Anti-gravity Treadmill Helps Patients Rehab

Anti-gravity Treadmill Helps Patients Rehab

The Detroit Tigers announced in mid-February that one of their star hitters, Miguel Cabrera, would be returning to action from an ankle injury. A device that will be used to expedite his recovery is an anti-gravity treadmill purchased from the NFL combine.

A treadmill that makes you lighter

Anti-Gravity TreadmillThe team is hoping that Cabrera, now in the last phase of his physical rehabilitation following surgery, will gradually transition back to full use by running softly on an Alter G treadmill. The machine will allow him to begin cardiovascular conditioning without having to support the typical amount of weight. The Tigers checked into the possibility of purchasing a secondhand device and were able to locate one at the NFL training facility, Tigers’ CEO Dave Dombrowski told Jayson Stark of ESPN.

The treadmill is set to arrive in Detroit during the last week of February. The team surgeon operated on Cabrera’s left leg in October to:

  • pull out osseous chips and spurs from his ankle
  • repair a broken navicular bone in his foot.

Detroit athletic training director Kevin Rand explained that Cabrera had been approved by the team’s medical staff to begin running in a scenario that reduces body weight.

Prior to development of the Alter G treadmill, doctors would recommend that a player with a sports injury similar to Cabrera’s use an underwater treadmill for physical rehabilitation. However, the Alter G, invented by NASA engineers to approximate the experience of outer space during astronaut preparation, has proven itself to be a superior device. The anti-gravity treadmill, unlike an underwater treadmill, allows trainers to precisely specify the amount of weight that a runner will support during a session.

Reducing your weight with anti-gravity was invented

As you stand on the treadmill and prepare to use it, Sarah Fect of Mental Floss reports, the device checks your weight. In turn, you indicate the amount of weight you would like your body to experience. “The machine uses ‘unweighting technology’ to make you feel up to 80 percent lighter,” Fecht explains, “so if you weigh 100 pounds, you could feel as light as 20 pounds on the treadmill.”

NASA mentions on his website that the machine is being used by recovering servicemen aphysical-therapy-for-joint-pain-300x225nd servicewomen at military medical centers, as well as for athletic training at the college and professional levels.

Recovering from a sports injury 

Do you think the anti-gravity treadmill might help you get back into the game? Our Alter G is just one of an array of unique nonsurgical approaches that we deliver through custom-tailored treatment plans. Get your free consultation today!

Treating Knee Osteoarthritis with Viscosupplementation

Treating Knee Osteoarthritis with Viscosupplementation

You may be aware that there is no silver-bullet cure for knee osteoarthritis, but conscientious treatment can significantly improve the levels of reported pain and functionality.

When arthritis first develops, a variety of nonsurgical therapies and lifestyle modifications should be employed. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), typical nonsurgical forms of knee pain treatment include:

  • lifestyle changes to reduce stress on the joint
  • acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other pain relievers
  • massage, exercise, and other physical therapy treatments
  • corticosteroid injections
  • viscosupplementation

Natural replenishment

Many patients and doctors are particularly attracted to the last option, which replenishes the supply of a liquid that is found naturally within the synovial fluid of the knee. Called hyaluronic acid, this liquid “acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads,” reports the AAOS.

Since people suffering from knee osteoarthritis have depleted quantities of the essential joint fluid, introducing more of it to the body is often effective for individuals who have had little success with other therapies. European and Asian doctors were the first to use this approach, which was subsequently FDA-approved in 1997.

A brief survey of the short-term and long-term impact of this procedure reveals that it deserves serious consideration as a nonsurgical knee pain treatment.

Short-term impact of viscosupplementation treatment

  • Discomfort is not alleviated right away.
  • During the two to three days following the injection, stay off the leg as much as possible. In other words, don’t test it too early.
  • It’s uncommon to feel irritated and inflamed near the site of injection. Typically this reaction goes away quickly, but you can ice the area to reduce the symptoms.

Long-term impact

  • As you gradually receive a series of shots (the Cleveland Clinic recommends three to five shots, one per week, but ideal frequency is debated), the pain should be alleviated and inflammation should subside.
  • The positive impact is often experienced for a few months. “Most patients report the greatest pain relief 8 to 12 weeks after beginning treatment,” notes the Cleveland Clinic. “Some patients have reported benefits for more than 6 months following the injections.”
  • Although this treatment has not been shown to regenerate cartilage, many patients report that they experience a reductions in arthritic symptoms and pain.

Do you think that viscosupplementation treatment might be right for you? Connect with Flexogenix to regain the lifestyle you deserve.

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PRP Therapy Gains Recognition in the Medical Community

Regenerative-therapy For patients who are not improving with corticosteroid injections, Dr. Richard Rosenthal argues that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy should be considered. Dr. Rosenthal, the practicing medical director of a Utah pain management practice, presented an overview of PRP at the yearly convention of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians last August.

The pain physician’s presentation demonstrated that PRP is a reliable treatment method for numerous forms of musculoskeletal chronic pain, such as tennis elbow, shoulder injuries, and patellar tendon damage. Research has also suggested that PRP injections could provide relief from certain types of low back pain (LBP), arthritic conditions, plantar fasciitis, and some forms of bursitis.

Dr. Rosenthal is not alone. Doctors around the country have become increasingly aware that the findings on the efficacy of PRP therapy can’t be ignored, especially related to particular patient populations. Using Dr. Rosenthal as an example, Rosemary Frei, MSc, discussed the growing respect for PRP in the August issue of Clinical Pain Medicine (below).

Who is best suited for PRP injections?

The medial directors at the Flexogenix, agree with the perspective of Dr. Rosenthal that platelet-rich plasma can be a solution to people for a wide range of circumstances & conditions.

Anyone, from professional athletes to those who enjoy recreational activities or whose wounds are difficult to heal, can benefit from the healing effects of PRP. It’s also recommended to use PRP therapy as a preventative measure to combat the development of joint degeneration.

Concurring fundamentally with Frei’s report, Flexogenix has experienced success with patients suffering from osteoarthritis and soft-tissue injuries. Beyond the individual pain conditions listed in Dr. Rosenthal’s presentation, the field of sports medicine also recommends PRP therapy for chronic tendonitis like Achilles tendinitis and Jumper’s knee.

The turning tide

While the tide is still turning for PRP therapy, Dr. Rosenthal was ready with his verdict: “Although more studies are needed, there appears to be enough evidence to recommend the use of PRP…”

Revolutionary therapy

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http://www.flexogenix.com

219 W 7th St, Suite 207

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or

400 Ashville Avenue, Suite 330

Cary, NC 27518

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Treating Tennis Elbow with Regenerative Therapy

tennis-elbow-smallIn order to appreciate platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a form of regenerative therapy (as are stem cells), it helps to look back at the science that has given it credibility. Even today, PRP therapy may not yet be accepted as legitimate by all doctors and patients, but a 2010 study suggests that skepticism about PRP therapy is misplaced. The study found that the therapy is more effective at treating tennis elbow than the common traditional treatment of corticosteroid shots.

Doctors have been turning away from corticosteroid shots. According to Daniel J. DeNoon of WebMD, “They are great at relieving acute pain in the short term, but they don’t promote healing and may lead to further tendon breakdown.”

Since the traditional treatment was falling out of favor in 2010, this new study – conducted by Dr. Taco Gosens in the Netherlands – came at just the right time.

40% Better Long-term Comfort

Gosens and his team took a pool of patients with chronic lateral epicondylitis – which is essentially chronic tennis elbow – and split it randomly into two groups, one that received PRP therapy and the other that received corticosteroid injection.

Each type of injection was administered at the site of the greatest discomfort as well as the tendons, via a strategy called “peppering.”

The results of this study are particularly important to chronic pain relief. The group treated with corticosteroid reported that their pain subsided faster than it did for those with PRP. However, six months following the injection, the long-range effectiveness seemed to be squared centrally on PRP: “Patients in the PRP arm were much more likely to have less pain and more function than those who received the corticosteroid,” reports DeNoon.

By the 18-month mark, the disparity between the reported alleviation of pain and recovery of function was rather extreme:

  • PRP group – 64% less pain, 84% less dysfunction
  • Corticosteroid group – 24% less pain, 17% less dysfunction.

A Big Year for PRP

Again, the above study was published in 2010. The use of PRP therapy for chronic pain relief was hotly debated that year.

The New York Times published a report in January that suggested the treatment was no more effective than saltwater injections.

In April, Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute – a highly regarded journalism school in St. Petersburg, Florida – responded to the dismissive perspective toward PRP: “Don’t try to tell that to the legions of supporters who say the treatment has cured them of nagging orthopedic injuries.”

Experience matters

If you think that regenerative therapy such as platelet-rich plasma or stem cells might be right for you, you deserve a healthcare experience that is transparent and supportive. Learn more about the Flexogenix Approach today.

 

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Three at Home Exercises to Reduce Knee Pain. 10 min. or Less

Three at Home Exercises to Reduce Knee Pain.  10 min. or Less

Athletes aren’t the only ones who can use exercises for knee pain to their advantage. The University of Virginia lists the following benefits of therapeutic exercise– one of the primary forms of active physical therapy (along with hydrotherapy):

  • better range of motion
  • muscular development
  • loosening of stiff, tender tissues
  • improvement of equilibrium and decrease in sleep disorders
  • boost to circulatory system health
  • diminishment of discomfort

Basic exercise tips from experts

Exercise recommendations from Flexogenix, for those recovering from a knee injury or wanting to manage osteoarthritis should consider the following:

  1. Don’t try to move too fast. Making the body stronger takes time.
  2. You might feel slight pain during a workout, but it should never be excruciating.
  3. Consult with your physician if you feel pain during your at home workout.

We advise that every exercise session end with a series of careful stretches. Stretching helps to prevent rigidity. That’s critical: when you exercise your knees, they can become tighter, which in turn can lead to reinjury.

Stop knee pain with these three quick exercises

We recommend these 3-excersies to help reduce and prevent knee pain.  This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.  Please note that those who have experienced injury should first consult a physician:

side-lying clam for knee strenght1.)  Side-lying clam

Lie down on your right side, with your feet against each other and your knees bent just a bit. Lay your head on your arm. Hold a three-pound dumbbell on your outer left thigh.
– Tighten your buttocks and core. Bring your left leg up, pivoting the knee upward. Lower. Do 10 reps on each side.

step-up illustration image2.)  Step-ups

Go to the bottom of a staircase. Put your left foot on the first stair, with your heel completely supported.
– Place all your weight on the higher foot. Move right toe to first step. Hold for three seconds. Bring right toe down and touch it to the ground. Do 10 reps on each side.

bridge3.)  The Bridge

Lie down flat. Your feet should be separated and parallel with your hips. Bend your knees, careful not to overextend and cause further knee pain. Rest both arms on the ground.
– Tighten your core. Elevate your hips and spine in a single action. Bring your body back to the floor. Complete 15 reps.

 

Knee exercise & rehabilitation expertise

If you need to manage osteoarthritis or are otherwise suffering from pain in your knees, you are best served by an expert consultation and a customized treatment plan. The Flexogenix Approach treats the source of the pain and will guide you toward recovery.  Start today and find out how we can help.

 

(*Exercise illustration credit: Originally appearing on womenshealthmag.com)

What is Special About Platelet Rich Plasma & Stem Cells? How Do They Help Healing?

Kneee painTwo of the most exciting, innovative treatment methods currently used by orthopedic and pain management clinics are platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy. This article explores what these advanced healing modalities are and how they specifically help you to recover from injury.

What is PRP therapy?

There are three types of solids within the blood, which otherwise consists of the liquid plasma: platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. Platelets are of great importance whenever the circulatory system is compromised by injury: they are essential to blood clotting and are rich in a diverse spectrum of proteins known as growth factors – promoters of injury healing.

PRP injections were developed so that people could benefit from a high concentration of platelets, resulting in blood that has “5 to 10 times” its share of the growth factors. The blood that is used is sourced from the patient’s own body, enriched with platelets via centrifugation, and reintroduced to the injured area.

How do PRP injections boost healing?

Famous athletes, including Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriquez have used PRP therapy to recover from injuries.

Back in 2009, Carina Storrs wrote a great piece http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/platelet-rich-plasma-therapy-dennis-cardone-sports-medicine-injury/ for Scientific American on this topic. She wanted to understand why doctors were increasingly focusing on this form of medicine with patients, so she spoke with joint specialist Dennis A. Cardone, D.O., of New York University.

Dr. Cardone explained that increasing the number of platelets available near chronic injuries is powerful because typically blood flow is restricted (as with tendinitis), so platelets are minimal. Asked how his patients were responding to PRP injections, Cardone replied, “I’d probably say that maybe 60 percent of my patients do better.”

 

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine – an organization with a membership of 26,000 medical practitioners and researchers from 120 nations – defines regenerative medicine as an effort to improve the way that tissue within the body functions by using stem cells to create live, healthy tissue.

How do stem cell injections boost healing?

In May of 2014 a study published in the US National Library of Medicine titled, Intra-Articular Injection Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells For The Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Of The Knee: A Proof-Of-Concept Clinical Trial. by Jo CH et. al (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24449146 ) substantiates the efficacy of stem cells and joint regeneration. The conclusion of the trial indicated that when stem cells are introduced into the knee joint at moderate to high levels the cartilage showed significant signs of rebuilding and the overall affects from osteoarthritis were depressed. This proved that when introduced into a joint with degenerative disease and injury that the stem cells will eventually turn into specialized cells (cartilage, ligament, tendons, etc.). In turn, the environment (the site of injury) becomes healthier, and healing occurs.

Regenerative therapy specialist

Both PRP and stem cell therapies are relatively new, so it’s critical to know that your healthcare providers are experts at these forms of medicine. At Flexogenix, regenerative therapy is one of our primary points of focus, and we customize every program specifically for you.

 

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Heal Tennis And Golf Elbow With Regenerative Therapy

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It is a well-known fact that exercise is central to maximizing physical and mental wellness. Aside from promoting cardiovascular health, physical activity strengthens and enhances the functionality of bones, muscles and systems of the body. Through exercise, the body’s soft tissues break down and subsequently grow stronger than before in a delicately balanced cycle. However, if the breakdown occurs more rapidly than the rebuilding process, an injury will result.

There are basically two types of bodily injuries: acute (breaks, dislocations, or sprains) and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries result from repetitive motions and the resulting trauma. These injuries occur over a period of time and are often difficult to treat. Tennis and golfer’s elbow are two common types of overuse injuries. Technically called lateral or medial epicondylitis, respectively, these injuries affect the area where the muscles and tendons in the lower arm attach to the bone of the elbow either on the inside (for golfer’s elbow) or the outside (for tennis elbow).

Not Just For Athletes

While these injuries take their names from the multitudes of affected golf and tennis players, you don’t have to play those sports to develop the same conditions. Anyone who performs activities requiring repetitive motion of the elbow, wrist or hand can suffer from tennis or golfer’s elbow. Sports like bowling and baseball can be culprits as well as certain vocations like staffing an assembly line, construction, or landscaping work. Pain usually increases slowly around the elbow and worsens progressively. Eventually, everyday activities like opening jars, shaking hands and brushing teeth can become significantly painful.

Diagnoses and Traditional Treatment

Tennis and golfer’s elbow can be difficult to diagnose. The diagnosis usually occurs based on a thorough physical exam and questioning by the doctor and a patient’s description of the pain. Traditional treatments consist of the RICE regimen (rest, ice, compression, elevation), a schedule of NSAIDS (like ibuprofen or naproxen), corticosteroid injections, physical rehabilitation, and a modification of the activities or habits responsible for the injury (which are exacerbated by poor form).

Therapy Focused on Healing

Over the past several years, regenerative therapy has gained increased acceptance as a viable treatment option for overuse injuries of all types. (See also: our earlier article about regenerative therapy.) Regenerative therapy is different from traditional methods because it places an increased emphasis on the healing of the affected soft tissues, rather than simply a decrease in symptoms. Regenerative therapy involves the injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cells directly into the injury site to jump-start and maximize the body’s natural healing process. The solution (of which there are several different kinds) causes the injured tissue to release specific growth factors, which in turn attract healing cells to the injury site.

The body of clinical research focusing on regenerative therapy as an effective means of treatment for musculoskeletal injuries has continued to grow. Patients have seen excellent results in many different areas of the body—because this protocol triggers the same healing response regardless of the specific location of the injury.
If you are experiencing pain that has not responded to traditional treatments like physical therapy, cortisone injections or even surgery, you may be a good candidate for regenerative therapy.

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