Archive for December, 2014

Pain killers:Helping or hindering?

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PAIN MEDICATION:Helping or Hindering?

The prevalence of chronic pain in today’s society is at a staggering increase and considering the fast pace world we live in,its easy to see how people can become dependent on the “Quick fix ” of  analgesic medication.

While analgesic(opioid) medication can relieve pain,the adverse effects of pain killers reduce healing and can lead to more deterioration and pain.
To read more research about the Long term risk and consequences of Opioid therapy-click here

 PROLOTHERAPY AS AN ALTERNATIVE:

By looking at the underlying cause of pain instead of just the symptoms,we are able to holistically treat and manage chronic pain with PROLOTHERAPY.
Where degenerative joints and ligaments/tendon instabilities are the cause of chronic pain, PROLOTHERAPY works with amazing result to not only decrease pain naturally but also heal and repair soft tissue thereby restoring a patients function and mobility.
To reduce the unnecessary associated side-effects and long term complications of analgesic medication,we at REGENERATIVE HEALTH have a natural approach to healing and restoring health and try to keep prescription analgesia to a minimal where possible.

In joint  and ligamentous injuries PROLOTHERAPY works as a regenerative injection treatment to repair incomplete healing of ligament and tendon.
In conditions of joint instability and osteo-arthritis,PROLOTHERAPY is considered a viable alternative to surgery and pain medication and anti-inflammatory injections such as cortisone.
Chinese medicine includes a combination of chinese herbs and acupuncture and has been used for decades to treat and manage chronic pain.This approach is also very natural, aiming at restoring balance and promoting healing in the body on a holistic level.

NUTRITIONAL TIP:
Use omega 3 in fish oil to fight inflammationinstead of medication!
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F E A T U R E D   T H I S   W E E K :
Physio’s corner
Physiotherapy in combination with Prolotherapy is important in the management of chronic pain to improve the strength of the surrounding musculature and to enhance joint stability and to  improve and maintain joint mobility the.
Prolozone
Prolozone is another effective injection technique which heals the tissues andtargets pain naturally with out any long term systemic damage. 

 

GAMMY KNEE:REGENERATE YOUR LIGAMENTS!

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GAMMY KNEE:REGENERATE YOUR LIGAMENTS!

Instability of the knee is one of the most common injuries of the lower limb.Research here at Regenerative health shows an overwhelming success rate of 90% with chronic knee pain.We have treatment options but lets start with some basic anatomy:

The knee joint is formed where the tibia,femur and patella meet.Ligaments join bones together acting like strong bonds keeping your knee stable.There are 4 primary ligaments in your knee.

COLLATERAL LIGAMENTS:The medial collateral ligament on the inside and the lateral collateral ligament on the outside control lateral movement of the knee.

CRUCIATE LIGAMENTS: They control the back and forth motion of the knee.The ACL is diagonally in the middle of the knee and prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur.

* Athletes who participate in high demand sports like soccer football and basketball are more likely to injure their ACL.
* Most of all ACL injuries occur together with damage to other structures of the knee including articular cartilage,meniscus and other ligaments.
 
SURGICAL  ACL RECONSTRUCTION
*Surgery is one of the options but does have many risk factors.
Most ACL tears can’t be sutured back together but rather need to be reconstructed.To repair the ACL ; the surgeon will replace the torn ligament with a graft.Because the regrowth takes time it may be 6 months or more before the athlete can return to sports after surgery.

PROLOTHERAPY AND ACL  TEARS:
Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection treatment used  to repair incomplete healing of ligaments and tendons.The prolotherapy technique involves the injection of a proliferant that causes an inflammatory response thereby stimulating healing and the growth of new ligament and tendon tissue.The ligament and tendon produced after prolo are thicker and stronger  making it  an ideal treatment option for ACL injuries.

THE PROS TO PROLOTHERAPY:
*Shorter recovery time.
*Avoid complications asssociated with surgery.i.e.stiffness and weakness 
*Faster return to sport.
*A stronger,more stable joint.
*Reduced risk of osteo-arthritis.

Prolotherapy can cure a partial tear but not a complete tear.A complete tear needs  surgery.Prolotherapy can help by strengthening the surrounding ligaments and tendons to disperse the load on the rebuilt ACL.
Click here to read Dr Hausers ideas on prolo and ACL Reconstruction.

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F E A T U R E D   T H I S   W E E K :
Physio’s corner

 

Physiotherapy is a vital combination with prolotherapy to support and strengthen the surrounding musculature and aid speedy return to sport and function. Click here to read more about basic knee exercises.
Prolozone

 

MEDICAL AND MAGICAL PROPERTIES OF OZONE:
*Ozone is an amazing regulator of the immune system.
*Ozone stimulates the increased uptake of oxygen ,asssisting cellular repair. 
*Ozone improves circulation thereby aiding healing.
*Ozone is a powerful anti-oxidant.
*Ozone is a mitochondrial stimulant.

Lower Back pain-there is a solution!

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LOWER BACK PAIN

The lower back lumbar region is an intricate structure of interconnected and overlapping elements.The lower back has numerous valuable functions in the body.These include structural support (as it supports the weight of the upper body) ,mobility as well as protection of vital body tissues and organs.
Lower back pain results from numerous factors including:

 COMMON CAUSES OF LOWER BACK PAIN 

* Postural disorders

* Overuse injuries or lumbar strains which are stretch injuries to ligament,tendon or      muscles resulting in microscopic tears in these tissues to varying degrees..

* Lumbar Radiculopathy or Discogenic syndrome which is a nerve irritation that is    caused by damage to  the discs between the vertebrae.

* Degenerative joint disorders such as osteoarthritits

* Bony Encroachment-When growth of the vertebrae of the lumbar spine limits the space of adjacent  spinal cord and nerves.Causes of bony encroachment of spinal nerves include foraminal  narrowing,Spinal Stenosis (compression of the nerve roots or spinal cord by bony spurs or other soft  tissues in the spinal canal )andSponylolisthesis (slippage of one vertebrae relative to another).

Scoliosis which is an abnormal curvature of the spine

Congenital bone disorders such as Spina bifida.

COMMON TREATMENT FOR LOWER BACK PAIN:

Each patient obviously needs to be individually assessed ,evaluated and managed in the context of the underlying background health status and activity level to determine the relevent treatment but common treatment techniques include:

* Analgesic medication
* Anti-inflammatory medication(NSAID)
Corticosteroid injections
* Acupuncture/dry needling
* Manual therapy/manipulation/soft tissue massage
* Exercise therapy and postural rehabilitation
Surgical interventions.ie. lumbar fusion,discectomy laminectomy ,radiofrequency neuotomy,lumbar decompression.

PROLOTHERAPY FOR LOWER BACK PAIN

Prolotherapy is an injection therapy used to treat connective tissue.Most disc disorders i.e.herniated discs,bulging discs,degenerated discs often result from ligament injuries or instabilities along the spine
This is why Prolotherapy can play such a pivotal role in its healing.Prolotherapy works to stabilise the ligaments of the spine allowing discs to get back into position and can potentially increase joint space lost due to degeneration.
Click here to read further about Dr Hauser’s research on Lower back pain andprolotherapy.

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F E A T U R E D   T H I S   W E E K :
Physio’s corner
Physiotherapy in combination with Prolotherapy is important in the management of lower back pain in order to improve the strength of the surrounding musculature, improve thestability of the joint, maintain the length of the tissues around the lumbar and pelvis region . Physiotherapy is important to prevent recurrance and and aid return to function.
Prolozone
Prolozone is another effective injection technique which heals the tissues andtargets pain. Click here to read further about Prolozone on Dr Frank Shallenberger’s website, the pioneer of this technique.
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Cortisone-helpful or harmful?

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Cortisone-Helpful or harmful?

What is cortisone?

Corticosteroids are a group of medications that are related to cortisone-a steroid.They are used to reduce inflammation caused by a variety of diseases; commonly joint,ligament and tendinous pain.
Corticsteroids can be taken orally,applied to skin,given intravenously or injected into the tissues of the body.Cortisone injections can offer fast acting relief of inflamed joints,tendons and bursa

Negatives Of Cortisone

Since the body heals naturally through inflammation,cortisone being  anti-inflammatory in nature inhibits the body’s ability to repair and heal.
Corticosteroids render Vitamin D inactive, thereby not only reducing calcium absorption in the body but also increasing its urinary excretion;and this ultimately results in weakness at the fibro-osseous junctions.
Cortisone injections cause further degeneration of weakened structures,prolong painful symptoms and inhibit healing.
When athletes use cortisone for injured tendons and return immediately to sport it can increase chances of tendon rupture.,

OUR SOLUTION

Prolotherapy involves injecting a solution into the joint to initiate the healing process and cause regeneration of soft tissue. Prolotherapy injections stimulate the healing process of inflammation and strengthens and repairs the weakened structures.Although cortisone offers short term relief,it does not address the underlying cause of the problem and therefore does not alleviate long term pain. Prolotherapy results in a stronger and more stable joint.

Click here to read further about Dr Hauser’s opinion on cortisone injections.