Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a highly therapeutic form of regenerative medicine used by everyone from elite athletes to weekend warriors to people with long standing injuries. Platelet-rich plasma is fascinating in the sense that it uses your own product to help you heal. This limits the risk of infection tremendously, and the research doesn’t lie. In our clinic, we draw a small amount of blood product, spin it down to extract within our closed system and then we inject the PRP back into your body by way of a sterile syringe under ultrasound-guidance. The benefits of PRP Injections are that the healing factors are delivered direct to the point of injury so that you are back to feeling yourself as soon as you can.
Prolotherapy is a form of regenerative medicine that is primarily used for ligament, tendon and joint injuries. This non-surgical intervention is a revolutionary way to optimize your tendon and ligament health after an injury or as a result of injury. Prolotherapy involves injecting a combination of dextrose, freezing and energy precusors under ultrasound guidance to an area of injury. The combination of these substances ensures that the area of injury repairs properly and that patients can get back to work, back to exercise or back to retirement – pain free.
Neural Prolotherapy is an injection of 5% dextrose injected subcutaneously (just under the skin) over the area that is painful. This pain is usually a result of nerve pain due to compression or impingement. 5% dextrose binds to a pain-sensing receptor on the nerve known as the TRPV1 receprot and blocks the signal. The disruption of this signal ensures that the nerve can begin to heal. Neural Prolotherapy is especially beneficial when patients are experiencing tingling and burning sensations – as these are a result of nerve impingements.
If you’re experiencing fatigue, nerve pain or brain fog it might be the result of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. This deficiency is very common in people who eat a primarily carbohydrate, vegetarian or vegan diet, as the most absorable form of B12 comes from red meat. If your medical professional is giving you a B12 shot you should be receiving it in the form of “methylcobalamin” (the most absorbable form) to ensure effective absorption into your sisten. Our medical team uses values based off multiple populations, but it’s safe to say that if your B12 is anywhere under 500, you’re deficient. Be sure to chat with your medical professional about how Vitmain B12 can support mental and neurological health, detox pathways, as well as treat fatigue and improve quality of sleep.
Throughout the winter months, most people have low levels of Vitamin D due to a decrease in exposure to the sun. This deficiency can be a contributing factor to Seasonal Affective Disorder and can lead to weaker bones (like in osteoporosis). You can request a Vitamin D injection, which easily absorbs into your body.
One of the most common nutrient deficiencies, especially in highly stressed individuals and in the elderly. Used to treat migraines, muscle cramping and improve overall wellbeing.
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Dr. Ben Connolly, ND
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