Medica Stem Cells
Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis, Rotator cuff tears, Plantar Fasciitis, Tendon and ligament pains and injuries and Frozen Shoulder are among top five injuries and conditions treated with Regenerative Therapy at the Medica Stem Cells clinic.
Ever wondered what is Regenerative therapy used for?
The team working at the Medica Stem Cells Clinic located in 27 George Street, London, W1U 3QA takes pride in being the first Clinic to offer Regenerative Therapy in the UK. Regenerative therapy is one of the newest and most cutting edge therapies for chronic joint pain and injuries.
Below are the top five injuries and conditions that the doctors and nurses at the Medica Stem Cells Clinic treat with Regenerative Therapy regularly:
- Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tendon and ligament pains and injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
Dr. Gehad El Bastawisy, Founder of the clinic and Consultant in Anesthesia, intensive care and pain management in Medica Stem Cells Clinics, says: “We see a wide range of conditions and injuries at our Clinics including knee and hip osteoarthritis, shoulder injuries, tendon and ligament pains and injuries that generally result from sports activities or repetitive work. Regenerative treatment will depend on the type and severity of the condition or injury, but overall our treatments are minimally invasive, non-surgical same day procedures with no risk of rejection and minimal recovery time and high success rate of up to 91%. Our mission is to help patients to get better in a safe, controlled and friendly environment.”
Dr. El Bastawisy outlines below some reasons why these injuries and conditions are the most commonly treated and how to recognise and avoid these conditions and injuries.
Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints affecting almost everyone as they get older but younger people – even teenagers – may develop it. Most people are likely to experience some level of pain and some degree of mobility problems. Knee osteoarthritis and hip osteoarthritis are two of the most common forms. The early signs of osteoarthritis are so mild that they are often easy to miss. The main symptoms are stiff and painful joints, with the pain tending to be worse while exercising the joint and at the end of the day.
Stiffness usually wears off after resting, but the joint may not move as freely or as far as normal and may ‘creak’ or ‘crack’ when moved. Muscle strengthening exercises can prevent the joint giving way.
Symptoms can vary and you may have bad patches of a few weeks or months followed by better periods. You may find that it depends on how much physical activity you do. Joints may appear swollen. In more advanced cases, there may be constant pain and everyday tasks and movement may become difficult. It is important you visit a doctor and don’t ignore your symptoms, as early diagnosis will help prevent unnecessary damage.
Rotator cuff tears
A rotator cuff tears and injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs, like cleaning windows or painting, or sports, like hurling or tennis. But it also can happen suddenly if you fall on your arm or lift something heavy. Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilize your shoulder joint and let you lift and rotate your arms. You can’t always feel a torn rotator cuff, but in some cases, you might have trouble raising your arm or be unable to lift things like you normally do. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side. See a doctor if you have any of these signs. If you don’t do anything about a torn rotator cuff, you can have more serious problems over time. You can end up with a frozen shoulder or arthritis that is harder to treat.
Plantar fasciitis, or the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, is a painful and debilitating condition that primarily affects athletes, people whose jobs require them to stand for long periods of time, and those who put heavy stress on their feet. The largest ligament in the human body is the plantar fascia. This thick ligament which supports the arch of your foot, connects your heel bone (calcaneus) to the front of your foot. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is the pain at the bottom of the heel, as well as pain throughout the mid-foot. Sharp and dull pain is common and typically most aggressive first thing in the morning due to stiffness.
The best way to actually heal this injury and provide long-lasting improvement is through biologic Regenerative treatments such as Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. For actual tears in the plantar fascia, Stem cell therapy may also be a viable treatment. These treatments aim to stimulate the connective tissue’s ability to heal and regenerate the torn plantar fascia. This can permanently provide pain relief and prevent further damage as you continue to enjoy your daily physical activities.
Tendon and ligament pains and injuries
Pains in the tendons or ligaments are often caused by injuries, including sprains and partial tears. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments which are soft tissue structures that stabilize a joint. Ligaments are strong, flexible fibres that hold bones together.
When a ligament is stretched too far or tears, the joint will become painful and swell. Sprains are caused when a joint is forced to move into an unnatural position. For example, “twisting” one’s ankle causes a sprain to the ligaments around the ankle. Tendons are the soft tissues that connect muscles to bone and allow joints to move.
Overuse activities, for example, during sport, can cause inflammation of the tendon and this is called tendonitis. It is normally linked to an acute injury with inflammation. It often affects the elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, and other parts of the body. The body part that is involved may give the injury its name, for example, Achilles tendinitis. Familiar terms are tennis or golfer’s elbow and jumper’s knee. Tendinitis can occur at any age, but it is more common among adults who do a lot of sport.
Older people are also susceptible, because the tendons tend to lose elasticity and become weaker with age. Tendons in the upper extremity can also be cut in deep lacerations. Most common symptoms of a sprain or tendon injury include joint or muscle pain, swelling and discoloration of the skin, especially bruising. This type of musculoskeletal pain often becomes worse when the affected area is stretched or moved.
Traditional treatment includes rest, ice and heat treatment, and over-the-counter pain killers. Without treatment, it can result in a rupture, which may need surgery. Alternative treatment provided by Medica Stem Cells Clinic offer a different and unconventional line of treatment to promote natural regeneration of the damaged tendon or ligament in the safest, simple and non-surgical same day procedure with shorter recovery period so you can go back to doing what you love faster.
Frozen Shoulder also known as adhesive capsulitis, is simply an inflamed shoulder capsule characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are all encased in a capsule of connective tissue which can be inflamed resulting in adhesions restricting the movement and resulting in a lot of pain. Mostly frozen shoulder affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 and the condition is more common in women than men.
It’s not clear why some people develop it, but some groups are more at risk. Limited mobility of the shoulder for any reason can in time result in a frozen shoulder. Your risk might also go up if you are in the process of recovering from a medical conditions like rotator cuff injury, post-surgical recovery, broken arm or stroke. The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain that is more at night time and stiffness that make it difficult or impossible to move it. The daily activities may be severely hampered by this condition. If you have pain in your shoulder that limits your range of movement, it is important to see a doctor. Early treatment of frozen shoulder can help to prevent long-term stiffness in the joint. Make sure you gently stretch the shoulder before exercising, and try to maintain good posture.
When you’re suffering from pain or injury, there are many ways to begin your relief and recovery process. The most common procedures are often surgery, pain medication, or even a combination of both. While pain medication and surgery have their uses, there is often another pain relief method that many have not considered: Regenerative therapy. Regenerative Therapy has become a game changer for accelerating healing, regenerating tissue and combating pain.
It has reduced the need for prescription medication and surgery, proving to be a helpful tool towards managing and potentially eliminating pain in the body. This therapy uses powerful and effective autonomous stem cells that are harvested directly from the patient’s body. Your body has the ability to repair itself naturally and therefore Regenerative Therapies, such as Stromal Vascular Fraction therapy, Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, help facilitate the healing process for a faster recovery. The types of pain and Injury that can be treated with Regenerative Therapy include neck, shoulder, elbow, back, hip, wrist, knee, ankles and foot. Regenerative therapy has evolved over the years to become a viable alternative treatment for people suffering from Arthritis and Osteoarthritis, it can also help the body rebuild partially torn ligaments and tendons, and even help to avoid hip and knee replacement surgeries as it can help to renew partially worn joint cartilage.
One of the biggest reasons why Regenerative therapy is far more superior to other pain relief methods is its non-invasive nature: there’s no anaesthesia, no operating room and no extended downtime after the procedure. With Regenerative therapy, you are able to have your procedure handled in an outpatient setting and you are free to simply walk out of the Clinic immediately afterwards. Regenerative Therapy provides a safe increasingly effective non-surgical alternative to treating medical conditions using the body’s own natural ability to repair itself without the use of medication.
It has helped untold amounts of people overcome insufferable chronic joint pain, restoring their function and mobility, and improving their quality of life.
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