If you experience frequent headaches that are mostly one-sided (without switching), seem to hit at the base of your head or your neck, and worsen with neck movement, it may not be your average stress-induced headache or migraine. These are symptoms of a cervicogenic headache, which results from an injury in the cervical spine. Learn more about how to spot a cervicogenic headache and a non-surgical treatment option that can address the underlying cervical spine issue for these headaches.
Torn Achilles Sounds Scary, But May Not Need Surgery and a Boot One small mistake – you made a sharp turn and flexed your ankle the wrong way, and now your Achilles tendon is ruptured. You might think you’re resigned to the fate of an invasive surgery and a boot or cast for the next couple months, but this might not be the case. So long as the Achilles tendon is not retracted (the ends of the tendon pull away from each other), it is likely that non-invasive, regenerative treatments like bone marrow concentrate containing your own live stem cells, or PRP could be able to help treat the tendon rupture. Read more about non-surgical Achilles tendon rupture treatment.
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.
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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.