In today’s world, sitting around for months waiting for an injury to heal can be an extremely frustrating and limiting experience. With traditional conservative treatments, you’re usually taking medicine to deal with pain while waiting for your body to heal itself at its own pace—possibly in a walking boot or cast. And if conservative treatments couldn’t cut it, surgery was the last resort. A lengthy recovery here could force you to miss an entire sports season, or max out your vacation time (and then some) at work.
Now, however, regenerative medicine options are dramatically improving outcomes for patients. It’s an oversimplification, but you can think of regenerative medicine as conservative treatment with a supercharger. These medical treatments are designed to energize your own natural healing and repair mechanisms, increasing blood flow, oxygen, immune response, cellular production, and more.
In short, regenerative medicine can help you heal much faster after an injury than conventional conservative treatments, getting you back on the field or back at work in less time. And because they tend to be more effective for more serious injuries, they can even get you results in situations where, 10 or 15 years ago, surgery might have been your only option.
Regenerative medicine options we offer at our office include:
- MLS laser therapy. This advanced technology uses beams of light precisely tuned to wavelengths that stimulate cellular activity and unlock anti-inflammatory and healing responses.
- Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT). The benefits of EPAT are similar to that of laser therapy. However, rather than light, this technology uses guided, pulsed pressure waves to boost cellular metabolism.
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). The goal of this therapy is to increase the concentration of platelets and growth factors in the blood at the site of injury. This is accomplished by drawing a small sample of your blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets, and then re-injecting the platelet-rich concentration back into the injury site.
- Amniogenic therapy. In this procedure, we inject donated amniotic tissue and fluid, collected after a healthy birth, into injured tissues to stimulate accelerated growth and repair.
When you simply can’t afford to be off your feet for long and need to recover as fast as possible from your foot or ankle injury, the regenerative medicine options available at Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists are your best choice. We pride ourselves on providing the most comprehensive and advanced care for foot and ankle injuries in Central Texas, and look forward to discussing your treatment options with you. To set up an appointment, give us a call today at (512) 328-8900.