Because pain is so complex, our approach is multi-faceted. We use multiple regenerative / pro-healing tools either alone or in combination:
Pro-healing Tissue-Based Therapies
Biologic Allograft (BA)
(tissues derived from the female placenta and umbilical cord; these are often, incorrectly, referred to as stem cells)
The amniotic membrane (the innermost layer of the placenta,) as well as, the umbilical cord contain high amounts of pro-healing cells and signaling chemicals. The tissues can be harvested at the time of child birth and processed so that these cells and chemicals can be isolated and injected into certain areas of the human body to promote healing.
Tissues derived from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat
Plasma (PRP) including Platelet Lysate (PL)
Platelets are one of the many components of your biology involved in healing. These cells are best known for their role in clotting and they also regulate fundamental mechanisms involved in the healing process including cellular migration, proliferation and angiogenesis.
In PRP treatments, those platelets are taken from your own blood and returned to your body (guided by imaging) at a later date in a highly concentrated injection to a specific area to help facilitate healing.
PRP treatments replicate, in a concentrated manner, your body’s own response to soft tissue damage. Improvements in pain are not guaranteed, but many patients report reduced pain within a few weeks with ongoing relief as the body continues to heal. Ultrasound and MRI have shown the dramatic increase in healing in the weeks following PRP treatments in some patients.
Lasers have long been used for pain management due to their potential to help your body deal with aging and stress which causes cellular level changes in how you use oxygen. Lasers can be helpful in the following ways:
- Restoration of motion to joints
- Redevelop muscles
- Relaxation of muscles and relief from muscle spasms
- Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pain and stiffness
- Temporary relief of minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
- To temporarily increase blood circulation
According to the National Institute of Health, a systematic review and meta-analysis from 16 randomized control studies on Low Level Laser Therapy and neck pain (Chow et al., 2009) interpreted the analysis that LLLT caused an immediate decrease in pain for acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks post treatment in chronic neck pain patients. Recently, in a double blinded placebo control study (Leal et al. 2014) reported a decrease pain and increase in function in patients with knee pain.
While no treatment can promise immediate relief to every patient, laser treatments can be an important component of easing pain and helping the body heal.
At Innovation MD, we use both localized laser treatment and whole body treatments. The Aspen TheraLight Pod is the only whole body, 360 degree light capsule delivering light from all angles for optimal absorption. TheraLights’s key advantage is the usage of 4 light wavelengths at the highest irradiance in the industry. This allows for reduced session times compared to other systems. Specific wavelengths produce different bio-chemical reactions. Utilizing multiple and optimal wavelengths offer accelerated results for a broader scope of conditions. TheraLight is safe, relaxing and free of side effects.
BEMER therapy uses electromagnetic fields to help your body improve circulation in the smallest capillaries to improve oxygen delivery to your cells and improve waste byproduct removal. Roughly 100 trillion cells in our body are nourished and cleansed via capillaries, where nutrients and oxygen are delivered and waste is eliminated.
Through improved circulation, patients may experience less inflammation, reduced pain and faster healing.
Innovation MD uses two delivery methods for this technology:
- BEMER mat system – low intensity electromagnetic field device for systemic applications
- PMT 300 PEMF – high intensity pulsed electromagnetic field device for target applications
Ozone therapy causes an increase in the red blood cell glycolysis rate, which leads to an increase in the amount of oxygen released to the tissues to aid in healing.
Using O3, Innovation MD treats many medical conditions by stimulating the immune system. Ozone therapy has been utilized and heavily studied for more than a century. According to the National Institute of Health, its effects are “proven, consistent, safe and with minimal and preventable side effects.”