Monday, February 27, 2017

Relieving Your Shoulder Pain with Regenerative Medicine

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

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

Stem Cell Therapy

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

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

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

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Common Causes of Knee Pain

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

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

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

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

Prevention and Treatment of Knee Pain

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

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

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