Your body has incredible potential to nourish and heal itself. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and disposes waste. White blood cells fight off invading diseases and infections. Cells divide, regenerate, and repair torn and damaged tissues.
Regenerative medicine is an exciting, emerging field of practice that helps stimulate the natural healing processes of your body’s own cells and systems. This has allowed doctors to help patients heal injuries that were inoperable or weren’t responding to more traditional treatments, or to greatly speed up recovery.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments at Aadvanced Footcare Associates
Our team is proud to incorporate a number of regenerative technologies and treatments into our practice.
This is an injection-based treatment that uses a mix of ingredients (known as an “irritant solution”) to create an inflammatory healing response and reduce pain in a damaged joint, ligament, or tendon. This triggers a natural healing response—as opposed to cortisone injections, which address only symptoms rather than cause, and can actually damage tissue when used too frequently.
This is another injection-based treatment that uses your own blood to treat an injury. We draw a small amount of blood, spin it in a centrifuge to separate its components, and recombine the liquid blood (plasma) with the platelets in a hyper-concentrated mixture. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors that are critical for cell growth and repair.
Amniotic Tissue / Stem Cell Therapy
In this therapy, processed and preserved amniotic tissue is injected into the injured tissues. Amniotic tissue is extremely rich with a unique combination of growth factors, collagen, and other proteins which deliver rapid relief and healing to painful, injured tissues. The amniotic tissue is voluntarily donated after healthy births and rigorously screened for quality and safety.
In shockwave therapy, a handheld device is used to send pressure waves (similar to sound waves) deep into the skin at the site of a soft tissue injury. These create tiny micro-injuries in the tissue fibers—not enough to cause any noticeable damage, but enough to trigger an accelerated healing response from your healthy cells.
This form of laser therapy was originally developed in Europe in the 1970s and was cleared for use in the U.S. early this century. The tool uses wavelengths of light in the red and near-infrared range to stimulate metabolic cell activity. This helps increase the flow of nutrients and oxygen into the cell membranes for faster healing and pain relief.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine?
The regenerative medicine techniques we use in our office are extremely effective in treating a wide range of inflammatory conditions and soft tissue injuries. They have been incorporated in the customized treatment plans for common problems such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Damaged nerves from diabetic neuropathy
- Skin lesions such as ulcers and burns
- Ankle sprains
- Many other sports injuries, including muscle strains, ruptured tendons and ligaments, and others
What Are the Advantages of Regenerative Medicine?
Although the pros and cons of regenerative medicine will depend on which procedure is chosen, as well as the health status of the patient, there are a number of common benefits:
- Short sessions. Most treatments require only a handful of brief sessions, usually 30 minutes or less.
- No medicine. You usually don’t have to take any drugs or prescription medications.
- Alternative to surgery. Regenerative techniques are often selected as an alternative to surgery after more traditional conservative treatments have failed, and have a high rate of success in treating even very stubborn, chronic conditions.
- Limited downtime. Unlike the lengthy recoveries necessary from a surgical treatment, most patients can walk right out of the office after a regenerative treatment with no pain or limitations from the procedure.
- Faster recovery. People who incorporate regenerative medicine into their treatment plan typically recover from their injuries and return to full activity much faster than those who don’t.
- Treating the cause, not just the symptoms. Self-explanatory. Regenerative medicine is about bringing you back to health and repairing damaged tissue, not simply managing symptoms indefinitely.
- Minimal side effects. Of course, not everyone will be a candidate for each procedure—for example, pregnant women shouldn’t get shockwave therapy, while patients on anticoagulants shouldn’t receive prolotherapy. However, patients who qualify for a given regenerative procedure tend to tolerate the treatment well, with little-to-no residual pain or serious side effects.
If you’re sick of never-ending chronic pain in your feet and you’ve seemingly tried everything—or you simply need to rebound and recover as quickly as possible—give the Aadvanced Footcare Associates team a call at one of our three convenient office locations:
- Rego Park: (718) 896-4433
- Plainview: (516) 822-9595
- Flushing: (718) 969-2266