Innovative treatments: new, natural healing, non & minimally-invasive options for accelerated healing and quick return to activity

At Head to Toe Healthcare, PLC we are always looking for innovative treatment options to keep up with the latest advances in medicine and science, and provide our patients with the best possible care. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has generated quite a buzz recently with its success in treating injuries in high-profile professional athletes.  The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself.  When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to repair the damaged tissue.  The body signals platelets and other components in our blood supply to migrate to the site of injury.  Under normal conditions, these platelets release a variety of growth factors that initiate and subsequently promote healing.  New advances in medicine have been developed to harness and concentrate these platelets and growth factors to be precisely introduced to the injury site in an injectable form.  With Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, the patient's own blood is used to accelerate recovery and channel the body's natural power of healing and tissue repair.  Healing in many instances may be associated with reduced pain and a quicker return to activity. 

AmnioMatrix is a new product, but physicians have used amniotic tissue for over a century as a biologic dressing in a broad range of therapeutic applications.  Generally recognized as a versatile wound cover with published clinical results cited extensively in medical and scientific literature.  This non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory injection is derived from amniotic fluid and it's membrane.  A rich source of collagen which provides several components essential for fetal growth and development.  Commonly treated areas of injury include the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, ankle and foot joints for arthritis, and various soft tissue injuries of the legs and feet.  Many patients with inflammation and pain can have significant improvement after a single treatment, but individual treatments vary.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has been used to treat musculoskeletal disorders in Europe since the early 1990s, and is a derivative of lithotripsy, the mechanical breaking up of renal stones with sound waves.  A study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery showed an 82 percent success rate with ESWT, which was comparable to surgical release of the plantar fascia without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery time inherent to surgery.  The procedure can now be performed in office, does not require anesthesia, requires a minimal amount of time, patients can walk immediately, and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.

Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation (RFNA) has been used by Interventional Pain Physicians who have performed many thousands of spinal and peripheral nerve ablations with this type of device for patients with chronic pain.  Data has been presented which demonstrates that this is an effective way to treat Morton's Neuroma and Plantar Fasciitis.  RFNA uses radiofrequency energy to disrupt nerve function.  When this is done to a peripheral nerve, the nerve can no longer transmit pain from the site.  The closest comparative treatment to RFNA is cryotherapy (cold therapy).  The crucial difference between the two technologies is that RFNA can isolate sensory fibers from motor fibers, so only sensory (nerves that provide pain sensation) fibers are treated.  With Cryotherapy, the motor fibers that activate muscles are damaged.  This can lead to loss of muscle function and/or various foot deformities.

Cellulite & Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) can be performed in office by our licensed Aesthetician.  AWT is one of the latest treatment alternatives on the market, a procedure that uses pressure waves that reduces cellulite by manipulating the connective tissue deep under the skin's surface using acoustic pulses that pass through the skin and fat to release the cells causing cellulite - the fat cells that are 'trapped' under the skin's surface.  The pressure breaks up the collagen of the septae and releases the skin.  The acoustic wave process works by increasing circulation, collagen production, and tissue elasticity, and the end result is considerably smoother skin.  Inch loss is generally not significant with this treatment.

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