Written by Daniel Savarino – Ask Dr. Dan
Surgeries are not only highly invasive, but they can also leave you with lifelong impairments and side effects. Nonetheless, alternatives to orthopedic surgeries can minimize recurrence rates, help alleviate symptoms, and eliminate the need to have a surgery. As the modern medical technology reenergizes the field of alternative therapies and bursts on the horizon of health and wellbeing, some alternatives therapies seem to be exceptionally effective.
What happens when the ball bearings on the front axle of your car run dry? Something terrible for your car! If the grease is missing, the bearings can no longer work properly.
It is very similar to the large and small joints in the human body. They also need synovial fluid to ensure optimal function of the connections. The joint fluid, the main component of hyaluronic acid, is produced by a healthy body in sufficient quantities. Congenital misalignments of the joints, lack of exercise, overloading of the joints through competitive sport or heavy physical work, and also inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis can be responsible for reducing adequate supplies of synovial fluid. The result: like ball bearings in a car, the joints run dry and painful.
A highly effective therapy alternative for pain relief and improvement of joint function is the cartilage protection treatment. The treatment aims to replace the missing synovial fluid with a well-tolerated substance – hyaluronic acid.
According to a special manufacturing process (bio-fermentation), this agent is free of preservatives, and, therefore, very well tolerated. Like a liquid prosthesis, this lubricant, which is injected directly into the gap between the joints, fills up the missing synovial fluid to dissolve and reverse the connection between movement and pain.
Often the patients feel a clear improvement after the first treatment – usually, three, rarely up to five injections are required. The pain subsides, and you can move better again. Your body produces more of its synovial fluid and protects it. ultimately, it strengthens the joints. Because cartilage protection therapy improves mobility overall, there are also long-term effects. It not only reduces the pain temporarily but also in the long term. We use ultrasound to guarantee exact placement of the injection as blind injections can often miss the joint.
Recognized scientific proof of effectiveness is still required. The Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery recommend treatment as a component of arthrosis therapy.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy
Calcified shoulder, heel spur, tennis, or golf elbow are common issues. These complaints could only be treated through an operation for a long time. In the meantime, many patients can save themselves going to the operating theater, the anesthesia, and a subsequent stay in the hospital. It is now possible to treat many cases through Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy, a comparatively new treatment method , commonly known as shock wave therapy.
In many cases, a procedure that was initially used in urology to break up kidney stones, is today an effective and gentle treatment alternative.
In medicine, shock waves are high-energy sound waves bundled by lenses and then used for treatment in short pulses (shocks). Before the actual treatment, the painful treatment region is first precisely located under ultrasound or X-ray control. The device’s transducer is then precisely adjusted to the treatment area. The painful area is then flooded with up to 2000 shock waves at short intervals. The shock waves promote the regeneration of the tissue, stimulate bone growth, and dissolve calcium deposits in such a way that the body can break them down on its own. The surrounding tissue and the skin are hardly affected at all by the treatment.
On request, you can also receive a local anesthetic to help you during therapy and feel no pain. However, in most cases, this is not necessary. In general, two to three therapy sessions are necessary for lasting treatment success. Only in rare cases is there a fourth or fifth treatment. Many patients feel that the symptoms have subsided and eased after the first treatment.
Shock wave treatment is recommended as a treatment alternative for the following symptoms:
- Bone necrosis
- Calcifications on the shoulder
- Chronic irritation of the Achilles tendon
- Chronic shoulder tendon problems
- Chronic tendinitis in the area of the rolling hillock of the thigh
- Heel spur
- Patellar tendon syndrome (irritation of the hamstring)
- Tennis or golf elbow
Would you like to benefit from these highly effective therapy alternatives? Our specialized team will be happy to provide you with detailed information about the treatment process and the expected costs. Visit our website for more information. Feel free to give us a call at 732-385- APEX (2739) – we would be happy to inform you whether such therapy can also be a promising alternative in your case. Join our community on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
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