Advanced Treatments for Chronic Pain
When Pain Just Won’t Go Away
In a majority of cases, treatment for painful musculoskeletal foot and ankle injuries (such as heel pain, tendinitis, arthritis, etc.) never needs to get too sophisticated. A few weeks of rest, specific daily stretches, and wearing your orthotics is often more than sufficient to get you back on your feet comfortably.
However, sometimes a particularly severe or stubborn case of chronic pain requires a little more. What should you do if the “basic” treatments just aren’t delivering the results you require?
In the past, the answer might have been surgery. But thanks to advanced conservative and regenerative treatments now available at Eugene Foot and Ankle Health Center, this is almost never required anymore!
By incorporating care options such as platelet-rich plasma therapy, shockwave therapy, and amniotic tissue injections, we are going above and beyond what you’ll find in most ordinary foot and ankle clinics and helping our patients overcome even the most stubborn cases of chronic pain—without drugs or surgery.
Read on to learn a little bit more about these advanced techniques.
With shockwave therapy, there are no injections whatsoever. The goal is to trigger your body’s natural tissue repair and anti-inflammation mechanisms through external stimulation, which in turn brings pain relief and faster healing.
In this treatment, the shockwave machine generates gentle pulses of energy, which travel through an applicator device placed on your skin, then deep into the injured tissues.
The shockwaves, essentially, create “microtraumas” in the inflamed tissues. They are too minor to cause you any additional discomfort (beyond the pain of the injury you already have), but your body notices them, and responds by flooding the area with new blood vessels, oxygen, nutrients, and pain-relieving neurotransmitters. Shockwaves can even break up calcified deposits and trigger collagen formation.
Again, these are all natural processes that your body should be doing for you anyway. Shockwave just gives them a boost—and usually enough of one to reverse your painful symptoms.
One shockwave appointment can be very brief—as little as 15-30 minutes in most cases. The standard treatment course is one treatment per week for three weeks, with additional treatments as necessary. A package of three treatments runs $450; additional sessions are $150 each thereafter, or slightly more if there is a second treatment site.
Amniotic Tissue Injections
This is an injection therapy, similar in many respects to PRP. However, instead of using your body’s own platelets, the injectable is prepared from dehydrated amniotic and chorionic material. This features an even more potent mixture of bioactive nutrients critical for tissue repair, including growth factors, cytokines, chemokines, and collagen.
Furthermore, because amniotic tissue is considered “privileged,” there is little-to-no chance of it being rejected by your body.
We know there may be some ethical and safety concerns when discussing the use of amniotic material, so let us put these to rest. In short, no babies or mothers are harmed by the gathering processes. The membranes are voluntarily donated after healthy births, then rigorously screened for safety. Amniotic membranes have been used successfully in medicine for decades, and are ordinarily discarded unless donated.
The treatment is so powerful that, generally, only a single injection is necessary to trigger a significant and long-lasting reduction in symptoms. That said, we may schedule a few follow-up appointments simply to measure the results via ultrasound. The cost of this procedure for patients is $400.
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