Stem Cells

Regenerative stem cell therapy proves that the future of medicine is here. It is not uncommon for truly innovative therapies to be too exclusive or too expensive for the average person, but that is changing as stem cell therapy makes its way into the mainstream. Stem cells have been shown to repair, replace and renew areas of injured bone, tendon, muscle, and cartilage. Mesenchymal stem cells are the predominant type of cell in the musculoskeletal system and are designed to become the type of cell that is needed in the body. When we are young, we have many stem cells that are young and able to deploy to areas of healing quickly. This is why a broken bone may take only about two weeks to heal for a toddler, but for a middle aged person, it may be more like six to eight week and have a chance of not healing completely. This is because our stem cells age as we do. With the use of stem cell therapy, new, young stem cells can be used to give fresh healing power to the areas that need it.

Stem cells are biologically programmed to go where the body needs them to go. In cases of chronic pain, musculoskeletal pain, chronic disease and even autoimmune conditions, stem cells can be the restorative power the body has lost through years of stress, injury, inflammation and repetitive movements. Our bodies are designed to heal but the natural healing process weakens as stress and inflammation take over. Our busy, stressful modern lives make the body’s innate healing abilities more like an uphill battle, but stem cells can aid the body in doing better what it already knows to do.

Think of stem cells like the raw materials needed to build a house, as a stem cell doctor trusts cans explain. If the pine wood gets replaced with balsa wood, and the metal hardware replaced with aluminum, and then all the materials needed for the job are cut in half, you will have a hard time building a house that can weather the storms that will come. Aging, stress, inflammation, poor sleep, poor quality food, and overuse of synthetic medications all deplete the body of the raw materials needed for a strong body that can respond to anything life brings. Stem cell therapy can help to renew and strengthen the body’s ability to produce and use quality raw material for healing and vitality.

Not only are stem cells effective and offer powerful healing for your body, they are fast and have no recovery time. Research suggest that over 50% of surgical interventions for musculoskeletal will need additional surgeries. Stem cell therapy can help you avoid high costs of surgery, risk of complications, risk of side effects from surgery related medications, missed work days, and time rehabilitating after surgery. Good science, innovative technology, and the body’s innate healing power make stem cell therapy a truly remarkable alternative to standard treatments of medication and surgery.

 

Crossed Syndromes

A common cause of hip, lower back and neck pain is known as Crossed Syndromes. Upper Crossed and Lower Crossed Syndromes develop from correlating areas of muscle weakness to other areas of muscle tightness. These develop from repetitive,  improper biomechanical movements in muscles that have a tendency towards tightness anyway. The improper biomechanics come from the chronic use of desks and devices. Upper Crossed Syndrome involves the neck and shoulders where Lower Crossed Syndrome involves the lower back, hip flexors, abdominal muscles and gluteus maximus/minimus.

Devices

The chronic and pervasive use of electronic devices for both work and play keep the neck and shoulders tight and weak from downward tilting head/neck and arms extended outward holding handheld devices. Rarely is a computer or laptop screen at eye level to and desk at appropriate height to keep neck and shoulders in neutral positions. This all causes or contributes to Upper Crossed Syndrome.

Desks

Sitting at a desk day in and day out is not how the body was designed to exist. The lack of movement and sitting posture, as well as poor posture aid in creating tight hip flexor muscles. With this comes weak gluteal muscles. This results in Lower Crossed Syndrome as evidenced by an excessive lower curvature in the spine and forward tilting pelvis.

The crux of Crossed Syndromes lies in the overcompensation of other muscle groups causing pain and injury. Muscle movements require a balance of length and strength to move the joint properly. When muscles surrounding joints are weak or tight, the joint does not move properly and pain begins. When this is prolonged and repetitive, injury occurs.

The way forward in both Lower and Upper Crossed Syndromes lies in strength and stretch of the weak, tight muscles. One does not go without the other. In addition to the exercise and rehab, chiropractic care can set the spine in alignment to allow the muscles to strengthen and stretch in the correct way. Rehab and chiropractic care from a Chiropractor  trusts are best done together. If you try one without the other you are risking either not actually correcting the pain therefore needing ongoing chiropractic care for an indefinite amount of time, or strengthening muscles that are not moving as they were designed. The stress on the musculoskeletal system from repetitive improver movements is a real and it is taking a major toll on most Americans. The combination of rehab and chiropractic work can be very effective at alleviating pain and correcting the imbalances.

Treating Car Accident Injuries with Platelet Rich Plasma

Having chronic neck pain is a serious problem. Studies have found that between 15% and 25% of the general population suffer from chronic neck pain and of these percentages, about 40% attribute the cause of their pain to a whiplash-type injury due to a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash not only causes neck pain and shoulder pain, but it has also been found to contribute to dizziness, nausea, headaches, and visual impairment. The cause of whiplash is when the neck joints are stationary and then they violently and rapidly shift and then return to their regular position. When there is a car accident, it is typical for the joints on the top of the neck to shift backwards while the joints at the bottom of the neck shift forward. This causes the ligaments, which are what holds the joints in place, to become stretched. Because the joints now have increased motion after the injury, there is potential for severe pain to occur. To compensate for the now loose ligaments, the muscles in the neck become tense and rigid to compensate. If a patient is suffering from whiplash, they can have both pain the neck joints and ligaments as well as tense muscles.

How to Treat Whiplash

On a positive note, if a patient suffers from whiplash about 90% of patients are able to be healed from it in just a few months by undergoing physical therapy and using anti-inflammatories. The other 10%, however, are not able to be healed so easily because either the joint was damaged and is not able to heal on its own or the ligaments were stretched too far. In order to determine the main cause of the pain for these patients, a nerve block will be injected at the injury site to be able to determine whether the joint is causing the pain. If the pain goes away, the diagnosis is confirmed. Once the doctors are able to determine where the pain comes from, they can find a treatment plan to help the healing.

Treating Whiplash with PRP

Tissue repair is started by platelets because it releases growth factors. These growth factors then begin the healing process by attracting stem cells that repair us. Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, makes this process stronger by bringing a higher concentration of platelets. PRP is created by taking a small sample of the patient’s blood and placing it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets from the other components of the blood. The PRP is then placed back into the point of injury which allows for the body’s natural healing process to be significantly strengthened.

The PRP treatment is very short and usually only takes about an hour, with the patients ale to go home after. PRP is safe and requires very little recovery time; it usually takes less than one week to fully recover. To experience the full benefits, it is recommended to have three or four treatments for a whiplash injury. Once the tendons and joints are able to heal, the muscles’ tension will relax and the patient will feel significantly better. In the event that you need legal advice, do not hesitate to contact a car accident lawyer Dekalb County GA or locals, to assist you with your case.

 

Thank you to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C Attorney at Law for providing their insight on car accident injuries and authoring this piece.