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Stem Cells

  • Why are stem cells better than steroids? Let’s break it down. The reality is, the two of them are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cortisone shots may help with pain for a couple days or weeks, but the short term relief is not worth all the negative side effects. What are some of those side effects? Research shows that cortisone breaks the joint down more. We’re seeing patients who get these shots have far more issues in the future than they did from the initial injury. Not only that, but these steroid shots can cause: · Increased appetite…

  • Not all steroids make you stronger. Some commonly prescribed forms of this powerful class of drug might actually make you weaker, especially when it comes to your bones. With strong anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant properties, corticosteroids (the legal kind of “steroids,”) have been prescribed since the 1950s to treat more than a dozen acute and chronic conditions as both prescription and over-the counter drugs. When it comes to serious and potentially debilitating side effects, the method and duration of corticosteroid delivery matters. Some examples of commonly prescribed systemic corticosteroids: Systemic corticosteroids:  Prednisone Prednisolone Hydrocortisone Dexamethasone Because they are absorbed throughout the…

  • April 16, 2019

    What Is Arthritis?

    Arthritis is very common. 1 in 3 people over the age of 30 and 1 in 2 over the age of 50, suffer from this debilitating disease. Essentially, it’s a progressively worsening joint pain that leads to decreased range of motion. For anyone with arthritis, this often means a reduced ability to exercise and perform daily activities. This results in making us feel a lot older than we really are. What are the different types of arthritis? While there are many kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common form. Osteoarthritis is when wear and tear lead to declining mobility…

  • Even when properly used, corticosteroids start one problem that leads to more problems. That’s what happened to journalist and nonfiction author, Caitlin Kelly. Here’s the story: When nothing else worked for severe osteoarthritis pain in her left hip, her orthopedic surgeon prescribed a course of corticosteroids. Since anything longer than a course of 90 days would put her at a high risk for GIOP (Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis,) they decided to do a short round of injections. But, shortly after treatment began, Kelly says she experienced different, excruciating pain. “It was agony to take even a few steps.” Kelly was told of…

  • Welcome back to the Advanced Medical of Nashville blog. As your Top Rated Local® pain specialists, we believe there is nothing more important than your health and wellness, which is why we take a natural approach to healing and pain relief. By offering safe and effective alternatives to prescription medications and invasive, painful surgeries, we can help you get back to living a pain-free life without months or longer of downtime, recovery, and physical rehabilitation. How do we do this? We’re glad you asked. Stem cell treatments, also referred to as regenerative medicine, involves using your own body to naturally…

  • PRP is Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. Although an emerging technology and technique in sports medicine, it has been used since the mid-1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery. You have probably heard about PRP being used to assist professional athletes like Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant and Troy Polamalu to speed up their healing time. These athletes received PRP therapy after experiencing injuries that should have sidelined them for months, but instead experienced faster recovery time thanks to PRP treatments. As a standalone treatment, PRP is best be used to…

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