Your human body is an amazing machine that is wonderfully made, and nowhere is this more evident than through the process by which our bodies heal from injury.
The body’s natural response to injury is to go through the three stages of healing:
- Inflammatory Phase: 1-5 days
- Repair (Regenerative) Phase: 1-6 weeks
- Remodeling Phase: 1-6 months
Most foot and ankle pain originates from either a one-time injury or a repetitive “overuse” injury, which damages the cells of your body. Most injuries are healed within 4-6 weeks, and rehabilitation is started to help get you back to your desired activity level.
But what happens when the body does not heal itself the way it should? What happens if rehabilitation and physical demand is increased before the injury is completely healed? What happens when healthy tissue cells are replaced by scar tissue and degenerated cells?
The solution to these difficult problems comes in the form of Regenerative Medicine!
Regenerative medicine is using new advances in medical technology to stimulate the healing process at the cellular level. Some of these techniques are part of a comprehensive surgical approach, but many of these treatments can be used in the office, in an effort to avoid surgery.
Regenerative medicine treatments include:
- Stem Cell Therapy
- MLS Laser Therapy
- Topaz Radiofrequency Ablation
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is utilizing the most powerful cells from the human body to repair damaged tissue and decrease inflammation.
Stem cells have been used for years, in numerous conditions throughout the body. Previously, stem cell treatments have been classified as experimental, which has made it extremely difficult to offer this treatment our patients. Thankfully, the results have been so positive that we are now starting to see some of the insurance companies provide coverage for stem cell treatments.
We are able to use stem cell treatments for inflammatory conditions, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, as well in the treatment of chronic wounds. The benefits of stem cell therapy are increased healing and tissue repair, increased function, and decreased pain. Dr. McSpadden and Dr. Sharkey have had great success in using stem cell therapies to help stimulate the healing process, without need for surgery
In our patients with chronic wounds, stem cell therapy is helping to decrease wound healing time, which helps to decrease the risk of infection, surgery, and amputation.
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MLS Laser Therapy
MLS Laser is a new technology that helps bring healing to tissue without need for surgery. MLS Laser is a pain-free treatment that utilizes light energy to increase tissue healing.
Topaz Radiofrequency Ablation
Topaz Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that uses radiofrequency waves to generate a gentle microscopic “trauma” to damaged tendon or fascia tissue. This gentle injury of the tissue stimulates an ingrowth of blood flow and growth factors, which allows the body to go through the healing process, as nature intended.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma is a process that has been instrumental in starting this new wave of regenerative medicine treatments. PRP uses a patient’s own blood, drawn through an IV, to concentrate the growth factors. Once the growth factors are concentrated, they are injected into the damaged tissue, causing a stimulation of the healing response.
PRP is currently used in both the surgical and in-office setting to help regenerate healthy tissue, and PRP can be a great option when other regenerative treatments, such as stem cell therapy, are not covered by insurance.
Conditions Treated with Regenerative Medicine Techniques Include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Lateral Ankle Instability
- Posterior Tibial Tendinitis
- Peroneal Tendinitis
- Cartilage Injuries (OCD)
Regenerative medicine is most commonly used to re-stimulate a chronic condition back into the healing process, but it can also be used after athletic injuries, or surgery, to decrease inflammation and speed up the healing process.
If you experience pain or injury that may benefit from these regenerative medicine treatments, call 512-593-2949 to schedule an appointment with one of our foot and ankle specialists. Don’t tolerate a life with pain and limitations, call today and we’ll get you back to the life you love!