We all know that consistently being physically active is an important factor in the health of our bodies and minds. However, physical activity brings the risk of a sports injury. Damage from contact sports, falls, or overuse can happen to anyone at any age or fitness level.
The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services conducted a survey from 2011 through 2014 and found that approximately 8.6 million sports and recreation related injuries occurred per year.
65% of these injuries occurred in people 5 to 24 years old.
Once an injury occurs, it can greatly impact your life. It may cause you to miss part of a critical season in college or high school sports, interrupt training for a triathlon or marathon, or delay your health goals. If surgery is required, healing usually takes months and you may never fully regain your previous level of strength and fitness in the impacted area. Fortunately, there are treatment options for many sports injuries that may help you recover more quickly and completely, and possibly eliminate the need for surgery.
A large percentage of sports injuries occur in the musculoskeletal system. Minor damage to this system is usually treated with rest, ice, compression, elevation, and over-the-counter medicine to reduce pain and swelling. The next level of conventional treatment includes prescription medication, physical therapy, and steroid injections. Arthroscopy or surgery are often required for more serious injuries. The problem is, many of these treatments do not always provide complete healing and, when they do, healing can take many weeks or months.
Regenerative therapies can provide enhanced healing since they stimulate your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Injured tissue often recovers more quickly than with traditional therapies alone. Depending on the injury, it may be possible to regain a level of ability comparable to what you had before.
Reduced pain is another benefit of regenerative medicine. Opioid medications and steroidal or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories may deal effectively with acute pain for a short while, but they can carry serious repercussions for your health. They also merely mask the pain, but regenerative therapy heals the cause of the pain, eliminating your need to use painkillers long-term. In those with chronic pain from injuries, regenerative therapies can provide a measure of relief immediately, with significant improvement in two weeks.
The various regenerative therapies can be used alongside traditional therapies for more complete healing. They minimize the formation of scar tissue, which improves mobility and flexibility at the site of the injury. Should surgery still be necessary, regenerative therapies allow for quicker recovery after surgery, as your function will be improved by reducing scarring. Additionally, in a joint that requires surgery to repair ligament or cartilage tears, you are more likely to develop osteoarthritis at an earlier age. Since regenerative therapies can successfully repair a joint and/or the surrounding tissue without the need for surgery, or improve the recovery and minimize the scarring if surgery is required, it is an excellent treatment option to help reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis in the future.
Types of Regenerative Therapies Used at Temecula Center for Integrative Medicine
We use O-Zone, Ozone Clot Matrix (OCM), which is a combination of ozone therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and Stem Cell therapy for patients with many types of sports injuries. Each therapy automatically includes Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), which works at the cellular level to enhance the benefits of the other therapies. After a thorough evaluation, we create an individualized treatment plan based on your injury and medical history. We only recommend therapies that are safe and have been effective in people with a similar injury.
Some injuries will respond better than others and require fewer injections. For example, a recently torn rotator cuff will usually respond more quickl