Tendonitis is a common ailment that many people suffer with at one point or another, and is the body’s natural response to overused tendons and ligaments. With moderate rest, the symptoms tend to relieve themselves and normal functioning can continue. But chronic pain, lasting 6 weeks or more, is an indication that your tendonitis requires the care and attention of an expert physician, or in this case, a podiatrist.
For many years, those who suffered from chronic tendonitis were prescribed treatment plans to reduce inflammation or to mask pain. This was done through the use of anti-inflammatory medications or steroids, like Corticosteroids. However, these treatments do not treat the injury per say, rather, they help reduce pain and pressure in the area. And while this can help the patient return to normal functioning for a time, it may not truly result in long-term healthy functioning or tissue regeneration. In addition, long-term use of pain relievers has been shown to have negative effects on the gut, liver and heart – so alternative approaches to treating pain through tissue regeneration have taken precedence over this.
A more modern approach in medicine lately has focused not on masking injury symptoms and pain, but actually treating it with procedures that allow the body to heal itself. This is broadly referred to as “Regenerative Medicine”. Using amniotic cells (those consensually derived from a maternal source – not an embryo) have proven to actually reproduce healthy cells in the target area, restoring once degenerated tissues and eliminating the need to use long-term medications or injections altogether.
Amniotic Cells in Podiatric Medicine
Amniotic cells are proving to be a revolutionary treatment for all sorts of chronic issues, such as joint pain, knee pain and tendonitis as well as sports injuries. Most notably, Amniotic Cells are helping the podiatric community to treat and heal injuries without the need for surgical intervention. Only your podiatrist can tell you if Amniotic Injections are a proper treatment for your chronic pain or injury, but many are suggesting the therapy as a first line of defense before considering more invasive procedures, such as surgery.
Understanding Chronic Tendonitis
Chronic tendonitis can happen to anyone. It is the result of overusing the tendon system in the affected area. It is extremely common in athletes, and also tends to affect active individuals as they age, as the body experiences more degeneration and is more prone to injury.
And while resting the affected area is prescribed for many, especially the younger population, chronic tendonitis may also be an indication of something more serious, such as poor blood supply, leading to collagen separation and degeneration. Rest and anti-inflammatories will only do so much to treat this. Instead, podiatrists and physicians are utilizing the amazing power of Amniotic Injections to help actually regenerate cells and tissues in the affected area – actually healing the injury rather than just masking it.
How do Amniotic Injections work?
If “natural regeneration” sounds too good to be true, let us help you understand the science. Amniotic cells are powerhouse growth factors that influence the cells around them. They also contain high doses of hyaluronic acid which lubricate the joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility, proteins, cytokines and other important compounds. Therefore, Amniotic Injections do double duty: easing pain and inflammation while simultaneously promoting new, healthy tissue growth for full restoration.
During an Amniotic Injection treatment, the physician pinpoints the area of pain and tactfully injects thriving Amniotic Cells to the area. The fluid in the injection containing the growth factors helps to stimulate tissue growth, stem cell activity and naturally reduces inflammation and increases cartilage growth.
In knee, hip and joint cases, this helps cushion the area so there is less bone-on-bone pain. Also, studies have shown that after thousands of treatments, there have been no cases of body rejection from any candidate.
Amniotic Injections with Skye Biologics
At County Wide Foot, Ankle and Wound Care Associates, we’re proud to supply our patients with Amniotic Injection Therapies from Skye Biologics. They specialize in both wound dressings as well as regenerative injections.
PTM Therapy® is used to potentially assist the bodies of patients who are suffering from various injuries and degenerative conditions, by supplementing or replacing the damaged or inadequate connective tissue at the injury site. Many of these conditions are very painful, result in limited mobility, and may lead to surgery if left untreated. The musculoskeletal system is an ideal place where connective tissue can be used to potentially assist in the body’s natural repair process.
PTM Therapy® replaces the body’s damaged or missing connective tissue at the area of injury with a highly functioning ExtraCellular Matrix derived from the placental source. The ExtraCellular Matrix is the interconnected system of Collagens, Growth Factors, and Bioactive molecules that provides the structural foundation for our body’s tissues and biochemical support to the surrounding cells.
Are you an Amniotic Injection candidate?
Amniotic Injection therapy is considered safe, and the ideal treatment for most people with joint pain, ligament and tendon injury. However, it is also recommended to those who are at-risk of undergoing more invasive surgical options. Amniotic Injections have been recommended as the safest option for patients who are at high risk for complications due to total joint replacement because of risk factors such as heart or lung disease, or those at risk of developing blood clots from a surgical procedure.
And while Amniotic Injections may not be the solution for all injuries, namely those that require surgery, it’s proving to be the best form of treatment to replace the use of anti-inflammatory medication protocols and steroidal injections – which provide no opportunity for inherent regeneration.
Benefits of Amniotic Injections
- Relieve pain in joints, tendons and ligaments
- Reduce or eliminate foot and ankle pain
- Alternative to steroid use or surgery
- Recommended treatment for tissue regeneration
- Stimulate the body’s own healing capabilities
- No risk of body rejection
- Can repair injured ligaments and tendons
- Treats Osteoarthritis
- Natural anti-inflammatory
- Can treat Chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinosis
What do Amniotic Injections treat?
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinosis
- Soft tissue injuries, including meniscus and cartilage
- Achilles tears
- Tendon or ligament tears
- Sacroiliac pain
- Joint pain in the knee, shoulder, fingers, wrist, ankles or toes
- Tennis elbow / Golfer’s elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Wound healing
- Hip, neck, back, knee or foot pain
If you’d like to learn more about our Amniotic Injection therapy at County Wide Foot, Ankle & Wound Care Associates, please give us a call at 561-369-3300 to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Desiree Garzon.