You rely on your joints to walk, climb, run, and lift. Any type of joint injury can make these types of activities impossible.
At Legacy Pain and Regenerative Medicine, we understand how joint injuries interfere with your active lifestyle. Our chiropractic physician, Dr. Trace Alexander, is a sports medicine expert (so he understands injuries) who provides many treatments, including regenerative medicine, to heal joint injuries.
Here, we want to talk about regenerative medicine and how it helps joint injuries.
Joint function and health
A joint forms the connection between two or more bones. Though you have a few fixed joints, like the joints in your skull, most joints are moveable.
The bones that make up a moveable joint are held together by ligaments and tendons. Cartilage cushions the bones in the joint to prevent friction and improve movement.
Because of the structure and daily use of joints, injuries are common, especially in active people. However, you can develop a joint injury because of degenerative changes that occur as you get older.
No matter the cause,a joint injury affects your ability to go about your normal routine, making it hard to do things like walk to the car, carry groceries, or brush your teeth.
A joint injury may occur following a bad fall or poorly landed jump. You can also injure the structures of your joint from overuse.
Types of joint injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Bursitis (inflammation of bursae sacs)
- Tendonitis (inflammation of tendons)
- Tendon tears
Joint injury symptoms vary depending on the injury type and location. For an overuse injury, you may have dull, achy pain. A sprain or strain may cause sharp, sudden, and severe pain.
If you have a joint injury, even if your symptoms are mild, we can help. Continuing to use your joint may worsen the injury.
Treating joint injuries
We take a holistic approach to health and healing. When you come in for help with a joint injury, we conduct a thorough evaluation so we understand the type of injury you have and how best to treat it.
We utilize many methods when treating joint injuries, including regenerative medicine. We use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for this type of therapy. PRP contains a high concentration of platelets.
Platelets are tiny blood cells that play an important role in your body’s healing process. When you have an injury, your blood sends platelets to the site to stop any bleeding. The platelets also release growth factors and specialized proteins to heal the damaged tissue.
For joint injuries, we inject PRP (which we make from a sample of your blood) into the injured joint, supporting your body’s natural healing process.
In addition to regenerative medicine, we also provide nutrition therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic care to help heal your injury and help you get back to your active lifestyle. No matter what type of treatment we use, our goal is to help your injury heal as quickly and safely as possible.
Don’t let your joint injury derail your active lifestyle. Give us a call at the office closest to you — we have offices in Plano and Addison, Texas — or click the “book online” button today. Let us help you heal your injury.