Have you recently had an acute shoulder dislocation while playing sports? Or have you been in pain for quite some time due to a chronic sports injury and are ready to get back to feeling better? A regenerative sports injury session with us might just be what you need for overall wellness. Here's what you should know about regenerative medicine for treating sports injuries.
What are Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries occur while playing a variety of sports at all levels of intensity. They can be acute or chronic in nature and can also be minor or more serious injuries that require rehabilitation or surgery. Common acute sports injuries include:
- ACL knee injuries
- meniscus tears
Common chronic sports injuries include:
- recurring sprains
- patellofemoral knee syndrome
- tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- baseball elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- sports hernias
What Are the Benefits of a Regenerative Approach to Sports Injuries?
(3) There are multiple benefits to undergoing regenerative therapies to manage and treat both chronic and acute sports injuries. Regenerative medicine is non-narcotic and involves relying on the body's healing systems to kickstart healing and promote recovery.
Common regenerative therapies are typically minimally invasive and used to treat various sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. These include:
- stem cell therapy -- promising animal studies have shown increased cartilage regeneration when stem cells are used at injury sites
- platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy -- makes use of a patient's own platelets rich in growth factors, which is then injected into chronic tendon injury sites
- prolotherapy -- non-narcotic injections that stimulate the body's innate healing system
What to Expect During a Regenerative Sports Injury Therapy Session
If you've never had a regenerative therapy session before, you might be wondering what to expect. A trained physician or sports medicine specialist at Cary Disc Center will begin by asking a detailed set of health questions to determine your current health, including symptoms and severity of the injury. From there, the most appropriate form of regenerative medicine will be prescribed to you depending on several factors, including your lifestyle and work.
The actual regenerative treatment plan will include a series of sessions over several weeks. It's common for regenerative medicine to be a slow process as your body may take a while to begin internal healing. Most sessions are an hour long, and there may be one or two additional sessions before you experience a change in wellness.
For more information about regenerative therapies for sports injuries, contact Cary Disc Center at (847) 639-0010.