Performance Medicine in San Diego
At Spark Health, we believe that wellness starts with an intimate understanding of how the individual’s body functions. The Spark Health Process leverages a variety of exams in order to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to the human body.
Functional Lab Tests, or Specialty Lab Tests, evaluate the organ system and cater treatments to the individual, promoting sustainable mental and physical health. These tests offer an avenue for proactive health treatment as opposed to reactive.
Dextrose Prolotherapy involves injecting dextrose with an anesthetic into a damaged area, usually a ligament, tendon or joint. This solution causes a local, mild irritation initiating an inflammatory response that “turns on” the body’s powerful healing process. This procedure stimulates the growth of new ligament, tendon and cartilage in the damaged area. The ligaments and tendons produced after prolotherapy appear much the same as normal tissues, except they are thicker and stronger due to the new and ongoing creation of tissue. This new stronger and healthier tissue provides you with a more stable joint, a correction from past pain and discomfort.
A recent addition to regenerative injection therapy is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which has gained in popularity due to its successful use with professional athletes. PRP involves the injection of your blood’s platelets into the damaged area.
How do your platelets aid in healing?
Platelets play a central role in blood clotting and wound healing. Tissue repair begins with clot formation and platelet degranulation, which releases the growth factors necessary for wound repair. Platelet-derived growth factors are biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms. After platelets are activated at a wound site, proteins are released that directly and indirectly influence virtually all aspects of the wound healing process. Platelet concentration is directly involved in the healing of injuries.
What does Platelet Rich Plasma do?
PRP involves the application of concentrated platelets, which release a maximum quantity of growth factors to stimulate recovery in non-healing injuries. PRP causes a mass influx of growth factors, and these powerful growth factors naturally accelerate the regeneration of injured tissues. PRP enhances tissue healing and supports the remodeling of tissues, creating a stronger, healthier area.
What happens during a treatment?
The preparation for a PRP treatment involves collecting your own blood through a simple blood draw done during your visit. Next, we use a centrifuge to spin down your blood to separate out the platelet rich plasma (PRP). Then, we harvest the PRP and deliver precise injections of it into the injured areas. In other words, a PRP treatment is done just like any other prolotherapy treatment, except the solution used for injection is plasma enriched with growth factors from your own blood. PRP is typically used when the injury is more severe, or there is osteoarthritis present inside the joint.
Athletic Performance Shots
+ Improve muscle function + Increase endurance + Sustain energy $50
+ Decrease inflammation + Repair muscle & tissue + Reduce pain $50
Athletic Performance IV’s
Our athletic clients strive to keep their bodies at top performance levels, and continually push their bodies to the limit. Many of our athletic clients elect to have IV Nutrient Therapy treatments while training for a physically demanding event (such as a marathon, triathlon, or cycling event) or to aid in recovery post event. IV Nutrient Therapy boosts athletic performance, increases strength, reduces fatigue and shortens recovery time.
Strength & Endurance™
- Supports protein synthesis, which increases muscle strength and function Increases endurance
- Promotes mitochondrial conversion of fat to energy
- Maintains muscle mass while supporting fat metabolism
- Provides antioxidant support to decrease muscle damage and oxidative stress
- Supports muscle and connective tissue repair by decreasing inflammation and encouraging collagen formation and cell development
- Reduces muscle pain and soreness