How to fix that nagging shoulder pain
Is lingering shoulder pain inhibiting you from your daily activities or performing at a high level? Ever get a shoulder stinger while playing football or goofing around as a youngster? It is likely that you caused damaged to surrounding ligaments or labrum of the shoulder. When that happens, even endless hours of physical therapy and icing the shoulder can’t make the pain go away completely. What can you do? It’s time to learn a little more about PRP regenerative injections!
Why do I still have shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain is caused by connective tissue or surrounding musculature that is injured during an abnormal movement. The muscles or tendons that are usually involved are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, or teres minor (rotator cuff muscles). The dysfunction of these muscles causes a downstream effect by inhibiting certain muscles or over-activation. The most common injury in the shoulder joint is to the supraspinatus – inhibiting shoulder flexion & abduction, as well as internal rotation (lifting the arm to pick up an item).
Shoulder pain is quite common because the dynamic function of our shoulder puts heavy strain on the surrounding muscles and connective tissues. PRP may have significant benefits for many shoulder injuries. It is suggested to consult with a specially trained PRP practitioner before shoulder replacement surgery. Shoulder replacement surgeries often cost thousands of dollars and recovery times are substantial.
The body is a patch and repair system – if an effected joint/structure is injured the bodies secretes calcium to mend and heal the structure (connective tissue, ligament, tendon, muscle, etc). This leaves the body with bone spurs, calcified connective tissues, and a consistent dull achy pain. Alternative treatments may provide temporary relief such as chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, topical creams, homeopathics, cold laser, ultrasound, and E-stem… the list goes on and on. These therapies may be beneficial to the joint and surrounding tissues but they do not physically heal and regrow the damaged tissue.
PRP regenerative injections are platelets and plasma extracted out of your own blood, activated, and injected back into the effected joint/connective tissues. The platelets contain stem cells and growth factors that will differentiate into a cartilage cell or connective tissue cell. This will allow the physical structure to heal properly and maintain its structural integrity. And the process of the needling technique also has the added benefit of stimulating the affected joint and structures.
PRP (non-surgical) regenerative injections are actually do the opposite of what you may think. The PRP causes an inflammation of the joint, rather than an anti-inflammatory effect most treatments like cortisone injections are intended to have. But while cortisone injections temporarily mask the pain, they are detrimental and degrading to the joint. Instead of masking the symptoms, the inflammatory effects of PRP bring increased growth factors, immune cells, and blood cells and genuinely improve the healing process.
PRP Regenerative Injections may be effective in treating these conditions
- Rotator cuff tears
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhensive capsulitis)
- Chronic shoulder dislocations
- Bicep tendinitis
- Glenoid labral tear
- Osteoarthitis (OA)
- Shoulder Impingement
What to expect
PRP regenerative injections may be a viable treatment option for shoulder pain and dysfunction caused by overuse or connective tissue/ligamentous damage. During the pain management consult – a thorough history will be taken, physical exam including orthopedic exams, muscle testing, and functional movement assessment. Benefits and risks of the procedure will be discussed, as well as at home instructions. Clinically, there has been a high success rate of moving patient’s out of pain, improving structure and function, and improving movement patterns. Average treatment length is approximately 3-5 treatments to see the best results with PRP regenerative injections.
Other treatment options for shoulder pain
- Movement and mobility specialists (Your Healthy Spine Integrative Clinic)
- Physical Therapy (Movement Rx)
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Cold Laser
- Graston technique
- Trigger point therapy/ART/Massage Therapy.
“Humpty Dumpty has nothing on me – thanks to Spark Health and PRP.”
“Spark Health has been an absolute lifesaver to me over this past year. I was initially treated for turf toe and both ankles for instability. After 1 PRP treatment, I was back in action and was able to return to teaching spinning class and snowboarding.”
“Through a sequence of unfortunate events, I ended up sustaining multiple injuries to my shoulder, low back, pelvis and hip. I saw 3 different physical therapists, a chiropractor, two orthopedic surgeons, a physical medicine doctor and an acupuncturist; all leaving me with no answers, increased pain and having spent thousands of dollars with no results, just worsening of symptoms. I have Ehlers-Danlos so for me surgery is never the best option nor does it target areas I need the most help with.”
“I am so grateful to the doctors at Spark for their global approach to getting me put back together. After just one PRP treatment to the pelvis and lower back, I had more than 70% improvement and will probably need only one other injection there. I am so appreciative for Spark’s pricing; most of the other clinics charge hundreds of dollars more per treatment.”
“Platelet Rich Plasma and Spark Health have been life-changing to me.”
Dr. Jason Phan ND – Spark Health – Naturopathic Medical Doctor specializing in IV Vitamin Therapy, PRP/Prolotherapy Regenerative Injections, Men’s and Women’s Health, and Optimal Living.
Everyone has heard of the term “antioxidant” and we most likely are thinking “berries and fruit carry antioxidants – right”? Yes, berries are rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress placed upon the body at the cellular level. Glutathione acts as the navy seal of our immune system – attacking and ridding the specific target (oxidative radicals) that cause damage to our cells. Have you ever felt that your body needs a “detox”? This is your answer!
In our modern day society – individuals are seeking optimal health to further improve the way they feel and how they perform in our competitive society. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant that is produced by the human body. It helps protect the body from oxidative stress – that is caused by the simple action that we all take for granted – BREATHING. I believe the simple act of breathing and being exposed to oxygen propels the aging cascade.
The process of aging has many hypotheses – but the leading hypothesis is caused by oxidative stress at the biological & cellular level. The best way to explain oxidative stress is like a banana, peeled open and exposed to the open air. The banana browns, softens, and actually becomes sweeter in taste. The browning is caused by oxygen, damaging the cellular structure of the banana – causing the banana to “Age”. This process also occurs within our bodies, browning our skin and increases the development of those unwanted “wrinkles”. Want to know more about glutathione to help mitigate the side effects of just living and breathing? I know I do.
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is the strongest antioxidant that is natural produced by your body. It binds up oxidative free radicals to produce anti-aging effects and improve detoxification. I won’t bore you with the biochemical pathways and science behind glutathione. Its a complex pathway that involves other enzymes and nutrients to create an abundance of this antioxidant to fight oxidative stress. Other key nutrients that are involved in this pathway are selenium, pyridoxine (B6), and methylcobalamin (B12).
What is the best route of administration?
The best route of administration is Intravenous because the body readily absorbs glutathione and utilizes this antioxidant quite rapidly (30 minutes). Orally, the nutrient gets broken down by what’s called “first pass metabolism” basically meaning (stomach and liver). Before the nutrient ever hits your blood – the bioavailability of the nutrient is GONE. If you want rapid results with glutathione – receive an glutathione IV push!
What are the benefits of Glutathione?
Detoxification – improves metabolic function
Skin – (improves tone, collagen production)
Anti-aging – decreases oxidative stress
Brain – improves neurochemistry (powerful treatment for parkinsons disease)
Autoimmune – promotes healthy immune function
Hormonal – provides optimal environment for hormone production
Glutathione and Optimal Health
Optimal health is feeling fantastic day in and day out while your body functions at its highest level metabolically. Stress, inflammation, oxidative damage, toxins, chemicals, pesticides, GMO, plastics all damage our bodies at some capacity so achieving optimal health is quite difficult. With new advances in medicine and a better understanding of the biochemistry of our bodies, we now can give our bodies the necessary fuel to provide longevity in our lives. Glutathione is a one of those nutrients – prevents aging by reducing free radicals in our bodies (the aging process).
What are the side effects?
Some common side effects of glutathione are the feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea or my favorite “I feel drunk”. This is due to the rapid detoxification that is occurring within the brain. Most individuals do not experience any side effects – but other common ones are – coldness and burning pain up the arm. To prevent this – the IV push of glutathione should be pushed slow or diluted with normal saline.
Where can I get Glutathione?
The best place to get glutathione is from a medical clinic that specializes in IV therapy like Spark Health. OurNaturopathic Doctors at Spark are specially trained in nutrient IV therapies. Spark Health focuses mainly on optimizing health through the introduction of high quality IV nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Pop in and check us out in Solana Beach, California or visit us on line at www.MySparkHealth.com.
~The Spark Team
The Spark Health PRP Micro Needling Facial – “Vampire Facial”
When we look good, we feel good! Taking care of our skin is important because it is the biggest organ in our body. We can absorb nutrients, secrete toxins, and its how we present ourselves to the exterior world.
Anti-aging medicine and increasing vitality is important because as humans we want to defy the impossible. To change the status quo – to live different, to be different. Increasing the length of our lives while staying vibrant and healthy is a goal of our modern day society.
What are PRP Micro Needling Facials, “Vampire Facials”?
The Spark Health PRP Micro Needling Facials or the trendy “Vampire Facial” is a new aesthetic treatment to help increase collagen production, improve skin tone, tighten facial pores, and lighten & brighten up your beautiful face! All of these beneficial improvements in your skin are the result of the platelets extracted from your own blood! These platelets consist of growth factors, stem cells, and collagen precursors that is injected back into your skin tissue. There are new advances in medicine that are trending, to learn more on the PRP Facial from Spark check out our site athttps://www.mysparkhealth.com//our-services/beauty-age-management/
Why do they call it a “Vampire Facial”?
The infamous “vampire facial” got it’s title from famous celebrities receiving the treatment like Kim Kardashian. The extraction of the platelets – makes the PRP solutions turn slightly red – “Vampire facial” Your own blood is curing your wrinkles and increasing collagen to better looks and better skin! Your body is fascinating and this is another way that your own body can cure itself!
Where can I receive a PRP Micro Needling Facial, “Vampire Facial”?
PRP facials -Timeless facials can be received at Spark Health located in Solana Beach. Our practitioners are professional and specially trained in the procedure. Focused on collagen regrowth and improving skin quality, texture, and skin tone. PRP facials is a must used service to decrease the effects of aging, improve wrinkles, and look young, healthy, and vibrant! Call us today!
Our very own Dr. Cicerone, aka “Dr. C,” was on “The Show” with Elizabeth Meza. They talked naturopathic medicine, prolotherapy and all things Spark Health! Dr. C shared valuable insight into how Spark Health finds the roots of its patients’ health issues, and neutralizes them in a natural and conclusive fashion. Meza conducted an informative and engaging interview that allowed Dr. C to really delve deeply into the benefits Spark Health offers its patients. Dr. C discussed the four key elements of Spark Health’s products and services: PRP Injections, PRP Facials, Vitamin Injections and Vitamin IV Therapy.
Dr. C explained, “Prolotheraphy is a regenerative joint injection. And it’s been done in the professional athletic world for years now, and in the past — probably — 5 years or so it’s really become more mainstream. So, the public has access to it.” Dr. C broke down the differences between platelet rich prolotherapy (PRP Therapy) and the dextrose prolotherapy which is a sugar solution. PRP Therapy employs fascinating a technique which involves using some of the patients’ own blood as an essential part of the prolotherapy. Spark Health’s patented PRP Injections have aided everyone from crossfit athletes, to triathletes all the way to the “weekend warriors” among us.
This interview is packed with information, and Dr. C makes it all easy to understand. More importantly: she explains how it all works. She goes into detail about how Spark Health’s services enrich and repair our bodies from the inside out. So, give this a listen and learn how Spark Health can help you live a happy and healthy life!
Spark Health has focused its medical background in the areas of pain management and improving athletic performance. Utilizing a sports medicine background with natural medical knowledge, prolotherapy and PRP regenerative injections are the main therapeutic modality performed for pain. Our practitioners are highly trained in physical medicine and regenerative joint injections being taught by The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative injections have been treating acute and chronic pain for the past 40 years. It has gained popularity in the United States due to NBA star Kobe Bryant going to Germany to receive Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Now NFL stars such as Brandon Marshall have been receiving regenerative injections for acute physical conditions. Prolotherapy has been showing promising results compared to cortisone (steroid) injections. It has shown long lasting and well-tolerated results in nearly every joint of the body.
Prolotherapy is a mixture of 50% dextrose solution combined with 0.9% normal saline and an anesthetic such as lidocaine. This formula is specially formulated to produce inflammation in a person’s affected joint. Yes, you read that correct, prolotherapy causes inflammation in the joint, which therefore, your body produces an inflammatory response to bring growth factors, cofactors to produce collagen and elastic fibers to the area to promote healing. An amazing concept that allows the body to heal itself and aligns quite well with the naturopathic philosophy of let nature be thy cure. Instead of dampening the bodies own biological processes with pharmaceutical drugs, prolotherapy utilizes the bodies own immune cells to stimulate growth and repair.
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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections is a safe procedure that involves a blood collection and a specialized needling technique to improve joint pain and joint function. PRP procedure involves collecting a patients blood that is spun down to extract platelets. Platelets are a natural substance the body produces that induce stem cell production, collagen production, elastic fiber production, and contain growth factors that are beneficial in healing and repair of joints. Once these platelets are collected they are injected back into a patient’s injured joint which causes an inflammatory response (which is good). PRP induces the bodies own healing response to take place while the platelets are acting as stem cells and inducing growth and repairs of the joint capsule and surrounding soft tissue. PRP is a great alternative to steroid injections, pharmaceutical interventions, or even surgery.
Prolotherapy/PRP regenerative injections will benefit the professional athlete but also the normal wear and tear on our bodies. It will help repair nagging aches and pains, but also prevent serious surgeries in the future. The best time to receive prolotherapy/PRP is anytime! There are some athletes that receive treatment prior to competition to strengthen the ligaments and connective tissues. Acute and chronic conditions can be effectively treated. Prolotherapy/PRP has only recently been available to the general public due to its expanding research and science behind the art of regenerative injections. Call now to learn more about Prolotherapy/PRP and book your initial consult today!
Dr. Jason Phan NMD
Platelet Rich Plasma Micro Needling Facial (Vampire Facial) is a leading-edge procedure that uses the healing power of platelets and growth factors from your own blood to stimulate new collagen growth. Our PRP Micro Needling Facial promotes circulation, repairs and regenerates damaged skin, and helps slow and reverse the signs of aging. This procedure triggers the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in healthier and younger looking skin.
Our PRP facial helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tightens and tones, and minimizes scars and dark spots. If you’re interesting in learning more about the Spark approach to personalized medicine, visit our website at mysparkhealth.com, or call us at 858.228.4188.
At Spark Health, we believe the key to losing weight and keeping it off is understanding the factors contributing to the problem. These factors vary person to person, but they can include hormone imbalances, digestive problems, food intolerances or negative emotional environments.
Our doctors will examine all of these factors, and work with you to create an individualized program that includes diet, exercise, lifestyle counseling, oral supplements and IV therapy.
Weight-loss programs increase cell membrane fluidity to allow toxins to exit the cell, as well as help maintain a proper blood sugar balance, healthy cholesterol level and appropriate digestion or absorption rates.
Spark Health helps empower our patients to lose weight in a healthy, safe and effective way, while supporting the body’s detoxification processes.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.
Naturopathic doctors (ND) support patients with cancer to maximize overall health, fight disease processes and prevent or reduce side effects of standard cancer treatment regimens for patients who utilizing them. Spark Health doctors may recommend specific supplements or nutritional programs in an individualized treatment approach.
Naturopathic doctors who specialize in naturopathic oncology understand both the standard treatments employed by medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, and how best to work in a collaborative model of cancer co-treatment. Spark Health doctors often help patients maintain their oncology treatment regimens while providing vital support reducing the side effects of those treatments. Naturopathic doctors are well aware of the multitude of ‘alternative therapies’ promoted to cure cancer and work to educate patients on evidence-based treatment modalities.
Spark Health also screens for any potential interactions between conventional cancer therapies and natural products that may affect the efficacy of a treatment. This supports the natural cancer-fighting ability of the immune system in helping prevent recurrence or other types of cancer.
If you’re interested in speaking with Dr. Aliza Cicerone and learning more about the Spark Approach to naturopathic cancer oncology, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.
At Spark Health, we tailor our supplement treatments specifically to a patient’s needs based on their symptoms and labs results. There is no generic or one-size-fits-all plan. This is why we strive to address and understand each patient’s individual picture of health to help treat them.
Our doctors will recommend specific supplements that will encourage your body to function optimally. All of the supplements we carry at Spark Health come from the highest quality of manufacturer, and are third-party tested to ensure purity and dose accuracy.
We understand the importance of checking drug and nutrient interactions. Our doctors not only make sure that no natural supplement interferes with a prescribed medication, but they also ensure that supplements are safe, effective and necessary.
Our personalized treatment plans mean Spark Health patients take the appropriate supplements based on their individual physiological needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Spark Approach to personalized medicine, give us a call at (858) 228-4188.