What We Treat
Headaches are complicated and frustrating. They can range from an occasional tension or sinus headache to more debilitating conditions such as migraines, cluster headaches, occipital neuralgia or trigeminal neuralgia. Treatment can be difficult since there are many potentially contributing factors – allergies, hormonal fluctuations, stress levels, posture, blood pressure, blood sugar, dietary triggers, medications, alcohol and dental and neck pain and more. To determine the appropriate treatment, it is important to understand the nature of your headache.
At Wellward Regenerative Medicine, we seek to understand what makes your headache unique to you. Often times, there is more than one cause and a broad label like migraine or tension-headache limits effective treatment options. Tracing the nerves that carry headache signals to the brain often uncovers it’s cause. Special types of nerve blocks not only can decrease the frequency or severity of headaches but can even eliminate it permanently. Newer techniques like Neuroprolo, a form of regenerative medicine, use your body’s own healing abilities to treat headaches, unlike steroids, botox, or other conventional treatments.
Shoulder joints have a shallow joint socket, which gives it the widest range of motion of all joints in the body. The shoulder relies on 3 parts for stability: 1) the labrum, a soft tissue cup that makes the socket deeper, 2) ligaments to tie parts together, and 3) the rotator cuff, a group of four muscles and tendons that move the shoulder while keeping it in the socket. Some everyday positions and stresses make the shoulder vulnerable. Damage can occur suddenly with a sports injury or accident, or it can evolve slowly with aging and accumulation of small injuries. The shoulder also has many moving parts and as a result, shoulders are susceptible to common conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and tendinosis. The pain of these conditions can make everyday activities such as dressing, working and even sleeping difficult.
The specialists at Wellward Regenerative Medicine are experts in all parts of the shoulder, from rotator cuff muscles and tendons to AC joints and nerves. Combining live-diagnostic ultrasound techniques with experienced knowledge of shoulder dynamics and nerve pathways, even complex problems can be identified and treated. Wellward utilizes sophisticated interventions and Regenerative techniques to help stimulate healing and potentially help avoid surgery. We innovate advanced treatments every day- some of our treatment options can only be found at Wellward Regenerative Medicine.
With the growing use of laptops, smartphones and other devices, necks are quickly becoming one of the most worn down structures in the body. Tech Neck, as it’s come to be known, is the painful effect of daily endured poor ergonomics. Neck muscles in this condition work overtime, which can lead to the development of strains and tears in the tendons. As muscles fatigue, the entire weight of the head starts weighing down on hard structures like disks and joints which cause degenerative disk and neck arthritis (also called cervical facet arthropathy). Depending on the disks or joints affected, this can also cause pinched nerves and cause shooting pain extending into the arms (radiculopathy), or into the head causing headaches (cervicogenic headaches or occipital neuralgia).
With so many parts woven together to support the head and neck, it is impossible to definitively diagnose the cause of pain through an x-ray or MRI. At Wellward, we have years of experience examining the neck and locating the root of the problem. While conventional medical techniques such as steroid shots and epidurals can temporarily lessen symptoms, regenerative techniques using prolotherapy, Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP), or stem cells can help heal tissue and provide a permanent solution. With attentive care, even problems previously only treated with surgery can be addressed without a scalpel!
Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit. And while the types and causes of pain vary greatly, at Wellward Regenerative Medicine, we offer treatments that are office-based and effective for many different issues. Our first goal is to figure out the exact cause of pain. Our approach begins with listening to your story and carefully examining your back. We review your radiology together to explain contributing factors and examine you under live x-ray or ultrasound while activating the part of your back causing the pain. After we determine the underlying cause, we can address the pain with non-surgical treatments such as prolotherapy, PRP or stem cell injections to stimulate healing. From diagnosis to treatment, spines are our specialty and our innovations are often effective without the invasiveness of surgery or the danger of pills.
Chest wall pains are among the least understood pain problems by the average physician. Many do not know that nearly 25% of women who have a mastectomy for breast cancer continue to have breast pain even after remission. This often occurs due to scarring around nerves. Other injuries that can cause chest wall pain include thoracotomy, rib fracture and shingles. Most often, persistent pain is a result of damage to intercostal nerves, a condition called intercostal neuralgia. Other chest wall structures like the cartilage and ligaments that connect the ribs to the spine or breast plate can be injured and cause a variety of conditions.
Many of these conditions have simple solutions that can be addressed in the office on the same day. Whether the problem is located at the nerves, the rib-spine junction or anything in between, ultrasound-guided blocks can help find the problem and determine long-term solutions. Some of the latest advances use regenerative techniques like Neuroprolo, a new wave of nerve treatments that help soothe damaged nerves and restore normal function. Other regenerative options like prolotherapy, Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) or stem cell injections can help heal ligaments and connective tissue, accelerate bone healing, or restore normal nerve function.
Elbows do more than just bend – they aid in wrist movements and rotation of hands and forearms. Because of this connectivity, many elbow and wrist issues are also connected. Many common treatments, such as steroid injections, help only temporarily. Steroid injections can reduce inflammation but may ultimately weaken the tendons and increase the likelihood of repeat injury. At Wellward Regenerative Medicine, our specialists look for sustainable relief through innovative new solutions, often eliminating the need for surgery. Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for elbow tendinosis have been shown to rival even the best treatments found across the globe. Our evidence-based regenerative treatments help relieve pain and improve your ability to function.
Stomach and pelvic pain can have a major life impact. Many organs can be involved, which can make abdominal pain frightening. Locating the cause of the pain is important because the symptom may only be part of the larger issue. At Wellward Regenerative Medicine, we offer a variety of techniques to find the source of your stomach or pelvic pain. For conditions that cannot improve or do so very slowly, the nerves that carry pain can be treated to reduce their pain sensitivity or ability to relay signals to the brain. We can also work with other physicians to help suppress the pain through healthy means while treatment is underway.
Hand and Wrist
Since we use our hands so routinely, repetitive movements can weaken wrist and finger joints and cause osteoarthritis. Wrist joints are a complex of bones that resemble small pebbles and are held together by a complex system of ligaments prone to tearing and rupturing. This causes instability that can spread across the entire hand. Their small size and limited layer of cartilage make finger joints and wrist joints prone to common conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel and trigger finger.
Many hand and wrist conditions improve as well as or better than non-surgical treatments. Regenerative techniques using prolotherapy, NeuroProlo, or Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections can provide lasting relief that stabilizes joints and even avoid surgery. The specialists at Wellward offer many innovative solutions for hand and wrist pain.
Foot and Ankle
Your foot is the joint in immediate contact with the ground, sending shockwaves through the rest of your body. Because of the amount of stress it undergoes and the complexity of the connections in the foot, small problems can rapidly evolve and spread to other parts of the body. The specialists at Wellward Regenerative Medicine are experts in all parts of the foot, from nerves to tendons to the joints and their ligaments. Combining live-diagnostic techniques using ultrasound coupled with experienced knowledge of foot dynamics and nerve pathways, even complex problems can be identified and treated. For difficult nerve problems, Wellward has options to help stimulate healing through regenerative techniques and neuromodulation.
Through simple wear and tear or a knee injury that leaves you with a torn ligament or strained tendon, knee problems can quickly unravel and grow. It’s common for knees to creak or pop with movement but an unstable knee joint can buckle, catch, or even cause falls. There are many ligaments in the knee prone to straining or tearing. Often when ligaments are damaged or become loose (called laxity), the meniscus can see more stress and develop a tear as well. Knee pain can alter the way you walk, which eventually can lead to joint pain in other parts of the body.
At Wellward Regenerative Medicine, we have an in-depth understanding of knee pain and how to tease apart its various causes. While you may see periodic improvement with steroid or lubricant injections (sometimes called rooster comb or hyaluronic acid), your knee pain is likely to return if not understood thoroughly. An MRI or X-ray may not fully illuminate the issue. Any damage needs to be traced through its mechanics to understand how it developed and what else may be hindering recovery. Our treatment plans include live-diagnostics with ultrasound while observing the painful motion, which allows us to pinpoint the root of the issue accurately and devise a treatment plan. Through our advanced techniques, even completely collapsed joints could improve and avoid surgery.