Regenerative Medicine is a burgeoning medical field that treats a numerous diseases and conditions, including chronic pain. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Growth Factors are Regenerative Medicine Therapies that are presently being used to treat chronic pain in numerous joints such as the hip, knee, ankle, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. While traditional medicine (i.e., pain prescription and over-the-counter medication) concentrates on managing chronic pain, Regenerative Medicine concentrates on repairing tissues and strengthening tendons in the joints to diminish and alleviate pain.
Enhanced healing and reduced pain. Regenerative Medicine concentrates on tackling the source of pain, rather than merely managing symptoms. PRP Therapy accomplishes this by delivering Growth Factors to the injured area to aid the healing of tissues. This enables patients to heal and experience less pain than with Traditional Medicine.
Improved functionality. Regenerative Medicine promotes collagen production in the body, which strengthens tendons and tissues. When the tendons and tissues on and surrounding the joints are strengthened, they increase the range of motion in joints, allowing you to move freely and complete everyday tasks freely again.
Quicker recovery. The Growth Factors used in Regenerative Medicine help stimulate the regenerative process in tissues and tendons, leading to quicker healing. This enables you to (safely) resume to your normal activities more quickly.
Decreased risk of future injuries and pain. Collagen tightens and strengthens the tendons in the joints, reducing the risk of future injuries and pain.
To learn more about the benefits of Regenerative Medicine, or to learn how East Village Physical Medicine uses Regenerative Medicine, please schedule your consultation today.
Exosomes are microscopic messengers organically found throughout the body, floating like bubbles between cells. They act as efficient couriers that move from one cell to another to enhance communication and comprehensive cellular health. Each Exosome is programmed with unique data and nutrients. When an Exosome encounters another cell, the cell uploads a status update, along with a nutrient payload and instructions for mirroring young, healthy cells.
Exosomes are an essential facet of our biology. Recently, scientists have assessed how to culture and use them to help regenerate tissue and improve some systemic conditions. Exosomes can be generated from any kind of cell in your body.
Exosomes can regenerate tissue in a specific location as well as treating a systemic/whole body condition(s), such as Lyme Disease. Site specific treatments must be used with Pure PRP, since the Pure PRP keeps the healing elements of the Exosomes in the injection(s) site for the specific injury/condition. They are loaded with anti-inflammatory cytokines and interleukins, which can offer fast pain relief. East Village Physical Medicine is effectively using Exosomes to treat numerous muscle and joint conditions such as: knee & hip pain, shoulder and arm pain, neck, and back pain.
Exosomes are frequently used to facilitate Joint Pain Treatment. Exosomes possess strong anti-inflammatory properties and are pro-growth.
Insurance does not usually cover regenerative treatments. We have several treatment plans to accommodate patients’ budgets.
The number of Exosome Therapy Treatment sessions depends on several variables,including the condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and the patient’s recovery process. Some patients only require 1 treatment, while others might require several.
That depends. We typically look for changes within 12 weeks.
Conservative methods of managing Knee Pain caused by Osteoarthritis (OA) include Anti-inflammatories, Physical Therapy, Cortisone Injections, and Surgery. In the past decade, researchers have assessed whether Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections can be utilized to manage OA of the Knee.
Growth Factors inhabit platelets in your blood. Platelet Rich Plasma works under the approach that injecting Growth Factors from the blood into an injured area will trigger new tissues to form. That is supposed to reduce inflammation in the tissue. When Growth Factors interact with local cells, they signal them to initiate cell division and migration. This promotes tissue formation.
Regardless of its use, there has been conflicting proof regarding the efficacy of Platelet Rich Plasma in treating Osteoarthritis of the Knee. A recent study published in The Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Research from 2017 assessed 14 randomized controlled trials with a total of 1,423 participants. It revealed that Platelet Rich Plasma appears to be effective in managing Knee OA pain. Researchers observed that, compared with placeboes, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections substantially reduced pain scores at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. And compared with controls, Platelet Rich Plasma substantially improved physical function at these follow-ups. The study did not observe a substantial improvement in post-injection adverse events.
Although the outcome is encouraging, 10 of the 14 studies were at high risk of bias and 4 were at moderate risk of bias. More studies are necessary to determine the effectiveness of utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma to manage pain from Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
You might be a good candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma if your symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Knee are not manageable through conservative methods such as Anti-inflammatories, Cortisone Injections, and Physical Therapy.
PRP Injections are deemed experimental. As such, they might not be covered by insurance. It also means that there is limited research regarding the safety and effectiveness of this treatment. Work closely with your doctor before beginning any experimental treatments.
Ask your doctor what you should do or avoid doing before the therapy. Follow your doctor’s guidelines. You will probably need to:
Also contact your insurance provider prior to the procedure to ask if they will cover any of the expenses. Since this is considered an experimental procedure, your insurance provider might not provide any coverage. Be mindful of the costs in advance, so that you aren’t surprised. If your insurance provider won’t cover the costs, or if you are uninsured, talk to your doctor about creating a payment plan.
As part of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, your doctor will draw blood from your arm. Then, he will place the blood sample into a centrifuge for 15 minutes. The centrifuge will separate your blood into:
Your doctor will use that sample to extract PRP. He will numb your knee and inject the RPR into the area. You’ll then rest about 15 minutes before being discharged.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy takes about 1 hour.
Immediately following the procedure, ice your knee every 2 to 3 hours for 20 minutes at a time. Continue this regimen for 3 days. You might also need to take pain medication if you experience significant pain. You should limit your physical activity and avoid activities that put weight on your knee. Your doctor might recommend using crutches for a couple of days to keep weight off of your knee.
Follow up with your physician 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure to assess the effectiveness. You can discuss possible next steps, as well.
PRP utilizes your own blood, so there’s a low risk of complications; however, there are some rare risks, including:
Ask your doctor about symptoms that resemble these complications and ask what to do if you notice anything unusual.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a moderately low-pain, low-risk procedure that utilizes your own blood to encourage growth in injured tissues. Current evidence proposes that Platelet Rich Plasma may be a beneficial treatment in managing pain associated with Knee Osteoarthritis; however, in-depth research is necessary to demonstrate the advantages. You can utilize Platelet Rich Plasma with other pain management methods for Knee OA. Please note that insurance companies differ regarding coverage for Platelet Rich Plasma Injections.
Experienced Chiropractors endeavor to help alleviate their patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible—with as few treatments as necessary—and also give advice on how to eschew recurring Back Pain or Sciatica attacks.
Because this profession has an unusually large variety of practice philosophies and Chiropractic techniques, patients should feel comfortable asking all of the compulsory questions to comprehend the Chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment regimen.
Here’s what patients can expect during the first Chiropractic consultation. This preliminary consultation involves the Chiropractor completing a detailed Chiropractic exam lasting 45 minutes or longer.
Some patients choose to conduct a preliminary interview with the Chiropractor either over the phone or in person that is focused on discussion (e.g., regarding the Chiropractor’s philosophy, expertise and general approach, and the patient’s preferences) and does not include a clinical exam.
The following explains the preliminary in office clinical exam, which typically focuses on 3 areas:
Prior to the Chiropractic exam, the patient will be asked to complete forms that provide background information about his or her symptoms and condition. Questions typically include:
Patients are typically asked to present information about family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
An in-depth Chiropractic exam consists of general tests, like blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, in addition to specific orthopedic and neurological tests to measure:
Additional Chiropractic tests might be needed to evaluate the affected area, such as having the patient move in a specific manner, Posture Analysis, or Chiropractic Manipulation.
After carefully reviewing results of the patient’s medical history and Chiropractic exam, diagnostic studies might be advantageous in uncovering pathologies and detecting structural abnormalities to more accurately diagnose a condition.
Diagnostic studies are not necessarily required during the Chiropractic exam, and should only be conducted if the Chiropractor has a good reason to believe that the X-ray or other test will provide necessary information to direct the patient’s treatment regimen.
The most common diagnostic studies during Chiropractic exams are:
Most Chiropractic clinics can administer basic X-rays, but an MRI scan and more extensive imaging studies are usually referred to an outside center.
Results from the combination of the patient’s medical history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies point to a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been determined, the Chiropractor will decide if the condition will respond to Chiropractic Care.
At the end of the patient’s preliminary visit, the Chiropractor will explain the patient’s:
Some Chiropractors will also provide the diagnosis in the form of a written Chiropractic Treatment Plan, so the patient can bring it home and do their own research.
Many Chiropractors start treatment during the patient’s first visit, although some may wait until the next appointment.
Chiropractic treatment goals and recommendations might consist of some or all of the following:
The Chiropractor will set specific goals for a patient’s individual plan for treatment:
To attain these goals, a specific number of Chiropractic treatment sessions will be suggested.
For most types of Lower Back Pain, a treatment regimen of 1 to 3 Chiropractic treatment sessions per week for 2 to 4 weeks will be prescribed, followed by a re-assessment by the Chiropractor.
At the re-assessment, the Chiropractor will measure the response to treatment and decide whether to:
Chiropractic Adjustment (also called Spinal Manipulation) is an accepted, prevalent pain relief treatment for many types of Lower Back Pain, Sciatica, and Neck Pain. Knowing what to expect from the first Chiropractic visit can help a patient get the maximum benefit from Chiropractic treatment.
Since this profession has a vast range of practice philosophies and Chiropractic techniques, patients should feel comfortable asking all the questions required to understand the Chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment regimen.
Groundbreaking technology for better Chiropractic patient results
When something goes awry in the human body, there’s not always a speedy solution. Many people suffer from Back Pain—as a matter of fact, 31 million Americans have pain in their lower back at any given time. But when they pursue treatment, they typically obtain temporary symptom relief when what they are seeking is long-term relief.
Patients suffering from the chronic pain associated with Bulging, Degenerating, or Herniated Discs might benefit from therapy via a Spinal Decompression Table. This kind of pain, which can present as Back or Neck Pain itself, in addition to accompanying pain in the arms and legs, may have already been treated by Traditional Traction methods or even by Spinal Surgery with minimal improvement. In these cases, a Spinal Decompression Table that utilizes computerized sensors to perform stretching actions on the spine and promote healing can be highly beneficial.
What exactly is a Spinal Decompression Table, and how is it employed to treat patients who have been unable to achieve comfort though other treatments?
Spinal Decompression Therapy, also called Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, is a treatment option that employs a Spinal Decompression Table to alleviate pain by producing circumstances whereby bulging or herniated disc tissue is able to return back into place and heal, easing the pain this condition produces.
Spinal Decompression Therapy aims to assist patients who experience excruciating pain caused by Bulging, Degenerating, or Herniated Discs. It can also be utilized for the pain management and treatment of many causes of Sciatica, injured or diseased spinal nerve roots, and worn spinal joints.
Spinal Decompression Therapy stretches the spine, via a Spinal Decompression Table to generate negative pressure and space within the disc, thereby enabling disc fluid to shift back into place. This creates an environment in which the disc can receive more nutrients and consequently heal itself sooner and efficiently. The fundamental objective of Spinal Decompression Therapy is to alleviate the patient’s chronic back, arm, neck, and/or leg pain, and to heal the cause of this pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is also called Non-Surgical Decompression Therapy, since it is often used as a safe, affordable, and highly beneficial alternative to Spinal Surgery. The difference between Surgical and Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a significant one, since Surgical Spinal regimens are typically considered a last resort, whereas Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe treatment during any stage of Back Pain. The most prevalent Spinal Decompression Surgeries include Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy, which pose a higher risk of complication or failure.
A Spinal Decompression Table is the primary tool utilized in Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. There are 2 kinds of Spinal Decompression Tables: 1 with cable and pulley systems that generates pull on the patient’s body, and Spinal Decompression Tables that are comprised of an upper and lower body segment that operate independently from one another. The second type of table is much more effective at preventing Muscle Guarding, and is recommended for the best possible patient results.
Patients are strapped to the table with a harness; other props such as pillows are utilized to keep the patient comfortable and the spine in the correct position for Decompression. Once the patient is in place, the table program is performed and the 2 parts of the table begin to pull apart from one another. The poundage of the pull depends on the type of Decompression, in addition to the physicality of the patient and can range anywhere from just 5 pounds for a Cervical Decompression regimen to 100 pounds or more for Lumbar Decompression on a larger patient.
Spinal Decompression Tables use computerized technology to generate negative intradiscal pressure in the spine. A Spinal Decompression has 2 sections which move independently of one another. During setup, a Spinal Decompression Technician selects a decompression program that will accommodate the patient’s needs. The best program for an individual is based on that person’s diagnosis as well as how they have responded to previous treatments.
As Spinal Decompression Tables stretches the spine, negative pressure is created within the spinal discs, which can prompt the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, bringing about pain relief. Additionally, the lower pressure within the disc can cause an inflow of healing nutrients to the disc, to promote additional relief even when the patient is not on the table.
One of the stumbling blocks for effectual Spinal Decompression with manual techniques is the fact that the body naturally resists the stretch, known as Muscle Guarding. With a Spinal Decompression Table, sensors can determine when the patient’s muscles are guarding against the stretch and release the tension, ensuring that the maximum decompression is achieved.
The precise Spinal Decompression regimen for an individual will be based on the symptoms he or she is enduring. Normally, Spinal Decompression patients can expect to go through at least 12 sessions on the Spinal Decompression Table, though depending on the patient’s diagnosis and response to the treatment, additional sessions may be necessary. Additionally, follow-up treatments may be indicated as necessary to manage pain.
A patient’s first visit should determine whether he or she would be a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. A preliminary examination should include a review of the patient’s history, including any available imaging such as X-rays and/or MRI results. If the patient is a good candidate, the Doctor can compile a suggested Spinal Decompression regimen created for that particular patient and diagnosis.
Each Spinal Decompression Table session lasts approximately 30 minutes. During this Spinal Decompression Table session, the patient is strapped into the table with a pelvic harness. For Lumbar Decompression, the lower portion of the body will move to gently stretch and relax the spine based on computerized algorithms designed to maximize the stretch and minimize the body’s resistance to that stretch. For Cervical Herniated Disc Decompression , the upper portion of the body will move.
Anyone enduring Back Pain associated with Bulging or Herniated Discs may be a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy, but only a Chiropractor or other Healthcare Practitioner specializing in the musculoskeletal system and trained as a Spinal Decompression Technician can make this determination when evaluating a patient. While many patients come to Spinal Decompression Therapy after being unable to find relief from other treatments, including surgery, this is not a requirement.
Here are some contraindications for Spinal Decompression Therapy:
It is imperative that patients are fully examined and a medical and health history taken prior to beginning treatment with a Spinal Decompression Table.
Just like any medical treatment, results of Spinal Decompression Therapy will vary based on the patient, the doctor, and the regimen used. Patients do not usually feel a great deal of relief following the first treatment. Instead, after several Spinal Decompression Therapy sessions, relief should be evident. In some instances, patients might need to complete their entire treatment regimen before they experience complete relief from their symptoms.
If you suffer with back pain, Spinal Decompression might be an ideal treatment option.
Back pain is one of the most incapacitating type of soreness, and occurs in countless indviduals for a multitude of reasons. Fortunately, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment that has generated several success stories for back pain relief without surgery. Spinal Decompression entails a method of relieving pressure that has accumulated gradually inside the discs of the back located between each vertebra. This pressure, usually the result of common issues and injuries like bad posture, is alleviated via a computerized decompression table. Pressure is then alleviated during Spinal Decompression Therapy, enabling nutrients and oxygen to flow back into the disc. Consider these benefits to see if it’s the right option for you.
Healing starts soon after the first treatment. Spinal Decompression Therapy lasts about 30 to 45 minutes based upon the severity, and is recommended to be done around 15 to 30 times over a 6 week period. A harness is employed to gently stretch the spine, which opens each pressure filled disc and enables oxygen and fluids to flow—immediately relieving pain.
Without the need for surgery or drugs, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safer alternative than other treatment options. The likelihood of being injured during Spinal Decompression are zero to none, so there’s no fear or anxiety prior to treatment like there would be before going into an operating room.
Enjoy a completely painless and relaxing treatment. During Spinal Decompression Therapy, a harness is gently fastened around the hips while you are positioned on a decompression table, which slowly moves vertically to stretch the spine. This process is extremely relaxing as pressure is relieved between each vertebra.
Compared to Spinal Surgery, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a much less costly choice with a quick recovery time. Spinal Surgery can be extremely expensive, and runs the risk of not being completely effective. Spinal Decompression Therapy will also enable a full recovery of disc problems with fast recuperation, medication free. Surgery necessitates a long recovery process and pain medication, frequently resulting in adverse side effects.
While infrequent, Spinal Decompression side effects might include minor muscle spasms and slight pain; while side effects of Spinal Surgery can include bleeding, infection, negative reaction to drugs, stroke, heart attack, or nerve damage. It’s safe to say that Spinal Decompression Therapy is a superior option when offered.
Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy Treatment is for people who are suffering with Back and Neck Pain who have tried pain killers or even stronger drugs or injections. Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy is for people who want relief so they can get back to feeling normal.
Here’s the Big News: Dr. O. is using a technique called Spinal Decompression with Cold Laser Therapy. It’s painless, effective, and the success rate is over 90%.
Here’s how it works: You are treated on a specialized table that gently stretches out your spine while the Cold Laser gets in between the vertebra and into the muscles to increase circulation, stimulate pain reduction, and healing.
Here’s what to do next: Contact the office and schedule a Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy consultation with Dr. O. to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
Spinal Decompression and Cold Laser Therapy in New York City is an effective pain relieving combination. Get relief from Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Disc Pain, Bulges, and Disc Herniation. Spinal Decompression with Cold Laser Therapy provides much-needed relief.
Bring your insurance card, although this therapy is not covered by insurance, your insurance company may cover X-rays, exams, or re-exams needed.
If you suffer from chronic back, neck or joint pain, K-Laser Therapy is the solution you are looking for.
K-Laser Therapy works by stimulating production of cellular energy in damaged cells and by enhancing the cell membrane permeability. This accelerates the quality of healing, enhances the exchange of nutrients and wastes across the cell membrane and improves elasticity of injured tissues. K-Laser Therapy reduces pain and inflammation. It can be used immediately on acute injuries, over broken skin and over metal implants. K-Laser Therapy enhances the rate and quality of healing of acute injuries, and can help with the resolution of chronic complaints such as Arthritis.
Here at East Village Chiropractic, we provide K-Laser Therapy. Are you ready to get rid of your pain in a drug-free, non-surgical way?
This month’s research review focuses on Laser Therapy for TMJ or TMD as it is commonly known.
TMJ or TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) is a common mechanical problem of the jaw hinged joints, the jaw becomes misaligned, does not function properly and becomes swollen and painful. TMD is more prevalent in men than women and can cause the following:
Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs do little if anything to correct jaw alignment and correct the problem.
In the three studies that I reviewed, the researches gave a thumb’s up to Laser Therapy for improving the treatment outcome.
Our K-Laser has a specific setting for treating TMD, relieving the pain associated with the condition. Still hesitating to make your appointment? Please read what one patient is saying about Dr. Odulak:
“He’s a genius and truly works wonders by incorporating the innovative and non-invasive technology to provide Holistic Chiropractic Care… Cold (or Low-Laser Therapy) is amazing, it rebuilds tissue and quick and easy!!! If you have any chronic pain, go to Dr. Taras, it’s that simple.”
— Antonina R.
Although a Migraine is severe to moderate pain that you feel at the top or side of your head, the trouble might actually originate at the bottom of your skull.
Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. Your TMJ allows you to talk, chew and yawn. But the joint’s supporting muscles also can be the source of your Migraines, says Chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine.
A number of the TMJ muscles, which are located underneath the jaw and in the cheeks, and on the top and sides of the head, may contribute to the pain, Dr. Bang says.
“The Headache and Migraine pain could generate from the muscles that move your jaw,” Dr. Bang says.
Here’s how it happens: Your jaw muscles tighten when you grind or clench your teeth – or do things such as chew gum. The pain from your jaw created by the clenching then travels to other places in the skull, causing Headaches or, in severe cases, Migraines. You may also encounter toothaches, earaches or shoulder pain.
A Migraine is a Headache that tends to happen repeatedly. It can cause moderate to severe pain if left untreated. More than 10% of the U.S. population – including children – suffers from Migraines.
People often experience a Migraine as a throbbing pain. The pain may develop on one side of the head only, but may be felt on both sides. Light, sounds, smells, stress, activity or hormonal changes can trigger the pain.
A Migraine may cause you to become temporarily sensitive to light, sound and smell and can make you feel nauseous. Physical activity also can aggravate a Migraine. Some people experience visual or sensory changes, called auras, before, during or after the Headache.
Three other areas of the body can contribute to Migraine pain when they become tight or tense: the shoulders, the neck and the head. Dr. Odulak may use Chiropractic Manipulation when vertebrae in the upper spine or head are misaligned. Gentle realignment that ensures a good range of motion sometimes can provide fast Migraine relief.
If you think your TMJ is causing Headaches, try these tips to get some relief:
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today and turn annoying Migraines into distant memories.