Updated: May 29
Surgery and medications should be used as a last resort.
Naturally regenerative injections wonderful alternatives to surgery, pain meds, and steroidal shots.
What are Regenerative Therapies?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection therapy for healing pain. When you have pain in your body it's usually due to ligaments and/or tendons which have stretched like a rubber band pulled beyond it's capacity. This stretching causes laxity, which causes pain at the site and other supportive tissues. If your body does not heal or tighten these tissues after the initial cause of laxity, pain becomes chronic.
PRP prolotherapy procedure starts with a quick and simple blood draw. Then the healing parts of your blood - the platelets - are extracted and mixed with a solution of dextrose which, together, will promote inflammation for quick repair, and lidocain which will serve to numb the targeted area. The platelet/dextrose/lidocain solution is placed at the beginning and ending of the tendons and ligaments that have become stretched as they are the source of the pain. The injection therapy promotes the growth of newer and stronger tissues by initiating heightened blood flow that will pull nutrition and repearative cells to the the site of pain to rebuild and tighten the tissues. As the tissues tighten and become more stable, the pain is alleviated and the stability is restored to the area. PRP Prolotherapy is a great compliment to, and is often used in conjunction with, other pain relief methods such as, chiropractic care, physical therapy, or even occasional necessary surgery.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy allows the body to restore and grow tissue at an accelerated rate using growth factors and other substances. Stem cells have been found to rapidly help repair and restore normal joint function after the join has been injured or degenerated.
Where do the cells come from?
Stem cells, or amniotic mesenchymal stromal cells (hAMSCs), come from tissues which have recently aided the growth of a fetus in utero. The cells can be isolated from the amnion sac (the sac in which the fetus was growing in) and cultured in a solution. Post-natal cells, such as these, are easily cultured and expanded without ethical concerns and with high differentiation potential. They are also cultured without risk of teratoma formation (Cancer). These phenomenal cells are often used in orthopedic therapies to regenerate cartilage and cartilage connective tissue, as well as bone and tendon tissue, but can be used for a variety of issues.
The new research coming out regarding the utilization of stem cells is amazing. There are many additional resources available, should you choose to understand the science in more detail and learn what other uses stem cell therapies support. You can also contact our office for further answers.
How Soon Will I Feel Results?
Therapy usually takes about 6 weeks with monthly treatments. Sometimes, however, clinically we see patients get better sooner with a customized diet and lifestyle program which we offer in conjunction with prolotherapy. The first 3-4 days following treatment, patients may experience soreness and/or aching since treatment induces a mild inflammation at first. The best way to manage this is to keep moving and functioning. Your treatment schedule will customized to you in the office. Patients will be able to maintain normal daily function following treatments, however we suggest not participating in sport and exercise for at least a week and then slowly return to these more rigorous activities with special attention to pain levels.
What Can Regenerative Therapies Treat?
Acute joint injuries
Chronic joint pain
Sciatica Herniated Discs (not severe) Sprained Ankles Low Back Pain Rotator Cuff Injuries/ Tears Labral Tears (shoulder/hip)
Sacroiliac Joint Pain (acute or chronic)
Degenerative Joint and Disc Disease
Tennis/ Golfer’s Elbow Unstable joints Ligamentous Laxity And others
What Conditions Don't Respond Well?
Chronic myofascial pain syndromes
Severely herniated discs
Central Spinal Stenosis COMPLETE Rotator Cuff Tears Frank Surgical Conditions Pain from Cancer Pain from Auto immune Conditions
Getting Your Best Results
Prolotherapy is a great way of helping heal damaged and degenerated tissue from injury or chronic behavior and relieve joint or back pain. Patients should be aware that getting their best results will come best as they maintain basic habits of health in their daily life before and after therapy.
Things such as:
Eating a healthy diet
a.) Patients 2 weeks following treatment should avoid sports and heavy exercise. Daily walks, stretching, and basic movement are recommended.- Adequate sleep each night
Article submitted by Mary Coupland on behalf of Equilibrium Natural Health
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