Bunions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, microfractures of the ankle bone – there’s a variety of painful problems that can occur in the feet. Considering this variety, it’s no surprise that so many American adults complain of pain in their feet. Unfortunately, many traditional treatments like surgery are a no-go – most Americans can’t afford to be off their feet for the long post-operative recovery time. Regenerative care, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments can be effective for many foot pains and may be a better option than surgery or steroids.
Is it necessary to get surgery for a torn ACL? A clinical study on patients with ACL tears shows that bone marrow concentrate (BMC) procedures are a promising alternative. The ideal patient for a BMC procedure is a patient with a grade one, two, or mild grade three ACL tear, who would slightly alter their lifestyle to accommodate their injured knee. While a college football player with a severe grade three ACL tear might require surgery, a similar athlete with a lesser grade 3, grade 2 or grade 1 ACL tear might be able to avoid surgery altogether.
Chronic lower back pain is a common complaint of many older Americans. When physical therapy and chiropractic treatment are not enough to help relieve pain, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments are important for a patient to consider before surgery. Learn more, and see results of clinical studies that show how PRP procedures help patients with chronic lower back pain.
Common knee injuries like sprains, fractures, tears in the meniscus cartilage, and osteoarthritis can all lead to a diagnosis of knee surgery. Patients who receive a non-surgical Regenexx treatment for knee pain can return to normal activities just 1-2 days post-treatment, which is a fraction of knee replacement surgery recovery time.
Traditional orthopedic approaches may do more harm than good for all osteoarthritis sufferers (32.5 Million in the US), including the majority who have knee osteoarthritis. See research-based evidence that debunks traditional orthopedic knee treatments like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone shots, meniscal surgeries and knee replacements. Find out about non-surgical alternatives.
Studies show that Rotator Cuff (not Rotator Cup as some patients say) surgeries have re-tear rates as high as 21%. A November 2022 Mayo Clinic study shows that Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) via a precise ultrasound-guided injection can help patients avoid surgery; or, when surgery is needed, BMC can help to make that surgery a long-term success.
Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase meaning “first, do no harm.” It is a reminder to physicians that their first priority is to protect their patients. However, this rule can get pushed to the side when the complicated issue of health insurance comes into play. Despite significant and mounting evidence that corticosteroids last only a short time and can actually worsen osteoarthritis, insurance-covered corticosteroid injections are sometimes favored over the less risky and better long-term pain reducing PRP option. Does this circumstance disregard primum non nocere? Read more.
Sciatica can feel like quick searing jolts of pain, starting from the lower back and moving all the way down through one leg. If this sounds like a familiar sensation, you may be experiencing sciatica. Often the culprit of sciatica is something within the lumbar spine that pinches the sciatic nerve, like a herniated or bulging disc or spinal stenosis. Click the link to read more about how problems with the lower back can be the cause of sciatic nerve pain.
It’s not uncommon to feel “pops” or clicks in the shoulder when you move it. If there’s no pain you may think it’s nothing to be worried about. Read more to learn if your frequent shoulder popping or cracking may be a sign of an unstable shoulder joint. Learn when you should see a regenerative orthopedic doctor about your shoulder.
If you have seen a doctor for neck pain or lower back pain and nothing is flagged as suspicious on an X-ray, a spinal ligament injury may be the culprit. The sensitive nature of the spine makes it susceptible to many possible injuries or traumas that could cause problems like headaches, swelling, or soreness. Read more about spinal ligament injuries and non-surgical treatment options.
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Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions.