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.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Reducing Neck/Back Pain

Healthy Habits to Reduce Neck and Back Pain

Around half of all working Americans report back pain symptoms each year. In fact, back and neck pain are some of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor’s office.
For those suffering chronic pain, making a few simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce discomfort and promote spinal health.

Practice Good Posture

Some of the best advice we’re given as children (advice we often ignore) is to sit up straight, and don’t slouch! As adults, many of us spend great deals of time sedentary at desks, hunching over computers, and sitting in vehicles on our commute. This is often unavoidable, but there are ways to minimize discomfort. Firstly, remember to sit with your upper back and neck comfortably straight, and your shoulders relaxed. If your chair doesn’t support the curve in your lower back, consider placing a small pillow or even a rolled up towel behind you. Avoid sitting for long periods—every twenty minutes, try to get up and stretch or move around. 
Finally, ensure your shoes are comfortable and provide the proper support to keep your body in alignment when standing and walking. Your spine will thank you!

Eat Well

One of the many benefits of a healthy diet is strengthening the muscles that support the spine. Eat plenty of lean proteins, fruit and vegetables, and healthy fats, and don’t forget to stay hydrated.

Quit Smoking

Cigarettes are surprisingly bad for your spine. Smoking decreases blood flow and prevents essential nutrients from reaching tissues, slowing healing. Avoid at all costs.

Sleep Tight

A bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling worse than when you went to bed. Ensure your mattress and pillow support your spine, and avoid sleeping on your stomach. Insufficient sleep can also exacerbate pain, so aim for a solid six to eight hours each night.
While following these tips can help reduce back and neck pain, persistent pain can negatively impact your quality of life. Stem cell therapy is an effective treatment option to relieve discomfort and regenerate damaged tissue. The treatment is minimally invasive, and helps your body to repair itself naturally.


If you’d like to learn more about how to improve your back or neck pain with stem cell therapy, please click here or call us at (201) 288-7246.

Monday, November 21, 2016

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat Hip Joint Pain

Hip and groin pain can be triggered by a variety of issues, and can often be misleading. For example, you may experience discomfort in your hip, but the real issue may be weak connective tissue around the joint. To determine the underlying cause and treat it effectively, you want to identify the exact location of your discomfort.

Pain on the interior hip area indicates a problem with the hip joint itself, which is located on the inside of your thigh—where the pelvis meets the femur. Discomfort in the upper thigh, outer buttock, or side of your hip may signify damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding your hip joint.

When your doctor pinpoints the source of your pain, he or she can directly treat it—minimizing discomfort, increasing mobility, and restoring function.

Stem Cell Therapy: A Long-Term Solution

Whether you experience hip and groin pain as a result of a traumatic injury or degenerative condition, stem cell therapy supports natural healing. As your body regenerates damaged tissue, your pain will begin to fade and you’ll notice an increase in mobility—in as little as six to eight weeks.

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive treatment, often performed as an alternative to hip surgery. The treatment is extremely effective for sports injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Want to know how it works? In a session of about 15 minutes, we use stem cells from your blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue to encourage natural healing. The treatment is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return to your day immediately after the session.


If you’d like to learn more about how to improve your hip joint and groin pain with stem cell therapy, please click here or call us at (201) 288-7246.

Monday, October 17, 2016

How Stem Cell Disc Therapy Can Reduce Your Back Pain

As one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor, back pain affects nearly 80% of Americans at some point in life. Discomfort can vary in severity—sometimes fading in and out, other times lingering for months or even years. For back pain caused by a traumatic injury or a chronic condition, you want to make sure it is properly treated to avoid long-term discomfort.

There are a variety of causes that trigger back pain, including improper exercise techniques, poor posture, and car accidents—but there are also a variety of treatment solutions that can address your pain.

If your condition is severe enough, you may consider surgery to repair your spinal and joint tissue. However, sometimes invasive surgical procedures aren’t enough to restore your body to its optimal condition.

Stem Cell Disc Therapy: A More Efficient Approach

If you experience back pain—regardless of the cause—stem cell therapy can help your body naturally heal itself. Within weeks, your discomfort will fade or completely disappear, as your body regenerates damaged tissue.

As an alternative to surgery, this minimally invasive treatment is extremely effective for herniated discs, sciatica, and chronic lower back pain and inflammation. After treatment, you may experience slight soreness, but recovery time is normally between six and eight weeks—when you’ll notice a decrease in pain and an increase in mobility.

Wondering how it works? In a session of about 15 minutes, we use stem cells from your blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue to encourage natural healing. The treatment is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return to your day immediately after the session.

If you’d like to learn more about how to improve your back pain with stem cell disc therapy, please click here or call us at (201) 288-7246.

Monday, September 26, 2016

4 Tips for Dealing with Joint Pain in Autumn

With summer coming to an end, temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling. It’s the perfect weather to spend some time outside – take the dog for a hike, have a football catch with your kids or grandkids, or rake some leaves just to stay active. Even with joint pain and arthritis, there are ways to enjoy the autumn weather while reducing your discomfort.

1. Ease into exercise.

Activities as simple as raking can put strain on various parts of your body. It’s important to warm up with a brief walk and gentle stretching – to avoid pulling muscles in your arms, legs, shoulders, and back.

2. For yard work, use proper tools and technique. 

To limit the strain on your lower back, be sure to involve your entire body when raking leaves and performing other strenuous activities. Make it a full-body workout, bending your knees and using your arms to rake, while keeping your back straight instead of hunched over. Also, be sure to switch sides to distribute the workout and prevent lingering muscle and joint pain.

3. Go at your own pace. 

You know your limits. Don’t push yourself too hard, and make sure you take breaks every so often to rest and rejuvenate. It’s always a good idea to perform more gentle stretching exercises during breaks and after you’re done with an activity to keep your muscles loose.

4. Stay active year-round. 

When you exercise throughout the year, you are less likely to experience joint pain while doing yard work and outdoor chores. With your muscles used to physical activity, your body is easily able to handle light exercise such as hiking, raking, and throwing around the football.

If you experience persistent joint pain, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

To learn more please contact us or call us at (201) 288-7246.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How Reducing Stress Can Help Minimize Joint Pain

Everybody deals with stress. Sometimes, it is manageable—but when combined with arthritis and joint pain, anxiety can become overwhelming. In fact, if you suffer from joint pain or degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, stress can amplify your discomfort by causing flare-ups and inflammation.

Follow these tips to reduce your overall stress, and in turn, minimize the effects of joint pain and arthritis.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
To combat stress and anxiety, follow a sleep schedule that gets you the rest you need. Avoid excessive drinking and smoking, as well as unhealthy eating habits. A balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy weight and the right vitamins can even lessen your risk for flare-ups.

Keep your mind at ease
Try not to take work home with you. Focus on doing things you enjoy. In your spare time, meditation and yoga can help boost your mood—reducing stress, dulling pain, and keeping your mind and body flexible.

Exercise regularly
A proven stress-reducer, exercise helps mobilize your joints to limit pain and stress. Aerobic workouts, such as walking and swimming, keep your cardiovascular system healthy and your muscles active and strong.

Stay sharp
It’s important to exercise physically and mentally. Practice a healthy balance of relaxing activities, such as yoga and meditation, with creative hobbies, such as writing, painting, and photography.

Treat yourself
Draw yourself a relaxing bath and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. Schedule an appointment with a massage therapist or acupuncturist to address your problem areas. These activities can benefit your joint pain and overall stress levels simultaneously.

If you experience persistent joint pain, worsened by stress and anxiety, stem celltherapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints, helping you to live a happy, healthy, pain-free life.


To learn more please contact us or call us at (201) 288-7246.

Monday, August 22, 2016

How Swimming Helps Joint Pain

4 Ways Swimming Helps Your Joint Pain

If you suffer from joint pain, it’s important to stay active. After periods of inactivity, your joints can get even more stiff—increasing discomfort. To keep your body in motion without putting too much stress on your knees and other joints, try some water exercises this summer. You’ll be amazed with the effect they have on your body.

Here are some of the various benefits swimming and other water exercises have on joint pain and arthritis:

Swimming is low-impact.

High-impact exercises like jogging put a lot of pressure on your joints—especially your knees. The natural buoyancy of water reduces this impact, making every step less stressful on your joints. Swimming and water walking are two great examples of low-impact water exercises.

Water provides 12-times the resistance of air.

With this increased resistance, water exercises help build strength in your muscles. The stronger the muscles around your joints, the less pressure you put on your joints themselves. Exercises such as water walking also help you burn more calories than walking on land.

Warm water helps relieve pain.

If you exercise in a heated pool, the warmer temperatures can help soothe your joint pain. This relaxation amplifies the effectiveness of water exercises—giving you a comprehensive workout while minimizing the stress on your joints.

Water exercises can improve your overall fitness.

When you perform water exercises such as swimming and water walking, you increase your cardiovascular fitness. You may not be sweating, but these movements can give you quite the workout. They also help your balance and range of motion, contributing to your overall health and wellness.

If you experience persistent joint pain in and out of the pool, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Everyday Tasks That Increase Your Risk of Arthritis

Arthritis is often associated with inflammation around your joints. This inflammation causes continual discomfort—both after exercise and during long periods of inactivity. Factors such as heredity, obesity, and overuse can lead to joint pain and arthritis, but there are also various everyday tasks that can contribute to your joint pain.

Poor posture puts additional stress on your joints.

Many jobs entail standing for multiple hours at a time. Teachers, for example, must practice proper posture to avoid knee complications later in life. It is also important to wear the right footwear to get arch support that lessens the strain on your knees and distributes the pressure evenly.

Job- and hobby-associated movements strain your body.

If you’ve spent years performing manual labor—including any occupations that require regular heavy-lifting, kneeling, and squatting—you have a much higher risk of arthritis. Similarly, hobbies such as playing an instrument can add to this risk. For example, decades of guitar strumming can lead to wrist pain, and bowing the violin can put extra strain on your neck, elbow, and shoulder.

Wearing high heels increases pressure on your knees and feet.

For women, high heels can drastically increase the risk of arthritis in the knees and feet. Heels force you to stand and walk a certain way, which puts unnecessary and uneven amounts of pressure on your knees. The unnatural position of the feet also raises the risk of joint pain, especially if you wear heels frequently.

Excessive cellphone use can lead to arthritis in your hands and fingers.

Though a new phenomenon, frequent texting, browsing, and game playing can result in lingering joint pain. The repetitive motions—and even the consistent hand positions—involved with mobile usage add to your risk of arthritis. Cellphones have become an integral part of everyday life, but it’s crucial not to let them get in the way of maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle.

If you experience persistent joint pain caused by a long-term everyday activity, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.


Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Monday, July 18, 2016

5 Summertime Tips for Managing Joint Pain

High temperatures and humidity levels can make everyday tasks more painful for people with joint pain. In fact, you’re more prone to developing swollen joints during the summer months. However, there are various ways to limit this discomfort—so you can enjoy the warm weather without worrying about its effect on your joints. 

1. Stay Active The best way to keep your joints flexible is to keep moving. Low-impact exercises such as swimming, yoga, and Pilates are perfect for the summer—swimming is also a great way to keep cool.

2. Maintain a Healthy Weight Summer sets the stage for plenty of fun barbecues and get-togethers, but it’s crucial not to put on weight during the warmer months. More weight puts increased pressure on your joints, which can worsen pain. 

3. Don’t Overdo It While staying active is important, pushing yourself too hard can amplify joint pain and arthritis. Be aware of your limitations and rest when you need to—your body will thank you. 

4. Dress Comfortably If you’re moving around a lot, you want to wear the right clothing—especially footwear. Sandals and flip flops may be lightweight and breathable, but you need shoes with arch support to minimize the stress on your ankle and knee joints. 

5. Stretch Before and After Prepare your body for exercise by performing light stretching prior to activity. Then, when you’re done, remember to do some cool down stretching to keep the muscles around your joints flexible. 

If you experience persistent joint pain throughout the year, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Common Misconceptions About Joint Pain and Arthritis

Joint pain affects a wide variety of people, and for a number of reasons—including sports injuries, diseases, and conditions such as arthritis. Plenty of research and treatment options exist, but many people who suffer from joint pain still believe popular myths to be true. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about joint pain and arthritis: 

1. If you experience joint pain, you have arthritis. For a proper diagnosis, consult a rheumatologist. Your joint pain may be a result of bursitis, tendonitis, or soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. 

2. Only elderly adults experience joint pain. While many older people do suffer from joint pain, children can also experience arthritis. These conditions are not specific to any age. 

3. You can get arthritis from cracking your knuckles. Though many parents and grandparents may advise children differently, research has shown no connection between knuckle cracking and arthritis. 

4. Rainy weather makes joint pain worse. Some people who suffer from arthritis may claim that their knees can feel when it’s about to rain. However, no studies indicate that humidity or dampness in the air make joint pain more intense. 

5. If you have joint pain, you shouldn’t exercise. Rest may seem like the logical response to arthritis or joint pain. However, physical activity can help make your joints more flexible and actually reduce your symptoms. In fact, lack of exercise is one of the main causes of arthritis. Simple low-impact movements can improve your condition in the long run. 

If you experience persistent joint pain, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints. Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Monday, June 6, 2016

7 Simple Exercises to Help Relieve Joint Pain

Joint stiffness often deters older adults from exercising. This lack of activity, however, can create even more discomfort. To attack your joint pain head-on, you can perform simple exercises that strengthen the muscles around your joints. In fact, if you implement these movements regularly, you can improve joint function, reduce pain, and even sleep better at night.

1. Walking
The simplest exercise to help relieve joint pain is to get moving. Light cardiovascular exercises such as walking—outside or on the treadmill—can work wonders for your knees.

2. Water Aerobics
Swimming and water aerobics can be soothing, low-impact exercises for your joints. Get in the pool, burn calories, and stretch the muscles surrounding them.

3. Strength Training
By exercising the muscles in your legs and arms, you can reduce the strain on your joints during everyday activities. Consider using light weights and resistance bands to work out different muscle groups.

4. Squats and Lunges
Air squats and lunges help build overall strength in your legs, which makes it easier for you to climb stairs and stand up—without unbearable pain.

5. Yoga and Pilates
You can join a class or do these exercises from home. Yoga, Pilates, and other light stretching can improve strength and muscle control. They also make you more flexible, balanced, and coordinated—a combination that helps minimize stress on your joints.

6. Cycling
Go for a bike ride or sign up for a low-intensity spin class. These exercises involve minimal impact, so they’re great for your knees, and they’re wonderful cardio workouts.

7. Light Yard Work
Mowing the lawn, raking leaves, pulling weeds—these are all activities that can relieve joint pain. Each movement naturally involves exercises such as walking, rowing, and squats. 

If your joint pain persists after light exercise and stretching, you may also consider stem cell therapy. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints. Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Inflammatory Arthritis: Your Immune System & Joints

Your immune system works tirelessly day and night to keep your body healthy. With autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, your best intentions may end up doing more harm than good.

Most inflammatory types of arthritis occur when white blood cells in the immune system overreact to a perceived threat that often turns out to be harmless. Friendly fire in the joints can result in pain, swelling, stiffness, and fever.

Unlike degenerative types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis can set in suddenly and affect people of all ages. As white blood cells actively break down the cartilage between joints and the surrounding membrane, the condition tends to spread throughout the entire body.

Traditional treatments for autoimmune disorders like painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and corticosteroid injections only provide short-term relief. But they don’t address the underlying cause. Most of these treatments decrease the overall activity of the immune system, which can cause infection and/or weakened bones.

Modern research on stem cell treatment shows that localized injections of multipotent stem cells is a promising method. Multipotent stem cells can be cultivated from the patient receiving the treatment, and they help heal damaged tissue and cartilage, producing anti-inflammatory agents without compromising your immune system.


If you’re interested in learning more about effective long-term solutions to inflammatory arthritis, contact us directly at (201) 288-7246 or in the comments below.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Your Knee’s “Cracking” Sound Really Means

If your knees make cracking or popping sounds, it may be completely natural. According to various sports medicine doctors, your knees are among the most common joints to “crack”—especially as you age.

You may hear these noises when you sit down, stand up, or perform the full arc of your joint’s motion. As long as these cracking and popping sounds aren’t associated with swelling or pain, they are most likely no cause for concern.

Why Healthy Knees “Crack”

Your knee’s cartilage—tissue that absorbs shock in the joint—can develop unevenly as you get older. Since cartilage covers the bone, areas in your joint with less tissue can produce a sound when they rub against each other. Cracking and popping noises can also come from your ligaments—tissues that connect your lower leg bones to your thigh—as they tighten.

Other Reasons for Your Knee’s Sounds

If you notice any swelling or pain when your knee produces a cracking noise, your discomfort might signify an injury. This damage can range from slight to severe, and you may want to consult a doctor if the pain persists.

For example, cracking sounds can originate from torn or worn-down cartilage in your knee. If it feels like your bones are grinding against each other when you move your joint, you may suffer from arthritis. These noises can also come from a meniscus tear—a common sports injury. Since your meniscus helps cushion your knee, a tear can cause pain, swelling, and unpleasant sounds like cracking.

If your knee’s popping or cracking sounds are directly related to discomfort, consider stem cell therapy as a solution. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and can relieve aches in your joints.


Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to find out more.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

As we age, the discs in our spine undergo normal changes that result in back pain, as well as discomfort that spreads to other parts of the body. This is referred to as degenerative disc disease, which actually is not a disease at all and is just a term used for this natural aging process.

The soft discs that make up the spine act as shock absorbers, which allow it to flex, twist and bend. Degenerative disc disease mostly takes place in the lower back (lumbar region) and neck (cervical region). This condition can lead to other issues such as osteoarthritis, herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

Degenerative disc disease also leads to inflammation, which is caused by the proteins contained within the discs. The pain caused by inflammation can radiate into the hips, back of legs and foot, as well as the arms, shoulders and hands. This condition also cause abnormal micromotion instability, which leads to neck and back spasms.

A doctor will diagnose you with degenerative disc disease based on your medical history and physical exam. It cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Stem cell therapy is a great option for those who are experiencing discomfort as a result of degenerative disc disease.

PRP injections for lumbar pain and disc damage is non-invasive, quick, and has been found to be more effective than other options such as surgery or medications. This procedure starts with a small amount of blood drawn from the patient’s body, which is then put through a centrifuge that separates platelets and growth factors from other components. This Platelet-Rich Plasma is then injected back into the body to boost the healing process and reduce pain.

Do you think you are a candidate for stem cell disc therapy? Comment below or contact us directly. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Foods To Avoid For Joint Health

Your joint discomfort can be due to many different factors, one of them being your diet. Just like there are foods that relieve joint pain, there are foods that can be damaging to your joints. Many foods have inflammatory properties, which will likely result in joint pain.

To avoid triggering joint discomfort with your diet, stay away from fried or processed foods, as well as sugar and refined carbs. Foods that contain trans-saturated fats or salt are also known to cause inflammation.

Dairy products have been known to irritate the tissue around the joints because of the protein that they contain. This is also true for foods that contain corn oil or any other oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Many snacks and baked goods are known for having some of these ingredients.

It is important to be aware of the types of things that can impact your joints, especially if you suffer from degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. It is also important to pay attention to these factors as you get older because aging affects your joints.

Nobody should have to live with chronic joint pain. The more you do to prevent joint damage and promote joint health, the more you will improve your quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about relieving pain, you may want to consider stem cell therapy.

Questions? Comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Treatment For Your Damaged Joints

Damaged joints can be the result of a multitude of factors, whether it’s from an injury, a disease or aging. Pain in your joints can impact your everyday life. This is what you can do to treat joint damage:


Aging 


Our bodies change as we get older, and that includes our joints. Aging causes the cartilage that lines our joints to thin, resulting in pain and higher risk of injury. Older adults also have stiff joints, which is because of the reduction in tendon and ligament flexibility. These connective tissues are also more susceptible to tearing as we age, and the healing process is much slower in older adults.


Injuries 


There are so many ways we can injure our joints and cause serious damage. Sports related injuries are a common cause of joint impairment. Between torn ligaments in your knee, tennis elbow and many other joint injuries, your body may never feel the same again. Many joint injuries can hold people back from doing what they love and living their lives to the fullest.


Disease 


Degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis, is a major source of joint pain and damage in adults 65 years and older. These conditions can affect the knees, hips, lower back, fingers, neck, shoulders and elbows, wearing away at the cartilage that cushions your joints. Someone suffering from such a disease will experience chronic pain in the joints, and it gradually gets worse over time.

Other causes of damaged joints include: bad nutrition, stress and low activity levels. Nobody should have to live with chronic pain and joint damage. If you are suffering from this, you may want to consider stem cell therapy, a low risk option that uses your body’s own stem cells to boost healing power.

Sometimes medications and traditional orthopedics are not enough. With this option, you could be feeling like your old self again! If you have any questions about regenerative medicine comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.

Friday, March 11, 2016

5 Things To Know Before Receiving Stem Cell Therapy

Considering stem cell therapy to treat your joint pain or injury? Here are a few things you should know before going through with the procedure:

1. What Are Stem Cells? 

 Stem cells are human cells that can self renew, multiply and create specialized cells. The stem cells used in this procedure are adult adipose stem cells and bone marrow stem cells, both collected from the patient. These cells have regenerative properties and have the ability to repair and differentiate into ligaments, cartilage and bones.

2. Who Gets Stem Cell Therapy? 

 You are eligible for stem cell treatment if you are experiencing joint pain, whether it is from aging, an injury or a degenerative disease. Individuals with meniscal tears, ligament tears, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow or other sports-related injuries are great candidates. Arthritis or osteoarthritis symptoms can also be comforted with the procedure.

3. Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe? 

 Stem cell therapy is a very low risk procedure. We make sure our patients are well prepared before going through the process. Once the procedure is done, the patient is free to go home and will experience very little side effects. Everyone is different, so it is not uncommon for some individuals to experience some minor soreness following the procedure. Majority of the time, our patients are able to get back to their everyday activity after 2 or 3 days.

4. How Should I Prepare? 

 We encourage our patients to do a simple detox prior to the stem cell therapy procedure. This prepares the body to be in the best condition possible to receive the treatment. We also advise patients to avoid consumption of alcohol and cigarettes a full week before receiving stem cell therapy. Vitamin therapy cleanses your body of toxins and infuses vitamins and minerals into your bloodstream, which will enhance the effects of the stem cell therapy treatment.


5. What Is The Procedure Like? 

 The stem cell therapy procedure is quick, simple and noninvasive. It starts with using a local anesthetic, then extracting adult stem cells from fat cells or bone marrow. These cells are then injected back into the site of pain, where they do their job of boosting the healing process. The patient is awake throughout the entire procedure, which takes less than 2 hours all together. Stem cell therapy is usually done in a series of 15-minute sessions over multiple days.

Now that you know all of the important stem cell therapy facts, you are ready to start the process of receiving the treatment. Contact us directly or in the comments below if you have any questions.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Effects Of Bad Posture On Your Joints

When you have good posture, you sit, stand and walk so that your skeleton is properly aligned. Proper posture also evenly distributes your weight and balances your body. When you have bad posture, it can cause some serious damage to your joints.

Poor posture moves your bones out of alignment, shifting the balance of your weight and putting stress on your joints. Having bad posture can cause chronic joint pain, as well as limited range of motion in your hips, shoulders, spine and knees.

Bad posture does not cause a noticeable difference when you and your joints are young and strong. This changes as poor posture takes effect over time and your joints begin to age. Uncorrected, bad posture can cause the loss of flexibility in your joints, pain and difficulty sitting or standing for long periods of time. Poor posture can also be a contributing factor to osteoarthritis.

To protect your joints from pain, stress and possible deformity, you must practice good posture. Being aware of your posture as much as possible will help you naturally correct any damage.

Has poor posture already started to take effect? Consider stem cell therapy as an option, a safe and effective alternative to traditional orthopedic surgeries or prescription medications. This procedure takes stem cells straight from the patient and injects them into the site of pain to boost the body’s natural healing process.

Questions? Comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Nutrition Tips For Joint Health

Many people might not realize this, but the food you eat can have a major impact on joint pain. There are foods that can increase your risk of chronic pain that you will want to avoid, including highly processed foods such as pasta, bread and crackers. Foods with gluten, trans fats and high sugar all cause inflammation, which leads to joint pain.

Try choosing foods that fight inflammation or promote bone health, which leads to better joint support. Foods that boost your immune system can also help to prevent joint pain because it promotes faster healing.

Oil, low mercury fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel or swordfish, can help decrease the pain associated with inflammation. This is because they are rich in fatty acids called omega-3s, which prevent cells and enzymes from playing a part in the inflammatory process.

Cherries and berries are rich in Vitamin C, which fights inflammation and helps the immune system. These fruits also contain anthocyanin, another inflammation fighter. Avocados are another fruit that prevents joint pain; the oils prevent joint irritation and promote comfort.

Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and brussels sprouts are great sources of sulforaphane, which prevents deterioration of joint cartilage and connective tissues. Garlic and onions are also known to protect joint cartilage and prevent it from deteriorating.

By paying attention to your diet and participating in exercises that ease joint pain, your joints will feel better than ever. If you are still experiencing serious pain in your knees, spine, shoulders or elbows, you may consider stem cell therapy.

This quick, noninvasive procedure takes stem cells from your own body and injects them into the site of pain to speed up the healing process. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Study: Lumbar Intradiskal PRP Injections

Through a prospective, double-bind and randomized control study, the objective was to determine whether single injections of autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into symptomatic degenerative invertebral disks will improve participant-reported pain and function.

Participants include adults with moderate-to-severe lower back pain pain lasting six months or longer and that is unresponsive to traditional orthopedic treatment. They were randomized to receive intradiskal PRP or contrast agent after provocative discography. Data on pain, physical function and participant satisfaction were collected at one week, four weeks, eight weeks, six months and one year. If participants in the control group did not improve at the eight-week mark, they were offered the option to begin receiving PRP and then followed.

After analyzing 47 participants, the results show that over the eight weeks of follow-up there were overall significant improvements in participants who received intradiskal PRP with regards to pain, function and patient satisfaction, compared to those in the control group. There were no events of disk space infection, neurologic injury or progressive herniation were reported following the PRP injections.

Those who received PRP continued to maintain significant improvements in their function ratings through at last one year of follow-up. These results are promising, but further studies are still needed to define the specific participants that are most likely to respond to this treatment and the ideal cellular characteristics of the injectate.

Want to find out if you’re a candidate for PRP disc injections? Comment below or contact us directly.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Benefits Of Fitness For Joint Pain

Those with severe joint and back pain may be tempted to lay in bed and relax all day, but that can actually make it much worse. People who exercise regularly are actually able to manage their pain much better. Exercise and flexibility improves a person’s pain threshold.

If you are experiencing extreme pain, consider starting up a fitness routine to help ease your discomfort. Cardiovascular exercises are known to be beneficial for lower back and knee pain. Start slow, either by walking on the treadmill or training on an elliptical.

If that’s still too painful for you, try aquatic exercises. Those with joint pain can find a lot of value in spending time in the water, due to the fact that it provides you with a great cardio workout and resistance, without actually putting any weight on your joints.

Strength training is also a great option for people dealing with chronic joint pain. Start out light with machines and try to add more free weights into your routine as you improve your strength and form. Machines are ideal because they provide more support and guide your movements.

Fitness that helps improve your core strength and flexibility are beneficial when trying to ease pain. Try some supervised yoga or Pilates! Combining all of these exercise categories into your overall routine will definitely improve your quality of life and minimize joint pain.

In addition to adding these workouts into your lifestyle, you may also consider stem cell therapy. This procedure can repair your damaged tissues and reduce your overall level of pain. It is a quick, low risk and noninvasive option that could give you the results you’re looking for.

If you feel you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy, comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.