Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Meniscal Injuries

The piece of cartilage that provides a cushion effect in the knee joint, between your thigh bone and shinbone is called the meniscus. This small cartilage is prone to injury during activities that put pressure on or rotate the knee joint. A hard tackle on the football field, sudden pivot during basketball or even getting up too quickly from a squatting position can result in meniscal injuries. The meniscus also weakens due to degenerative changes with age and conditions like osteoarthritis which causes stiffness in your joints. Weaker and thinner meniscus is more prone to tear/injury. Some of signs that may suggest a meniscal injury are:

  •     A popping sound around your knee joint
  •     Pain and swelling
  •     Difficulty to move the knee or achieve a full range of motion
  •     Knee appears locked
  •     A feeling that the knee is unable to support you

If any of these symptoms persist for more than a few days or occur after a knee injury, seek medical help from an orthopedician.

Regenerative Medicine for Meniscal Injuries

At Regencare, we have seen excellent results with regenerative medicine using Orthogen-P  to help heal these injuries without the need of long term medications or surgery. This treatment helps to stimulate natural healing and repairs the meniscus to provide stability to the knee. Most of our patients have returned to their daily activities almost immediately. By strictly adhering to our treatment protocols, your knee can have the mobility and function it had before the injury.

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The group of muscles and tendons that keep the head of your arm attached firmly within the socket of the shoulder joint is the rotator cuff. Progressive wear and tear of the tendon tissue due to repetitive overhead activity or heavy lifting for a long period of time may result in injury to the rotator cuff.  Rotator cuff tears may also occur due to a single injury like in case of traumas. The symptoms that can be suggestive of rotator cuff injury include:

  •     Dull aching pain in the shoulders
  •     Disturbed sleep due to pain
  •     Inability to reach behind your back even to comb your hair
  •     Weakness of the arms

Progressing age, occupation that require repetitive arm motions and a history of rotator cuff injuries in the family increases your chance to acquire this disease. Medical attention is of utmost importance in rotator cuff injuries as any delay in treatment can result in permanent loss of motion or weakness of the shoulder joint. Progressive degeneration of the joint can worsen your pain and other symptoms. Keeping your shoulder immobilized for a long time due to pain may also result in a condition called “frozen shoulder.”

Regencare provides treatment for rotator cuff injuries using regenerative therapy by inducing the ability of cells to regenerate, decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the damaged area. This helps to speed up the healing process without the need of any complex surgeries. Regenerative therapy using Orthogen P has shown promise in tendon repair, especially when it comes to the shoulder joint injuries.

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Saturday, 9 January 2021

Osteoarthritis Hip

What happens in Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

The hip is the second largest weight-bearing joint of the body after the knee. Osteoarthritis of the hip is the condition which causes pain, swelling, and deformity to the hip joints due to the breaking down of cartilage tissues that protects the joints. Cartilage acts as a "shock absorber" to reduce friction in the joints and inflammation or injury to this joint causes the cartilage to break down. Some key factors which causes osteoarthritis hip are:

  •     Being overweight
  •     Advancing age
  •     Injury to the hip
  •     History of the disease in the family
  •     Genetic defects or improper growth of the joint

Signs and symptoms

Take an appointment with an orthopedician if you notice the following symptoms of hip osteoarthritis:

  •     Pain in the groin, thigh, buttocks or down your leg to the knee
  •     Joint stiffness
  •     Swelling and tenderness
  •     Grinding noise and locking when you move your hip
  •     Decreased range of motion in the hip
  •     Inability to perform routine activities which requires bending

Treatment of Osteoarthritis Hip

Treatment aims at improving the person's mobility and lifestyle by  improving the function of the hip and controlling pain. It involves the following options:

  •     Prescription of medication to relieve pain and inflammation
  •     Put patient on weight loss regime
  •     Surgery like Hip Replacement Surgery, Hip Resurfacing etc.
  •     Alternative rehabilitation therapies
  •     Regenerative medicine using Orthogen P

At Regencare, we specialize in treatment with platelet-rich plasma (Orthogen P), which uses the natural substances in your own body to help tissues heal by releasing substances called growth factors that stimulate healing. When injected into the affected area, Orthogen P encourages the damaged cartilage to regrow and heal without the need of surgery. It is important to maintain a healthy weight and do strengthening exercises to make your path to recovery quicker.

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