When you think of Florida in the summer, an ice rink might be the last thing to enter your mind, but as temperatures and humidity rise, not only does Tampa Bay’s Lighting hockey team hit the ice for practice, plenty of people looking for a way to beat the heat lace up their skates and head inside, too. Ice skating is a great way to build strength in the body, but because it requires a lot of balance and quick movements, injuries can be common. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a weekend skater, how do sports medicine experts suggest you can minimize knee injuries on the ice? (more…)
The knees are the largest joints in the body, and they bear the forces of the weight of the upper and lower body every time we take a step, walk, or run. Even though the knees are designed to withstand a lot of impact, it’s easy to injure them, either through repetitive movements that wear down their structures, through quick, jarring movements that might accidentally lead to acute injury, or even through good, old wear and tear. What are some common knee problems, and how can we ease the symptoms? (more…)
Suffering from knee pain can severely impact your life. Surgery isn’t the only way to relieve your discomfort. You could find significant relief quickly with a non-surgical solution that won’t keep you away from your favorite activities for too long.
It doesn’t matter what causes your knee pain. Non-surgical procedures can help with a variety of knee issues including:
- Feeling of Bone-on-Bone
- Scar Tissue in Knee
- Pain from Past Injury
- Muscle Weakness
- Overuse from Exercise
- Knee Bursitis
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Conditions Good for Regenerative Medicine
New advances in medicine are happening every day and Regenerative medicine is one of the new frontiers. Basically, it’s replacing, engineering, or regenerating human cells, tissues, organs to their normal function.
Treatment with Regenerative Medicine
One of the goals is to help the body heal itself and cure a disease or ailment rather than just treating the symptoms.
Regenerative medicine is concentrated into three main fields; tissue engineering and biomaterials, cellular therapies, and medical devices and artificial organs.
Stem cells are a key to regenerative medicine. Stem cells come from many sources including blood, fat, bone marrow, and cord blood. Once harvested, they can be processed into a concentrated form and re-introduced into the body. These cells have the ability to regenerate into manydifferent things once inside the body.
Researchers are trying to figure out a way to grow and regenerate organs and cure diseases. Hopefully, as a result, people suffering from organ failure will be able to get new organs grown from their own tissue, eliminating the long waitlist for donor organs and the rejection risk that comes with a traditional transplant.
Regenerative medicine is also showing promise in treating diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, COPD, and many other blood and tissue disorders.
Treating Pain with Regenerative Medicine
There are three approaches that are interrelated:
- Rejuvenation: Helping to boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- Replacement: Using healthy cells, tissues, or organs to replace damaged ones.
- Regeneration: Therefore, finding ways to deliver specific cells to diseased or damaged tissue or organs with the hope of restoring normal or improved function.
Stem cells may be a key to regenerative medicine. They have the ability to develop into many different kinds of cells.
Treating Pain or Injuries with Regenerative Medicine
The future is already here concerning pain treatment with regenerative medicine. Damaged tissue can heal with the help of regenerative medical treatments and grow into new, healthy tissue.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is, at times, part of the process. PRP comes from a person’s own blood and is a concentration of platelets that have been processed outside of the body. Sometimes, the PRP is mixed with other regenerative components and then reintroduced into the body to help the body heal and repair itself.
So PRP can help treat conditions like tendonitis and mild arthritis where the joints just need a little help repairing themselves.
Often, regenerative medicine is part of a treatment plan that includes physical therapy and other pain treatment options to give you the best outcome possible.
At B3 Medical, our protocol is called B3 Regen and may include a combination of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and PRP therapy.
B3 Regen is highly effective in treating:
- Chronic Joint Pain
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Chronic Knee Pain
- Tennis & Golfers Elbow
- Ligament Tears (MCL, LCL)
- Meniscus Tears
- Hip Pain
- Chronic Ankle Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Spinal Disc Herniation
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
If you are suffering from pain, the professionals at B3 Medical can tell you about many non-surgical options to help you find relief. Regenerative medicine is one option. Contact us today for a consultation.
Anyone with knee pain wants it to go away. Before resorting to surgery, there are many treatments you can try.
Activity and Exercise
It might seem counter-intuitive, but exercise is important to keep knee cartilage healthy. It helps slow the progression of osteoarthritis and strengthens joints.
Activities in the water can be good exercise since the water relieves some of the pressure and strain on the knees.
Also, strengthening exercises for leg muscles can help protect the knee joints. Strong quadriceps and hamstrings can help provide better knee support.
The exercise might also help you drop a few pounds, which is also good for the knee. The more weight your knees are supporting, the more work they have to do. The extra weight can also increase inflammation throughout the body.
It’s important to allow your knees to rest after any type of injury or over-use. Rest combined with ice, compression, and elevation can help relieve mild knee pain. But don’t stop moving the knee completely since that can lead to stiff joints.
Ice reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling while heat can relax muscles.
Pay Attention to Shoes
The shoes you wear can make a difference in how your knees feel. Good insoles with cushion and arch support can help reduce the stress on your knees. Make sure any shoes support your feet and do not allow you to slip.
Heels aren’t good for the knees and neither are flats. Both change the angle of your feet and don’t provide adequate support. Wear these types of shoes sparingly.
When sitting, try to avoid sitting too low to the ground since it puts strain on the knees to get up.
A brace to stabilize the knee can also help relieve some of the pressure on the knee and allow for proper alignment. There are many different kinds of braces, so make sure to talk with your doctor about which might be best for you.
Non-Surgical Knee Treatments
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications can help with some knee pain. Often, these over-the-counter medications can relieve some minor pain. Some of these treatments can happen at home, but injections from a doctor can also help.
Corticosteroid injections directly into the knee joint can help relieve pain and inflammation. Sometimes, they can provide relief for several months.
Hyaluronic acid injections can also improve mobility and ease the pain. The injections contain a thick fluid similar to the natural lubrication produced by your knee.
The medical team at B3 Medical has developed a unique injection-based protocol to treat knee pain. There is no downtime and the pain can go away without surgery. Contact us today for a consultation.