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Knee pain is one of the most common conditions we treat. When most people experience pain and discomfort in their knees, they begin to think of surgery. However, we offer a noninvasive alternative that could be the perfect solution for you. Our regenerative cellular tissue therapies are helpful for…
Shoulder injuries can be very serious. If you notice pain in your shoulders, and it interferes with your activities you should seek treatment before your condition worsens. We treat everyone from golfers, baseball players, bodybuilders, and others who are suffering from shoulder pain and injuries.
Due to the complexity of the joint, traditional shoulder surgery can be complex and lead to a long and painful rehabilitation process in order to restore your full range of motion. Even then, it can be unsuccessful sometimes. Our regenerative cellular tissue therapies are a safe and effective alternative with a much shorter recovery time.
Issues with your elbow or wrist can be very disruptive. You may not realize it, but many of the activities you perform throughout the day utilize muscles and tendons in your elbow or wrist. Our regenerative cellular tissue therapies to treat injuries to the elbow or wrist produces great results for our patients. Our patients have been able to avoid lengthy and painful rehabilitation periods, and return to their normal activities quicker.
Our goal is to help relieve your pain and restore your strength, mobility, and range of motion following your injury. We treat elbow and wrist conditions such as:
Injuries to the foot and ankle aren’t uncommon. Athletes, weekend warriors, and everyone in between are all at risk of spraining an ankle or injuring their feet. When we’re younger, these minor injuries have a tendency to self heal. But overtime, they build up and become increasingly difficult to heal on their own. And since we put a lot of pressure on our feet and ankles, it can further aggravate injuries.
At ChiroHealth of Va, we use regenerative cellular tissues therapies like platelet rich plasma to treat foot and ankle injuries. It is a non-surgical approach for people who are suffering from pain caused by osteoarthritis and tendon or ligament injuries.
Many traditional surgeries rely on arthroscopy, bone fusion, and tendon grafts in order to hold the joints together, which can be very painful and require a lengthy rehabilitation period. Unlike these invasive procedures, PRP therapy only requires a simple injection, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. PRP therapy can be used for foot and ankle injuries/conditions including:
It is a simple process where platelets and plasma are collected from your blood and then injected into the site of your injury. The primary purpose of plasma is to transport nutrients, hormones, and proteins, salts, enzymes to the parts of the body that need it.
Platelets are best known for their importance in clotting. But they also contain proteins and growth factors that signal and stimulate healing of injuries. PRP is a component of your blood (plasma) with concentrations of platelets 3-8 times the concentration of normal levels.
Unlike other treatment options such as corticosteroid injections which offer temporary relief and halt inflammation, PRP injections can effectively heal and repair the area over time. By taking advantage of the body’s natural ability to heal itself, re-injecting concentrated platelets facilitates the process.
In the past, stem cells were much more difficult and expensive to obtain, putting this treatment out of reach for many people. Thankfully, advances in medicine have made it easier for more people to have access and benefit.
For regeneration to occur, the body needs cells that can repair injured cells with brand-new cells. The cells that can do this are called mesenchymal stem cells. They are known as the master repairmen cells of the body because they can signal activation of your immune system to decrease inflammation, reduce scar formation, and regenerate new tissue, whether it’s a cartilage, tendon, or ligament tissue.
Unfortunately, as we age our body makes fewer stem cells that age with us and become less effective.
The main sources are from bone marrow, adipose tissue (fat), tissue from the birth process.
The stem cells we use are harvested from byproducts of the birthing process, specifically a substance in the umbilical cord called Wharton’s Jelly. These cells contain the most potent mesenchymal stem cells available and therefore garner the best regenerative results. It is also considered the safest stem cell therapy option and does not require a surgical procedure.
This clear gel-like tissue contains up to fifty times more hyaluronic acid and growth factors than amniotic fluid, which greatly increases your body’s ability to successfully regenerate the cells you need to heal. It is not unusual to have success after a single injection. These stem cells also proliferate more efficiently than “older” cells, such as those found in the bone marrow and therefore, they are considered to be more potent.
The Wharton’s Jelly is donated from un-compensated consenting mothers in their third trimester who have planned to have a full-term cesarean section delivery. Not from fetal tissue, embryos, or abortions.
Donors are rigorously screened to rule out HIV, hepatitis among other contaminates. Making the process safe and ethical.
Our Stem Cells are obtained exclusively from accredited tissue banks that have third party vetting to assure the highest quality, potency, purity, viability and without contaminates. Plus, the tissue banks we use and the procedures we follow are fully compliant and strictly adhere to the guidelines and regulations established by the Food & Drug Administration American and Association of Tissue Banks.
No blood typing or genetic matching process is necessary like for an organ or bone marrow transplant. These stim cells have not yet developed into anything. They do not contain antigens or antibodies to create a reaction or rejection issues. So, they do not trigger any immune response.
The number of injections you need can vary depending on your needs and condition. For PRP most people require 1-3 injections scheduled 2-3 weeks apart. For stem cell, typically only one injection is needed. There is no limit to the amount of injections that you can receive unlike cortisone that can only be injected no more than 3 times a year.
Like every healthcare treatment available today, there are no guarantees. PRP and Stem cell therapy produces miracles every day. But, everyone is different, some conditions respond better than others. And it is dependent on each individual and their condition(s).
A consensus of physicians and patients across the nation using our approach report decreased pain, improved motion, and increased ability in activity level in over 50% of patients within 3-6 weeks and 85% of patients within 6 months. The remaining 15% typically need an additional stem or PRP injection.
Currently insurance does not cover stem cell or PRP therapy.
Once we determine your needs and if this is the right for you, we will do everything in our power, so it fits into your budget. Finances are rarely a barrier. We work with several funding companies that provide interest free financing and payments can be spread over 12-36 months.
As with any injection procedure, some patients have some slight swelling, pain, or bruising shortly after the injection. There is a slight risk of infection as with any injection procedure. Some people have reported a mild flu like sensation. This is likely because blood and healing properties are rushing to the area injected to do its work, but this is temporary.
Patients should not have any active form of cancer. Patients on a high dose of blood thinner such as Plavix, Coumadin, Warfarin, etc. may have an increased risk of post procedure bleeding or bruising. In these cases, we may require an INR score (blood clotting time study) to be performed before the procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma, Stem cell therapy, and other treatments and modalities mentioned in this web site are medical techniques that may or may not be considered mainstream. As with any medical treatment, results will vary among individuals, and there is no implication that you will heal or receive the same outcome as patients herein. There could be pain or health risks involved. These concerns should be discussed with your health care provider prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.
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