Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Taking Care of Your Back During Your Spring Cleaning

Winter is finally coming to an end. No more boots tracking snow and salt inside. No more frigid temperatures. No more scraping, shoveling, and checking to see how much it snowed overnight. Spring is here, and it’s time for spring cleaning! But while you dust and declutter to welcome the warmer weather into your home, it’s important to look after your back if you want to enjoy all that the season has to offer.

Around 90% of Americans suffer back pain of one kind or another during their life. Even a minor injury can limit your range of motion and make it difficult to complete the most basic daily activities you are used to. With moderate to severe back pain, tasks like cleaning up around the house can be almost impossible.

Whether you suffer from back pain or not, here are a few simple tips you can follow to look after your spine’s health while spring cleaning.

Avoid Twisting Motions
While you sweep, mop, or vacuum, you will need to turn your body every which way to get the job done. If you twist your back over and over again, you risk injuring it, or making an existing injury worse.

Instead, to get the range of motion you need to complete household chores, use your hips and shoulders to swivel and turn side to side. This will lessen the strain on your muscles, and give your back a break.

Avoid Bending at the Waist
Household chores require lots of bending and reaching, but repeatedly bending at the waist can damage your back. Try putting one foot in front of the other and bending slightly at the knee while keeping your upper body upright. This partial lunge posture will reduce strain on your back.

You should also be careful not to bend at the waist for extended periods of time, such as while doing the dishes. This hunched posture can damage discs and soft tissue in the back. To limit bending and to bring the work closer to you, open a cabinet below the sink and put one foot inside of it to bring your body into a position closer to a squat.

When lifting, always remember lift and support objects with your legs, not your back. Instead of bending forward, squat by bending your hips and knees. Bring the item you’re lifting close to your body as you straighten your legs, keeping your back straight. Avoid twisting your back while holding the item, and refrain from carrying it on your shoulder.

Seek Help If You Need It
The warmer months bring with them many exciting activities. To enjoy the season to its fullest, you must look after yourself. Ask a friend or family member to help you if you’re struggling, or hire a professional to give your home the spring cleaning it deserves.

This spring, be mindful of how you move your body. If you are suffering from chronic back pain and want to learn about safe, minimally-invasive alternatives to surgery, contact us to find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Suffering From Elbow Pain? Stem Cell Therapy Can Help

Waving to a neighbor. Opening a door. Lifting a package. When you have elbow pain, everyday actions can be excruciating.

You may be taking medication to manage your pain, but the problem remains. The prospect of surgery can be daunting, and you may be concerned about the lengthy recovery period required after an operation.

Stem Cell Therapy is a viable, minimally-invasive alternative to elbow surgery. Using adult adipose stem cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cells, the procedure can help the body to repair itself naturally. In many cases, the treatment results in an almost immediate reduction in pain and an increase in the joint’s range of motion.

A Regenerative Remedy

During the treatment, a doctor specializing in Stem Cell Therapy will harvest adult adipose stem cells from fat or bone tissue. These cells are then isolated and undergo minimal manipulation, before being injected directly into the site of injury. The procedure is safe and comfortable, though some tenderness near the injection site is normal.

We perform Stem Cell Therapy under local anesthetic. The entire procedure is performed during a single session lasting less than two hours. Most patients are able to return to work the following day.  

Adult adipose stem cells have been proven to produce new blood vessels at the site of injection. This stimulates circulation in the afflicted area, resulting in a decrease in painful inflammation. The introduction of stem cells at the site of injury promotes the healing of damaged tissue, and can even lead to the regeneration of joint tissue weakened by or lost to disease or trauma.

Few Risks, Many Benefits

Unlike surgery, Stem Cell Therapy comes with minimal risk of complications. Because the cells used are autologous (from the patient’s own body) it is extremely unlikely that a patient will react poorly to treatment.

After treatment, you can recover comfortably at home and resume normal activity.  As you go about your daily life, the stem cells work to regenerate damaged or lost tissue and restore full range of motion. You may find that your pain subsides after just one session, though multiple injections are also an option.

Whether your elbow pain is the result of disease or injury, you may be a good candidate for Stem Cell Therapy. Contact us to find out more.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Relieving Your Shoulder Pain with Regenerative Medicine

Whether the result of a minor injury or a long-term condition, shoulder pain can make even simple everyday activities difficult and excruciating to perform. Fractures, rotator cuff injuries, and joint disorders like osteoarthritis are just some of the problems that lead to shoulder pain, and for many patients, pain persists even after surgery. This is often compounded with a lingering feeling of stiffness and a reduction in the joint’s range of motion, preventing you from living life to the fullest.

If you are looking for relief from shoulder pain, regenerative medicines can provide effective, long-lasting results. Safe and minimally invasive, these alternative therapies help your body to repair itself naturally.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy is used worldwide and can provide noticeable results after just one session. In a comfortable procedure performed under local anesthesia, stem cells are obtained from your body and, after being isolated, are injected into the site of injury.

As stem cells are capable of differentiating into specialized cells like muscle and bone, they can speed up the healing process. Relief from pain tends to be slow but steady, and multiple injections may be needed for a patient to benefit fully from the treatment.

When used alongside other treatments like IV Vitamin Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy can be very effective in the treatment of shoulder pain, restoring both the joint’s range of motion, and the natural balance of your body.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Found in human blood, platelets contain proteins and growth factors necessary for your body’s tissues to repair and regenerate. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood that contains a high concentration of platelets, allowing it to aid in the healing process.

Often combined with Stem Cell Therapy for the treatment of shoulder pain, PRP is a simple and non-surgical procedure. Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to concentrate the necessary platelets. Under local anesthetia, the solution is then injected into the affected shoulder joint. The growth factors in the platelets send signals that encourage other cells to come to in the injured area, speeding up healing and reducing your pain.

Contact us today to find out more about how regenerative medicines can relieve your shoulder pain.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Your knees support the full weight of your body, making the joint particularly vulnerable to injury. In fact, most people will develop a problem with one or both knees at some point in their lives. Sudden injury, overuse, and degenerative diseases are all common causes of pain in the joint, and may impair your mobility drastically if pain becomes debilitating.

Most knee problems stem from sudden injuries, which can be unpredictable and almost impossible to avoid. A fracture of the kneecap, tibia, fibula, or femur can result in swelling and pain in the knee that make it extremely difficult to walk or extend the leg. Fractures are frequently caused by abnormal force—a car accident, sports injury, or even a simple fall can lead to prolonged pain and mobility issues. 

Serious injury to the knee also increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis in later life. A degenerative disease of the joint, osteoarthritis weakens your cartilage and bone, resulting in pain and stiffness that make it difficult to perform even simple day to day tasks. Osteoarthritis sufferers are more prone to falls, increasing their risk of fractures and other impact injuries.

Pain, swelling, and tenderness in the knee may also result from injury to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint. These injuries are especially common in athletes, as well as in those who perform regular manual labor and heavy lifting. A strain or sprain can be caused by overuse or fatigue, and pain may persist for as long as several months if the injury is severe. However, if the injury is acute, it can often be treated at home using rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Prevention and Treatment of Knee Pain

As we age, we all experience wear and tear in the joints—but there are things we can do to prevent and manage pain and injury.

Maintaining a healthy weight alleviates the pressure placed on the knees and reduces the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Regular exercise keeps joints limber, while warming up, stretching, and cooling down during a workout helps prevents injury to the muscles and tendons.

If you experience persistent knee pain, alternative treatment options like Stem Cell Therapy can provide long-term results, helping your body to repair itself naturally. Contact us today to find out more.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Tips for Relieving Winter Arthritis Pain

Many arthritis sufferers will attest that their symptoms seem worse in cold weather. An increase in pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints is often reported in winter, and when combined with a heightened risk of falling when snow or ice are on the ground, the season can be especially tough on those living with the condition.

If you are suffering from arthritis, the cold weather does not have to prevent you from doing the things you love. Here are five tips you can follow to help relieve your symptoms.

Stay active.
You may find yourself tempted to hibernate when the weather is cold, but it’s important to stay active. Exercise improves your balance, combats fatigue, and increases your strength and flexibility. It can also help you to maintain a healthy weight. There are plenty of gentle exercises you can perform at home, with or without exercise equipment. Try lifting soup cans, marching in place, or dancing to your favorite music. If you want to leave the house, walking in an indoor location—such as a mall—is a great option, too.

Dress appropriately.
Even if you’re just walking to the mailbox and back, be sure to wrap up warm and cover your extremities. Wearing plenty of loose layers is best—layers help to trap body heat and keep you warm, while also giving you the option to take some off if you overheat. 

Increase your vitamin D intake.
It’s likely that you’ll get less sunlight exposure when the weather is cold, which can lead to a vitamin D deficiency. Your sensitivity to arthritis pain may be higher when your vitamin D levels are low, so consider increasing your consumption of foods rich in the nutrient. Cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms, and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are just a few good options, as are supplements.

Take a bath.
Soaking in warm water can help soothe sore joints. Enjoy a bubble bath, swim in a heated pool—even washing the dishes can be comforting. Remember to take some time afterwards before going outside to allow your body temperature to return to normal.

Get a massage
Massage reduces the stiffness of your muscles and is a pleasant and relaxing experience. Even if you don’t want to go to a spa or physical therapy clinic for a professional massage, a daily self-massage at home can provide comforting short-term results.

Looking for a long-term solution to arthritis pain? Contact us today to learn about alternative treatment options like Stem Cell Therapy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Relieve Shoulder Pain

An injury to the shoulder can be devastating. You rely on your shoulders every day to perform a wide range of motions like lifting, reaching, and throwing. When an injury occurs, even the smallest movement may cause excruciating pain in the joint or radiating down the arm. This may make it difficult or even impossible to perform everyday activities. Sleep can also be affected, preventing the body from performing vital regenerative processes and slowing recovery time further.

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body, and also one of the most vulnerable. Injuries are especially common in those who perform repetitive or strenuous overhead work and lifting, but they can happen to anyone, regardless of occupation or age. For example, a sudden impact which results in a fracture or dislocation may cause lingering pain and stiffness in the joint for several weeks, even after surgery.

Stem cell therapy is an effective option for the treatment of shoulder injuries. Using adult adipose stem cells collected from the patient in a comfortable, minimally-invasive procedure, the treatment can aid recovery and alleviate pain and discomfort in the affected area.

When injected into the site of injury, stem cells are able to differentiate into specialized cells like muscle or cartilage. This allows them to assist in the healing process, and encourages other cells to join the effort. Their presence also promotes circulation and increases the release of important growth factors needed for the damaged tissues to repair.

Since the cells are taken from your own body, the risk of allergies or adverse reactions is minimal. Many patients report a gradual decrease in pain and improvement in the joint’s range of motion after just one injection. Stem Cell Therapy can be combined with other treatments like IV Vitamin Therapy as well as gentle physical therapy to promote a fast recovery and restore the natural balance of your body. 

If shoulder pain is affecting your life, contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy is an option for you.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Knee and Joint Pain

Reducing Knee and Joint Pain with Stem Cell Therapy

Most of us will experience joint pain at some point in our lives. Knee pain is the most common complaint, particularly amongst those who have been involved in athletics. In some cases, pain may be mild and short-term, though it can still impact negatively on your quality of life. In more severe instances, it can be debilitating.

Pain and swelling in the joints can be caused by a number of conditions, including arthritis and osteoarthritis, bursitis, and sprains, or it may result from a sports injury. Wear and tear is also a contributing factor, especially as you grow older. The aging process alters both your vulnerability to injury and your body’s ability to heal itself, making pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints more likely.

Stem Cell Therapy: Helping Your Body Repair Naturally

Prolonged pain can drastically interfere with every aspect of your life, reducing mobility and causing discomfort even during periods of restfulness. If you experience knee or joint pain, stem cell therapy is an effective alternative to surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive, and many patients experience noticeable results after just one treatment.

How does it work? During a short session at our office, we extract stem cells from your fat tissue or bone marrow in a safe and comfortable procedure performed under local anesthetic. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are able to develop into specialized cells such as muscle or tendon. When injected into the site of injury, they assist in renewing the damaged tissues, while also sending signals that encourage other cells to join the healing process. The result is a gradual decrease in pain and improvement of movement at the joint.

Stem cell therapy enhances your body’s ability to repair and recover naturally—helping you get back to enjoying life. To maximize results, consider IV Vitamin Therapy to detox the body before your treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about how stem cell therapy can alleviate your knee or joint pain, please click here or call (201) 288-7246.