Americans ages five and older incur an estimated 8.6 million sports- and recreation-related injuries each year, which means a fair amount of our population is sidelined at any given time. Making matters worse, many people end up not healing properly or pushing themselves too quickly after a sports injury.
At Alternative Disc Therapy, Dr. Warren Bleiweiss and our team understand the frustration that comes with a sports injury, which is why we offer a number of regenerative and alternative therapies that are designed to help you heal more quickly.
Here’s a look at a few of the ways we can help you get back into the game more quickly after a sports injury.
Most common sports injuries
Before we get into our treatments, let’s quickly review what we mean by sports injury. As the name implies, a sports injury is one that typically occurs because of the added stresses you place on your musculoskeletal structure during physical activity.
These injuries may include:
- Torn ligaments
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Ankle sprains
- Meniscus tears
These injuries mostly develop in areas that are working hardest when you’re active, including your knees, ankles, hips, elbows, shoulders, and back.
Luckily, our innovative treatments are effective in tackling all of these issues.
Stem cells and platelet-rich plasma therapies
Regenerative medicine is fast becoming the treatment avenue of choice among athletes, as this approach encourages healing from within for more sustainable results. At our practice, we offer two types of regenerative medicine:
Stem cells therapy
Stem cells are one of nature’s most intriguing marvels, as they have the ability to transform themselves into other cells and then multiply as that cell. In fact, Stem cells are the building blocks upon which most all other cells are formed, and they’re strongest during embryonic development as they form a human body.
As an adult, you still have Stem cells located throughout your body, but they aren’t as potent or numerous. With our Stem cells, we harvest your own Stem cells from your bone marrow and redirect them into your damaged tissues where they go to work to rebuild and regenerate on a cellular level.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
Your blood contains platelets, which are mainly responsible for clotting, but what many people don’t realize is that they also play an important role in healing. After your platelets stop the bleeding, they release growth factors, which facilitate healing and rebuilding by calling upon your body’s resources, such as your stem cells, to aid in the effort.
With our PRP therapy, we draw your blood, separate out the platelets and mix them with a small volume of your plasma. Then we inject this concentrate into your damaged tissues to promote healing.
The power of ozone
Another great technique for encouraging faster healing of your sports injury is ozone injection treatments. Using a precise mixture of oxygen and ozone, we’re able to increase the oxygen supply in your body to disrupt unhealthy processes. With this therapy, our goal is to boost your immune response, reduce your pain, and encourage healthier cell renewal.
If you’ve been injured playing sports and you’d like to get on the road to faster healing, your first step is to contact our office in Caldwell, New Jersey, to set up an appointment.