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Adipose vs. Bone Marrow or Placental Derived Stem Cells

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Adipose vs. Bone Marrow or Placental Derived Stem Cells

An effective and common procedure that we offer at Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy. This treatment is typically brought to the attention of patients with degenerative arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, or peripheral arterial related disease. However, not all stem cell therapy transplants are identical. At our clinic, stem cells are derived from adipose (Mesenchyme) tissue, bone marrow, or placental tissue (from the amniotic sac). The procedure for harvesting autologous stem cells (stem...

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A Closer Look at Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on A Closer Look at Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

When the body is injured, platelets and white blood cells from blood are naturally called to the injury site to initiate a healing response. Under normal conditions, these platelets release a number of growth factors to help regenerate and regrow damaged tissue. This regenerative process is captured in one of Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s treatment options called, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Through PRP injections, healing injured tissue is more effective and efficient. Ultimately, the goal is to repair the...

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Can Stem Cell Therapy Help My RSD/CRPS?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Can Stem Cell Therapy Help My RSD/CRPS?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, is a painful disorder that is a result of a malfunctioning nervous system. Particularly, the autonomic nervous system is affected. This is the portion of the nervous system that monitors injury sites, which is why RSD/CRPS tends to develop after a traumatic incident or injury. RSD/CRPS causes sufferers to experience hypersensitivity and increased pain in reaction to a stimulus, or sometimes no stimulus at all. RSD/CRPS is notoriously difficult to control and there are often no...

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7 Tips on Living With RSD/CRPS

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 7 Tips on Living With RSD/CRPS

If you or a loved one is suffering from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS), then you know that getting up in the morning, day to day, isn’t always easy. A doctor can give you a diagnosis, some resources, and advise you to see a pain management specialist, but they won’t tell you how life changing this diagnosis can be or all the other things that RSD/CRPS sufferers may experience. This is not because the doctor is withholding information, but because the diagnosis is a difficult one and most doctors are...

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Is Weather Sensitive Pain Real?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Is Weather Sensitive Pain Real?

We have all heard others tell us that cold, chilly or rainy weather makes them hurt more, causing headaches, or making them feel tired and groggy. While many people have questioned if the weather really does affect pain, no one can deny that that the older you are, or the more injuries you have had, the more common the complaints are.  And let’s face it, this “wives’ tale” has been around for centuries and is still alive and well – there must be something to it.  Maybe we have just never understood it. Recently, however, the medical community...

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What is RSD/CRPS?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on What is RSD/CRPS?

Imagine that you’re playing soccer with your local team or you’re out for a hike with friends. Everything is going well until you trip and land on your foot wrong. You’ve twisted your ankle and it ends up being quite sore with a burning sensation for the next few days. Weeks later, if the pain has not subsided and your ankle and foot is now swelling, changing color and abnormally sweating you are definitely going to be concerned. In addition, if you notice that you are afraid to touch the area out of fear of making symptoms worse, then surely...

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What is a Whiplash Injury?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on What is a Whiplash Injury?

Any motor vehicle accident can cause a whiplash injury, but they are most common in rear-end accidents. About 10-20 percent of the occupants of a vehicle in a rear-end car collision suffer from whiplash injury. This injury is defined as a non-contact acceleration-deceleration injury to the head-neck system. There is no direct impact on the neck with a whiplash injury as it results from sudden extension and flexion of the neck. In other words, a force snaps the head forward and backward. It can injure intervertebral joints, disks, ligaments,...

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