Increase Healing with Ozonated Dextrose Injections

Ozonated Dextrose Injections for Healing

 

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At RMI,  we pride ourselves on having the most up to date techniques and procedures available in regenerative medicine today.  As a result, Dr. Wellwood has created his own technique called Ozonated Dextrose Injections.  It is similar to Prolozone in that it is used for healing, but it combines ozone with perineural injections.  Where prolozone uses saline, lidocaine, b-complex as a carrier, then follow with ozone, Ozonated Dextrose uses B complex and 5% glucose solution with ozone. Therefore, you get maximum healing benefits in just one injection!

Everyone has a unique set of symptoms that may respond differently to a treatment.  That is why our doctors take time to work with you to determine the treatment plan for your specific case.

If you are experiencing pain that has not responded to other forms of treatment, Ozonated Dextrose may be the answer for you!

 

 

What Is Hip Osteoarthritis?

Hip osteoarthritis occurs when inflammation and injury to a joint cause a breaking down of cartilage tissue. In turn, that breakdown causes pain, swelling, and deformity.  The primary function of cartilage is to reduce friction in the joints and serve as a “shock absorber.” The shock-absorbing quality of normal cartilage comes from its ability to change shape when compressed. It can do this because of its high water content.

Symptoms of Hip Osteoarthritis:

The most common symptoms of hip osteoarthritis are hip pain and decreased range of motion. Hip osteoarthritis often progresses gradually and many sufferers may try to ignore the signs until daily activities are affected.

Patients who have osteoarthritis of the hip sometimes have problems walking. Many people experience pain in the side or back of the hip when the hip bears weight. This pain may radiate down the thigh and even cause pain in the knee. Diagnosis can be difficult at first because pain can appear in different locations including the groin, thigh, buttocks, or knee. The pain can be stabbing and sharp or it can be a dull ache, and the hip is often stiff.

The causes of osteoarthritis of the hip are not known. Some factors that may contribute to it include; joint injury, increasing age, and being overweight.

Call your doctor if you have any of the following:
– Joint stiffness that occurs as you are getting out of bed
– Joint stiffness after you sit for a long time
– Any pain, swelling, or tenderness in the hip joint
– A sound or feeling (“crunching”) of bone rubbing against bone
– Inability to move the hip to perform routine activities such as putting
on your socks

Here at RMI, we have a variety of regenerative medicine therapies that will work to reduce and even eliminate the pain.  Our doctors are trained in all of the latest technology and can determine which one will work best for you!

 

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Treat Scar Tissue Pain with Prolozone Therapy

Scar tissue affects every part of your body including your organs, muscles and connective tissue. Scar tissue forms when the body undergoes trauma or inflammation of your cells and tissue. In some cases, scar tissues link together to form an adhesion, which is a band of scar tissue. The adhesion connects two internal parts, which may restrict movement or hinder things like organs from performing their intended functions. Often people with adhesions experience no symptoms or complications.

A scar will hold injured or cut muscles and skin together, but it is not as flexible as the original tissue, so the underlying tissues cannot move as freely. If you try to treat a limb for decreased motion, it often will not have the desired results because the scar tissue still exists. Therefore, treating scars with Prolozone Therapy is an important factor in increasing mobility, reducing pain and improving movement and function.

Prolozone is derived from the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. Ozone is the most highly active form of oxygen in the universe. Prolozone uses the power of oxygen to cause damaged tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons to regenerate. This usually causes a complete healing, and a permanent end to pain.

The reason that some injuries completely heal and others don’t has to do with circulation. In order for a damaged area of the body to regenerate and heal, it must have the critical elements that only the blood can provide: vitamins, minerals, and oxygen. Of these, by far the most important is oxygen. Low levels of oxygen cause an accumulation of lactic acid, which is what causes pain. Prolozone works in three ways. First, anti-inflammatory medications are injected into the injured area to reduce inflammation and swelling. This leads to increased circulation. Next, the area is treated with vitamins and minerals that are critical for healing. And finally, the area is infiltrated with oxygen in the form of ozone. The result is that the tissues get what they need to heal. As the tissues heal, the circulation to the area is re-established, and the the pain is gone. The response to treatment varies from person to person, but most people only need from 3-5 treatments.

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Treat Patellar Tendonitis with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Effective in Treating Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis is a common injury or inflammation of the tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia). Your pain may be mild or severe with Patellar tendonitis.

Though anyone can get it,  it’s a frequent injury among athletes, especially those who play volleyball and basketball, and is called jumper’s knee. Among recreational volleyball players, an estimated 14.4 percent have jumper’s knee. The prevalence is even higher for top professional athletes. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of elite volleyball players have jumper’s knee.

Patellar tendonitis comes from repetitive stress on the knee, most often from overuse in sports or exercise. The repetitive stress on the knee creates tiny tears in the tendon that, over time, inflame and weaken the tendon.

Factors that contribute to this can be:

  • tight leg muscles
  • uneven leg muscle strength
  • misaligned feet, ankles, and legs
  • obesity
  • shoes without enough padding
  • hard playing surfaces
  • chronic diseases that weaken the tendon
  • Athletes are more at risk because running, jumping, and squatting put more force on the patellar tendon. (For example, running can put a force of up to five times your body weight on your knees.)
  • Long periods of intense sports training are associated with jumper’s knee.

Pain and tenderness at the base of your kneecap are usually the first symptoms of patellar tendonitis. You may also have some swelling and a burning feeling in the kneecap. Kneeling down or getting up from a squat can be especially painful.

The pain may at first be sporadic, occurring only after sports or exercise activity. As the tendon becomes more damaged, the pain can become progressively worse. It can interfere with any athletic activity, as well as with daily activities, such as climbing stairs or sitting in a car.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used with great success to treat pain and restore the person to a pain free way of life. Find out if PRP is the best option for you. Call now!

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Hip Pain Due to Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) One Treatment Option for Hip Pain and Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is it? Iliotibial band syndrome is inflammation of the Iliotibial band on the outside of the knee as it rubs against the outside of the knee joint. Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common causes of hip and/or knee pain among athletes.

Symptoms of ITBS. Symptoms include pain over the outside of the knee which will come on gradually over time getting progressively worse until running must stop. Typically the athlete will rest for a period of time until symptoms go only for them to return so far into a run when training resumes.  The pain is caused from swelling or inflammation of a muscle group, the tendons that attach muscles to the knee or hip, and/or the bursa that surrounds the attachments at the hip and/or knee.

What is the clinical presentation? Typically, ITBS presents with a history of pain with activity (walking, running, cycling, etc.), with soreness at the outside of the knee just above the joint. Pain can radiate up or down and include the hip and/or ankle. Climbing steps and running downhill are common irritating activities. Rest can help alleviate symptoms in the short term but isn’t a long-term remedy.

Regenerative Medicine Techniques to treat ITBS – There are various regenerative medicine techniques that are used to heal ligaments and joints. The use of platelet-rich plasma is one such therapy. Platelets are not just for clotting, immune response, or angiogenesis. Four percent of blood volume is platelets. They are the first cells to arrive at the injury site, they initiate the healing cascade, and – importantly – they contain the growth factors required for collagen regeneration.23 Put simply, instead of stimulating an inflammatory healing cascade to bring platelets and growth factors to the site of injury, with PRP the platelets are extracted from whole blood via a variety of centrifuge methods, and injected in high concentrations directly into the target sites. The result is an enhanced healing response, with less discomfort and fewer treatments.

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Heal Joint Pain with Prolozone Therapy

How You Can Heal Joint Pain with Prolozone

Many painful joints can be repaired using prolozone therapy. The primary reason for pain in joints is damage to connective tissue within the joint. As we age our repair processes slow as well. When wear and tear exceed repair the cartilage and other connective tissue within the joint is more susceptible to injury and slower to heal.

There is a remedy for this – prolozone therapy.  Prolozone is an injection technique used to heal joints and ligaments.  The ozone gas in Prolozone stimulates the cells in the joint to start repairing themselves, thereby stimulating all the tissues and causes a widespread healing response.

You may often see results rather quickly due to the anti-inflammatory effect of prolozone therapy, this is especially true for back pain, where the results can be seen within less than 24 hours. However, in major joints like the knee it takes time for new connective tissue to grow.  It takes about six weeks of cartilage growth to see the full effect of prolozone therapy in patients that have extensive cartilage damage.

Prolozone is an effective therapy for most major joints and back pain. Our ligaments and joints deteriorate with age, overuse, and overload due to obesity.  As ligaments age, they lose elasticity and start to pull away from the lining of the bone,  and this space is filled with new bone resulting in bone spurs and general deterioration of the joint over time. Ligaments have poor blood supply, which further deteriorates with aging, when injured they’re slow to heal or heal incompletely. This is one of the reasons why so many people undergo knee replacement surgery, because their torn ligaments and cartilage just can’t heal.  Prolozone therapy allows ligaments and cartilage to heal by supplying the needed oxygen to start the healing process.  It can reduce pain and inflammation in the joint fairly quickly.

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Prolotherapy Treatment for Athletic Knee Pain and Injuries

Prolotherapy Can Heal an Athlete’s Knee Pain 

Treatments for Knee Pain/Injury

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons athletes seek medical care. Traditional treatments for knee pain can include bracing, cortisone injections, exploratory surgery, and long periods of rest. Unfortunately, in most cases of chronic knee pain, relief is only temporary. This is because the origin of pain is not addressed, ligament instability. It is ligament instability which actually precedes the loss of cartilage in a knee.

How Prolotherapy works to Treat Knee Pain and Inuries

Treating the ligament instability with Prolotherapy encourages joint restoration and can eliminate the need for long term symptom management, making it an ideal non-surgical option for knee pain in athletes.

Prolotherapy is an ideal first-line treatment for many athletic injuries. This regenerative medicine technique has gained tremendous momentum in the sports medicine arena, because athletes do not want to stop training for an event or give up on scholarships. Prolotherapy allows an athlete to continue exercising and maintain fitness, while promoting long term repair of the injured joint.  Athletes looking for accelerated recovery options are ideal candidates for Prolotherapy.

Average Treatment with Prolotherapy

Depending on how soon after an injury the athlete starts Prolotherapy, can help determine how many treatments they need for long term pain relief. On average an athlete will need 3 to 6 total treatments for most injuries. Many newer injuries require only one or two treatments for complete resolution: while an older or more complex injury may need 6 to 8.  Prolotherapy treatments are generally given every 4 to 6 weeks, but they can be moved closer if necessary to fast-track recovery.

Motion and exercise are actually encouraged while getting Prolotherapy, as it brings blood flow and nutrients to the joint. This is unlike traditional “Rest” recommendations from the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), and unlike the weeks of immobilization after a surgery. Between treatments, athletes who receive Prolotherapy are encouraged to stay active. Specific recommendations for cross training and rehab exercises should be discussed with the Prolotherapy physician.  Find out how Prolotherapy can help you.

Call us at (855) 684-3740 to schedule a consultation!

 

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Prolozone Therapy Helps Heal Degenertive Disc Disease

Do You Have Degenerative Disc Disease? Try Prolozone Therapy

 

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease is when the spinal discs in the back breakdown; something  that occurs naturally with age. It is not necessarily a disease but can be considered an age-related occurrence. Spinal discs interlock the bones that make up the spine. They are soft and compressible and act as shock absorbers, allowing the spine to flex, twist, and bend. Degenerative disc disease usually occurs in the discs located in the lower back and neck. Changes in discs can result in neck pain and other conditions that put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which may affect nerve function.

We damage our connective tissues all the time.  It is controlled damage that is at the very heart of why exercise is so beneficial. When the tissue is damaged, stem cells and blast cells are called to the area of injury. Growth factors are stimulated, and very soon the damage is repaired. You sprain your ankle, and then it heals. You break your neck, and then it heals. That is, unless it doesn’t.  Degenerative disc disease is one such condition where damage to ligaments does not heal.

 

Why is it that some injuries never heal, and go on to become areas of chronic pain and dysfunction?

Ligaments and joints are notoriously known as areas of decreased oxygen tension. The oxygen tension in a healthy ligament is often only 1/10th that of the tissue only several millimeters away from it. The same is true for joints. These areas are setups for developing a situation that involves a localized area of decreased oxygen utilization. As we grow older, our circulation decreases. So the natural decrease in oxygen utilization that is seen in the healthy ligaments and joints of the young become even further compromised with aging Then along comes a trauma. The trauma produces edema and inflammation causing a further localized decrease in oxygen utilization. This decrease in oxygen utilization produces a localized increase in lactic acid production, free radical damage, and necrosis which serves as the foundation for sensory irritation and injury, all of which causes chronic pain.

Initial trauma, edema and inflammation result in a decrease in circulation. This compromises the delivery of oxygen and important nutrients to the localized area of damage, and decreases oxygen utilization even more. The trauma also compromises cell membrane potential, which both causes decreased oxygen utilization, and in turn is caused by decreased oxygen utilization. So, even though stem cells and blast cells are there, and growth factors are being released, healing does not occur. None of these mechanisms can be effective because of a lack of adequate oxygen utilization. The circle of chronic pain decreases oxygen utilization, which leads to a decrease in cell membrane potential and an increase in free radical damage, which leads to tissue damage and increased inflammation and edema, which perpetuates the trauma, which leads to a further decrease in oxygen utilization.

 

What is Prolozone Therapy and How Can It Help You?

Prolozone is a technique that combines the principles of neural therapy, Prolotherapy, and ozone therapy. It involves injecting combinations of procaine, anti-inflammatory medications, homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, proliferatives, and ozone/oxygen gas into degenerated or injured joints, and into areas of pain.

Prolozone works to break up the cycle of chronic pain and degeneration so that the cells and tissues begin to do what they should do by themselves – heal!

Call us to find out more how Prolozone can help you!  (855) 684-3740

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Eliminate Facet Joint Syndrome Pain with Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Eliminate Facet Joint Syndrome Pain with Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Facet Joint Syndrome is a common diagnosis for back, mid-back and neck pain. The facet is a joint that lies between each of the vertebra.  An injury or a degenerative condition, such as arthritis can cause damage to the facet joints.  If this occurs, the joint cartilage deteriorates, friction between the bones leads to the tenderness, swelling, stiffness, and pain. The muscles will also work harder to protect the injured area, becoming very tense and stiff.

 

Symptoms of Facet Syndrome: 
• Pain that is often worse in the beginning and end of the day, or with a change in weather
• Lower back pain that is primarily at the waist level
• Neck pain that radiates into the shoulders, or head
• Headaches at the base of the skull, aching behind the eyes, and/or ringing in the ears
• The sound of bone rubbing on bone when you move
• Abnormal curvature in the spine
• Increase in pain when first standing, when sitting for long periods of time, or when bending or twisting

 

Traditional Treatment Options:

  • Physical therapy is one treatment plan that may improve  some strength, mobility and range of motion.
  •   Cortisone may be helpful in reducing inflammation around the facet joint; however, these treatments may not return the patient to the desired flexibility and comfort level. This is where regenerative treatments are particularly effective in actually helping the facet joint to heal, instead of reducing the symptoms. These treatments actually help to restore the strength to the neck or back.

Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options: 

  • Prolotherapy contains a solution of concentrated dextrose and local anesthetic (steroids are not used). This solution stimulates the body’s natural ability to repair damaged tissue, encouraging new growth and creating a positive environment into which the stem cells are placed.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma therapy uses platelets to initiate tissue repair by releasing growth factors. These growth factors start the healing process by attracting cells that repair. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy intensifies this process by delivering a higher concentration of platelets to the affected area. The therapy involves a small sample of the patient’s blood placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing.

 

Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma treatments make it possible to restore the facet joint back to normal function. The muscles around the joint will begin to relax as a result, and the patient can return to the normal range of motion and flexibility experienced before the onset of Facet Joint Syndrome.

If you want to know if you have Facet Joint Syndrome, or if you want to know how these techniques can specifically help you, call our office: (855) 684-3740

 

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Get Relief From Sciatica Pain with Neural Prolotherapy

Neural Prolotherapy Reduces Sciatica Pain

The term Sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the “sciatic nerve.” Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin.

Common lower back problems that can cause sciatica symptoms include a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis.

Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

  •  Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both
    legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing
    (versus a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
  • Pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it
    rarely occurs only in the foot).

Today there are Regenerative Medicine techniques to help ease pain and repair damaged nerves.  Neural Prolotherapy, or Perineural Injections, is a technique that uses dextrose (sugar water) or other substances. The substance is injected along the peripheral nerves which have been over-stimulated at times, causing chronic pain syndromes such as neuropathies. The addition of the substances basically shuts down a substance called “substance-p”, which is pro-pain. This allows the structures underneath the nerves to begin the healing process. The end result is a reduction of pain, and repair of the damaged nerve areas.

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