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.
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- 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
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. This can cause pain, swelling and tenderness. About 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis. About 40 million of those people are Americans. Of those affected, over half are women.
Arthritis is commonly misconstrued as only affecting the aging or elderly. However, more than half of those with arthritis are under the age of 65. With these staggering numbers, you might be wondering how one can prevent this joint pain? Check out these helpful tips below.
As with prevention of any ailment, a healthy diet is always beneficial to your overall health and wellness. There are several foods you can add to your diet to help prevent joint pain. The foundation of any diet should consist of fruits and vegetables. Five servings a day is recommended. For those of you who are not likely to do that we recommend Juice Plus. In addition, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce swelling and inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week. Foods rich in vitamin D promote healthy bones. In addition to your fish, try to add some more milk or cheese to your diet as well.
Excessive weight plays a large role in joint pain. When you lose weight through diet and exercise, you are able to not only relieve stress from your joints, but also increase muscle that supports your joints.
The more you are moving, the less stiff your joints will be. If you are looking to get your heart rate elevated but want a low impact exercise option, try swimming, bicycling, rowing, and elliptical or even walking. These are best options for protecting your joints. In addition to these low impact exercises, you might want to try practices like yoga and Pilates. These both help strengthen your ab and back muscles, which ultimately help maintain balance and lessens your likelihood of injury by falling.
Make Use of Your Stronger Joints
Do you typically carry a heavy purse or backpack? Consider how you are lifting and carrying heavy items. Allow for larger muscles and joints such as your arms to carry these kinds of items. Take the pressure off smaller joints like fingers and wrists.
Go Hands Free
As mentioned above, keeping joints locked in the same position for an extended period of time does not help with joint pain. A daily occurrence like talking on the phone can prove harmful over time. Try going hands free using the speaker or blue tooth features of your phone.
Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Let us help you return to an active and healthy lifestyle. Call Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment. 806-350-BONE (2663)
Runners, joggers, baseball players, golfers, dancers, and gymnasts are all prone to sports injuries; however, sports injuries are not limited to athletes – anyone may obtain a sports injury. But, for those who frequently participate in physically demanding activities, it can be very frustrating to get injured.
Sports injuries are often a combination of cartilage, ligament, tendon, and muscle damage – whether it be a ligament tear or partial tear or a sprain. Don’t let the pain from the injury persist; the longer you wait to receive help, the more damage you may cause to the injured area and the longer it will take for you to get back to the sport you love. Here are the top ten tips for preventing sports injuries.
Always Warm Up
A warm-up routine prepares your body for exercise by gradually increasing your heart rate and warming up your muscles.
Always Cool Down
It is just as important to cool down after a game and get plenty of rest. Rest helps to avoid fatigue and also increase mental and physical alertness. Lack of sleep may predispose you to injury.
Make Sure to Stretch
Stretching is important before any sport or physical activity. A combination of both static and dynamic stretches during warm ups will help loosen the muscles. It can be detrimental to stretch cold muscles. Make sure you do a light warm up before stretching before and after exercise. This can be as simple as jogging in place.
Use Proper Technique
Consult with coaches or other experienced players to ensure you are using proper technique in your sport or exercise of choice.
Use Proper Sports Equipment
Wear and use properly fitting/sized sports equipment. This includes everything from your shoes, to your baseball glove, to your safety helmet.
Increase your activity level gradually over time. If you are learning a new technique today, don’t overwork yourself trying to become an expert in a day. Instead of pushing yourself too hard in one day, train for shorter periods of time over multiple days.
Make sure you include cardio, strength training and stretching exercises in your weekly training routine. Changing up your routine can help minimize overuse injuries. You want to make sure to avoid continuously putting stress on the same joints
Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet. You want to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. Having a well-nourished body is important during physical activity.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity. Hydration is even more important on hot and humid days. If exercising strenuously, liquids with electrolytes can be beneficial. However, carbonated, sugary and alcoholic beverages should be avoided.
Get a Pre-Season Exam
A pre-season exam is a great preventative measure to take before the start of your season.
If you are suffering from a sports injury, we can help! Call Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today. 806-350-BONE(2663)
Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are all joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain.
There are many reasons that joint pain develops, such as the following:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Injury, such as sprains, strains or ligament tears
On top of these causes, your daily routine may be putting you at risk for severe or chronic joint pain. Check out the 6 risk factors for joint pain.
Excess weight can put pressure and stress on your weight-bearing joints, such as your knees.
Smoking is harmful to the body and contributes to chronic pain including joint pain.
Your risk of developing arthritis increases with age. People under 40 years old rarely experience arthritis-related problems.
Injuries, due to work other than athletic activity, can put you at risk of joint pain.
Stress and dissatisfaction with life
Stress causes inflammation in the body, which causes pain and swelling in your joints.
Hard physical labor
Physical labor, especially involving repetitive action, can cause joint pain over time.
If your knee pain won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid knee and shoulder surgery and replacement that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy. Call us today to schedule an appointment. 806-350-BONE(2663)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. This means that the body’s own immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. Although target areas like joints and ligaments are defining characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis, it can also affect other parts of the body as well, such as skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.
Symptoms of RA include:
- Pain or aching of joints
- Stiffness of joints
- Swelling of joints
- Tender, warm joints
- Weight loss
In addition to treatment, there are several lifestyle changes you can consider to help with RA symptoms, such as changing up your diet. Check out these foods that help fight rheumatoid arthritis.
Research suggests that food high in omega-3 fats help prevent inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.
Broccoli really is a super food. It is rich in vitamins C and K, and calcium, and it contains a helpful compound called sulforaphane. According to a Mayo Clinic study, Broccoli actually helps protect against the development of RA. Try also adding cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale to your regular diet.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil, a heart healthy fat, contains oleocanthal, which blocks inflammation enzymes. Try using it as a replacement for other oils in your cooking and salad dressings.
Cartilage protects and cushions joints as they move. Vitamin C protects collagen, which is a large part of cartilage. Try adding more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits to your diet to reap the benefits of vitamin C.
Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. When looking for your morning caffeine kick, try switching from coffee to a hot cup of green tea.
C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood is a marker of inflammation. Whole grains help lower these levels. The next time you are at the store, skip the white rice and pick up some brown rice. Oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also smart choices.
Anyone can be affected by RA. Having a family member with RA can increase your odds; however, the majority of people with the disease do not have family history of the disease. Currently, RA affects about 1% of Americans. It affects almost 3 times as many women as it does men.
If you feel RA may affect you, let us help you at Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. Give us a call at 806.350.BONE (2663) to schedule an appointment today!
Exercise is important for all of us. Whether you are in perfect shape or have painful joints, it is important to tailor your workout routine to your body’s needs. Exercise is meant to nurture your body, not hurt your body. That said, if you have painful joints, don’t let this stop you from giving your body the workout it needs. In fact, regular exercise can help ease your pain. Research shows that regular exercise helps reduce inflammation and even increase pain tolerance. Here are some helpful exercise tips for optimal joint health.
Always Warm Up
Jumping on a machine immediately after entering the gym can be detrimental to your joints. You must first warm up your body to loosen your muscles and tendons. Working out when these are still tight is what can lead to joint pain. Your warm-up can be as simple as light movement for 5 minutes to get your blood flowing. Perhaps try an easy walk.
The more you move, the less stiff your joints will be. If you are looking to get your heart rate elevated but want a low-impact exercise option, try swimming, bicycling, rowing, exercising on an elliptical or even walking. These are the best options for protecting your joints.
In addition to these low-impact exercises, you might want to try practices like yoga and Pilates. These both help strengthen your ab and back muscles, which ultimately helps maintain balance and lessen your likelihood of injury by falling.
Strengthen Your Muscles with Weights
Stronger muscles help to lessen strain on your joints. Add in some weight training to your exercise routine. Weight machines, free weights and resistance bands are all helpful in getting stronger and building muscle mass. You should take things slowly at the start. Always listen to your body. Try to incorporate weight training 2-3 times per week and alternate between upper body and lower body workouts.
Change Things Up
Overuse injuries are another culprit of joint pain. To avoid this, don’t do the same routine every day. Mix up your workouts. Perhaps you could try swimming one day and biking the next.
It is important to keep your muscles and tendons flexible. After your workout, make sure to stretch all of the muscles you used that day. You’ll want to try and hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.
It is important to find a daily exercise routine that works for your schedule. It will help improve strength and stamina. Added benefits include releasing feel-good endorphins and clearing bad toxins from your body.
Do you suffer from joint pain? We may have a solution for you. Call Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today to learn more! 806.350.BONE (2663)