Regenerative Medicine is the ability to treat the actual disease rather than just the symptoms by seeking out damaged tissue and aiding the body to heal the damaged tissue. This is a less invasive way to treat the problem in place of surgery with real results. These therapies are an effective form of treatment that can be used for chronic conditions that have not responded successfully to other forms of therapy.
Regenerative Medicine may be appropriate for treating some of the following conditions:
There are several different types of Regenerative Medicine that Talus InMotion offers. Below are some of the types of Regenerative Medicine our office offers:
Amniotic Membrane and Fluid Therapy of Foot & Ankle Injuries
While not everyone with foot or ankle pain or injury is a candidate for amniotic membrane and fluid therapy, we can provide an exam and consultation at our office to determine your suitability for the procedure. If you are interested in learning more about this type of therapy to help repair a foot or ankle injury, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP
PRP is the concentration of platelets derived from the plasma portion of one’s own blood. While platelets are widely known to play a larger role in clotting processes, their use in treatment of joint, tendon, and ligament disease is due to their abundance of enzymes and growth factors related to the healing process. An injection of PRP to the injured site provides the tissue with healing growth factors that are otherwise difficult for the body to deliver because of the poor blood supply. The injection can initiate a healing inflammatory process and is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as shockwave therapy. PRP has many more platelets that what is typically found in blood, thereby increasing the concentration of growth factors which can be 5-10 times greater that what is found in the blood.
Prolotherapy, also known as Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT), is an effective and safe way to treat chronic painful conditions caused by tendon or ligament injury, arthritic changes within a joint, nerve entrapment, and neuromas. It consists of a series of minimally invasive injections which stimulate the body’s natural healing cascade to regenerate the damaged tissue and decrease inflammation. Prolotherapy can contain many different substances, however at Talus InMotion, we use a solution of dextrose, lidocaine, Vitamin B12, and Sarapin (a naturally occurring irritant) to create a small pocket of local inflammation which will trigger the body’s healing response and help repair the damaged tissue. Prolotherapy is an effective treatment for chronic conditions that have not responded to other forms of treatment.
Traumeel and Zeel
Traumeel and Zeel are a natural alternative or a homeopathic treatment rather than the use of corticosteroids without the negative effect’s corticosteroids and NSAIDS could have on the body. They both contain a combination of plant and mineral ingredients that work together to provide relief to the patient. It is a great way to treat arthritic pain, mild to moderate osteoarthritis, and joint stiffness. Traumeel and Zeel work great independently but shows meaningful effectiveness when combined with one another.
For the injections to be most effective the physician needs to increase inflammation at the site of injury. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques: extracorporeal shockwave therapy, radial pulse therapy, and LASER. These therapies in conjunction with the stem cell injection, instructs your body to increase blood flow and also alert defense mechanisms to assist in the healing process of the injured site. Additionally, it is recommended that the patient not use any aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen, so the injection may work in an optimal environment.
After the procedure is completed, the patient is able to walk with specific recommendations pertaining to the treated area. Within the first few days following the procedure, rest is encouraged and strenuous activities should be avoided. Return to regular activities and active rehabilitation is also encouraged, during the weeks following the procedure. The patient is then scheduled for a routine follow up with the physician about 1 month after the procedure.
We understand the special needs of athletes. Whether you are a star quarterback or weekend warrior, our goal is to get you back in the game safely. We can help you find the right balance between recovering enough to not re-injure and pushing yourself to work through expected discomfort.
We treat Sports Injuries suffered while playing any sport, including ankle sprains, shin splints, turf toe, Achilles tendonitis, tendon ruptures/tears, heel pain, spurs, plantar fasciitis.
Our office is fully equipped to provide you with any necessary support or exercise appliances. We will work with you and your coach or trainer to keep you playing or bring you back to your sport at the right time for the best health of your feet and ankles.
Contact Talus inMotion Foot & Ankle today to learn more about our sports medicine program.