The human body is incredibly strong and resilient, but there are times when even the smallest injury causes significant pain. If you’ve ever had a paper cut, hangnail, or stubbed toe, then you know this to be true.
That’s why micro-tears in your tendons, though small, result in a lot of pain. What’s worse, failing to find a way to repair the damage eventually leads to more severe tears and symptoms.
But what happens when traditional methods don’t work? That’s when you turn to our pain management expert.
Dr. Neel Amin specializes in treatments for a wide variety of painful conditions and injuries with the best and most advanced medicines and therapies available, including regenerative treatments. Here, we’re diving deeper into the regenerative treatments we offer and how they can help you address micro-tears in your tendons.
What causes microtears in tendons?
Your tendons are tough bands of dense fibrous connective tissue that attach your muscles to your bone and facilitate the mechanical forces of muscle contraction on your skeletal system. Despite their strength, your tendons are still susceptible to damage.
A micro-tear in your tendon (also known as tendinosis) is a fairly common injury, especially in older adults. The most common causes of tendinosis are overuse and general wear-and-tear. You’re also at an increased risk for tendinosis if you:
- Make repetitive motions
- Already have a tendon injury
- Engage in strenuous activity
- Are overweight
- Have muscle imbalances
- Aren’t flexible
- Have alignment problems
Typically, tendinosis resolves with some rest and gentle range-of-motion exercises. But if it’s not responding to conservative treatments, or if you’re looking for a faster recovery, regenerative medicine may be able to help.
What are regenerative treatments?
It may sound mysterious, but regenerative treatments are a viable, natural, and effective pain management method. Through regenerative treatments, we repair and replace tissues and organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or other issues.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy seeks to repair your torn tendon by creating new cells. Stem cells are neutral cells that can transform into virtually any type of cell, be it brain, bone, or tendon.
We use top-of-the-line mesenchymal stem cells from an FDA-registered lab. Mesenchymal stem cells are harvested from the Wharton’s jelly layer and umbilical cord of healthy babies who have been delivered full-term by healthy mothers. The babies no longer need these cells, so taking and using them for medicinal purposes is ethical and safe.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
It’s likely that you first heard about PRP in the mainstream media. A-list celebrities like the Kardashians to elite athletes like Tiger Woods are using PRP to address both their cosmetic and physical concerns. But what is PRP?
PRP is a revolutionary therapy that comes directly from your own blood. We begin by taking a sample of your blood and placing it in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins your sample, separating the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood.
We extract the platelets and plasma because they are powerful growth and healing factors. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that helps move red and white blood cells, platelets, and proteins throughout your bloodstream. Platelets are specialized blood cells that help your blood clot when you have an injury, and they also play a key role in the healing process.
How can regenerative treatments address micro-tears?
Now that you know more about the science behind regenerative treatments, it’s time to learn more about how they can help you.
First, Dr. Neel Amin conducts a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, health history, and pain management goals. If regenerative treatments are right for you, we schedule and prepare you for your treatment.
We administer regenerative treatments with a simple injection directly into your damaged tendon. Once injected, the regenerative properties begin to repair your torn tendons, and over time, you notice your pain subsides and your function improves.
Because they’re minimally invasive, stem cell therapy and PRP offer pain relief without requiring you to sacrifice your time or other health and wellness goals.
They also complement other conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, which means that you can address your symptoms with a variety of conservative methods. Often, we use PRP to support your stem cell therapy.
If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for regenerative treatments, don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff or request an appointment online at either our Aventura, Florida, location.
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