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Hair loss

Hair Loss

Men and women can both experience hair loss. For men it is more socially accepted but often not appreciated by the man. If you are experiencing hair loss there are solutions.

First, you want to evaluate the underlying cause of your hair loss. Nutritional imbalances, thyroid imbalance, testosterone/estrogen imbalance and stress are all common causes of hair loss. Get a complete blood test with a doctor who specializes in getting you to optimal levels and who understands nutrition and hormone balancing. If your hair loss has no treatable cause (or if it needs regrowth once the cause is found and treated) then the next step is treatment.

You can use topical solutions that help your hair to stop falling out and may possibly regrow. You can also take propecia, a RX pill that helps your hair from the inside. You can get a hair transplant or you can get PRP scalp treatments.

PRP is platelet rich plasma: this is where we take your own blood, spin it down and retrieve the concentrated platelet solution.This is injected into your scalp (after local anesthesia is applied) in an outpatient procedure. This encourages healthy hair regrowth and works best with thinning hair, not completely or mainly bald scalps. Women typically only need one session and men require 3 to 4 sessions spaced 6 weeks apart. This procedure is a new breakthrough for safe and effective hair regrowth.

Joint Replacement Alternatives

Alternatives to joint replacements

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Everyone knows that surgery is available if your knee or hip gets severe arthritis. But, what if you did not have to do surgery? What if your own body possessed what you needed in order to heal?? Well, it does and we now have the knowledge on how to tap into your body’s natural healing capabilities.

Even though your body has natural healing compounds, it does not always get them to the right spot in order to repair arthritis. PRP and Stem Cell procedures solve this problem. Your blood is drawn and then placed into a special sterile container and spun in a specialized centrifuge. After the centrifuge does its job, the physician can now have a syringe with a high concentration of your healing elements. She/he is now able to inject this concentrated healing solution (made from your own body) directly to where you need it. With Stem Cell, a bone marrow sample is also taken in order to get a concentrated solution of your own stem cells (cells that can turn into other cells) and this is added to the blood derived solution.

Both procedures are best done with ultrasound guidance. This is where an ultrasound is used to fine tune where the solution is injected. This greatly increases the success of the procedure. It does add a little to the cost but is well worth it.

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Joint Replacement

Alternatives to joint replacement

PRP

We want to stay active as we age and when your joints go bad, you want it fixed! Traditionally the treatment has been surgical. However now there are some new treatments available.

PRP is platelet rich plasma. This is where your blood is drawn and spun in a special centrifuge inside of a sterile cup, selecting out a high concentration of platelets. Your platelets have a great ability to attract healing properties from your own body to them. When your PRP solution is injected directly into the damaged area (using ultrasound guidance), it is a signal to your body to heal the area.

When you have arthritis, it is best to have PRP added to bone marrow stem cells. A bone marrow sample is taken from your tailbone area and spun in a special centrifuge inside of a sterile cup. These stem cells have the ability to get your joint cells to rebuild. Essentially, using PRP and bone marrow stem cells is using your own body’s cells to get your joints to regrow. There are no artificial substances in your body.

Research has shown that it can take a few months for full effect, but the use of PRP and bone marrow stem cells are a natural alternative to surgery. Insurances are not covering this incredible treatment but hopefully they will realize that it is cheaper and safer than the use of surgery.

PRP Therapy Review

How effective is PRP Therapy?

See what one of our clients had to say!

PRP Review

“Just wanted to let you know how effective the PRP treatment has been on my left knee. As you know I had a total knee replacement on my right knee in June 2011. I thought that I would have to have my left knee replaced also. Luckily I found out about the PRP procedure before doing another knee surgery. Since the PRP treatment, I have no pain in my left knee and have been able to resume activities that I could not do prior to the injection. It is much easier to get the injection than to have surgery. I hardly missed any work with the injection on my left knee and I was out for several weeks after the right knee replacement. I would wholeheartedly recommend the PRP procedure to anyone that is contemplating surgery for arthritis.”

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PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

PRP and Pain

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Platelet Rich Plasma and Pain, what does it mean? Many people complain about joint aches/pain. A joint is where two bones are “linked together” by ligaments which then allows us to have movement. Cartilage is the cushion between the bones (at the joints) and allows for movement without pain.

Arthritis occurs when the cushion (cartilage) gets “irritated” and the ends of the bones (at the joint) actually get an abnormal buildup of bone. This causes pain and stiffness at the joint.

Glucosamine, chondroiten, and MSM are all natural joint support supplements that can help by repairing the cartilage. However if you don’t see a benefit after 8 weeks they are unlikely to help you. Pain medications are available but do not repair anything, they simply serve to help the pain.

A fairly new procedure available is PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cell treatment. This is a procedure where your own cells are used to help your body to repair itself. It is a great alternative to joint replacement surgery.

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