery to fail and are waiting on standby to fix the mistake. Revision surgery forces patients to undergo the same difficult recovery process that they endured after the initial surgery.

Cost of Rotator Cuff Surgery

According to the Healthcare Bluebook, the fair market price for rotator cuff repair lasting 2 hours is about $6,000. (When was the last time you paid fair market price for a medical procedure?) The price does not include an overnight stay either. This cost can go up or down, depending on the length of the surgery and hospital the procedure is performed in. For those who have to undergo revision surgery, the cost is doubled.

Stem Cell Therapy – An Alternative Treatment

Although surgery is a popular option, it is no longer the only one. Thanks to modern science, doctors can now use regenerative stem cells that come straight from a patient’s own body to restore a patient’s shoulder to full functionality.Stem Cell Therapy

Let’s take a look at what people can expect from stem cell treatment for injuries to rotator cuffs:

Stem Cell Recovery time

Stem cell treatment is an in-office minimally invasive procedure that causes no real trauma to the patient’s body. A small incision is necessary to harvest the fat stem cells, but when compared to surgery it’s like a small shower compared to a thunderstorm. Patients can normally resume activities a few hours after leaving the office. However, it is usually recommended that a 48hr rest period be adhered to, to avoid any unnecessary complications.

As a result, the overall recovery from the rotator cuff injury itself can happen faster. Patients typically start to see a noticeable reduction in pain after 1-2 months; this progresses over time, with patients normally seeing major recovery over the next 6 months.

The typical risks associated with stem cell treatment

As with all medical treatments, there are inherent risks with stem cell treatment. The biggest risk that stem cell patients face is infection. This risk comes from the fact that most stem cell rotator cuff treatments involve the use of a small amount of Adipose Tissue. Adipose tissue is a loose fibrous connective tissue that is packed with many fat cells. The tissue is harvested from a different part of the body containing Adipose Tissue, and then injected into injured shoulder. Occasionally, infection can set in but as the body continues to produce more white blood cells — which normally happens fairly quickly — the risk for infection goes down. Result certainty levels

As with all procedures, results vary. Those who undergo stem cell treatment normally have about a 15% likelihood of receiving no benefits from stem cell treatment. This means that stem cell treatments for rotator cuff injuries have about an 85% success rate.

Stem Cell Treatment Cost

The cost for stem cell treatment for your shoulder can vary based on you location and the services offered by the clinic. The typical cost ranges between $5,000 and $6,500. While insurance may or may not cover this form of treatment, certain clinics offer Care Credit as an additional financing option.

Did You Know?

The cost of certain in-network procedures can vary by over 400%. The biggest factor driving cost is where the care is provided.

Other Alternative Treatments

There are additional treatment options for a rotator cuff injury which can be explored before considering shoulder surgery. They include:

Its important to discuss all the possible treatment options you have available to you. Diving into surgery these days is not the only solution. Advances in medicine are always moving forward. Do you remember when Tommy John surgery was first performed? It was 1976 on Dodger pitcher Tommy John. Now that type of surgery is considered run of the mill.

No matter what, physical therapy is a must

Regardless of which primary treatment option you go with, you will need to undergo physical therapy to ensure full recovery for your shoulder. This will restore strength and flexibility to your muscles and tendons as the tissue recovers.

Recovery from your shoulder injury is possible

You no longer have to hope that treatment for your shoulder will work. Stem cell therapy treatments are making rotator cuff repair a reality for countless people like you.

 

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.

Top 4 Knee Replacement Alternatives

If you have knee osteoarthritis or are considering knee replacement surgery, you already know how painful your knees can be on a daily basis. You may have to take anti-inflammatory and pain medication just to make it through the day. In addition, you may have tried several cortisone shot injections, only to have the pain return within a few weeks or months. Besides, the problems with cortisone injections can be problematic.

Depending on your level of pain and the condition of your knee, your doctor may suggest knee replacement surgery. Before you make the choice to have invasive surgery, make sure you understand theknee replacement surgery risks and potential problems that are associated with this type of surgery.

Do you know the 5 things you should know before considering knee replacement surgery?

Whether your doctor tells you this or not, there are several great knee replacement alternatives available today. The alternatives are designed for those people who want relief from their knee injury or osteoarthritis, without the need for invasive surgery.

Below is a closer look at just what is involved in knee replacement surgery, and several successful knee replacement alternatives that are proven very effective at treating injuries, arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Knee Replacement Surgery

During knee replacement surgery, the surgeon will remove the portion of the cartilage and bones around the knee that are damaged. These parts are then replaced with artificial parts that are made out of metal or a high-quality plastic material. This invasive surgery will require anesthesia and several days of recovery in the hospital. The surgery is followed up by several weeks or months of intensive physical therapy. This surgery can be quite painful and involves an extensive recovery period.

Naturally, as an invasive surgery, this procedure has all of the same risks, such as infection, blood clots, stroke, heart attack, or nerve damage, associated with other types of surgeries. Infection is a major concern with knee replacement surgery because it could cause the need for an additional surgery to remove the infected parts and replace them with new artificial parts.

There will be wear and tear on the artificial joints that could over time require an additional replacement surgery. The recovery period is usually four to six weeks, but it could take up to one year to get all of the movement back into your knee area.

The Top 4 Knee Replacement Alternatives

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is quickly becoming one of the top knee replacement alternatives. This therapy uses stem cells that are found naturally inside adult bone marrow and fat. They are not be confused with embryonic stem Stem-Cell-Therapy-for-Knee-Replacementscells. These cells have a unique ability to repair damaged tissues, including the tissues in the knee joints. The problem is that many people facing a degenerated disease, such as knee osteoarthritis, have stem cells that are not being released as often as is needed to repair the damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy fixes this problem, by injecting stem cells into the affected area allowing them to naturally make the necessary repairs to the knee joints. The risk of side effects or rejection, especially compared to knee replacement surgery, are minimal.

 

Viscosupplementation

This type of treatment is perfect for those suffering from mild or moderate cases of knee osteoarthritis. It allows patients to avoid the necessity of invasive surgery, yet still offers relief from their knee joint pain. The treatment is conducted by injecting a special lubricant (Hyaluronan Gel) into the area between the rubbing bones in your knee. This lubricant works as a special cushioning to offer relief from arthritis pain. The treatment has worked very well for patients who are not ideal surgery candidates, such as those with diabetes or heart conditions.viscosupplementation-treatment-for-kee-pain

If you have pain when going up stairs or difficulty getting up from a kneeling position, then you are probably a good candidate for viscosupplementation treatments.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

PRP has been used for years in the sports industry to help athletes who suffered from various ailments, such as ACL, PCL, MCL, an LCL tears in the knee area. However, it has also become a great knee replacement alternative for certain people. This treatment uses your own blood with high concentrations of growth hormones, enzymes, and other cells used in the healing process.

It is performed by taking a small amount of your blood and removing the important nutrients that are found in your blood, which are known to help the body repair damaged tissue naturally. This concentrated blood is then injected back into your body, which works to heal the damaged area of the knee.

PRP treatments are not like cortisone injections where the pain is masked for a short period time and then fades away. These treatments take time! It usually takes one to five procedures and careful monitoring to determine if additional procedures are necessary.

Medical Ozone Treatment

This treatment is designed to permanently repair the damaged area of the knee and not just provide simple pain relief. It is considered a relatively safe knew replacement alternative that causes only minimal pain and discomfort. It works by using the powerful elements in ozone to help heal the area. This works because circulation in the body directly effects how quickly an injured area of the body will repair itself.

medical-ozone-therapyWithout proper circulation, repairs to the damaged tissues can be virtually impossible. Medical ozone treatments help by reducing the inflammation in your knee area to promote better circulation. In addition, the ozone provides the body with what it needs to heal at a faster, more efficient rate. Typically, only three to five treatments are needed to achieve the right results.

It is important to note these alternatives are not right for all types of knee problems. It is vital that you talk directly with your doctor or seek out a second opinion to determine, which of these alternatives would be right for your specific situation. However, it is equally important to realize that many people across the country are finding these treatments to be a safe and effective alternative to knee replacement surgery.

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