A2M – The Miracle Molecule For Osteoarthritis Joint Pain

A2M – The Miracle Molecule For Osteoarthritis Joint Pain

Alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2M), or A2M injection therapy, uses proven scientific techniques and natural healing methods to treat osteoarthritis at its source. It is used to prevent cartilage breakdown in patients, promote tissue growth, and support the overall restoration of an affected joint.

A2M is a broad spectrum multi-purpose protease inhibitor, a powerful chemical in destroying proteins that cause arthritis, that captures and inactivates the three major chemicals that lead to joint breakdown and cartilage damage. A2M is used to biologically clean out your joint space and provide a healthier environment for repair.

Due to its large size, A2M cannot make it into the joint in high enough concentrations in certain circumstances, which can lead to chronic pain and the collapse of the joint. New technology allows doctors to use a highly concentrated injection of A2M into your joints to absorb the enzymes trying to digest cartilage.

A2M injections are minimally invasive and don’t require the use of a risky general anesthesia or invasive surgery. If you would like more information about this and other treatments available at Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, contact our office at 806-350-2663.

Football Season & The Injuries That Come With It

Football Season & The Injuries That Come With It

A common injury in football is ACL injuries, specifically the ligament and tendon injuries.

We want to touch here on the knee injuries, the most common being ACL, Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears, medial collateral ligament tears, and meniscal tears, so cartilage injuries. Cartilage and ligament injuries are very common in football. It can be ligament tears or partial tears. Other injuries involve hamstring strains, such as muscle tendon in the leg, ankle sprains, shoulder contusions, and so forth.

With football, there is always a massive force that comes with throwing, catching, blocking, and carrying the ball through other tough athletes. Due to this, Labral or cartilage tears in the shoulder can occur. An athlete can fall, hurt the shoulder, and it could pop out of joint. Dislocations or instability of the shoulder is another, are other common injuries.

Of course, not all injuries are serious or career-ending, however, it is important to consider things to prevent damage and ensure to take proper healing into consideration, if and when these injuries do occur.

At Dr.Parker.com we use a variety of methods. We use regenerative medicine, as well as assessing if there is a need for braces, casts, injections, or others.

Football is a fun sport, to watch and play. To ensure you are taking proper precautions, Dr. James Parker, or Amarillo, TX, can help you prepare for games and give you the tips and care you need to feel and play at your best.

Contact us today at www.drparker.com  or  806.350.BONE (2663).

Common Fall Sport Injuries

Common Fall Sport Injuries

Fall is full of sports. Football season is under-way, cross-country, soccer, as well as volleyball, amongst others.

Athletes undergo an intense amount of training to prepare for the season, as well as games, matches, and competitions. All of which is demanding on the body, as athletes tend to have it “give it your all” attitude. As such, injuries are a common occurrence.

Various sports see different common injuries, requiring different treatment plans.

Dr. James Parker, of Parker Sports Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, works with many athletes, professional and university teams to correct, prevent, and/or manage sports injuries.

Some common injuries seen during the fall sports season include:

Knee Injury – ACL or Meniscus Tears, often due to over-running or landing wrong, or a hit

Stress Fractures – very common with cross-country (running)

Labral Tears – in the shoulders, rotator cuffs, as seen with throwing sports like football or volleyball

If you are an athlete, have a sports injury or want to prevent damage, or manage previous conditions, contact us at www.drparker.com

Why See An Orthopedic Surgeon?

Why See An Orthopedic Surgeon?

Musculoskeletal injuries are associated with back pain, sports injuries, stiff neck muscles and arthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Proper assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for such conditions are done by health specialists, specifically by orthopedic surgeons. They are experts in diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic surgeons cover a wide variety of issues, including pediatrics, trauma, sports medicine, foot & ankle surgery, hip & knee surgery, spine surgery, etc.

Here are some common conditions seen by orthopedic surgeons:

1. Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint that causes pain and swelling. Women are more prone to arthritis than men.

2. Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease of the joints that is caused by wear and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a type of joint inflammation caused by the attack of the body’s immune system.

3. Muscle Pain. Pain can worsen with activity and stress. Studies say that fibromyalgia may be linked to immune problems.

4. Fractures occur after an extreme force is applied to the bones caused by trauma, falls, or any direct blow to the body.

5. Foot pain and problems are caused by improper function of the foot, which an orthopedic surgeon can help address.

6. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the nerves of the wrist. The main symptoms are numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers.

7. Knee problems are consequences of the aging process and other sudden movements that stress the knee. Examples of these are knee sprains and tendonitis (inflammation of tendons).

8. Osteoporosis is a medical condition wherein the bones are brittle and fragile. People with osteoporosis have signs of broken bones and vertebral collapse, leading to extreme pain and deformity of the spine. Typically, this is caused by calcium and vitamin D deficiency.

9. Shoulder pain can be localized in one area or can spread on the shoulders and arms. Some types of shoulder problems are dislocation, separation, bursitis (inflammation of the bursa), impingement syndrome and frozen shoulder.

10. Soft-tissue injuries of tendons, muscles, and ligaments may cause swelling, bruising and damage. For example, a contusion is produced by a blunt force. Another example is a sprain that injuries ligaments due to twisting of the ankles, knees or wrists.

 

Dr. Parker is well known and reputable expert in his field. If you have any issues that are causing pain or discomfort and live in or near Amarillo, Texas come to our clinic.

Visit www.drparker.com/contact to set-up an appointment or learn more information.

Common Causes of Pediatric Injuries

Common Causes of Pediatric Injuries

Children are prone to bumps, bruises, falls during their early years of life, and these are all part of a curious and active child. Knowing some practical steps and proper planning will prevent these injuries from occurring.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1000 child deaths could have been prevented with enough knowledge on injury prevention measures and here are the five most common causes of child injuries:

Motor vehicle accidents

Injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents affect children ages 5 to 19 and are the top cause of deaths. These are serious injuries that trigger emergency room visits among kids.

Drowning

Babies and toddlers can easily drown in water. Very young children have higher risks in drowning while having a bath so it’s necessary to always be cautiou

Burns

Young children are more likely to be burned by hot liquids or steam while older children are more prone to experience burns through direct fire contact. Every day, children are rushed to the emergency department due to burns.

Falls

Head and spinal injuries are the most common considerations with falls. Falls are mostly responsible for non-deadly injuries in children 0 to 19. It can lead to signs of shock or internal bleeding that places children in immediate danger.

Poisoning

There are common sources of poisoning for children such as household cleaning fluids, chemicals, small button batteries and medications.

It is important to be aware of these common pediatric injuries and it’s best to contact a doctor immediately for symptoms like limping, soreness, swelling & tenderness, increased pain during physical activities and difficulty in sleeping.

To learn about any injuries, or to get more information on prevention and pain management, please contact us today at 806-350-BONE.

10 Conditions That Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine

10 Conditions That Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine involves using your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury. Solstice Health is the first center in Wisconsin and one of the few elite centers in the Midwest to offer adult mesenchymal stem cell injections for various orthopedic conditions and injuries. Before we list some conditions that can be treated by regenerative medicine, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about each treatment we offer.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or platelet concentrates, have been studied extensively since the 1990s. While similar products previously used in medicine (fibrin glue) are very expensive, PRP provides a cost-effective alternative. Plasma concentrates are a way to help the body finish the healing process and strengthen the weakened tissue. PRP is produced from a person’s own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting and release growth factors and mediators to aid in healing. Platelet-rich plasma can then be collected and delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament. It is used for tendinopathies (tendon problems), in addition to problems with ligaments, muscles, meniscus, cartilage, bone, wound and intervertebral discs.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy focuses on delivering stem cells to parts of the body that are in need. Stem cells can be harvested from a patient’s own body from Adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow. The tissue is processed into a stem cell concentrate and injected at the focal point of treatment in the patient’s body. Once the stem cell concentrate has entered the treatment site, the regeneration process begins. Stem cell therapy is completely safe as we are using what your body naturally produces, concentrating the desired critical components and transplanting them into the affected area for effective tissue regeneration and healing. There is no risk of rejection and very minimal overall procedural risk.

10 conditions that can be treated with regenerative medicine.

  1. COPD
  2. Type 1 Diabetes
  3. Erectile Dysfunction
  4. Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Parkinson’s Disease
  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  8. Spinal Cord Injuries
  9. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  10. Sports Injuries

Dr. Parker is here to provide you with the latest adult autologous stem cell treatments. If you feel you may benefit from regenerative medicine, call us today to schedule an appointment. 1-806-350-BONE