Monday, April 23, 2012 by Beny Charchian, M.D., M.S.
The Doctors TV show recently featured a new treatment option for patients suffering from joint pain due to osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, labral tears, and tendon injuries.
Bone Marrow Concentrate, also known as “BMC”, is a relatively painless outpatient procedure which involves the same-day isolation of regenerative cells from the patient’s own bone marrow. These cells are often combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which consists of growth factors from a patient’s own blood. The powerful “one-two punch” of BMC plus PRP is known for its tissue regenerating abilities and often provides outstanding results in appropriate patients where PRP is not potent enough for advanced osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, hand, foot, ankle, and spine.
Injections are performed under direct visualization by either ultrasound or fluoroscopy (live X-ray) to ensure proper placement at the site of injury or degeneration. The regenerative cells then assist the body in creating new tissue growth.
The doctors of the Orthohealing Center are proud to offer BMAC injections as one of the many tools available to our patients to help lead active lives while avoiding surgery. We are currently in the active process of collecting data and look forward to publishing our results in the near future. The Orthohealing Center will also be hosting a seminar in July to train doctors from all across the world on these regenerative procedures.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Steven Sampson D.O.
Tune in to see an exciting natural alternative to a cortisone injection and anti-inflammatory meds for joint and tendon pain! The Bauerfeind knee brace which has been so popular with our patients is featured along with helpful tips on avoiding injuries and natural safe treatments.
After treating numerous international Olympic track and field athletes at our Los Angeles center, we initially learned about the buzz surrounding Traumeel. Unfortunately there is little public awareness in the states about this treatment option, however in professional athletic circles there is great demand and respect for this therapy. Athletes will fly to Europe just for this injection, and are not aware that it is available in the US. The treatment is appealing because of its immediate effects combined with a low side effect profile compared to steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications.
Inflammation is a natural and vital response to initiate healing after injury. Most new injuries quickly follow with redness, pain & swelling. This is the bodies attempt to repair itself. However, the inflammation phase can be excessive and prolonged, which delays and disrupts healing. By neutralizing the balance of inflamed cells called “cytokines”, Traumeel restores a balance of inflammation to facilitate healing.
For more information, view this video on traumeel.com.
The Orthohealing Center doctors are recognized worldwide as leading the way for innovative cutting edge therapies to keep people active from pro athletes to weekend warriors. Through the medium of television we have been able to share innovative treatments like PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Neural Prolotherapy, and Traumeel injections.
Friday, March 2, 2012 by Steven Sampson D.O.
Tune in to CBS 2pm Pacific time Friday March 2nd to learn about a breakthrough new treatment that naturally reduces pain & promotes healing! Dr Steven Sampson demonstrates a knee injection with neural prolotherapy on the Doctors TV show. The show is viewed by millions of viewers worldwide and is a great medium to share this exciting new therapy around the globe. Dr Sampson learned of this revolutionary approach to pain from visiting Dr John Lyftgoft from New Zealand. Dr’s at the Orthohealing Center regularly host thought leaders in orthopedics from all over to adapt new treatment and technology to offer the latest cutting edge therapies to our patients.
Neural prolotherapy is based on the premise that hundreds of nerves exist just beneath the skin and play a key role in regulating pain & healing. When these small nerves get constricted from trauma they increase pressure & dump chemicals called peptides (substance P & CGRP). This leads to pain and inflammation along with swelling of tissue, loss of type I collagen (tendon degeneration), and limited blood flow. These chemicals also have a proven effect on the brain causing depression & exhaustion. Furthermore the release of these peptides trigger an immune response which leads to cartilage deterioration & osteoarthritis. More & more research has pointed to the immune system as a key player in arthritis. Now we believe that by regulating these nerves just beneath the skin, we can regulate the immune system to potentially heal injuries.
This outlook is a complete paradigm shift and will certainly change the way we look at pain. For so long patients have pointed to a spot (like the outside shoulder/deltoid or lower knee) & say “it hurts here.” We would explain to them there is nothing there & the pain is referred. Now we know there is something there & these nerves are critical to promote healing. When we examine patients we now look for these nerves which may be swollen. They can’t be seen on an MRI or x-ray but can be felt & follow a specific anatomical pattern.
Learn more about our progressive non-surgical orthopedic treatments: http://www.orthohealing.com/diagnoses-and-treatments/treatments/