Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is Your Lower Back Pain Really Sciatica?

It’s common to feel lower back pain from time to time, especially if you work in a job that requires you to lift heavy things or sit at a desk for most of your day. In fact, as many as 90% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Luckily, it will often clear up on its own with rest, gentle exercise, and over-the-counter medication to manage your pain.

But while most lower back pain isn’t serious, it can sometimes be symptomatic of a bigger problem. About 5% of people will experience sciatica during their lifetime. This can indicate a number of underlying medical issues, and can be very painful.

To find out if your back pain is really sciatica, let’s take a look at its causes and symptoms, before exploring which treatment options might be right for you.

What is sciatica? 
Strictly speaking, sciatica is not a condition, but a collection of symptoms of a condition. Sciatica refers to pain, discomfort, weakness, tingling, and/or numbness that begins in the lower back and travels down one or both legs. It can be worse while you’re sitting, and you may find it painful and difficult to stand up and to walk.
This happens when the lumbar or sacral nerve roots of the sciatic nerve (the longest and largest single nerve in the body) become irritated or compressed. Since the sciatic nerve has branches that travel through the buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, and feet, the symptoms are not confined to your back. It’s common to experience symptoms down just one side of the body, although they can be felt bilaterally, and the pain will often feel worse when it’s cold.

What causes sciatica? 
While sciatica isn’t pleasant, it is a useful warning sign that something’s wrong with your back. Sciatica can be caused by conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. As you age, wear and tear can also lead to sciatica.
Sciatica can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, since the symptoms associated with it are similar to other forms of lower back pain. If your back pain becomes severe or debilitating, speak to your doctor to get to the root of the problem.

Finding the best treatment for sciatica
In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the underlying issue causing your sciatica. In other instances, you might be able to treat your symptoms with home remedies like applying heat or ice, and by taking pain-relieving medication. But if the problem persists, it can severely impact your quality of life.

At Stem Cell Therapy, we specialize in alternative, minimally-invasive treatments that have helped many patients with sciatica experience long-lasting relief from pain. If you have questions about sciatica, or to find out if we can help, contact us today.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Could Stem Cell Therapy Reduce the Need for Opioids?

When you live with chronic pain, every day can be a struggle. It can affect your ability to go to work, spend quality time with your family, and enjoy the things you love. Unfortunately, one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for pain relief, opioid medications, can cause more problems than they solve.

Millions of Americans are affected by the Opioid Epidemic, which results in thousands of fatal overdoses every year. Due to the highly addictive nature of opioid drugs, they are not recommended for long-term use, leading many to seek dangerous alternatives (such as heroine) when their pain persists. And when the body becomes dependent on opioids, their effectiveness declines. This means larger and larger doses are required to achieve pain relief, increasing the likelihood that a patient will develop an addition.

To combat the Opioid Epidemic, many are exploring alternative and non-addictive treatments for pain relief. One option that has helped many patients find long-lasting relief is stem cell therapy.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a safe, modern, and minimally-invasive approach that can reduce pain by helping the body heal itself. This approach is often used to treat back pain, sports injuries, degenerative diseases (including arthritis), and many other painful injuries and conditions.

The procedure consists of a three-step process. First, stem cells are harvested from an adult patient’s bone marrow or fat tissue. This is done under local anaesthetic to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible. Then, while the patient relaxes, the stem cells are isolated in the laboratory. Finally, these cells are injected back into the patient’s body at the site of injury.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Promote Healing?

Stem cells have the ability to develop into other types of organ cells. By injecting them right where they’re needed, they get to work immediately, helping to regenerate the damaged tissues, decrease inflammation, and promote circulation and healing by building new blood vessels.

Recent clinical trials have shown that stem cell therapy can be successful for treating back and joint pain. For example, after performing experiments in which stem cell therapy helped to reconstruct damaged vertebral discs in sheep, a Melbourne-based research team tested the effectiveness of the treatment for degenerative disc disease in humans, with positive results. After receiving one injection, around half of the participants in the trial have experienced no back pain for two years, as well as a dramatic increase in mobility.

The Future of Chronic Pain Treatment

These positive results suggest that stem cell therapy may be a safer alternative to prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. Since the stem cells used are taken from the patient's own body, there is a very low risk of side effects.

If you’re living with chronic pain and are worried about the dangers of opioid medications, find out if stem cell therapy might be right for you. Contact us today at 201-288-7246 or visit our site for more information at whatisstemcelltherapy.com.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Is PRP Effective for Treating Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition caused by repetitive movements of the arm or wrist, such as swinging a tennis racket or painting a wall. This causes the tendons to develop small tears, leading to inflammation and causing you pain.

Unfortunately, the nature of this injury means it can stick around for months. Injured tendons tend to heal very slowly, because they don’t receive as much oxygen as other parts of the body. Oxygen is transported through blood, so areas like the skin, which has plenty of blood vessels, receive enough oxygen for fast healing. Tendons, by contrast, don’t contain many blood vessels. As a result, they heal especially slowly—meaning tennis elbow can take anywhere from six months to one year to heal.

Many patients affected by tennis elbow have found that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has helped speed up their recovery time. This treatment is safe, minimally-invasive, and can provide lasting relief from pain.

How can PRP treat tennis elbow?

PRP provides oxygen to the body’s tendons by injecting blood platelets into the site of the injury. Platelets are small blood vessels that play an important role in the body’s natural healing process, so introducing them into the site of an injury can help stimulate and speed up recovery. It also promotes healing by supplying oxygen, through blood vessels, to the injured tendon. In other words, PRP takes blood platelets from another part of the patient’s body and transfers them to the injured area—in this case, directly to the damaged tendon in the elbow.

Since it relies on stimulating the body’s natural healing process, PRP doesn’t usually bring immediate pain relief. But over time, PRP can significantly lessen pain and increase physical function. For many patients, it also speeds up the healing process, bringing at least partial recovery after about six months—as opposed to the one-year recovery time that most patients experience.

For short-term tendon injuries, treatment is often not necessary. In the first few weeks, painkillers, rest, and some gentle exercises are usually the most effective treatments for tennis elbow. If the pain persists and the tendon appears to be degenerating, then PRP may be a viable treatment option.

PRP treatment has proven effective for many patients with tennis elbow and other joint and tendon injuries. If you would like to learn more about our alternative, cutting-edge techniques like PRP, contact us at 201-288-7246 today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

4 Indoor Exercises to Relieve Your Joint Pain this Winter

As winter approaches, you probably find yourself spending more time indoors. Blame it on the weather: it’s just no fun to be outside in the cold wind, rain, or snow.

When you live with joint pain, the bad weather can leave you feeling more stiff and sore than ever, so getting out and exercising might not feel like a pleasant experience. But exercise plays a large part in relieving joint pain and helping you manage your condition, making it more important than ever to stay active during the colder months.

Luckily, there are still plenty of exercises you can do indoors, either in your own home or at your local facilities. Here are four to get you started!

1. Stationary cycling

Indoor stationary cycling is great for relieving knee and hip pain. Riding a bike strengthens your quadricep muscles, stabilizing the knees and allowing them to better absorb shock. And unlike some physical activities, it doesn’t require too much twisting in the knee joints, which can be damaging.

Bicycling outdoors over uneven terrain can actually be harmful to your knees and hips, so indoor cycling is an ideal alternative for people with joint pain. You’ll improve your strength and flexibility, and stay dry and toasty.

2. Indoor swimming and water aerobics

If you have access to an indoor pool, swimming and doing water aerobics are fun ways to manage joint pain. The water’s buoyancy takes stress off your joints, making pool exercises low-impact and less strenuous on the joints. If the pool is heated, this can also help soothe your pain.

Swimming strengthens your back muscles as well, helping to relieve back pain. This can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep, so you’ll feel the benefits of your exercise for days to come.

3. Yoga

Practicing yoga regularly can increase your flexibility, reduce stiffness, and relieve pain in the joints. Before beginning a yoga class, tell the instructor about any joint pain you’re experiencing so they can help you avoid poses that might put damaging pressure on your joints.

Yoga classes are a great way to meet new people and socialize while staying active. And between classes, you can practice your poses at home whenever you feel stiff.

4. Walking indoors or on a treadmill

Walking around inside a mall, museum, or art gallery can be just as beneficial as walking outdoors. If you’re growing bored of the same surroundings, an indoor walk gets you out of the house and lets you enjoy yourself, all while helping to relieve your stiffness and pain.

If you prefer exercising at home or at the gym, treadmills allow you to vary the intensity of your exercise by changing the incline or speeding up your pace. This is a good way to gradually ramp up your workout to get the full benefit from it.

Achieving long-term relief from joint pain

Before beginning any new exercise regime, talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for you. If you feel sudden pain or discomfort while exercising, it’s best to slow down or stop for the time being, rather than causing yourself an injury.

While exercise is a vital step in managing joint pain and stiffness, alternative treatments like stem cell therapy have helped many patients experience long-term relief. To find out more, contact us today.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Research Suggests Stem Cell Therapy Could Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Stem cell therapy can be highly effective for treating a wide range of spine and joint conditions, including degenerative diseases and sports injuries. But new research from Japan suggests it may also help patients living with Parkinson’s disease to manage some of their main symptoms, including shaking and loss of movement control.

With stem cell therapy, patients with Parkinson’s may be able to control their movements enough to play tennis. After successfully testing the treatment on monkeys, researchers are preparing for the first trial with human patients.

 Parkinson’s damages brain cells, which causes the brain to lose dopamine, a chemical that helps control bodily movements. In Parkinson’s patients, this leads to shaking, stiffness, slowness, dizziness, and involuntary movement. Patients find it difficult to perform basic movements, and often find they lose their balance.

Researchers were curious if stem cell therapy could help to regenerate the brain cells damaged by the disease. Using tissue from adult humans, the researchers extracted stem cells—undifferentiated cells capable of adapting to become any kind of specialized cell—and used them to manufacture new brain cells in monkeys. At the same time, the monkeys were being carefully monitored for adverse side effects.

 According to the report published in the journal Nature, the monkeys experienced a 40-55% improvement in motor skills with the introduction of the new brain cells. They also regained their balance and movement control, suggesting that this treatment could effectively relieve the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

While stem cell therapy may be able to improve a patient’s physical capability and reduce the need for medication, it is not a cure for the disease itself. Parkinson’s also causes cognitive problems, including memory loss, which will require further study to treat.

However, this new research is a promising step forward for Parkinson’s treatment. Now that the treatment has been pronounced safe, researchers are preparing to test it on humans for the first time. If these tests yield positive results, it may be used to help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Stem cell therapy has proven effective for treating a wide range of degenerative diseases, sports injuries, and back and joint pain. The treatment is safe, minimally-invasive, and has a short recovery time. To find out if stem cell therapy is right for you, contact us today.

Tips for Managing Back and Joint Pain This Fall

Now that fall is here, it’s time to dig the cozy sweaters out of the wardrobe, start raking leaves, and prepare for the weather to get cooler. You may be planning some long hikes to enjoy the leaves turning golden, gearing up for football season, or just looking forward to catching up on housework now that the kids are back at school. Whatever your plans, the last thing you need is back and joint pain sabotaging the season for you.

Common fall activities like yard work, hiking, lifting, carrying, bending, and reaching can often trigger pain in the back, knees, and shoulders. If you already experience pain in your back or joints, the season can leave you feeling sore.

Luckily, with a little extra caution, you can minimize your pain and enjoy everything fall has to offer. Here are some simple tips for managing your back and joint pain this fall.

Warm up

Before doing any physical activity like hiking, raking, or housework, be sure to warm up. Depending on which joints you’ll be putting strain on, you may want to stretch your arms and legs, bend your knees, and roll your shoulders back and forth. Put some movement into your joints and try to loosen them up a bit. Doing this for a few minutes before you start can save you from hours of discomfort later.

Don’t carry too much

Whether you’re carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs or a bag of leaves to the compost barrel, be careful not to carry too much weight. You may be tempted to save time by carrying everything in one trip, but think about your back and try not to overdo it. If you’re dead set on bringing home the biggest pumpkin in the whole patch, get someone to help you lift it into a wheelbarrow and wheel it to your car.

Lift properly

Speaking of lifting a heavy pumpkin, remember to protect your back by lifting with your knees. Stand close to the object you want to lift and bend your knees, keeping your back straight. Lift using your legs and arms—never with your back. Avoid jerking or twisting while you’re lifting, and keep the object close to you when you’re carrying it. Don’t bend at the waist to put it down—bend your knees, and lower the object with slow, controlled movements.

 Of course, if something is just too heavy for you or you already have a sore back, it never hurts to ask someone to help you lift it!

Take regular breaks

Strenuous work like raking leaves, washing the windows in your house, or reaching up to pick apples, can quickly wear you out. To combat this, stop and take a short break from time to time, or whenever you feel you need one.

Know when to stop

If your joints are telling you to stop, you might want to listen. If you feel a sharp pain in your back, it’s best to stop for the day and come back to the task later, instead of trying to power through and making your pain worse. You’ve still got a lot of fall left to enjoy, so don’t put yourself on the sidelines when the season has barely begun!

If joint pain is getting in the way of your plans for fall, you may want to consider an alternative, non-surgical treatment option. Stem Cell Therapy uses the body’s regenerative abilities to bring healing to injured or worn-down joints. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy can help treat your joint pain this fall.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Runner’s Knee: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Runner’s Knee: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

If your knees are sore and swollen, particularly if you live an active lifestyle, you might have developed a condition called runner’s knee. This condition affects many people, and can make it painful to walk and bend the knee.

What causes runner’s knee?
As its name suggests, runner’s knee is common among runners—but that doesn’t mean they’re the only people who can develop this condition. Runner’s knee can develop when the joint becomes irritated by repeated exercises like running, biking, walking, and bending, or when the knee sustains an injury from a blow or a fall.

Problems with the feet can also lead to runner’s knee. Feet that are hypermobile (meaning the joints move too much), flat, or have fallen arches may cause the condition. Similarly, malalignment in the bones and tight or weak quadricep muscles put pressure on the knees and may cause them to turn in or out, leading to runner’s knee.

What are the symptoms of runner’s knee?
People with runner’s knee may experience pain in front of, behind, and around the kneecap. This pain usually accompanies walking, going up or down stairs and hills, squatting, running, kneeling, or doing any other action that requires the knee to bend. Some people also experience swelling, tenderness, and a popping, cracking, or grinding sensation in and around the knee joint.

If you think you may have runner’s knee, speak to your doctor. Ignoring the condition can cause it to become worse.

Treating runner’s knee
The first step in treating runner’s knee is allowing the knee to rest. If you run, cut back on the distance and strenuousness of your workout. While you can’t avoid bending your knee altogether, stay away from any activities that require you to bend your knees often, such as squats.

Try putting ice on your knee every three to four hours for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, until the pain subsides. You may want to wrap your knee for extra support, and put your leg up on a pillow when you sit or lie down.

Medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen may help reduce the swelling and pain. If you’re on other medication, speak to your doctor before taking any drugs for your knee pain. Gentle stretches for the quadricep muscles may also help, and consider getting orthotics or arch support to help reposition your feet and ease pressure off of your knees.

Runner’s knee often stems from other issues like muscular imbalance, joint dislocation, or a fracture. At Stem Cell Therapy, we specialize in using alternative, safe, and minimally-invasive treatments to restore the body to health and relieve pain in the joints. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy can help with your runner’s knee.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Back Pain

Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Back Pain

If you live with back pain, getting a good night’s sleep might seem like a thing dreams are made of. You might find yourself tossing and turning for hours, struggling to get comfortable—and when you do finally doze off, you’re jolted awake by a twinge. Sadly, the more sleep you lose, the more sensitive to pain your body becomes, meaning your sleeplessness may actually cause your back pain to worsen over time.

Your body needs sleep to heal, making it more important than ever to get a solid eight hours of rest when you’re in pain. But don’t despair—it is within reach! Here are some simple tips for getting a better night’s sleep with back pain.

Change your sleeping position
When it comes to back pain, the position you sleep in can make a huge difference. Sleeping on your stomach, for instance, flattens your spine and twists your neck, both of which will only make things worse. So which position should you sleep in?

In fact, there’s no single position that’s best. Remaining in one position for too long actually increases back pain, so the best plan is to switch it up throughout the night. Try lying in a fetal position on your side, with a pillow tucked between your legs. If you prefer to sleep on your back, put a pillow beneath your knees. Or if you find sleeping on your stomach is more comfortable for you, place a pillow under the lower part of your abdomen and pelvis to minimize the strain on your back.

Sleep on a medium-firm mattress, and use one pillow
The type of mattress you sleep on is also important. If you’re able to, shop for a new mattress that feels comfortable to you—in most cases, a medium-firm mattress will do the trick. If your current mattress feels too firm, you can also try adding an egg crate mattress pad.

Sleeping on a stack of pillows puts more pressure on your neck, so try sleeping with just one. Many people with back pain find that a contoured pillow helps ease the strain on their neck.

Try to relax
You may be able to reduce nightly back pain by doing daily exercises or stretches designed to help you relax. Stress is often a big contributor to pain, so if you can, eliminate stressful situations from your day, and unwind before going to bed by doing things like reading a book or taking a relaxing bath.

Consider stem cell therapy
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to your nightly back pain, consider stem cell therapy. This regenerative treatment aims to relieve back pain by taking stem cells from the patient’s own body and injecting them directly into the site of injury to promote healing. Many people have found stem cell therapy effective for reducing their back and spinal pain, increasing their quality of life and helping them to get a better night’s sleep for good.

At Stem Cell Therapy, we specialize in safe, natural regenerative therapies. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy is right for you. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Is PRP Effective for Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a condition that makes the shoulder joint stiff and painful. It may be caused by injury or immobility, particularly if you’re unable to move your arm for a long time, such as after a fracture, surgery, or while recovering from a stroke. You also have a greater risk of developing the condition if you have diabetes, with as many as one in five diabetes patients experiencing frozen shoulder at some point in their lives.

The condition develops when the capsule (connective tissue) in the shoulder joint to become tight and thick. This can make it difficult to move the shoulder and can be very painful, especially at night. At first, the symptoms may seem minor or barely noticeable, but they typically intensify over time. While frozen shoulder generally resolves itself within one to three years, the condition often requires medical treatment and/or physical therapy.

One treatment that has prozen effective for many patients living with frozen shoulder is called Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what PRP treatment involves, and explore how it can help patients with frozen shoulder.

What is PRP?
PRP is a form of therapy used to rejuvenate the cells and encourage the body to heal itself. During the procedure, the therapist draws blood from the patient and puts it through a centrifuge in order to obtain Platelet Rich Plasma. This is a component of blood and contains a wealth of natural growth factors. When injected into the site of injury, it can stimulate the healing of damaged cells.

The therapist will usually repeat the procedure at intervals for a certain length of time to maximise the effects. They may also instruct the patient to perform certain stretching exercises after each treatment to improve flexibility in the joint.

Combatting the effects of frozen shoulder with PRP
A study published in 2016 showed that PRP is one of the most effective forms of treatment for frozen shoulder.

While many treatments for frozen shoulder have side effects, PRP has a low risk of adverse reactions. This is because the treatment uses blood extracted from the patient’s own body. As a form of therapy for frozen shoulder, it can reduce pain, restore limb function, and improve the shoulder’s range of motion more effectively than most other forms of treatment.

At Stem Cell Therapy, we use PRP to treat frozen shoulder and similar conditions. Our minimally-invasive methods employ the body’s natural healing processes to bring about restoration and rejuvenation. Get in touch today to find out if PRP can be effective for you.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ankle Pain? Your Summer Shoes Might be Causing It

When the sun comes out, so do the flip-flops, sandals, and bare feet. But as great as it feels to let your toes see the sun for a change, many summer shoes fail to provide the support your feet and ankles need. In fact, if you’ve been experiencing ankle pain along with the warmer weather, there’s a good chance that your summer shoes are the culprits.

The right footwear can help stave off pain or prevent existing problems from worsening. Here are a few shoes to leave at home this summer for healthier, stronger ankles.

Flip-flops: your ankles’ nemesis
Flip-flops are fine for short distances, like walking to the pool and back. They’re also better for your feet than wearing no shoes at all. But walking in them for longer distances can have a bit impact on your ankles.

For one thing, flip-flops offer virtually no support and very little cushioning. This puts unnecessary strain on your ankles, and can lead to plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis—two conditions that make walking very painful.

Flip-flops also have a nasty habit of slipping out from under your feet, making it easier to sprain or even break your ankle. If you’re prone to falls, it’s best to avoid them altogether.

If you do want to wear flip-flops this summer, look for a pair with cushioning and thick soles. Wear them sparingly, and swap them out for shoes that provide better support when you know you’ll be walking far.

The truth about sandals
You might think sandals would be easier on your feet than flip-flops. In some cases, they are—but the type of sandal you choose can make all the difference. Unfortunately, sandals with flat, thin bottoms and very few straps holding them in place can be just as bad as flip-flops.

When choosing sandals, always opt for a pair with multiple straps (preferably adjustable ones) for maximum support. Ideally, your sandals will have heel and ankle straps, as well as straps across the front of your feet. They should also have arch support and a thick sole so your feet will have more cushioning.

The hidden cost of wearing flats
While flats stabilize your feet better than flip-flops do, they still don’t provide much support, especially for the arches.

As with flip-flops, wearing flats occasionally over short distances is unlikely to do any lasting damage to your ankles. Just don’t plan to go hiking in them!

Why heels are not your friends
High heels and wedges might be fashionable, but these styles rarely offer much in the way of stability. Your risk of falling or twisting your ankle is much greater, and you’re forced to put all your weight on the balls of your feet, leading to pain.

Wearing shoes with lower, wider heels helps to balance the weight of your feet and prevent problems down the road. You may also want to choose heels with rubber soles, which provide extra stability. But in general, heels should be worn in moderation.

Looking after your ankles and feet
Whatever style of shoes you prefer, always make sure they fit comfortably, and try to avoid uneven ground like gravel pathways when out for a walk. Consider investing in a pair of athletic sneakers or heel inserts to give you the support you need.

Don’t let ankle pain plague your summer. Stem Cell Therapy provides cutting-edge regenerative medicine that can help your body heal itself. With our safe and minimally-invasive treatments, many patients have experienced long-lasting relief from pain. Contact us today to find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Don’t Let Joint Pain Ruin Your Summer Holidays

Summer is a time for outdoor adventures, fun excursions with family and friends, and relaxing by the pool. Unfortunately, summer can also be a time of increased joint pain for many people. Hot weather and high humidity can aggravate pain and swelling in your joints, while vacations often involve a lot of walking, which takes its toll on your ankles and knees.

To prevent aching joints from ruining your summer holidays, here are some easy steps you can take.

Stay hydrated
Drinking lots of water helps keep joint pain at a minimum during the summer time. Instead of just drinking when you get thirsty, try to drink water at regular intervals throughout the day. Keep a bottle with you at all times to sip from, and it’ll quickly become second nature.

Eight glasses of water a day is the rule of thumb, but your doctor may give you a personalized recommendation. You should also steer clear of drinks that have alcohol, caffeine, or sugar in them, as these contribute to dehydration. For some flavor, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into your water bottle, or infuse a fruity taste by adding some slices of apple, kiwi, or strawberry.

Stay active
It can seem hard when you’re in pain, but staying moderately active is one of the best ways to minimize joint pain during the summer. If you’ve been sitting for a long time, get up and move around the room, or take a short walk outside.

If you’re staying somewhere with a pool, take advantage of it. The buoyancy provided by the water makes swimming easy on the joints, and the exercise will leave you with more energy, as well as improving your flexibility and strength. It’s also a refreshing way to cool off on a hot day.

Don’t overdo it
When you’re enjoying your vacation or even just pottering around in your garden in the sun, it can be easy to lose track of time and put too much strain on your body. That’s why it’s important to know your limits.

If it’s a really hot day, it might be best to stay indoors where there’s air conditioning until it gets a little cooler out. Similarly, don’t push yourself too hard when exercising in hot weather. Take regular breaks, keep the water bottle handy, and look after yourself.

Take time to stretch
Doing some gentle stretches before and after exercising can make a big difference where joint pain is concerned. If you’re gearing up for a long day of walking, show your joints some love with a few simple stretches before you set out. And don’t forget to take a few minutes to cool down afterwards by gradually slowing down before stopping. If you’re sore or find your joints feel swollen, apply an ice pack–it will feel nice after being out in the heat.

If joint pain keeps interfering with your summer plans, it may be time to consider an alternative form of therapy. Stem Cell Therapy is a safe, minimally-invasive option that renews damaged joints by encouraging your body to heal naturally. When combined with healthy lifestyle changes, Stem Cell Therapy has proven effective for many patients.

To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, contact us today.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back Pain: Knowing When to Rest, and When to Seek Help

Back pain affects most Americans at some point in their lives. It can range from the occasional twinge that slows you down to severe, constant pain that makes it hard to work, sleep, or perform everyday tasks.

Depending on the cause of your back pain and your pain tolerance, you may be able to treat it at home through simple techniques like rest and over-the-counter medication. In other cases, back pain requires prompt medical attention to prevent an injury from worsening.

Here are some ways that you can determine whether your back pain can be treated at home or deserves a visit to the doctor.

When to Seek Help
Back pain can be a symptom of another condition, a result of trauma, or simply the result of wear and tear. Some causes are more serious than others.

If your back pain started after a recent trauma (such as a car accident, fall, sports injury, or assault), it’s important to seek medical attention at once. Damage to the spinal cord can result in lifelong complications, including paralysis. After a trauma injury to the spine, it’s always best to seek a medical opinion, even if your pain seems delayed, or if you don’t feel the injury is serious.

Another indicator that you should visit a doctor is if your pain persists for a week or more without any signs of improvement. If your back pain is severe and/or constant and seems to be worsening, or if it wakes you up at night, your healthcare provider can advise you whether you require treatment.

If your back pain is accompanied by pain in the abdomen, this may indicate an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This means an artery in the abdomen has torn, and can result in internal bleeding and death. Seek medical help immediately if your pain extends to both your back and abdomen, particularly if it is so severe you are struggling to stand up straight.

You should also seek medical treatment for back pain when it comes with other symptoms like fever, redness, swelling, numbness, or tingling. These can be indicative of serious and even life-threatening conditions.

If you are under the age of 20, are currently or have previously been treated for cancer, or have osteoporosis, it’s best to visit the doctor if back pain strikes.

When to Rest
If your back pain isn’t too severe, and if it isn’t accompanied by other symptoms, then you may be able to soothe the pain and treat the underlying cause with a little rest and home remedy.

The most effective cure for mild back pain is rest, and in this case, a little goes a long way. Get some sleep, or just lie down on a bed or couch, in any position that’s comfortable. If your back feels strained, you can use pillows to ease up the tension between or under your knees, or under your hips or head, depending on your position. Too much bed rest can make matters worse, so be sure to balance it with some gentle physical activity and stretches, once you’re feeling up to it.

Over-the-counter medications can also help alleviate back pain. Try Tylenol, Advil, aspirin, or a similar painkiller. In many cases, a heating pad or cold pack applied to the painful area for 10-30 minutes will help relieve discomfort. If you don’t have one at hand, you can easily create a cold pack by wrapping a damp towel around some frozen peas. You may also want to consider getting a massage, which can loosen up those back muscles and ease the stiffness you may be feeling.

Mild back pain should start to feel better after a day or two. If it doesn’t, it may be time to seek medical treatment.

If you’re looking for a long-term solution to back pain, Stem Cell Therapy may be right for you. This alternative, regenerative treatment has been highly effective for many patients living with back pain, giving them a new lease on life. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with the doctor. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

How Weight Loss Can Ease Joint Pain

No one wants to live with joint pain. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will experience pain in their knees, hips, or lower back at some point during their lives. There are many causes of joint pain, but obesity is one of the most common. Excess weight can also worsen existing conditions. The result is pain, low energy, and discomfort that can affect every aspect of your life.

The good news is, losing even a small amount of weight can go a long way. If you have arthritis or another condition causing chronic joint pain, your doctor will likely have recommended weight loss to aid your treatment. Among a myriad of other health benefits, maintaining a healthy weight looks after your joints and can significantly relieve joint pain. 

Reducing pressure on your joints
Your weight-bearing joints (your ankles, knees, and hips) have to support your full weight. When you walk, even more pressure is placed on these joints. In fact, the pressure put on your knees during activities like walking up or down stairs is two to three times that of your body weight. That’s a lot to ask of your knees!

Over time, joints can become worn down and damaged by overuse. Carrying around extra weight increases the pressure put on your joints, wearing them down quicker and causing pain. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can ease up the pressure on your weight-bearing joints, making your knees, hips, and ankles happy.

Relieving inflammation
Obesity is a key risk factor in the development of arthritis, a condition that causes joints to become painful, stiff, and inflamed. But excess weight can actually promote inflammation, increasing a person’s risk of developing arthritis, and making symptoms worse in those who have it.

Studies have shown that a weight loss of just 10% can greatly reduce inflammation in the body. This is just one reason that doctors recommend weight loss to patients with arthritis.

Healthier lifestyle, healthier joints
Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. But with even a few small lifestyle changes like healthier eating and more exercise, you can achieve a healthy weight that relieves your joint pain and gives you more energy throughout the day.

Patients with joint pain often worry that exercise will make their pain worse. While this is true of some activities, there are plenty of fun, low-impact exercises that are easy on the joints. Swimming, water aerobics, yoga, tai chi, and cycling are all great options. If you enjoy the atmosphere of the gym, avoid the treadmill and opt for the rowing machine or elliptical instead.

Tired of joint pain and arthritis ruling your life? If you’re ready for a fresh start, it’s time to consider whether alternative therapies might be right for you. Stem Cell Therapy is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that uses your body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate tissue repair in your affected joints. Combined with healthy lifestyle changes, the treatment has proven effective for many patients.

To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, contact us today. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Achieving Younger-Looking Skin with Stem Cell Treatments

Aging is a fact of life, but the signs of aging can leave many people feeling self-conscious and unhappy with the way they look. Going under the knife is a drastic solution, and can be daunting or unfeasible.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery to reverse the signs of aging, there are alternative procedures that may be right for you. Stem cell treatments are safe, natural, and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and even sun damage. Performed under local anesthesia, the treatment requires minimal recovery time, and has helped many patients achieve younger, healthier-looking skin.

How does aging affect the appearance of skin?
As the years go on, we gain memories, wisdom, and life experience, but in exchange, our skin loses its elasticity. This manifests as fine lines and wrinkles that grow more pronounced over time—a development that may make it difficult to embrace all of the gifts that come with aging.

Age and time spent in the sun can also lead to blemishes forming on the skin, known as age or liver spots. These appear as darker spots on the skin, and are most common on exposed areas such as the hands and face. While harmless, they can leave you frowning at the face you see in the mirror.
How can stem cell treatments help?
Like the aging process itself, stem cell treatments are natural, utilizing the restorative qualities of the human body to rejuvenate the appearance of skin. These treatments are less risky than Botox injections or plastic surgery, and can produce long-lasting and highly effective results.

The procedure begins with a small liposuction to remove fat from an area of the patient’s own body, usually the lower belly. During liposuction, the patient is under local anesthesia, making it a comfortable process that can be performed within the office.

Stem cells are harvested and isolated from the fat for a fixed period of time. Once the isolation process is complete, the stem cells are once again mixed with the fat and injected into the patient's face, hands, or breasts. This process promotes the formation of new blood vessels and encourages skin rejuvenation at the cellular level for long-lasting skin tone, texture, and fullness reminiscent of youth.

Are stem cell injections right for you?
When you look good, you feel good, too. It’s no surprise that patients often leave our offices with more confidence and a new lease on life after a session of stem cell treatment.

If you’re uncertain whether stem cell injections are the right approach for you, or if you have any questions about the treatment, the medical professionals at Stem Cell Therapy can help. Call us, request more information, or schedule an appointment today. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Warm Weather-Joint Pain Connection

Ice cream. Barbecues. Beach days. There are so many things to love about summer. Joint pain isn't one of them.

If your joints ache as the temperature rises, you're not alone. A British study finds that over half of adults suffer from joint pain throughout the summer months.

In this post we will explore the connection between joint pain and warm weather, and tell you where you can find relief that lasts long past Labor Day.

Why You? Why Now?

There are a few possible causes of summer joint pain. For many, the arrival of warm summer weather signals their return to the tennis court, golf course or bicycle lane. While engaging in physical activity is critical to overall health, exercising after months of inactivity places a lot of strain on elbows, knees, and other joints.

Very often, it's the weather itself that causes joint pain. An atmosphere of extreme temperature and moisture fluctuations can impact the levels of fluid that lubricate the joints, causing discomfort.

Heat and humidity can also increase the amount of inflammation in the body. Your regular dose of anti-inflammatory medication may not cut it when summer hits.

Instead of avoiding physical activity or doubling your dosage, try a natural alternative that doesn't just mask joint pain, but addresses it.

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help

Whether the cause of your summer joint pain is a more active lifestyle, rising temperatures, or a combination of both, stem cell therapy may help.

During a typical session, a doctor harvests adipose stem cells from the patient’s own body while they are under a local anesthetic. The cells are manipulated and injected into the patient’s ailing joint, where they stimulate the area’s circulation to promote the healing process. Many patients report a significant reduction in pain after only one session.

Unlike more invasive pain management procedures, a stem cell therapy session is not followed by a lengthy recovery period. In fact, many patients are back to work the very next day—and back to enjoying all that the summer has to offer, without fear of joint pain getting in the way.

Make your dream summer body one that doesn't ache. To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, book your consultation today.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Foods to Avoid If You Have Joint Pain

When it comes to relieving joint pain, a disciplined diet can have hugely beneficial effects.  If you are affected by arthritis, bursitis, or another conditions that cause pain in your joints, the chemicals in some foods can result in increased inflammation and further pain.

We all know that eating our greens is a good idea, but which foods need to be avoided to manage pain? To help you improve your diet and look after your joints, here are five foods you should aim to cut down on.

1. Sugar
Many of us have a sweet tooth. Unfortunately, sugar doesn’t like our bodies as much as we like it. For one thing, too much processed sugar in your diet can result in weight gain, increasing the pressure you put on weight-bearing joints like your knees. Sugar also triggers the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines, making your inflammation worse.

So detox your fridge of things like soda, cake, chocolate and sweetened juices. The occasional treat is okay, but cutting down your sugar intake is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health and take care of your joints.

2. Red meat
You should keep your intake of processed and red meats to a minimum, but you don’t have to cut meat out altogether if you don’t want to. Lean proteins like skinless chicken and quinoa are very good for you, providing vital nutrients and energy. On the other hand, saturated fat is known to worsen arthritis and cause inflammation.

If you are affected by arthritis, you need to keep your cholesterol low. This means saturated fats should comprise less than 10% of your calorie intake. Make some simple dietary swaps like choosing oils over butter, and opting for low-fat dairy products.

3. Dairy
The jury is still out over whether small quantities of milk increase inflammation. But many practitioners advise people with joint pain to cut back on dairy consumption. If you like milk, limit the quantity you drink and always choose 1% or nonfat. Alternatively, opt for unsweetened almond milk instead.

4. Refined grains and flour
When we eat white bread and certain pastas, our digestive system quickly turns them into sugar. Refined grains also have a greater concentration of inflammation markers in our blood. Choose nutritious whole grains instead, like brown rice and multi-grain bread.

5. Trans fat
Trans fats have become synonymous with fast food, fried products, and junk food. While these foods can be tempting, trans fats trigger systemic inflammation, and should be avoided.

To keep your joints healthy, cut down on processed snacks like potato chips, and deep-fried foods such as French fries. Margarine, frozen packs, pies, donuts, and certain cookies are also high in trans fats.

A few simple dietary changes can help reduce your joint pain and improve your quality of life. If you are looking for long term relief from joint pain, contact us to find out if alternative treatments like Stem Cell Therapy are right for you.

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.